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Reviews 1030 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: its expensive, hard to find, and not close

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: very expensive but safe, cleanish fun

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Greek Life: does not affect the atmosphere

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1 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am buying a brand not an education

4 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: they need more rules and enforcement with drinking

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Diversity: not accepting of difference unless it fits in

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Got nothing and had to take out lots of loans

3 College Senior

Athletics: Student involvement lacks but team is good

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe. but information is not readily there

1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Pretentious. Not accepting of differences

2 College Senior

Majors: The transcript deadline was confusing. No support.

1 College Senior

Majors: There is very little support for students

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Academics are a strong point of the school with lots of good classes and professors.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Aerospace engineering is the most popular major here and so there is a lot of support and time dedicated to the students. Whilst it is extremely challenging it is also very rewarding when completed.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Students are required to live on campus the first 2 years. Then they can take advantage of the large number of housing options in the local area from apartments to three or four bedroom homes.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The local town is definitely geared towards locals rather than young adults.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Melbourne may have a boring nightlife but there are lots of nice local restaurants to experience. There are also a number of fast food options in the local area.


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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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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