Applicants for Class of 2018 set record at Stanford

Stanford sent notification letters in late March to high school students around the world, inviting them to join the Class of 2018.

The university has offered admission to 2,138 students, including 748 applicants who were accepted last December through the early action program.

Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid, said the Class of 2018 was thoughtfully selected from 42,167 candidates, the largest application pool in Stanford’s history. Last year, Stanford received 38,828 applications.

The students admitted to the Class of 2018 come from 50 states and 71 countries.

“I am simply in awe of the exceptional accomplishments of students admitted to Stanford in the Class of 2018,” Shaw said.

“They were selected from a very competitive group of applicants and emerged as quite extraordinary in our review. Of course the beauty of these young people is that they truly represent the broad and deep diversity of the world. We believe they will be spectacular members of the Stanford family.”

Students admitted under the early and regular decision admission programs have until May 1 to accept Stanford’s offer.