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

Nightlife: Most of the nightlife on campus simply occurs at the frats.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone here at Stanford is a football fan, and in general people are pretty active.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Besides there being a computer cluster for communal use, there's internet everywhere.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never not felt safe on campus since I arrived here.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: As a freshman, the only significant influence greek life has is all the frat parties everyone goes to on the weekends.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: It's all great in terms of transportation, except how freshmen can't have cars on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Stanford is simply the best school in the world. The academics are top notch, and even though it's hard, it's worth it.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of people drink on the weekends, but not in excess, so it's fun.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto is a really nice area with a cute downtown, but is expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love Stanford's housing because the rooms are spacious and great.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are not only the best in the country - Stanford has won 19 consecutive Director's Cups for best overall athletics programs - but the culture surrounding athletics is ideal: Athletes are respected for their hard work, but still integrated into campus life and work as hard academically as everyone else. Even the football players. The facilities for both non athletes and varsity athletes are phenomenal.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of restaurants, they're just rather expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity in economic status, ethnicity, geography, religion, interests, everything, is phenomenal. Never will you find a group this diverse. Stanford also has amazing programs for ethnic minorities and firstGen / low economic status students, that foster a feeling of inclusion, acceptance, and provide extra support if needed.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very safe campus, some people give mixed reviews about Vaden Health Center, and the Police seem to exist only to give biking tickets. But overall the campus is extremely safe, so it doesn't seem to need a strong Police force anyway.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto is a great place to work in tech, and has a decent downtown, and SF isn't too far away, but most of campus life is just that - on campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Stanford is ranked in the top 5 for financial aid and endowment in the country. Anyone whose parents make less than $60,000 comes entirely free, and many whose parents make less than $100,000 is tuition free. For many students, coming to Stanford is cheaper than their state college.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are so many options and different types of housing, everyone can find something they like. Freshman dorms are incredibly social and valuable experience, plus self-ops, co-ops and Greek houses continue some of that throughout the rest of your 4 years. Upperclassmen dorms are not as social, but usually spacious and fairly nice.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Palo Alto is far too expensive for most students, and because campus is so large, the commute is excessive. Everyone just lives on campus, where there are countless options.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: CalTrain makes it easy to get to SF, but the Margurite shuttle isn't all that convenient, and Palo Alto has almost no public transport. Biking or zipcar is your best option, or friends with cars. Cars aren't all that expensive to have.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Every major is amazing, and there is no application for any. Any Stanford student can major in anything they want.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: The CS department is unparalleled. Large? Yes. But the teaching is amazing and the opportunities endless

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: On campus parties are pretty great, the Row always has something happening, plus the self-op and language house parties on weeknights are great (Beer and Pretzels, Wine and Cheese, etc). There's really no bar scene for college students in Palo Alto, though, but the on-campus alcohol policy is so lax that it doesn't really matter.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is absolutely amazing for most of fall and all of spring quarter. Sun shining, zero humidity, 75 and clear days all the time. There are a few cold and rainy weeks at the end of fall quarter and through winter quarter, but even the few rainy days will be largely surrounded by stunningly beautiful blue skies. Some of my favorite memories are beach volleyball and tanning in between homework out on the field...in January

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is good but somewhat difficult to get to.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't personally feel pressure, people are very open, but I know a lot of people do drink.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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