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Stanford University Admissions 2024: Application Deadline, Cost and Application Fee

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Below are the Standford University admission deadlines:

  • The Early Decision application deadline(Tentative) is Early Novfor Stanford University admissions in an undergraduate program.
  • For 2023-24, the Stanford University deadline for MBA Round 3 application is 9, Nov 2025

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Q:   How to get admission to Stanford University from India?


Below we have given Stanford University admission requirements for undergraduate courses

  • USD 90 nonrefundable application fee
  • ACT or SAT test scores (as applicable)
  • School Report form and counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcript (s) or academic results
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Midyear transcript (by February 15)
  • Proof of English proficiency

Stanford University admissions are not limited to academic scores, the university looks at the overall profile of the candidate. In a clear sense, the primary factor for admission is academic excellence. However, the university also wants to learn about your nonacademic interests and extracurricular activities that help them in understanding your contribution to its community.

Graduate Admissions 

  • International students willing to take admission to Stanford University graduate courses must have a U.S. bachelor's degree or its international equivalent from a college or university of recognised standing. In other words, Indian students must have a bachelor's degree in Engineering or Medicine; or four-year bachelor's degree

Read: Requirements to Study in USA for International Students 


Q:   How can I get into Stanford from India?


Indian applicants who want to get into Stanford University must keep the following points in mind:

  • Getting excellent scores in standardized tests and focus on the other elements of the application efficient too
  • Get glowing letters of recommendation from your teachers
  • The Statement of Purpose should be crisp and clear that shows how well you are prepared to be a part of one of the most prestigious universities
  • The most important part of Stanford application are the Essays. These should portray what kind of person you are and how much you have contributed to the society through the actions
  • Another thing that differentiates you from others is the urge for excellence. In your SOP and essays, try and include points that can make a difference such as internships or practical training that may add value to your degree

Q:   Can an average student get into Stanford University?


Stanford University is surely one of the toughest universities to get into. The Stanford University has just an acceptance rate of 3,7%, which means only 3 students can get into the university out of hundreds. Hence it could be difficult for a mediocre or an average student to get into LSE. However, it’s not impossible. The basic requirement the university asks for is a GPA of 3.5 or above from an accredited university and a good ELP score. Lastly, the Stanford takes a holistic approach and doesn’t just consider marks but sees multiple factors in the student's profile. These factors include Leadership, Work experience, essays, LOR and interviews that the students give during their admission process. 


Q:   How is Stanford MBA different from Harvard MBA?


Stanford MBA and Harvard MBA are one of the best institutes in the world and in the world to do MBA programs at. The Harvard University and Stanford University are on the top MBA universities in the world by QS MBA ranking in 2024. Both provide unqiue curriculum which foster students with great knowledge. Both of them are best ranked universities to study in the USA for international students. They offer the best Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme to students with better placement opportunities. Below is the comparison for Stanford MBA and Hravard MBA:We have compared them below in terms of their MBA fees, ranking, and placements:

MBA Universities MBA First-Year Tuition FeesQS MBA Ranking in the World 2024MBA Placement Rate
Harvard UniversityINR 18 L - 63 L#3USD 175,000 or INR 1.5 Cr
Stanford UniversityINR 32 L - 1 Cr#1USD 189,010 or INR 1.6 Cr

Q:   How would I go about getting into Stanford? What do I have to do to stand out?


To stand out in Stanford University admissions, applicants should strictly focus on presenting a postive view of themseleves, beyond just academic achievements. Students should highlight their unique experiences, interests, and perspectives which will help the examiner or the interviewer understand the potential of the applicant. Students must talk about experiences and challenges that they have overcome as that shows how the candidate takes tasks during tough times. But again, students must not over do things and boast about themselves in the mode of explaining themselves. As that gives total a negative impact on the student if done so. 


Q:   What is a perfect Stanford Application like?


A perfect application means exceptional academic achievment, intellectual excitement, and a strong values and mission on goals. A perfect appliction showcases an outsanding academic performance, often including with top grades and standerized scores. But Stanford just dosn't accept students by grades as it sees students beyond academic, the ideal applicant showcases extracurrcular acitivies, reasearch, passion for learning and projects that are unique in it's own. 

Moreover, a standout application means that it also conveys a unique story that makes the applicant very different and unqiue from other applicants. This could be through personal essays, Recomendations and many more. Stanford University wants students who will contribute meaningfully to the university showcasing a good leadership, commitment and engagement. Hence this is what is a good or a perfect application like. 


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Stanford University Admissions 2024 FAQs

Q:   What GPA is required for Stanford?


