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Stanford, CA
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7,003
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$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I Mean It IS College – Stanford students are college students. We drink, we party, some of us smoke. What did you expect? The alcohol policy is practically non-existent (people drink with their doors open in front of their RAs). However that being said, most people are very responsible with their alcohol consumption. Peer pressure to drink is rather minimal. If you make a point of saying you don't drink, you might get offered an occasional beer from a forgetful dorm mate, but other-wise you will be left alone. Drug use is less popular. If you see anything, it will be weed.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Guaranteed 4 years of on-campus housing, so I wouldn't know about off campus housing, nor will I ever worry about it. However to hazard a guess I would say it is probably very limited and extremely expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Seriously the campus is drop dead gorgeous. Stanford is ALWAYS undergoing renovation/building something new (right now a concert hall is being constructed). Dorms are given money to essentially buy things for themselves. Last year, my dorm bought a flatscreen TV with surround-sound speakers, a new ping pong table, a foosball table, and still had tons of money to spare. If I had to pick weak points of campus, I would pick Meyer Library, I guess.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I have no idea what the fuss is about – Honestly, Stanford probably has the best cross-section of both intelligent and attractive people. Everyone here is really fit. I honestly think the guys and the girls stack up to be about even. I would agree that the Engineering department is not the place to look for the prettiest people on campus (not to say that you can't find some attractive ones). I know plenty of people who date casually or are in a committed relationship.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: I Am in Love – Seriously, Stanford (though I didn't know it before I got here) is my dream school. I have made the friends of a lifetime here. The people are, for the most part, amazingly chill. They are intelligent, but very humble about their accomplishments. They love to have fun (be it fountain hopping or frat hopping). The athletic programs are nationally recognized, winning 4 NCAA championships in the last year. The classes are amazing. Rarely do you not get into a class you want. The professors are not only brilliant, but also friendly and approachable (for the most part). The campus is stunningly beautiful. What more could you want out of a school?

Oh and the wonderful thing is, you would be hard pressed to find a Stanford student that feels differently.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honor Code...I Guess? Stanford's alcohol policy= what alcohol policy? (Except Admit Weekend) Stanford encourages students to make informed decisions and respects those decisions made, unless you are putting others or yourself at risk. You can drink with your doors open, in front of your RA, and you are all good. As for academic life, Stanford has an honor code. Our exams are unproctored, which is cool.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Frat Galore – So for most undergrads, the partying goes on on-campus. Those 21 and older explore the bar options, but more frequently party it up here! Fraternity parties are held every night on the weekend, and usually there is more than one to choose from. Alcohol policy is lax, so unless you are belligerent I-always-get-dangerously-wasted drunk, there is no problem with partying on campus- at a frat party, with the kids in your dorm, at a friend's suite, etc. And even better just call 5-sure for a free ride back home when you are done.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: BIKES BIKES BIKES – As a student who does not have a car on campus, biking is my primary mode of transport, and it works wonderfully. Zipcars are available for reasonable prices to those who want to rent them. In fact, the nearby Avis even lets under-21's rent their cars. Furthermore, Caltrain and the Marguerite (campus bus system) ensure that you have the means to get anywhere you please.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Bigger Than You Think – Stanford Greek life is by far the most under-rated Greek life of any university I have heard of. Though only about 15% of the campus is Greek, Greek life is on the rise, with record numbers rushing and gossip of adding a new sorority to campus. In fact last year in my freshman dorm, about half of the members rushed. Fraternities throw all the large campus parties. However, being involved in Greek life definitely doesn't define you. It is just one of the many cool things you do. In fact Greek members can be seen heavily featured in everything from student government to varsity sports. There is no pressure to be Greek, but trust me, it is a great experience! Keep an open mind.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Palo Alto- So, So – Palo Alto has great food and even better shopping. You can basically find anything you need in the surrounding area. However, if you are looking for a big club scene, continue elsewhere. Palo Alto can also get a little expensive, so beware.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Just about every day, the temperatures fluctuate between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit! Even in the summer you can wake up to a refreshing morning breeze and warm up as the day progresses. In the winter there tends to be occasional rain; however, the beautiful weather sure beats any setting found at an Ivy League Institution.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Wide Variety & Unique Aspects – My local dorm's dining hall offers ice cream at every meal (due to conditions set forth by the woman who donated $1 million for the construction of the hall) in addition to an Indian-themed dinner on Sunday evenings. Nevertheless, there is a wide variety of food available throughout campus, and students on the meal plan (including all Freshman) can eat at any dining facility.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Awesome Partnership With Apple – The Stanford bookstore works with Apple to provide discounted MacBook Pro laptops to its students along with free iWork software and discounted Microsoft Office for Mac. The laptop also came with a free iTouch, and a free printer which can be picked up at the Stanford Bookstore once you arrive on campus.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Again, its not my school. But its an incredible school. the quality of the professors is what makes stanford the best. The education, diversity, aid, and libraries. Also the campues is beautiful and so big. I will always choose stanford

