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Stanford, CA
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7,003
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$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Bubble – People often call Stanford a bubble. But if you go here, why would you want to go anywhere else? The weather is great sometimes and decent others. The facilities and professors are almost all amazing and everyone is here to help you help yourself. There is a great sense of school pride and its a really great place to find lifelong friends. GO CARDINAL!

5 College Freshman

Parking: Pretty Good – Parking on campus is pretty good, garages and spaces exist. Most students don't drive though, so that's not an issue.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Visible, but Not Overwhelming – There are a lot of frat parties and the organizations are relatively visible on campus. But theres no pressure to join one, and if you don't there are a plethora of other functions to attend.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I came to Stanford as "undecided," while still thinking about pre-med. However, after finishing one quarter at school, I am even more undecided than ever having already considered pre-med, civil & environmental engineering, and architecture. I am still frantically searching for my intended major and career. I have talked to some architecture majors who are pretty worried about finding a job after they graduate. One perk about being at Stanford, though, is that a degree from this school is impressive to most people and will hopefully help in the long-run.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: BIKES BIKES BIKES!!!! You must have a bike or else you will die (or your friends who bike will kill you for forcing them to walk everywhere)! I would suggest investing in a good bike, but not one that is too expensive because bike theft is very prevalent on campus. Make sure you get a durable, trusty lock too (Kryptonite U-Lock). Depending on where you live, biking can be a hassle. There is the Marguerite shuttle that will take you to the mall or Wal-Mart or wherever else you need to go that is not within biking distance.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: One thing that I love about Stanford is that it is welcoming to all different types of people. We are respectful to everyone whether that means that they agree with our ideas or not. I walked onto the campus expecting to be overwhelmed with extreme liberals and protest-lovers. However, we are all content with just living with our own beliefs and accepting others for theirs.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Libraries on Campus – The chairs are execrably bad. Any book you can think of is somewhere on campus, and the law library is a hidden gem (except undergrads are locked out during finals). Meyer is kind of gross, but the art and education libraries are mostly empty and gorgeous.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Impressive Social Scene – Concerning girls AND guys: There is a HUGE range of people here at Stanford, even more than at most other schools, so unless you're a recluse and don't ever get out or do much, you'll have no trouble finding hotties of every shape, size, talent, hobby, personality, and sexual orientation. Trust me. When I first got into Stanford I was really afraid that every one here would be a super awkward nerd or a huge snob, but the complete opposite is the case. There are a lot of people here, so you'll still meet geeks, snobs, and jerks, but no more than at any other college, and for every annoying or off-putting person, you can find a dozen really cool attractive people.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: There a LOT of well-equipped, well-run facilities on campus, from huge libraries to the Hume Writing Center for help with absolutely any writing assignment you might have, to the campus eateries. The only complaint I might have, and it's a small one, is that a lot of the stores on campus aren't open nearly late enough, which is strange considering they're supposed to be there for us students, who are all up at crazy hours

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: I love the Stanford computer system. Wow, what a luxury. There are Macs everywhere, on which you can also run Windows, and Adobe Creative Suite as well as many other professional applications are available on virtually all of them. The only downside is sometimes the computers will decide to update themselves at random times, during which you can't use them, and printing gets a little expensive (although the printers are really, really nice). There's WiFi all over the entire campus, and the Internet works fast. I haven't had any problems.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Cars for Students – Freshmen do not get to have cars. They do not need them however as everything you need is on campus. Bikes are a very reliable form of transportation for most freshmen. If you need to go to the city you can always rent a zipcar or ride your bike to the train station. On campus ther always seems to be enough parking for the upper classmen and they have parking permits

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Marijuana – No one pressures you to do either. But people do both with a high degree of regularity. They are not strictly enforced but some people drink past the point at which it is still safe. In which case an ambulance generally arrives to take them to a hospital.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: The computer labs are in every dorm which is helpful and you can access them whenever you want with the key to your dorm which is convenient. The computers are equipped with any software that you need for your classes. There are computers that have special software for Media classes in the libraries which are generally open until 1 oclock.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Best in the World – Perhaps one of the most diverse places in the world. People of all races/ethnicities/nationalities, plus a truly startling number of LGBT students (in a good way).

