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Admit rates dip slightly for Class of 2019; Stanford expands financial aid

Admit rates dip slightly for Class of 2019; Stanford expands financial aid

Out of 42,487 applicants — the largest pool in University history — 1,402 high school seniors received letters of acceptance to Stanford’s Class of 2019, in addition to the 742 early action students accepted in December.

At 5.05 percent, this year’s undergraduate admissions rate is the lowest in Stanford’s history, only slightly lower than last year’s rate of 5.07 percent.

The decrease in admissions rate follows the trend of increasing selectivity in recent years. The university admitted 5.7 percent of applicants in 2013 and 6.6 percent in 2012.

In total, 2,144 students from 50 states and 77 countries have been offered a place in the class. Last year, 2,138 students from 50 states and 71 countries were accepted out of a pool of 42,167 applicants.

The University also announced an expanded financial aid program in which fewer parents will be expected to contribute to education costs.

The new policy expands the income thresholds so that parents with an annual income below $125,000 will not be expected to cover academic tuition. Additionally, parents with an annual income below $65,000 will not be expected to contribute toward academic tuition or room and board. The previous thresholds, established in 2008-09, were set at $100,000 and $60,000 respectively.

The change came in light of a 3.5 percent increase in Stanford tuition that was approved by the Board of Trustees in February, and similar increases in recent years. Total undergraduate fees will increase to $60,427 next academic year, compared to $47,212 in 2008-09.

Students will still be expected to contribute at least $5,000 a year to their educations through savings, summer jobs and part-time work during the school year.

“Our highest priority is that Stanford remains affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances,” Provost John Etchemendy said in a University press release.

“Our generous financial aid program accomplishes that, and these enhancements will help even more families, including those in the middle class, afford Stanford without going into debt. Over half of our undergraduates receive financial aid from Stanford, and we are pleased that this program will make it even easier for students to thrive here.”


Contact Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc at nguyenphuc ‘at’ stanford.edu.

About Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc

Alexandra Nguyen-Phuc ‘18 is a news deputy desk editor and former staff writer. A freshman from Los Angeles, California, she wants to learn more about urban studies, economics and food system sustainability in her time at Stanford. Contact her at nguyenphuc ‘at’ stanford.edu.
  • Valerie

    Welcome Class of 2019! You earned it!

  • ivy

    dang!! Stanford really is number 1 and will be for a long time to come. no wonder it is so desirable. wish i had been accepted.

  • 100wattlightbulb

    Hear cheating is up to an all-time high at Stanford too.

  • 15gladyskravitz

    Missed the memo when it began to be desirable to:
    1) Have parents who never saved enough, in 18 years, to send their kids to college
    2) Break laws and be rewarded for it
    3) Run an ACADEMIC institution, where academics were not the basis for admittance

  • 15gladyskravitz

    ….But if you didn’t earn….well you’re of course, welcome too.

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  • marcus

    lowest admit rate again… I hear a desperate ivy league school is using their twitter and facebook accounts to pump up their admit stats… cheaters… and they still are not as selective. lols!

  • Micawber

    The $125,000 cut-off is a joke for parents in a highly taxed and high cost-of-living state like California. This 3.5% increase in tuition is just dipping more into their retirement savings in order for the administrators to feel good about making Stanford a free ride for a few. How about using more of that endowment to lower tuition all around instead of boosting administrator salaries to the stratosphere?

  • John

    Sounds like someone got rejected . . .

  • 100wattlightbulb

    Nope. Never applied. Other coast.

  • rick131

    Lol. Stanford and Harvard fight for number one of the most inflated statistics, recruiting thousands of unqualified people to apply. Each school over the last five years has “doubled” its applicant pool, even though the US high school population is consistently dropping. Hmm. So, obviously some gaming going on. Stanford always avoided this garbage, but has now joined the gaming. Too bad.

  • marcus

    true… although Harvard is desperately using every trick in the book to goose their numbers… hitting up social media campaigns, just starting the harvard connection app for low income admits, admitting half the class early action and deferring the vast majority instead of outright rejecting as Stanford does, counting incomplete and withdrawn apps,, etc. lols!

  • sk00L is 5 foolz!!!

    I applied to Stanford and ten other similarly selective schools. Got rejected by all. FUCK COLLEGE.