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Stanford University - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Prospective students do not apply to the School of Engineering; instead, undergraduates apply to the university and graduates apply directly to a department.


Required Components:

1. Coalition Application or Common Application
2. $90 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver request (counselor verification required)
3. Official testing (SAT or ACT With Writing) sent from the College Board or ACT
4. School report including counselor letter of recommendation
5. Official Transcript(s)
6. Letter of recommendation from two teachers
7. Midyear transcript

Optional Components:
1. Optional Arts Supplement

The application process and requirements are explained in detail at

Master's and Ph.D. students interested in School of Engineering graduate programs apply directly to specific departments or programs within the School of Engineering. Many of the admission requirements are common to all departments, but specific requirements, deadlines, and contacts vary.

Elements of the Graduate Application:
1. A completed application (submitted electronically)
2. $125 non-refundable application fee
3. A statement of purpose
4. Three recommendations
5. Two official transcripts (from every post-secondary school applicant attended & you must also mail two official copies to your department)
6. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test scores (submitted from the Educational Testing Service)
7. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores are required if applicant's first language is not English.

If required by specific program/department, any additional application documents and/or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Subject Test score.

The application process and requirements are explained in detail at



Students who plan to enter Stanford as freshmen and intend to major in engineering should take the highest level of mathematics offered in high school. (See the "AP Credit" section of this bulletin for information on advanced placement in mathematics.) High school courses in physics and chemistry are strongly recommended, but not required. Additional elective course work in the humanities and social sciences is also recommended.

Transfer Students
Students who do the early part of their college work elsewhere and then transfer to Stanford to complete their engineering programs should follow an engineering or pre-engineering program at the first school, selecting insofar as possible courses applicable to the requirements of the School of Engineering, that is, courses comparable to those mentioned under the Majors tab. In addition, students should work toward completing the equivalent of Stanford's foreign language requirement and as many of the University's General Education Requirements (GERs) as possible before transferring. Some transfer students may require more than four years (in total) to obtain the B.S. degree. However, Stanford affords great flexibility in planning and scheduling individual programs, which makes it possible for transfer students, who have wide variations in preparation, to plan full programs for each quarter and to progress toward graduation without undue delay.

Transfer credit is given for courses taken elsewhere whenever the courses are equivalent or substantially similar to Stanford courses in scope and rigor. The policy of the School of Engineering is to study each transfer student's preparation and make a reasonable evaluation of the courses taken prior to transfer by means of a petition process. Inquiries may be addressed to the Office of Student Affairs in 135 Huang Engineering Center. For more information, see the transfer credit section of the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs at