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Reviews 1030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Meal plan dollars should be accepted at more places

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto is great! Just not a lively college town

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not overbearing, but not careless

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of resources to go to if you need help.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Love the food off campus!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love my school. Difficult but makes you grow.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of doors are opened when you go to Stanford!

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I never went out... Studying > Partying

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't qualify for financial aid :(

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Love the housing on campus. The housing lottery is always stressful, and there are always those messy people, but otherwise great.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are difficult but intellectually stimulating.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of research opportunities in labs and clinics.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gorgeous campus overall. Dorms themselves aren't very elaborate or grandiose, but with the amazing weather almost all-year round, people are usually studying, working, or relaxing outside. Green Library is nice with plenty of study spaces in the stacks, while Meyer is old and less nice (and getting demolished soon, I believe, in favor of a new library). The gyms are nice with plenty of equipment (Avery Rec center is brand new with an awesome pool), and I've never seen them even half-full.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletic department is top notch overall in the country (20-or-so consecutive Director's Cups at last count), yet the atmosphere is rather lackluster from the student body. While football games at home tend to get a large amount of student attendees, most other sports suffer a chronic lack of interest, even men's basketball. The student body is largely apathetic towards our great teams, or at least that's how it feels, since everyone is busy with the demands of schoolwork.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto is dull... but San Francisco is great, albeit rather far away. Takes about an hour driving, and perhaps a bit longer on the Cal-Train, so it's mostly a day event for the weekends if you want to go, but of course it's a great city. Palo Alto is wealthy, quiet, and expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Fraternities hold most of the big parties, which are fun initially freshman year but quickly become rather repetitive. Some of the best events are SAE's all day party, Exotic Erotic, and the language house events held every other week - German house has Beer & Pretzels, French House has Wine & Cheese - these are a nice change of pace from loud, dark, messy, and crowded fraternity houses.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Palo Alto isn't a college town any more, and the restaurants tend to be pretty pricey. But the quality is great, and there are many options if you have the money.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a ton of money in financial aid from Stanford. I wouldn't have been able to pay the $60,000+ per year costs if it wasn't for need based financial aid.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: High quality teachers and classes. It's basically what you expect from a top school.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Depends, but overall the weight of the name alone carries it well. Computer Science and tech majors in general will have no trouble finding a job.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: its expensive, hard to find, and not close

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Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
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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