A record number of high school students sought early admission to next fall’s freshman class at Stanford University, the school’s Office of Undergraduate Admission announced Monday.
Applications for early admission increased 6 percent from last year, rising from 5,566 to 5,929.
The university sent acceptance letters to 754 applicants, or 12.7 percent of those who applied, by e-mail Friday (12/10/2010) afternoon. Last year’s acceptance rate was 13.5 percent.
More than 26,000 students are expected to apply for admission by Jan. 1, according Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid.
Other private universities also reported increases in early applications. At Northwestern, they climbed 24 percent; University of Pennsylvania, 18 percent; Rice, 15 percent; Duke and Johns Hopkins, nearly 14 percent.
Students apply early because they believe it gives them a slight edge in acceptance. By comparison, last year Stanford only accepted about 7.2 percent of all applicants in the general pool.
In addition, students save themselves the stress of multiple applications elsewhere, as well as the uncertainty of waiting until spring to find out where they can enroll.
Stanford’s early-admission program is not binding. Called “early action,” applications are due in November and students get a response by December — but even after getting a “yes,” a student can apply to other campuses and wait until May to make a choice.