schools.jpgOf the record-setting 5,929 high school students who applied for early admission to Stanford University’s class of 2015, just 12.7 percent received acceptance letters, the university announced Monday.

The university delivered the news by e-mail Friday afternoon to the 754 students who made the cut–and to the 5,205 who didn’t.

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Richard Shaw said that the school was “honored” by the “exceptional number of highly competitive candidates” who applied.

More than 26,000 students are expected to apply for regular admission by Jan. 1, according to the university.

Students who apply through the restrictive early action program may consider all of their college options before responding, and those admitted through either program have until May 1 to accept or decline the offer.

In 2008, more than 25,000 students applied for regular admission to Stanford, and a total of 2,400 students–or less than 10 percent of the applicants–were offered admission for the class of 2012.

With just 9.5 percent of applications accepted, that year represented the lowest admission rate in the school’s then 117-year history.

Patricia Decker, Bay City News

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