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Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 967 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Easy not to have a car here.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletes are the best in their sport.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All groups are represented and welcomed.

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It exists, but it's mainly just frats. Not much else to do if you are against frats until you get to know other people on campus and some of the smaller events that might be going on.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation on campus exists, but most students choose to ride bikes instead.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Anyone zccepted into the school can pick any major. You do not need to apply into a specific school, which makes it easy if you change your mind as you learn more about different subjects.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: The tech industry is based right here so there a lot of opportunities for internships/jobs

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: Stanford has the best weather ever!!! Where else do you see people studying outside or playing beach volleyball in the middle of February?

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto is a great town, but not that easy to get to because of the distance off campus and quite expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There is a very open drinking policy that encourages safety and good choices over implementing crack-downs.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The trend at Stanford is either casual hook-ups or very intense, we're going to get married relationships. There is very little middle ground, possibly because a lot of students choose not to put their time into a relationship when there is so much else to do.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is definitely there at the football games and other big sporting events, but not quite as present for smaller events. A large number of students will participate in intramurals or club sports, though, at some point during their time at Stanford.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Most of the parking can be a little out of the way (e.g. far away from dorms). Otherwise, the parking situation is quite average.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is usually sunny with the exception of winters, which are often rainy. Mornings tend to be cooler and followed by warm afternoons (typically around 60 to 70 degrees) and chilly evenings.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Diversity: On the whole, people are very supportive of sexual orientation (evidenced by our strong LGBTQ community). Discussion of politics, religion, and socioeconomic background are not particularly common, but on the whole students are very accepting of people across the spectrum in those areas.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Unless you have your own car or a Zip car, it's quite difficult to get off campus. BART doesn't reach this part of the bay, while CalTrain doesn't offer convenient or flexible locations and hours of running. Campus shuttles are free and efficient, but often have limited hours of service.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The main nightlife at Stanford is found on the row or in houses on campus. If you're over 21 you can try the bar/club scene in Palo Alto or in San Francisco, but both are kind of a hike from Stanford late at night. I enjoy the options, although the frats can get a little old after a while. For freshman, though they're really fun.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: Although I would highly recommend getting a laptop for school, that is no reflection on the availability of computers. You can almost always find a free one in the numerous computer labs on campus. Stanford will provide students with free Microsoft Office software that they're allowed to keep after graduation, which is a huge cost-saver. Also, wireless access is available absolutely everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are various options for transportation at Stanford. Most people use bikes to get around, but cars can be handy after freshman year. The marguerite (campus bus) is free and can take you into Palo Alto, but most people find it easiest to just bike, since it doesn't usually take more than 15 minutes to do so. If you're interested in going in to San Francisco, the CalTrain is a reasonably priced option and runs until fairly late at night. Most often, though, you will have a friend with a car who can drive you.

5 College Student

Academics: Everything about academics is pretty amazing. I'm very happy.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Campus Dining: You just have to know which dining halls are the best

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Diversity: This school is much more diverse than my high school.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I just want to major in economics and go into finance and business, and they make that easy.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I am still early in my program, but I love econ so far.

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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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