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Stanford is not my school, is my dreams school. I was there this summer and the school spirit is amazing, the atheletics are great and the fan support incredible. Stanford is the best unviersity of the world. I need aid to study there

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Stanford is home to some top sports teams, such as our varsity football team and women's basketball team. Varsity athletes, even in smaller sports such as sailing, get high-quality treatment at the school. Athleticism of all kinds is definitely encouraged, no matter if it's running with your friends twice a week or taking home a national championship.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Good Choices for Everyone – The dorms for freshman year are pretty standard, although Stanford does offer some theme dorms (ethnic themes, academic programming). After the first year, students are able to pick from a wider variety of housing, including dorms, suites, apartments, frats and sororities, houses, co-ops, etc. The process for housing picks is a complex lottery-type "draw", so they do try to make it fair for everyone. As a general rule, campus housing is pretty good, so no one will really get stuck in a bad housing situation.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Everything You Want – Everyone expects a top research university like Stanford to offer a world-class educational experience. I didn't realize the benefits of this until I actually came to campus and started classes. There is no shortage of classes that one could take for each quarter, and it generally is easy to get into the classes you want. The professors have all been great; they are very helpful, make themselves available to their students outside of class, and do their best to help you succeed. The workload for each class is generally an appropriate amount; of course it takes more time, but the work assigned is helpful. Stanford also has amazing study abroad programs!

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Encourages Green Options – The Transportation department encourages everyone on campus to go without cars. Most students live on campus and bike to class (and even local spots in Palo Alto). There are several bus lines that run everyday, so that students can go for a Target/WalMart run, out to eat, to the pharmacy, etc. The CalTrain is also very close to campus, for when students want to go further to places like San Jose and San Francisco. There are also many ZipCar locations around campus; students get a discount. Finally, parking permits are generally reasonable for those who do want to bring a car (except freshmen), and finding parking is doable.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safe Alcohol Policy – Stanford recognizes that students are going to drink even if they're told not to; so the administration decided to create policies that would keep the students safe. They encourage an "open-door" plan: students won't get into trouble for drinking, but they are encouraged to keep their door open if they do, so that their RA can check in with them. Since students don't feel forced to hide their drinking, dorm staff can watch to make sure that drinking isn't becoming a huge problem, of they are able to step in before someone is at risk of alcohol poisoning. Also I've only ever seen one person smoking a cigarette; smoking is simply nonexistent here, which I love!

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Just Another Extra-Curricular – Stanford is a campus in which literally hundreds of activities are going on each day, with thousands of Stanford students running around to their respective classes, groups, clubs, etc. Frats and sororities are typically viewed as just another activity-not anymore "cool" or "impressive" as being in the consulting group or a member of a physics lab. It's simply another thing to do at Stanford. Frats are notable, however, for throwing the wilder parties one would see here on campus. It's cool if you join a frat or sorority, but you don't feel like you're missing out on anything if you don't join.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Perfect Balance – Stanford offers it all: great athletics, world-class academics, wonderful weather, and a decent social scene. The students tend to be very laid back. They are high achieving, but not over competitive.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Not Too Sunny but Fun – Its not that sunny, which is surprising, since its califronia, but what can you do.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Hot Girls Not – Guys are hot, but the girls are not. ITs sad cause we guys like hot girls, but there just aint any to be found.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Pretty Great but Boring – This major makes me really happy. I get to learn really deep things, but its not that hard. Sometimes I wish that I had another major though.

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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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