Stanford University Waitlist Acceptance Rate
Was your child waitlisted at Stanford University? If so, your child still has a shot of earning admission to the elite school, as Stanford regularly turns to its waitlist. That’s right — more often than not, Stanford meets its institutional needs by admitting students off the incoming class waitlist.
But how many students does Stanford historically admit off its waitlist, a list that is not ranked, and how can students optimize their case for admission to The Farm out of limbo? Here’s your chance to find out!
Stanford Waitlist Acceptance Rates and Statistics
|Stanford University Class Year||Number of Students Waitlisted to Stanford||Number of Students Who Chose to Join Stanford Waitlist||Number of Students Accepted Off Stanford Waitlist||Stanford Waitlist Acceptance Rate|
|Stanford Class of 2027||TBD||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Stanford Class of 2026||553||457||8||1.75%|
|Stanford Class of 2025||652||535||61||11.4%|
|Stanford Class of 2024||850||707||259||36.63%|
|Stanford Class of 2023||750||580||8||1.38%|
|Stanford Class of 2022||870||681||30||4.41%|
|Stanford Class of 2021||842||656||36||5.49%|
|Stanford Class of 2020||1,569||1,044||55||5.27%|
|Stanford Class of 2019||1,256||927||0||0%|
|Stanford Class of 2018||958||695||7||1.01%|
|Stanford Class of 2017||814||576||0||0%|
|Stanford Class of 2016||789||594||0||0%|
|Stanford Class of 2015||1,078||784||13||1.66%|
|Stanford Class of 2014||999||773||40||5.17%|
|Stanford Class of 2013||1,354||934||127||13.6%|
|Stanford Class of 2012||1,424||1,002||0||0%|
Your Chances of Admission After Being Waitlisted at Stanford
Over the last 15 years, Stanford has admitted students off its waitlist 11 times, including each of the previous seven years.
In the years Stanford turned to its waitlist, an average of 7.98% of waitlisted students earned admission. An average of 58.55 students have gotten in annually over this span.
If one includes the years in which Stanford did not turn to its waitlist, the average waitlist acceptance rate dwindles to 5.85%. The average number of admitted waitlisted students drops to 42.93.
As Stanford’s admissions office writes of its waitlist, about 1% of applicants are waitlisted. Naturally, the school will know how many students they intend to admit off its waitlist once they learn how many accepted students have chosen to enroll (many will choose Harvard over Stanford
How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Off the Stanford Waitlist
Over the last 30 years, around 38% of students who first approach Ivy Coach after being waitlisted have earned admission to the Palo Alto, California-based institution.
We always want students and parents to know that one’s chances of admission to any highly selective university are never strong after being waitlisted.
All Ivy Coach can do is give a student the best possible shot at admission — and 38%, a figure that includes years in which Stanford did not turn to its waitlist, is a whole lot higher than 5.85%, Stanford’s overall waitlist acceptance rate over the last 15 years.
But remember, if around 38% of students who first come to us after being waitlisted get in, approximately 62% do not. We want your expectations in check. We will not work with families whose expectations, we suspect, are unrealistic. Life is too short!
Ivy Coach’s Game Plan for Stanford Waitlist Students
So what is Ivy Coach’s game plan to help waitlisted students to Stanford optimize their cases for admission?
- Complete Ivy Coach’s PostMortem application review. Before crafting a wow letter that hopes to sway admissions officers to go to bat for students, we first need to understand how a student positioned their case for admission. Thus, we know what they should focus on and what they should avoid focusing on in their letter. Naturally, we want to lean into their strengths and avoid doubling down on mistakes.
- Submit a powerful Letter of Continued Interest. This letter should contain no updates or not so humble brags. It’s a love letter to Stanfor that should be filled with genuine specifics about the institution and how students will contribute their singular hooks. And it must be submitted expediently!
Getting Started with Ivy Coach to Get Off the Stanford Waitlist
If you’re interested in giving your child the best shot of turning their waitlist decision into an offer of admission to Stanford’s incoming class, fill out Ivy Coach’s free consultation form. We’ll be in touch to delineate our Stanford waitlist service.
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