Stanford, CA
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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Stanford is a very relaxed campus. RAs do not enforce drinking rules in dorms, and alcohol is allowed in all residences. The school is very strict about cheating and plagiarism when you get caught, but the general feeling is that once you get into Stanford, it's pretty hard to get yourself kicked out.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Men Are Progressive – Men are generally very athletic, good-looking, and intelligent. In an atmosphere with so many strong, intelligent women, most men have more liberal attitudes towards relationships and gender roles.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Kids Actually Come Here to Learn – Do kids drink? Sure. Do some kids take drugs? Yeah, a select few. But for the most part, people keep their usage under control. No one comes here to get high and party constantly.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Better Than Most, but Not Great – The dining halls are okay, but the real fine dining happens at the co-ops and self-ops around campus. Plus, there are great non-dining hall eateries (Treehouse, Axe and Palm) that are on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Everything Is Top-Of-The-Line – This is Stanford, after all. It's hard to fully realize until you come here how many incredible facilities you have at your disposal, many of which you can use 24 hours per day.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Frosoco Is the Place to Be – Frosoco is the best freshman/sophomore dorm ever. Our remoteness makes this place great for quiet studying but also lots of mingling and socializing happens, due to the crazy nature of the people here and also all the great events that the dorm sponsors or subsidizes for us.

4 College Junior

Weather: It's 70 degrees in January. What more could you want when it usually rains in Winter?

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Bomb Housing – Stanford's on-campus housing is phenomenal compared to a lot of other universities. In addition, it's great to know that housing is guaranteed for 4 years, rather than 1. The options offered also make Stanford housing great.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Wish There Was More of a City Atmosphere – Stanford is great because it offers so much to do within the bubble. Unfortunately, going out in any of the neighborhoods surrounding campus is boring, though I do love the Stanford Shopping Center. San Francisco and San Jose are close enough to make this less of an issue, but it's different from actually going to school in either city.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Superficial Reigns... Spring Is Supreme – I tell people all the time, don't expect to meet your mate at a Stanford fraternity party. Fraternity parties are only enjoyable for the fraternity and sorority guys and the people who are well connected with those spaces. There is a hook-up culture at Stanford, that only some people benefit from. For the most part, there is a lot of going out, hoping to find someone, but finding out that was a waste of your time. I went to frat parties for all of my freshman year, until I eventually started dating a frat boy I met in my best friends dorm.

However, the parties are awesome and they get extremely better in the Spring.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Fun Yet Chalenging – Professors are available and helpful and the programs are great in pretty much every field. Other students are realy fun, and there are lots of extra-curricular options. The workload is, as is probably true anywhere, as hard as you make it, but the work is not busywork.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: University Avenue Is Great! Downtown Palo Alto has a lot of great places to eat. It's an easy bike ride straight down Palm Drive which takes you right on to University Avenue. There are plenty of fun, delicious places to check out. Some places are a bit expensive, but you can find ones that aren't so bad.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Great Teams but Light Enthusiasm – Stanford athletes are the best in the nation in almost all sports. However, enthusiasm for athletics is light, given how academically-focused students are. Football games are attended by a minority of students although our team was 5th in the nation. Facilities are excellent and available to all.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Stanford Security does well in keeping the large campus safe; it is well-lit and students can often be found around campus. There are a multitude of late-night options, including golf-cart rides until 2am.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Palo Alto Is Not a College Town – Palo Alto is nice for romantic, intimate, small excursions, but it is by no means a college town. Cheap food and cheap fun are options that exist more readily a ride away on the Caltrain to Redwood City or San Francisco.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics at Stanford are phenomenal. The sports facilities are amazing and the coaching is great. Therefore it is not surprising that many of our sports teams are some of the best in the nation. Unfortunately the fan support is sometimes a little lack-lustre, but otherwise Stanford athletics cannot be faulted.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Hot Prowl – Every year we have some guy who is like a peeping tom or something on campus. I honestly think it's one of those awkward techie students, but Stanford is REALLY good about texting everyone immediately as soon as the incident happens.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The weather is amazing. No snow. Chilly but not freezing. Sunny but not burning. Laid back and so surprisingly fun. Quirky.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: West Lag Living – I love the rooms in West Lag. Very room and spacious, although you're very likely to get a triple instead of a double. Kinda far away geographically from the Quad, where most of the classes are, but if you're taking a lot of classes in the sciences or engineering or chemistry field, you're just a minute or two bike ride away. Bathrooms are pretty well taken care of for the women. Love how the shower and toilets are in two different separate rooms. Social atmosphere is a little bit quieter in West Lag than most of the other dorms since there are no all frosh dorms and only four-year houses or upperclassmen houses only. But this is great for studying since it's generally more quiet. Cost is a bit on the pricey side, but it's no different than if you live off campus since the property value for the housing in the immediate area are very very high. Dining halls are pretty close to the dorms, and you can get to most places either by biking or taking the Margurite (which is free) shuttle to shopping malls and such. Housing process is great; really easy to adjust and transition into.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The marguerite shuttle can pretty much get you within walking distance of anywhere you want to go.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Convenient spaces go quickly on busy days, otherwise it's pretty good.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty Good – acceptance is good. pretty diverse esp since i am in the black them dorm. i dont know how it is from other dorms. Mainly upperclass people.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs aren't that big on campus, maybe weed? If so it's not very visible

4 College Freshman

Computers: Amazing computer clusters everywhere. Computing resources readily located and plenty of help for those who don't have any experience with computers or technology in general. Most of the computers in the computer are the huge widescreen Macs, and they all have Mac OS or Windows 7 installed on all computers. Some of the computers available for undergraduate science class that are connected to lab instruments such as the NMR are a bit outdated (some are really really outdated but still fully functioning). Keyboards and mouse are great. Remote printing is available and printing is not an issue, though it costs about a dime for every piece of paper printed. Tons of computer labs everywhere across the campus and at least one in every dorm. Wifi is pretty good, although the signal strength is kinda spotty in some places. Network reliability is at its finest, no need to worry about information lost or slow connection. Connection is incredibly fast when connected via ethernet. Need for personal computer is not necessary, although it's just handy when you want to work at night or don't feel like leaving your room. But while my laptop was broken, I was able to finish all my work using just the computer cluster. A personal printer is also not necessary since you can print from your room and just pick it up at the computer cluster printers, but it's just handy to have around when you're in a rush.

College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: it is a nice area but i dont have a car so i can't really get out to go eat in other places


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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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