Stanford, CA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
More statistics . . .
YesI'm interested, let this school know MaybeBookmark for later NoShow me better matches What does it mean to express interest?
Oops! There was an error.

Reload the page and try again.

Saving your interest We will attempt to notify this school of your interest. This school has been saved to your schools listyour schools list. This school has been removed from your recommended schools list.
For more schools, visit your recommended schools list.

Reviews 967 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

{{ error }}
4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Many Options – There are a lot of different housing options that would fit anyones preferences. Freshman year you get assigned with a random roommate and can't select your dorm but they do a great job of pairing you with roommates.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Not a Good College Town – Palo Alto is not a good college town. There isn't much to do and everything is pretty expensive.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: In the Heart of the Silicon Valley – Being the heart of the Silicon Valley provides for an experience unlike any other. It's crazy how sucked into the techie culture everyone gets. In truth, however anti-trust a student may be, most learn to fall in love with corporations like Apple and Google, and probably think it wouldn't be that bad if they took over the world (Facebook is a given for like every college student, no?).

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Can't Have Picked a Better School – My time at Stanford has been amazing. I've met incredible people and had the best experiences of my life. My fellow students have never seized to amaze me with their curricular AND extra-curricular endeavors. My time abroad through the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Florence was a highlight of my undergraduate career and I am ever so thankful to Stanford for the amazing opportunities it has, and continues, to offer me.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Nightlife: You have your typical frat parties that really are only fun if you're completely smashed and don't have a clue as to how awful that party scene really is (frat parties got old after Freshman Year). Small dorm room get-togethers are sometimes best. Special Dinners can be fun. Thursday Pub Nights are musts for Seniors.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safety: Not an Issue – I always feel safe when I'm on campus. Whether it's in broad daylight or walking back to my dorm from the library at 4 am in the morning.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty Liberal – Stanford does not endorse underage drinking, and will take action if it is discovered (be smart about drinking and you have nothing to worry about). However as far as far as parties go, parties have to end at 1 am. Other than that there aren't really other restrictions. There are always parties going on!

