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Stanford admits 748 early applicants

Most spots in class of 2018 reserved for regular-decision applicants

Stanford University sent acceptance letters Friday to 748 high school students who sought admission to the class of 2018 under the university's early admission program.

The students were selected from 6,948 early admission candidates, the largest early application pool in Stanford's history.

All early applicants were notified of Stanford's decision – admitted, denied or deferred to the regular decision round – by email Friday afternoon.

Dean of Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid Richard Shaw said the admitted students come from 48 states and 36 countries.

Stanford reserves the majority of spaces in its freshman class for students who apply for admission under its regular decision program. Students admitted under both the early and regular decision programs have until May 1, 2014, to accept Stanford's offer.

Last year, the university got a record-breaking 36,631 applicants in the early and regular decision programs combined, ultimately admitting 2,210 (including 725 early applicants) to yield a freshman class this fall numbering 1,679.

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