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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Great experience. Lives up to the hype.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life contributes to the party scene on campus and gives students options for social life but isn't the only option for social activity on campus. Greek life isn't too cliquey or exclusive.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Athletics: Stanford has some of the best facilities and teams in the country.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great school! Professors care about their students and classes are challenging but interesting. Pretty much any organization you would want on campus and easy to start a new one if it does not currently exist.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Stanford has some pretty awesome parties year round - the perfect weather doesn't hurt.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Student parties are a ton of fun but so are the Stanford sponsored events - there's something for everyone.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Stanford is first and foremost a world class academic institution that opens all sorts of doors and has world class professors at every position.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: Nowhere else in the world will you find the most brilliant people of all backgrounds.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People work hard and play hard but nobody is judgmental and peer pressure isn't terrible.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Stanford is absolutely the best school in the country in every aspect and should be everyone's dream school.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All students have the opportunities they work for and desire - Stanford opens so many doors.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Despite the press about Brock Turner, Stanford is overall a very safe, welcoming, and open place where everyone cares for one another.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a quad and it is the best experience of my life.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life adds an interesting aspect to campus but there is no pressure to participate.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Best school in the country in athletics and academics. The only school that is even in the top 20 in both and we're top 5 in both easily.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely the dream school in every way possible.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The Row is always alive on weekends, and no one will pressure you to party. However, parties are generally fun and uplifting as de-stressers. It's also a perfect time to bond with new friends and meet old friends. Transportation sucks if the party is on the other side of campus. You can't bike if you're drunk because SU police take BUIs seriously, but there is a free transportation for nighttime, 5-SURE, for students who aren't able to drive. Last resort is Uber or Lyft.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Quality and prevalence is decent, and the best parties take place at the Row. The party scene ranges from all-dorms, small kickbacks, to all-campuses. There are many themed parties and other traditions, which make the experiences more fun and more interesting. The party scene has a tendency to make friendships fast, but it's not for everyone, and you can definitely bond with friends outside of parties.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Open Door policy makes drug and alcohol very present. Although freshmen get exceptionally rowdy, it fosters trust and community with the dorm staff.

Nevertheless, after freshman year, people generally grow up and use that policy wisely.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors take their job seriously. Even if they are experts in their field and are highly regarded (and extremely busy) with research, they take genuine interest in their students' success. My professors will go out of their way to talk to me and counsel; they always make time to talk outside of lecture. Class sizes differ; as usual, classes are big when they are introductory science and engineering classes, but smaller when they're upper division classes. Required undergrad general education classes are also small, which creates communities and closer connections to faculty.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Stanford has a reputable undergrad education that is bolstered by a community of staff and faculty who are committed to finding part time jobs, internships, and other opportunities for pre-professional experiences outside of the classroom. Situated at the heart of Silicon Valley, recruitment for techies (engineering and computer science majors) and prospective consultants is intense and competitive. We have top ranking business, law, and medical schools, and these connections have definitely helped undergrads. Alumni participation, with events such as Homecoming Reunion and the Alumni Club, is very strong, making us the first university to raise $1 billion dollars in fundraising efforts. With resources in Student Career Education such as BEAM and the online platform Handshake, Stanford really wants to help its students be fully equipped after graduation.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Having rushed a sorority and not expecting to in the first place, the Greek community is rowdy, but extremely friendly and open. It also depends on what kind of sorority to rush - there are multi cultural ones, and ones that are part of the national association of sororities. In terms of rowdiness, it varies from group to group. The Greek life here is not the one typically stereotyped in movies.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our athletics program is one of the best in the nation. School spirit is high in the fall when it comes to football; the Cardinal is a top 10 football team in AP rankings and in the Pac-12.

During this 2016 Rio Olympics, we sent around 40 Stanford athletes - the highest from any American university. Famous olympians who currently attend/will attend school here are Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky, who will be an incoming freshman this fall.

Our athletes show why everyone should Fear the Tree.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My freshman year at Stanford was one of great tribulations and joys. My favorite experiences have included last-minute adventures all over our expansive campus, meeting intelligent and genuinely kind students, and learning from passionate experts.

Although I got accepted through Early Action, I didn't decide to attend until the spring deadline. I was set on a B.S./M.D. program that would enable me to finish my undergraduate studies and medical school in 7 years. I found roommates, and applied for housing. But I couldn't forget the opportunities that Stanford offered me: the chance to be involved with breakthrough research and explore my passions and interests outside of a accelerated medical program.

This year, I got what I asked for: a challenge. Stanford has challenged me academically, physically, emotionally, and socially. Being here helped me grow up and see that what I envisioned for myself throughout high school can transform and that that was okay. People always ask me if I regret my decision, and I remember the times that I actually did; the times when I was frustrated by low grades, turbulent relationships, or just plain confusion about the future.

I don't regret my choice, but I'm glad that I don't have a chance to do it all over. Stanford is dubbed the "Harvard of the West," where the California sun shines on easygoing but driven students. Stanford taught me that the college experience will never be perfect - there will be many ups and downs. It's known for its diverse excellence in academics and impressive athletic program - always at the forefront of innovation and at the edge of the next frontier in science and the arts. However, its greatest strength lies in its brilliant yet compassionate community of students and teachers.

I learned, in a roundabout but wonderful way, that a college experience is what one makes out of it - regardless of where one goes. I plan to not only survive at Stanford, but also thrive.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a dream unlike anything else.

5 people found this useful Report
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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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