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

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – Stanford is a very safe place to be, the only real crime is the ocasional bike theft. Students can even be lazy about security, since there isn't much need to worry, and frequently leave bikes and computers laying around. The university has a pretty intense alert system in case of emergency - recently there was a blackout, and I got a text, email, call on the room phone, and voicemail on my cell letting me know what was going on.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fantastic Northern California – Palo Alto is an upscale suburban community, so Stanford isn't very well integrated with the community. It's a pricier area, but it's really nice and crime rates are low, and there's enough to do on campus to keep plenty busy. San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean are only a short drive away, so there are always a lot of options! Northern California is a fantastic place to go to school, even if Palo Alto itself is a little boring.

College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation at Stanford is actually really great. The University has Marguerite, a free shuttle that students can ride to nearby shopping centers, the Caltrain station, and supermarkets.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties on campus are usually good with nice music and crazy dancing. Fraternities and sororities, dorms, student groups, and random people on campus throw parties. However, the bars and clubs are for students 21 and older. I have a few more years to start experiencing that scene.

College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties on campus are lame. There are some frats that try to mimic ASU and such, but you don't come to Stanford for the frat parties. Instead, I recommend taking the Caltrain to San Francisco, which is always a hip and awesome place to party.

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High School Student

Nightlife: Frat parties are usually pretty fun, and all you need to get in is your Stanford ID. They are kind of crowded, but a nice break from the week.

High School Student

Campus Housing: Even though next year Stanford is rearranging dorms so that more freshmen will be able to live in an all-frosh dorm, I personally love living in a four-class dorm. I live in Roble, where the freshmen live in roomy, three-room quads. They are really nice, and Roble has so many freshmen, it is like the best of both housing options.

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Niche User

Weather: We have very warm California weather. Bring light clothes, but remember to bring some more formal clothes for dances and other events.

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Niche User

Weather: The weather is probably one of the most appealing attributes of this area.

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Niche User

Weather: California's weather is nice, especially when it is not too hot, but is still very sunny, and you get a nice breeze from the bay. It rains in the winter, but it doesn't get too cold.

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Niche User

Weather: Typical bay-area weather is a little cooler than the weather in southern California. It gets pretty cold at night here.

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Niche User

Weather: It's cold and rainy in the winter but very beautiful at all other times.

Niche User

Weather: The weather here is amazing. There is a rainy season, though, and it can get cold in the winter. Sometimes temperatures drop as low as 40 degrees.

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Niche User

Weather: During the days, you can get away with very little clothing. The evenings require something more substantial.

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Niche User

Weather: This is Cali, so it is almost always nice. However, unlike SoCal, we actually have more than one season.

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Niche User

Weather: It gets a bit nippy in the winter, but is nothing compared to East Coast weather.

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Niche User

Weather: There's gorgeous weather here year-round-mild, no humidity, sunny skies. It normally rains a lot in the winter, though.

Niche User

Overall Experience: This is the best school that I could have chosen for myself. I would recommend it over any other place!

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Niche User

Overall Experience: The strength of this school is the people-the faculty and the students. The vast majority of them are nothing short of amazing. While there are definitely things that I miss about being home, I like almost everything about being here.

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Niche User

Overall Experience: I don't know what it's like to attend school anywhere else, but Stanford is an interesting, comfortable, and non-intimidating place to be.

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Niche User

Overall Experience: Stanford is an amazing place offering a great education, a great social life, and great sports. Palo Alto is a little dull, but San Francisco is nearby, and there are always a lot of things happening on campus. I am incredibly happy here, and I think that it is the greatest place on earth. It isn't for everyone, though.

Niche User

Overall Experience: This is definitely the best place that I could be. It is academically rigorous, sometimes to the point of being painful, but there are also a lot of opportunities to have fun. It's up to you. I have made good faculty contacts, and anyone with a little initiative can find a way to work in a lab, or do some sort of independent project. It's up to you to make sure that you get your money's worth, but it's definitely possible.

Niche User

Overall Experience: It's much better than expected.

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Niche User

Overall Experience: I honestly can't imagine being anywhere else, but I think everyone says that about his or her school. I genuinely love Stanford, though, because it is an awe-inspiring institution, while managing to be quirky and personal. I wouldn't trade my experiences here for anything.

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Overall Experience: Stanford gives you great opportunities. The downside to attending Stanford is that it can feel competitive at times, and you might feel intimidated by that. The big thing to keep in mind is that many people are so smart and study so hard that they tend to be a little weird. But I have some great friends that are very down-to-earth. I am kind of bummed about the dating scene right now because I had a few girlfriends in high school, and now that's not the case. But I am here mainly to learn, so I am happy.

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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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