Stanford Early Action for Fall 2022 Admission

Stanford University offers Early Action for freshman admissions.

The Early Action (EA) deadline for Fall 2022 admission at Stanford is November 1.

All early action applicants should receive an admissions decision by December 15. For more information visit the Stanford University page on College Confidential.

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Hi. New to this forum, so much useful info!
I’m looking at Stanford EA and just read it’s a different policy from others. It’s a restrictive EA policy. From their website I posted below it sounds like my daughter will not be able to do EA to other schools and Stanford is definitely her reach school but she was considering other private schools as safety (and applying to UCs mostly). So does she use her one shot for EA on Stanford or if it’s already a long shot, just go for regular decision? Does EA make that much of a difference?

Here is their website info:

III. Restrictive Early Action

Restrictive Early Action is Stanford’s non-binding early application option.
Restrictive Early Action may be a good option for you if all of the following apply:

  • You have identified Stanford as your first choice;
  • You have taken a challenging academic schedule through grade 11 and have done well;
  • You have enough time before the November 1 deadline to write a thoughtful application.

IV. Three Possible Restrictive Early Action Decisions

  • You are offered admission, and you have until May 1 to respond to your offer. If you apply for financial aid by the November 15 priority deadline, Stanford will provide a financial aid award by December 15.

  • You are not offered admission. This is a final decision, and you may not reapply in Regular Decision.

  • Your application is deferred to Regular Decision and will receive a final decision by April 1.

Stanford’s philosophy is to make final decisions whenever possible. As a result, Stanford defers only a small percentage of Restrictive Early Action applications to Regular Decision.

V. Restrictive Early Action Policy

  • It is Stanford policy that, if you apply to Stanford with a decision plan of Restrictive Early Action, you may not apply to any other private college/university under their Early Action, Restrictive Early Action, Early Decision, or Early Notification plan.
  • In addition, it is Stanford policy that you may not apply to any public university under an early binding plan, such as Early Decision.
  • If you apply to Stanford under Restrictive Early Action, you may apply to other colleges and universities under their Regular Decision plan.
  • If you apply to Stanford under Restrictive Early Action and your application is deferred, you may apply to another college’s Early Decision II plan.

VI. Exceptions

It is Stanford policy that you may simultaneously apply to Stanford with a decision plan of Restrictive Early Action and to the following:

  • any public college/university with a non-binding early application plan or early application deadline.
  • any college/university with a non-binding rolling admission process.
  • any foreign college/university with a non-binding application plan on any schedule.
  • any military academy.
  • any college/university with an early deadline for a scholarship or special academic program, as long as:
    1. the decision is non-binding; and
    2. in order to be considered for the scholarship or program, the student must apply in the early round or by an early deadline.

How many recommenders are required/optimal for an ideal Stanford application?

Exceptions, especially the scholarship one