There is no minimum GPA or test score required for securing admission at Stanford. Also, there is no specific number of AP or honors courses you must have on your transcript in order to have your application reviewed or be admitted to Stanford. Stanford follows a policy of holistic admission.

This means that everything in your application is part of the application process and will be evaluated by the admissions committee. The primary factor for Stanford University admissions is academic excellence. It looks for students who can push themselves throughout high school and do very well. Apart from this, the school also wants to see your intellectual Vitality and like to see your commitment and interest in expanding your intellectual horizons


Q:   How much does a Masters at Stanford cost?


There are three academic quarters of graduate tuition. We have given estimated expenses for a regular graduate and school of engineering.

Graduate Type

11-18 units

8, 9, 10 units

Regular Graduate

USD 58,746

USD 38,160

School of Engineering

USD 62,580

USD 40,680

Full-time enrollment may be considered 8-10 or 11 units per quarter depending on the type of program. Note: It is an estimate of tuition only and does not include additional fees or class materials.

Also Read: Cost of Studying in USA for International Students 


Q:   What kind of students does Stanford look for?


Stanford University follows a holistic admission policy. For undergraduate applicants, each and every part of the application is reviewed before granting admission. Below-given are the factors that are considered for Stanford University admission:

  • The primary criterion is academic excellence through the transcripts
  • Intellectual vitality
  • Extracurricular activities such as what impact students had in their jobs (if any), in the club, in the school, etc.

Q:   Is it difficult to get admission to Stanford University?


The acceptance rate at Stanford is 3.68% which means that it is highly selective. Getting into an Ivy League university is a relatively tough call. Stanford is the most selective US college. Thousands of students in the US and across the world apply to Stanford every year, however, the ones with an excellent profile can make it. Being regularly ranked among the top universities in the world, the selection process at Stanford is highly selective. As per Stanford, out of 56,378 prospective students, 2,075 applicants were admitted and 1,736 matriculated, with a yield rate of 83.66%. Stanford University acceptance rate of 3.68% for the class of 2026 is a historic low for the university. Harvard was the only school that had an acceptance rate lower than Stanford's.


Q:   I want to go to Stanford University and I am from India, what is the admission process for it?


Indian students who want to take admission to the undergraduate courses at Stanford University should pay attention to the following:

  • A very competitive SAT / ACT score
  • TOEFL / IELTS scores
  • Academic transcripts
  • Records of leadership skills (if any)
  • Records of internships
  • Recommendation letters
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Any other aspect that reflects uniqueness
  • Writing skills for essays

Q:   How much does it cost to do an MBA at Stanford?


While considering the cost for an MBA programme at Stanford, one needs to take into factor various expenses. Below we have given the cost for different components that need to be considered for pursuing MBA. The living expense includes rent, food, and other personal expenses that a student will bear while pursuing his MBA at Stanford. Further, medical insurance is included in the cost of attendance for all the students even if they are covered by any other insurance plan.


Cost for 2023-24 for a Single Student


USD 79,860

Living expense

USD 18,453


USD 20,271

Medical insurance 

USD 7,128

Health fee

USD 753


Q:   Is an MBA from Stanford worth it?


Stanford Graduate School of Business is one of the top-ranked MBA programs in the U.S and graduates here are paid amongst the best globally.

  • The median base salary reported by the graduates of 2022 was USD 175,000
  • 93% of graduates received job offers within 3 months of graduation and about 85% of graduates accepted job offers in that time frame 
  • Top industries were Finance, Technology and Consulting 

Q:   What GPA do you need to get into Stanford Masters?


Typically, GPAs are at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for Stanford University MS applicants. Apart from this, we have given basic admission requirements to study graduate programs at Stanford University.

  • Basic Education: To enroll in Stanford’s graduate programs, applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree or bachelor's degree in Engineering or Medicine.
  • Standardized test scores (as applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency Test scores: A TOEFL (iBT) exam score is sufficient to prove the English skills of international applicants. The minimum score required is 100 (except for the School of Engineering) and 89 if applying to the School of Engineering

Documents required for graduate programs at Stanford.

  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test score reports
  • English language proficiency test scores (only TOEFL iBT accepted)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Essays
  • Resume

Also Read: Top 100 Universities for MS in USA


Q:   Is getting into Stanford MBA hard?


Stanford University MBA program is one of the most selective programs by top business schools. The school received more than 6,000 applications and accepted just 431 candidates. Just the test scores won't be enough to secure admission to Stanford MBA. Apart from this, you need an excellent undergraduate GPA and relevant work experience.

Stanford University admissions requirements for MBA programme are given below: 

  • The average undergraduate GPA for the class of 2025 was 3.77 
  • The GMAT score required was 738
  • Work experience of 5 years

Read: MBA Colleges in USA


Q:   How can I get admission to Stanford after 12th?


