Location
Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are a strong point of the school with lots of good classes and professors.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Aerospace engineering is the most popular major here and so there is a lot of support and time dedicated to the students. Whilst it is extremely challenging it is also very rewarding when completed.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: As you would expect from a tech school, 2 thirds of the students are guys.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on campus the first 2 years. Then they can take advantage of the large number of housing options in the local area from apartments to three or four bedroom homes.

2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The local town is definitely geared towards locals rather than young adults.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Melbourne may have a boring nightlife but there are lots of nice local restaurants to experience. There are also a number of fast food options in the local area.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse in all aspects. This is fueled by the large number of international students at the school. However outside of Greek organizations the different groups tend to stick together within their own social circles and very few branch out.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Overall the campus is very relaxed. They understand that as a tech school most of the students have high workloads and are under a lot of pressure. The relaxed strictness helps students to let off steam without adding the fear of getting into a lot of trouble.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Although the external image of Greek life on campus is overall very good the infighting and gossiping between the various organizations is very bad. The Greek life director often fuels rumors and arguments rather than trying to resolve them and is often very biased towards her favorite organizations.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: School spirit is extremely lack luster for the average college student here. However with the new football team beginning their second season the interest in all areas of athletics should pick up.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Food quality is good for the quantity it is produced in. However after a few weeks it becomes very difficult to find variety in the food eaten, meaning students must go from the main dining hall to the outside food services which are more expensive and require flex cash.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've never questioned my decision to attend here. It has been academically challenging, at times exhausting, but an unbelievable opportunity both to meet people and to learn.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Very lenient. Rules are not very restrictive, so the ones that are enforced are very important. Honor code is highly valued, and strictly punished. Alcohol policies, on the other hand, are very lenient and not very enforced, except during NSO and Admit Weekend. Essentially, the university trusts it's students, and so when it asks specific things of it's students, it is very clear on what should happen and demands respect for the few hard and fast rules.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Stanford has an amazingly progressive policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The open-door policy in dorms generally means people are much safer than ordinarily, and feel comfortable going to staff if they need help. Alcohol is a part of campus life, as is weed, but plenty of people don't partake. Peer pressure is not an issue. Campus police are very lax, which encourages moderation and no need to hide things for fear of being punished. This absolutely encourages safety.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are slightly expensive, but not as bad as they used to be. On campus, you don't need a car, but to get anywhere off, it's nice to have.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Dedicated professors, large classes but people willing to work with individual student needs

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Internships are freely available, plenty of on-campus jobs, and Stanford has an incredible reputation. Easy to find things on campus, though competition is difficult. In general, though, little problem finding things, especially further and further away from Silicon Valley, where there are fewer Stanford students and competition is less intense.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Outgoing, social, but everyone is secretly a nerd. Very athletic culture - even the non-athletes find being fit very important. Obviously a lot of geeky people, but for a school this academic, a surprising amount of "normal" people. Definitely a California laid-back culture, east-coasters are often surprised initially. Dating doesn't really happen, mostly just casual hook-ups early on and serious relationships by junior and senior year.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a huge part of the social scene, but very fun. Fairly integrated with the rest of campus, and doesn't consume one's whole life

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are consistently top in their field, but the school is small enough that one can have personal relationships and meet people to work with. Classes are diverse, cross-disciplinary, and (past intro-level) small. Registration generally is workable, and advising / tutoring is everywhere, should you seek it out.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining halls are numerous, diverse, and have overall pretty good food. There are several other restaurant options on campus, and dining dollars are able to be used for a few. Not to mention Starbucks, Thai Cafe, Coupa, Treehouse, and others

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Tech support for every hall and house, computer clusters in every residence hall, plus many others, high-speeed internet absolutely everywhere on campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Transportation: Everything is out of the way.

2 people found this useful Report
College Student

Scholarships: I cannot comment. I didn't apply and know nothing about it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Athletics: Great place to stay fit and roam.

2 people found this useful Report
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Alexandria Butler
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
Communications, Spanish
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The verdict is in: most students are overwhelmingly happy with their Stanford experience. The combination of challenging academics, undergrad-oriented faculty, diversity, beautiful weather, and a fairly social campus environment all combine to make for a great four years of college. Students, particularly those in engineering or sciences, might find the workload to be especially heavy at times, but most students are capable and want to work hard in the first place. Perhaps the biggest challenge students face at Stanford is just dealing with the other students, who range from hippies to hyper-competitive pre-meds. It makes for an interesting environment, but also a stressful one. However, if you immerse yourself in it long enough, it will eventually start to feel reasonably normal.

Despite the problems that Stanford students find with the University, they overwhelmingly agree that Stanford is “their place,” and they can’t imagine being anywhere else. It seems all the hype and the hefty price tag are well justified by the experiences that students can, and will, have here. If you’re looking for a university with a big name, vibrant population, and a good balance of work and fun, Stanford University will not disappoint.

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