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: What Sets Us Apart – What sets Stanford apart from a lot of the Ivies is the athletic presence on campus. Lots of students are athletes themselves, and students who aren't try their best to support their friends in varsity games. For those who aren't at the Varsity level, there are lots of IM and club sports to choose from, as well as pick up games that are either organized by your dorm or are completely spur of the moment.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Parent's Weekend Town – The off-campus dining options are great and varied but Palo Alto is an expensive town. There are student discounts given with ID or with coupons that every student is given at the beginning of the year but the best resturants are the ones you ask your parents to go to on Parent's Weekend not with your friends. The variety and quality is great, the prices are not. Best places for students: Pluto's, Crepevine, The Counter, and countless fro-yo places

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Stanford is an awesome school which tries to make the freshman experience a great one. The RAs are trained intensely and freshman in your dorms (whether all frosh or mixed) is really the first group of people that you'll bond with at Stanford. The housing options are all on campus and guarenteed all 4 years and have a variety of options. As for classes, there are professors who regularly make it in NYT or CNN that freshmen can take classes from and research that is being done that is making world news. The people that you will meet at Stanford will change how you think about the world, and are some of the most unique and interesting people there are. It's an awesome school that focuses on community, academics, and social life of students.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Stanford usually touts its Greek community as small, and while a small-ish percentage of students participate, they are active. All major parties are open to all students, but that doesn't mean greeks (especially sororities) are inclusive of non-greeks in most other ways. That being said, many greeks date non-greeks although same-sex friendships between the two are more rare, but not completely uncommon since greek life doesn't start at Stanford until March of freshman year (unlike most schools who start first semester). You definitely don't have to be greek to go to parties or be social so there are plenty of greeks and non-greeks at Stanford who go out a lot.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Healthy Options and Flexible Meal Plans – Stanford is all about sustainable food and provides lots of options for types of food and there is variety at every meal. A new dining hall just opened on east campus (where most frosh live) that is beautiful and full of healthy food. Stanford, for the most part, tries and succeeds to provide its students with a variety of options that are healthy and flavorful.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Well Coached and Smart – Coaches care about academics as well as your skill on the field.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Easy to Drink, Don't Cheat – If you get caught cheating, or in some way violating Stanford's honor code, the punishments are very severe. However, besides this, students are given an enormous amount of trust. Freshman can drink freely and don't get in trouble by RA's. If you're underage though, don't walk around campus with a drink like an idiot... there are campus police.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Super Diverse – Easily the one of the most (maybe THE most) diverse school(s) in the country. I have friends from just about every ethnic group and background imaginable. Even fraternities and sororities and very diverse and welcoming to all interested students.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – There is abundance of good eateries in Palo alto, and many, many more along the El Camino. If you don't have a car, which you won't freshman year, it is harder to enjoy this dining. However, if you are willing to make the short drive of campus, your efforts will be rewarded with a bunch of great dining options. Use yelp.com to help narrow it down.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Lots of Engineering and Science Opportunities – Engineering and science students especially will find themselves in academic heaven: with the top programs in nearly every engineering and scientific discipline, Stanford has a huge abundance of opportunities for studying, working, interning, and researching. Students can get grants to do ground-breaking research, high-level internships at Fortune 500 companies, and access to some of the brightest minds alive.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We've won the Director's Cup for "best overall athletic program" for the past eighteen years straight. We have over 100 NCAA championships (only school besides for UCLA to do that) and have won a NCAA championship every year for the past thirty-five years in a row. The majority of our teams are always ranked in the top five in the nation -- usually first or second. It's an amazing scene on campus too: all the home games are free for all students, and the student section is always incredibly lively. All games have high attendance and high energy. Away games are broadcast throughout campus, so you can always find a good place to watch those, too. There's no better place on earth for athletics.

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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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