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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply on time and send in your required documents. Stanford is wonderful in meeting financial need, and out of the schools I applied to, Stanford gave me the most in scholarship money! If you have too many outside scholarships, they might deduct some from your need-based aid.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great variety of sports! Tons of Stanford students also go out to support the football team in their big games. The LSJUMB band is crazy and hilarious and always has a good time. Tickets are free with Stanford ID to generally most games, including football, basketball, and volleyball games.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties on the Row (frat parties) usually happen Thursday night and Friday night, some on Saturdays. However there are tons of other options in the dorm or else wear on campus for those that do not drink.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Bikes are the most convenient way to get around. Others walk or take the Marguerite Shuttle. The CalTrain is easily accessible to take trips to San Francisco as well.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Always beautiful and sunny, 50-70 degree weather most of the year.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Because I am also doing premed and Bioengineering, the class load is heavier than most because the major is a relatively new field. Most students who go the premed track tend to major in biology or human biology not to say that you can't major in anything else besides those. Human biology is more "fuzzy" and less "techie" than other hard sciences majors but it also allows you to fashion your own field of study and get more of a liberal arts education.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Yes, it is tough but college classes are more difficult in general compared to high school. I LOVE my classes nonetheless. The professors are absolutely approachable and office hours are a great time to get to know a professor. Most classes are curved and class size can vary (for example smaller intro seminars vs. a 600 person CS 106A lecture taught by the amazing Professor Sahami).

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: There are endless gorgeous places to study whether it be in Green Library or in the Law School or by one of the many fountains. The Arrillaga Outdoor Recreation Center just recently opened up one of the largest indoor rock climbing walls in the nation. Facilities and community centers are always easily accessible to students. We also have great Stanford traditions such as fountain hopping, events leading up to Big Game, dorm life, Full Moon on the Quad, and Gaieties. There is so much happening on campus and I am in the midst of innovation and phenomenal people. The all freshman dorms do SUCH an incredible job fostering a community and a family that I can easily say I feel "at home".

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The social scene is always lively at Stanford. Even if you are not into partying, there are endless other opportunities and activities. Cardinal nights hosts concerts and movie nights. Also, I have found the social dance community (salsa/swing dancing etc) to be a blast.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Oren's Hummus is a great place to check out. Cream has the best ice-cream sandwiches by far! Some Palo Alto restaurants are more expensive than others but are only a short distance walking or biking off campus. Great variety and delicious foods.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Every dorm has an RCC to address technical difficulties and a computer lab with a printer. Most students have their own personal laptop, but the technology is there if you need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off campus dining is pretty expensive, so I rarely go often campus to eat. University Avenue is the main place students go to eat off campus. If you can afford it, there are a lot of vegan/ vegetarian and healthy food options, as well as a decent variety of options, including Thai, mediterranean, pizza, etc.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I've had the time of my life at stanford university

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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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