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Testing update for Fall 2021 applicants
For students applying for admission to Stanford’s Class of 2025, which will enter the university in Fall 2021, Stanford will review applications with or without standardized test scores, leaving the decision in the hands of the applicant. There will be no penalty for choosing not to submit scores. This update includes students who are submitting a transfer application for entry to Stanford in Fall 2021.
We recognize the many challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, and we understand the difficulty students may have in preparing for and accessing admission testing worldwide. It may be particularly challenging for students to find alternatives to testing sites that have been oversubscribed, or where availability of testing is pushed further into the school year.
We are committed to a holistic review of all candidates, taking into account the vast array of information provided in and with each student’s application.
We expect to reinstate the SAT or ACT testing requirement for the Class of 2026, entering in Fall 2022.
Stanford Statement on Students’ Right to Protest
There have been a number of inquiries from high school students nationwide regarding their desire to engage in peaceful protests following the senseless acts of violence perpetrated against Black communities.
One of the important tenets of democracy is the right of a free people to express their opinion and position on critical national issues. There has been a phenomenal response from high school students who wish to exercise this right.
We want to state, clearly and directly, that we support students who engage in peaceful protest, and their chances of admission will be in no way compromised by their engagement with that action. We stand with students who protest anti-Black racism and who speak the truth that Black Lives Matter.
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We are committed to working with students and offering as much flexibility as possible during these uncertain times. We encourage you to visit our COVID-19 announcements page for updates about our admission processes.