The admission committee at Stanford assesses its foreign applicants’ academic qualifications as per the volume of nations’ educational systems. This includes the type of school they attended and the level of education they attained. Hence, there are some things mandatory for international applicants. Check out the following guidelines to understand the minimum level of qualifications required by international applicants:

Basic Undergraduate Level Requirements Stanford requires its students to undergo standardized testing in aptitude and language.

  • For the English language, the university does not need the score to check language proficiency but to ensure that the students would be able to study as the medium of education is English. Hence, applicants from non-English speaking countries can submit English language proficiency test scores
  • SAT or ACT scores are not required for fall 2024 admission 

Documents Required International students need to provide their academic results and predictions for curriculum such as A-Level, national curriculum, or IB Diploma outside the US.

  • Transcript (mark sheet) and school forms
  • Official transcripts should be sent for everything that is not covered in the above high school transcript
  • School report and counselor recommendation (documents to be submitted by the high school college counselor or school administrator)
  • Letters of recommendation from two teachers
  • Any additional document 

Q:   What is the fees of Stanford University in rupees?


A. Stanford University cost for Indian students for some of the popular courses can be checked from the table given below: 

Courses1st Year Tuition Fees
MBA/PGDM (3 courses)
INR 66.2 L
MS (33 courses)
INR 29.3 L - 51.1 L
MA (28 courses)
INR 24.6 L - 48 L
BA (37 courses)
INR 46 L - 51.2 L
BE / BTech (13 courses)
INR 46 L - 51.2 L
BSc (13 courses)
INR 46 L - 51.2 L
BBA (2 courses)
INR 46 L - 51.2 L
Others PG (3 courses)
INR 9 L - 50.9 L
MIM (4 courses)
INR 31.6 L - 1.1 Cr
MFA (1 course)
INR 45 L
LLM (2 courses)
INR 51.6 L - 55.5 L

Living Expenses for Undergraduate Students 

Budget Item

Cost (USD) for 2023-24

Housing and Food

USD 19,922

Student Fees expense

USD 2,205

Books and Supplies expense

USD 825

Personal Expenses

USD 3,150



Average Graduate Student Expenses


Living Costs for a Single Person for 2023-24

Campus housing / rent

USD 17,880


USD 7,080


USD 8,430


USD 1,800

Books / supplies

USD 540

Campus health service fee

USD 753

Cardinal care health insurance

USD 7,128

Read: Cost of Living in USA for International Students 


Q:   What is Stanford application process?


In order to complete Stanford University admissions process, the applicants are required to follow an application process. Given below are the steps to apply to Stanford University:

Undergraduate Admissions

The components required to complete Stanford University application for undergraduate courses are:

  • Common application
  • Application fee of USD 90
  • School report form and counselor letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation from two teachers
  • Any other document (as applicable)

Graduate Admissions

For the submission of Stanford University graduate application, the applicants are required to follow the steps given below:

  • First of all, check the entry requirements
  • Then, click on the relevant application button present on the Graduate admissions page of Stanford University
  • Next, create a new application account and enter all the asked details like name, email id, birth date, etc.
  • Then, follow the instructions to establish the account password
  • Lastly, login and fill out the application and submit it
  • The application fee to apply for Stanford University graduate courses is USD 125

Documents required for Stanford University graduate admissions



Q:   What does it take to get into Stanford MBA program?


For Stanford University admissions to the MBA program, the applicants are required to have the following things:

  • A U.S. bachelor’s degree or equivalent is required. Also, the two-year master’s degree following the three-year bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required
  • Academic transcripts
  • GMAT / GRE test score
  • Work experience is not required but applicants can submit CV if they want to (one-page resume)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Essays
  • Optional short answer question
  • Application fee

Q:   What are the best things to do on weekends as a student at Stanford?


As a student at Stanford, here’s what they can do on the weekends:

  • Join organizations that take you to places – teams or clubs with school-funded travel
  • Take weekend trips with the Outdoor Center to Yosemite, St. Reyes, and other local landmarks
  • Head north to Marin for amazing coastal hikes, food, and some quaint little towns like Bolinas
  • Sit in the library and study
  • Go to sporting events
  • Go to California Avenue for brunch / dinner / lunch  

Q:   How to get admission to Stanford for an MS in Computer Science?


Stanford University MS in Computer Science admission requirements are given below:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • While the university does not require a specific undergraduate coursework, it is important that applicants have Quantitative and Analytical skills; a bachelor’s degree is CS is not required
  • Academic transcripts
  • Standardized test scores
  • TOEFL score
  • Any relevant experience
  • 3 academic or professional experiences
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Any other admission material

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