Location
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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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Stanford has an amazingly progressive policy when it comes to drugs and alcohol. The open-door policy in dorms generally means people are much safer than ordinarily, and feel comfortable going to staff if they need help. Alcohol is a part of campus life, as is weed, but plenty of people don't partake. Peer pressure is not an issue. Campus police are very lax, which encourages moderation and no need to hide things for fear of being punished. This absolutely encourages safety.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Parking: Permits are slightly expensive, but not as bad as they used to be. On campus, you don't need a car, but to get anywhere off, it's nice to have.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Dedicated professors, large classes but people willing to work with individual student needs

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: Internships are freely available, plenty of on-campus jobs, and Stanford has an incredible reputation. Easy to find things on campus, though competition is difficult. In general, though, little problem finding things, especially further and further away from Silicon Valley, where there are fewer Stanford students and competition is less intense.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Outgoing, social, but everyone is secretly a nerd. Very athletic culture - even the non-athletes find being fit very important. Obviously a lot of geeky people, but for a school this academic, a surprising amount of "normal" people. Definitely a California laid-back culture, east-coasters are often surprised initially. Dating doesn't really happen, mostly just casual hook-ups early on and serious relationships by junior and senior year.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a huge part of the social scene, but very fun. Fairly integrated with the rest of campus, and doesn't consume one's whole life

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are consistently top in their field, but the school is small enough that one can have personal relationships and meet people to work with. Classes are diverse, cross-disciplinary, and (past intro-level) small. Registration generally is workable, and advising / tutoring is everywhere, should you seek it out.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining halls are numerous, diverse, and have overall pretty good food. There are several other restaurant options on campus, and dining dollars are able to be used for a few. Not to mention Starbucks, Thai Cafe, Coupa, Treehouse, and others

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Computers: Tech support for every hall and house, computer clusters in every residence hall, plus many others, high-speeed internet absolutely everywhere on campus

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Student

Transportation: Everything is out of the way.

2 people found this useful Report
College Student

Scholarships: I cannot comment. I didn't apply and know nothing about it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Athletics: Great place to stay fit and roam.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Campus Housing: A good time with good people, all in all.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: San Fran close by makes it ok.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: Hidden but available; just the way I like it.

3 College Student

Nightlife: Study first is the motto.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Diversity: Diversity is key and is valued as such.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is for some, not for me though.

5 College Student

Computers: We have computers everywhere. It's expected and supported.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Easy not to have a car here.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletes are the best in their sport.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All groups are represented and welcomed.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It exists, but it's mainly just frats. Not much else to do if you are against frats until you get to know other people on campus and some of the smaller events that might be going on.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation on campus exists, but most students choose to ride bikes instead.

6 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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