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Dating...Not Really an Essential – People around campus try to stay more focused on academics and not dating. However, the people are very attractive, both male and female. You will find all kinds of people on campus, from those who are used to city life to international students. Overall a very attractive campus population, expect to see more hook-ups than relationships though.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Palo Alto – The dining options in downtown Palo Alto (specifically on University Avenue) are great! There is a lot of variety, and you will find almost everything you are looking for. The pricing is kind of high for college students, but its a great place to go if you need to get some off campus food. My favorite places would be either California Pizza Kitchen or Bucca Di Peppo, they are both amazing places to go out and have a nice meal with friends or family!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains a Lot – When the sun comes out, it is definitely a very pleasant experience. However, I suppose I had high expectations because of the reputation that California has. It is usually not as warm as I would like it to be or that I'm used to. Also, it rains a lot more than I thought it would. I came prepared for sunshine year round, and instead got regular rain showers, especially during the winter.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Very Trusting – While Stanford is very strict when it comes to certain issues, such as breaking the honor code, there is generally a very trusting environement. Students are expected to make smart decisions and act responsibly, and most students do, so there is typically no need for punishments.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Great – Sports are a pretty big thing at Stanford. IM sports are popular, making it easy to play just about any sport that you want to play. Varsity sports bring out large crowds of students, especially football and basketball games. Other varsity sports don't draw crowds quite as large, but there is always a good amount of fan support.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bikes Are the Way to Go – Probably everyone on the Stanford campus owns a bike. Students, instructors, deans, everyone rides a bike. This makes for an interesting experience during rush hour, as hundreds of bikes commute around the Quad. Accidents abound, but usually no one gets hurt. The Marguerite, the free Stanford shuttle, is a good option to head into Palo Alto or go to the mall.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs? What Drugs? I guess I'm kind of naive, but I have never been offered drugs at Stanford. I'm aware of the fact that some people smoke pot, but I have no idea where they get it from. There are a few dorms that are considered pot heavy, but nothing to be amazed by.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Computers: Stanford is the mecca of IT. Therefore, not owning a computer is considered akin to not having an arm. There is still, however, a computer cluster in ever dorm, with computers, a printer, and a lot of fancy software. The computers at Green library are kind of old but work perfectly, and you can borrow all kinds of computer equipment from Meyer Library. Wireless extends all around the Stanford campus.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: No Cars, Please – Stanford is completely bike-centered. Cars, on the other hand, are more of a no-no here. To begin with, freshmen aren't allowed to have cars for the duration of the whole year. Which, kinda sucks. Upperclassmen are allowed to park their car near their dorm, although to get a permit you have to fill out an application, and are unofficially expected to move around campus on their bikes, only using the car for outings.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: What Was the Name of That Frat Again? Stanford has a pretty balanced atmosphere. There are housed frats and sororities on campus, and they do hold parties from time to time, but there is absolutely no pressure to rush. I didn't even realize that the process was going on last spring. Their parties can be fun, and most everyone is allowed in with a Stanford ID. Also, Greek students don't flaunt it at all. It's all very chill.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford or, more appropriately, Palo Alto, is extremely expensive. Living of campus is not an idea that most Stanford students entertain, given that we are guaranteed all four years of campus housing, which is really good and varied. Since Stanford is a bike school, parking can be difficult to come by if you are commuting from somewhere off campus since the school isn't really geared that way. Living off campus is a pretty foreign idea to any student.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Political Science – The political science department has the teachers and tools to get you the education and connections you need to be successful.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Could Be Better – Off-campus dining is pretty okay, but has a tendency of being a little out of the student price range. There are a couple of different places that offer delivery to dorms, pizza places especially. Also, there are plenty of fast food places for quick cheap meals though those are a little further away than the more legitimate restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Great – There are plenty of dining halls at Stanford, and each have their own theme food style. There is always a dining hall serving food that you'll want to eat, though sometimes you might have to journey to the other side of campus to get to it. Also, there are flexible meal plan options that allow you to use your money at other food joints on campus. Those plans are great ways to have money to grab a quick lunch between classes when you don't have the time to make it back to the dining hall for a meal.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not Too Shabby – The facilities at Stanford are, for the most part, state of the art and very valuable to student life. Campus itself is beautiful with a lot of pride held in the aesthetics of the landscape. There are plenty of different food places to choose from, quiet places to study, places to get together for group projects, an art museum, and very nice athletic centers.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Trying Hard – Stanford is really trying hard to become more diverse. They make a deliberate effort to cherish and accept diversity. For the most part, students are still made up of rich, white kids; however, those people are very accepting and welcome anyone. Stanford also has one of the most accepting campuses for LGBT students with a very thriving and supportive community.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Parking: No Need – There isn't really a need for car on campus because it's a fairly small campus that's contiguous. Also, cars aren't allowed on the parts of campus where the classes are held though they are allowed in the outskirts. Permits aren't available to freshmen unless you have connections, and they will ticket you if your car is illegally parked. Cars aren't necessarily needed on campus, however, Stanford is basically a bubble school and a car is the best way of escaping the bubble on weekends.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Pretty Varied – For the most part, Stanford is full of your typical well-bred, white kids: well dressed, skinny, attractive, and confident. It can take a little getting used to all the egos, but for the most part the kids are nice (if a little pretentious). There're kids interested in just about every topic possible, so there will definitely be a group for anyone here.


{{review.SectionLabel}} at {{review.EntityName}}:

{{review.Votes}} found this useful - Did you? Was this useful? Yes Report

Sorry, there are no reviews.

  • {{settings.pageNumber}} of {{settings.maxPages}}
  • Pages:
  • ... {{page}}

Rankings View more rankings . . .

Photos More photos . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
View all previous student authors

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.

Admitted Students' GPA/Test Scores More on admissions . . .

Applicant Status At Stanford University

How do I stack up?

Compared against the students in the chart, you are in the:

??? Percentile
pageviews remaining

Non-registered users are limited to 5 school profile page views per month.

Register for free to gain full access!