Stanford University admits 745 early applicants

More than 35,000 additional students are expected to apply by Jan. 3

Stanford University has sent acceptance letters to 745 early applicants for the class of 2020, the university announced Dec. 11.

Admitted students have until May 1 to accept Stanford's offer.

The 745 were chosen from 7,822 "restrictive early action" applicants, the highest early application pool in the university's history.

Under restrictive early action, applicants are not permitted to file early applications to other colleges, but may file regular applications to any number of other colleges.

The university notified all early applicants Friday as to whether they were admitted, denied or deferred to the regular-decision round.

Richard H. Shaw, dean of admission and financial aid, said the 745 students come from 48 states and 34 countries.

"These students represent the best and brightest young people from around the world, selected from an extraordinary array of candidates from every conceivable background," Shaw said in a press release.

More than 80 percent of the students have a high school grade-point average of 4.0 or above and have "demonstrated excellence in fields ranging from the arts and humanities to Earth sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and engineering," the press release reads.

The university has reserved the majority of spots in its freshman class for regular-decision applicants. More than 35,000 additional students are expected to apply by Jan. 3, according to Stanford.

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