Stanford University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Stanford, CA
Website
www.stanford.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
7,003
Part-Time Undergrads
60
Setting
Suburban
In-State Tuition
$42,225
Out-of-State Tuition
$42,225
Room & Board
$12,721
Acceptance Rate
7 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
2080–2350
Average ACT Scores
31–34

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Beautiful campus/beautiful weather
  • Getting a job
  • Great athletics/extracurricular activity options
  • San Francisco

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Cost of living
  • "The Stanford Bubble"
  • Competitive
  • Large campus

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Stanford Student Reviews

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2 College Senior

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

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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

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Overall Experience: I am buying a brand not an education

2 people found this useful Report
1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: they need more rules and enforcement with drinking

1 person found this useful Report
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