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

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene depends on who you hang out with, but it's relatively small or average from what I can tell. I've never felt pressured into anything.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It is not completely obvious that there are drug users on campus mostly because I have never seen anyone under the influence of drugs. Alcohol is a lot more prevalent when going to parties, but it is under control. There are rare cases of students being transported.

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4 College Freshman

Parking: You can find free spaces pretty much anywhere on campus. There are various parking lots some in which you pay and some which are free. I have not heard of anyone complain about parking.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Freshman are not allowed to have cars; everyone else must buy a parking pass that is only useable in certain areas. Expect tickets if you park illegally. Get a bike instead.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Between the crime rate of the surrounding area, involved campus police, and programs such as 5SURE, I feel extremely safe at Stanford. The only reason my grade isn't an A+ is that bike theft is a big problem here.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There's a fraternity or a sorority for not just community and housing but also pre-business, community service, and other professional applications. I have no interest in Greek life and have never been to a frat party but Greek life at Stanford seems good for what it is.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The culture is for responsible drinking... Pretty easy to get away with throwing a party.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You are given four years of housing, which is perfect and the housing is all pretty nice. Some houses are better that others so hope for a good number in the draw, but when you're seniors you get to pick some of the best housing available. All the room are great, especially singles, just add some flavor to your room and try to interact with your dorm and you will have a great dorm experience.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurant right off campus in Palo Alto on university ave, they are also really good, however the problem is that pretty much all of them are really expensive. So much money is spent just trying to get food on a Friday night with friends.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Stanford makes it relatively easy to get financial aid, however they don't tell you about a lot of hidden costs. Also any other scholarship you gain from outside sources they just deduct from the amount they plan to give you so don't expect to be able to use that money. Meet with the financial aid office a lot and they will try to help you as best as possible. They are very friendly.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: It's really expensive and a big hassle, just go with a bike unless you really want to drive you car

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms at Stanford University are a little on the small side, but the upperclassmen dorms are superb. Actually, housing varies a great deal depending on where you're placed, so it's hard to rate this aspect of Stanford.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are a variety of different dining halls that serve different types of food. It's generally true that dining hall food starts tasting bland after a while, but I think this is true of most universities.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school has an open-door policy regarding drinking. Students generally feel like the University trusts them to make the right decisions.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Every dorm has a computer cluster, so owning a laptop isn't an absolute necessity, but most people have their own anyway. Printing costs 10 cents a page, so investing in a personal printer can be a good idea. The Wi-Fi is fantastic, with coverage over most of the main campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bikes are most common and most useful on Stanford's large campus, making it easy to get to class even if you're running late. The free Marguerite shuttle is very convenient for getting off campus, although the buses are often late. Having a car is extremely useful but not absolutely necessary, as Zipcars and Wheelz cars are readily available.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I really like Stanford dining. They are great in terms of healthy, vegetarian/ethnic food selections, cleanliness, friendliness, etc. The dining hall staff are great. You are free to take food back to your dorms. The best dining places, in my opinion, are Arillaga and Lagunita, but most everywhere is pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of FloMo though...

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is important at Stanford, and there are lots of ethnic/theme/LGBT houses and events to support this diversity. People are friendly and open-minded here.

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College Freshman

Majors: I have not gotten an internship, though I have heard that they are good to have. It can help in the work force and give insight to one's major.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are well made, although there are a few problems with furniture. The different dorms provide plenty of options for all classes. you do have to make the effort to be social or not, but the atmosphere is overall great.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The menus can be changed when asked and the staff is very friendly. The meals depend from different dining halls, and makes it ore fun to go and try new places. It is not possible to avoid the freshman 15 here.

4 College Student

Weather: The weather is great. It's not San Diego, for sure, but it is definitely great to be able to study on the lawn most of the year, and not have to worry about ice or snow!

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics here are top notch. These students and professors are the best of the best.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors here likely write the textbooks that other universities use. They are genius and love passing on their knowledge to the new students.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: No one actually drives around campus - everyone bikes. The bus system is free if you want to get off campus.


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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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