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Stanford, CA
Undergrads
7,003
Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 1011 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Love It at College – The college is great everything is within walking distance, the people here are very friendly.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: A Fantastic College – Stanford University is a very helpful University . Love the College reccomend to anybody.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's typical Californian weather - doesn't get too cold in the winter, and it doesn't snow. There are more rainy days than SoCal, but not that many either. Pretty nice throughout the year.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's a lot of stuff to do on campus - there's even a shopping center. Going to Palo Alto or Mountain View is usually done once or twice a month or so, and students usually stay on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Weather – The weather is beyond amazing! During the summer it's sunny but not burning, during the winter it's cold but not freezing. The weather here is absolutely wonderful!

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Parties – The music played at frat parties aren't very diverse. Most of the time the music consist of techno and electronic, which is actually quite difficult to dance to. Most of the students I've talked to about the frat scene agree that the music at frat parties is terrible, so I don't know why the djs continue playing the music that they do. They should try top 40 music.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Yummy Food! I really love the dining hall food. There are some students who complain about the food, but I would have to say the dining halls provide us a variety of foods to choose from. The quality of the food is excellent! Unlike many other colleges where the food options tend to be more fast-food orientated, Stanford has many healthy food options. The salad bars are great. There are chicken breast upon request. Brown rice, roasted vegetables, stiry-fry, fruits, so many options! Some dining halls may have more variety than others, but overall you are bound to have something nourishing to eat. This may not apply to more picky individuals though. There's also a dining hall for people who are allergic to nuts.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: An Amazing School – Stanford is definitely the school for me. While students must work hard, the professors are very caring and social life keeps us sane. Stanford gives students opportunities that could not be found at most schools.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Fun but Not Central – While there are a variety of fraternities and sororities, a majority of students are not involved in Greek life. While parties are fun, they are not central to student life.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Important but Not Central – While sporting events are popular and fun, they are not the focus of student life. The fan support is great and our band is fun and unique.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm an undecided freshman, but there are lots of different majors to chose from. It seems to me that one can study just about anything here. The prerequisite classes that I'm taking for the science-related majors I'm looking at aren't great so far, but I've heard that the classes get better (I just finished my first quarter upon writing this).

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The athletic facilities are top-notch, as are the labs and libraries. The gym I go to is big, with a rock climbing wall, weight room, mats for martial arts training/yoga/pilates/etc. Stanford is currently building a new gym, and has just finished a new concert hall. It needs more music practice/theater space, but those are supposedly coming in the next few years, as the university is in the midst of expanding its arts programs. There are also several students hang-out areas complete with food, and the campus itself is expansive and beautiful.

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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.

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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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