Getting Into Stanford University

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About Stanford University

Stanford University is located south of San Francisco, USA. It is one of the largest campuses in the United States with 18 interdisciplinary research institutes and seven schools on a single campus. It has a reputation for producing entrepreneurial students. Crimson has cracked the code on how to get into Stanford from NZ, click below to check out some of our Alumni now.

A Brief History
A brief history

Stanford University was founded in 1885 by California senator Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, “to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence in behalf of humanity and civilisation".

General info
General information

Schools include: the Graduate School of Business; School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences; Graduate School of Education, and the Schools of Engineering; Humanities & Sciences; Medicine & Law.

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Quick facts about Stanford

  • Undergrad degree: 4 year liberal arts
  • Public or Private: Private
  • Setting: Small city / suburban
  • Residential Status: Primarily on campus
  • Number of Undergraduates: 6,996 (approx)
  • Number of Freshman: 1,698 (approx)
  • Acceptance Rate: 4.6% (approx)
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Convert your NCEA results to GPA!

4.6% (approx)

Acceptance Rate

1460 - 1580

Average SAT Score

32 - 35

Average ACT Score

3.7 - 4.0

GPA Aim (top of class)


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How hard is it to get into Stanford?

Very! While Stanford no longer publishes it’s acceptance rates, it is estimated they are below 5%.

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What's the easiest way to get into Stanford?

There is no easy way to get into Stanford! But starting early and seeking guidance from resources like Crimson can increase your chances by 400%

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Notable alumni

Stanford counts numerous Nobel Laureates within its alumni community including economist Alvin E. Roth (2012) and Chemistry winner Roger D. Kornberg. The university also boasts notable alumni from the worlds of art, social sciences, business, politics, humanities, media, sports and technology. Just some of Stanford's famous ex-students include golfer Tiger Woods, former US president Herbert Hoover, actor Reece Witherspoon, writer John Steinbeck and Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky.

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Crimson Student Results

Our students have received 2200+ offers to the world's best universities.

Why Work With Crimson Education?

Crimson Education is the world's most successful US/UK university admissions support consultancy.

Our students are up to 7X more likely to gain acceptance to the best — and most competitive — universities in the world.

From university selection strategy to standardised test prep, personal statement/essay support to extracurricular mentoring and interview practice — we leave no stone unturned, making sure your application stands out above the crowd.

You could be next!
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How Crimson works:

Our college consultancy model sees our students receive individualised support in every aspect of their Stanford application — from general strategy, test prep and personal statement/essay support, to extracurricular mentoring and interview practice. Here's how we work!
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
01: Building your plan
02. Meeting Your Educational Coordinator
02: Choosing your schools
03. Planning With Your Crimson Strategist
03: Acing your tests
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
04: Boosting your ECLs
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
05: Writing your essays
01. Crafting an Initial, Highly Individualised Plan
06: Nailing the interview
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  • Process 01 - Crimson Education

    01. Crafting a plan and getting started

    After your initial assessment with one of our Academic Advisors we will build a highly personalised plan based on your age, current situation and admissions goals. Next you'll be introduced to your Educational Coordinator who'll help you organise your entire Crimson journey and act as a regular communication base for you and your family.

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    02. Building your university application list!

    Your Strategist is the 'captain of your application ship' helping you build out a personalised application list and formulate a highly personalised roadmap. Your strategist will help you pull all elements of your application(s) together, ensuring your final submission(s) will be as perfect as they can be. Read just some of our strategists profiles here!

  • Process 03 - Crimson Education

    03. Lifting your standardised test scores

    Whether it be the SAT or ACT, AP or UK course specific exams, out tutors are standardised test top scorers who can help you lift your scores above the competition. As a Crimson student you'll have access to the Crimson App where you can organise tutoring sessions, access practice tests and get instant expert feedback.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    04. Improving your extracurricular candidacy

    Your ECL or extracurricular and leadership profile is a key component of your US and/or UK application(s). Our ECL mentors, who are accomplished project builders and often Ivy League or Oxbridge grads themselves, will help you expand upon your passions to build a capstone project and/or other significant, high-impact initiative.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    05. Working with your essay mentor

    Working with your essay mentor you will brainstorm, ideate, craft, edit and refine a personal statement that resonates with admissions officers. Our mentors are top school graduates who understand the nuances of what it takes to write a stand-our personal statement or supplemental essay.

  • 04. Working With Your Crimson Team

    06. Prepping with your interview expert

    Our interview mentors have sat in that interview seat before - at Oxford, Cambridge and other top schools in the UK and the US. They will work with you to make sure you're prepared for every question possible, have the skill and confidence to think on your feet, and help you prepare questions you can ask your interviewers in return.

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