Stanford, CA
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Reviews 1011 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Senior

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

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: very expensive but safe, cleanish fun

3 College Senior

Greek Life: does not affect the atmosphere

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am buying a brand not an education

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: they need more rules and enforcement with drinking

1 College Senior

Diversity: not accepting of difference unless it fits in

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Got nothing and had to take out lots of loans

3 College Senior

Athletics: Student involvement lacks but team is good

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe. but information is not readily there

1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Pretentious. Not accepting of differences

2 College Senior

Majors: The transcript deadline was confusing. No support.

1 College Senior

Majors: There is very little support for students

4 Recent Alumnus

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

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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.

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3 Recent Alumnus

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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