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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Housing at Stanford varies widely, with different types, locations, and qualities of dorms/houses. The student staff, however, is consistently enthusiastic and responsible, and the custodial staff are friendly and hard-working.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Stanford puts effort into making every aspect of student life meaningful. The professors are experts in their fields and are most often (but of course not always) good teachers. The residence and dining staff make the living experience fun and meaningful, helping new and returning students get and stay connected with each other.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: lots of networking and internship opportunities

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Unique student groups. Engaging student life

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. There is very little crime.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Stanford has amazing, accomplished professors, class sizes are small and are often discussion-based.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From my experience, research positions and internships are handed to students. Also, being located in the Silicon Valley, we have great access to tech job recruiting.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The community in freshman dorms is great - Stanford has huge funds just for each dorm to spend on activities each year. My dorm went skiing, to Cirque du Soleil, laser tag, Disneyland, etc.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am in a housed sorority on campus, and I love it. You meet tons of people, and can go to so many more parties than would be otherwise available.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are so many athletes at Stanford, and as such sports are a huge part of student life. Stanford is consistently an NCAA powerhouse, which is a ton of fun for athletes and non-athletes alike.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Stanford is the dream. Incredible students, great professors, amazing sports, beautiful weather...

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Actually, a burglary did occur at my dorm once this year. No one was hurt, and police were quick to respond and handled the situation well. Generally, I feel safe on campus. There is a campus-wide alert system that operates through text, call, and email, which is very effective.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Lots of interesting classes to take, and professors are generally quite helpful (it comes down to you, the student, having the desire to approach them or not).

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The "Stanford name" is no joke. Lots of alumni willing to help out and lots of recruitment opportunities/career services advice on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Freshman-Sophomore College on west campus. The sense of community and social atmosphere are amazing (don't be fooled by our "nerdy and antisocial" reputation) and the rooms are relatively spacious compared to other freshman dorms (plus, we have two-room doubles).

FSC and the freshman dorms are located about the same distance away from most classes/center of campus. With a bike or the free Marguerite shuttle, it's not difficult to get around campus.

I can't speak in detail about the other dorms, but I can say I've never heard anyone say they dislike their dorm/living arrangements/dormmates.

Housing is guaranteed for all four years; the process can be confusing at first but I assure you, you will figure it out quickly.

One thing: no AC (at least in FSC), bring a fan if you get hot easily.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't big here. As someone with little interest in joining Greek life or attending large parties, I don't know much about Greek life. No one judges you if you don't want to join/party with Greek life.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is high and our sports teams are highly ranked. Lots of students attend games, but it's by no means something you "must" go to in order to have fun/hang out. From what I've seen, the student-athletes seem happy to be here.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had a fantastic experience so far. Everyone is very open-minded, accepting, and willing to candidly discuss topics (from the mundane to the controversial). It's easy to be positively influenced by other students' passion about their interests, even when they don't coincide with yours. People are helpful and humble.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: In the grand scheme of schools, I would say we are likely among the best at addressing sexual assault issues. However, that does not mean we are good. That means that this nation has a serious issue with the way we treat and fail to respect others' and our own bodies. This is prevalent on college campuses, where alcohol often gives us a green light to touch others without first and foremost fostering an environment of consent. Serial rape is a different matter, and I do not think Stanford has dealt with rape issues particularly effectively. Even so, students are working hard to change these policies to keep in mind that survivors of sexual assault often face a lifetime of mental and physical trauma, and that such issues should never be taken lightly. I look forward to seeing if a sexual assault class becomes required for frosh so that students will be equipped to understand what a respectful, consensual, and fun situation looks like. Gray areas in sexual assault are far too common, and a required class can help to draw those lines a bit clearer.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Stanford is an incredible place. I still can't believe I'm a student here sometimes. I am sure there are schools that place a higher value on listening to their current students and on prioritizing diversity and inclusiveness beyond the brochure-requirements. I think Stanford has work to do to improve these things, but I do appreciate everything its given to me. I have learned a lifetime's worth from professors, internships, events, and most of all, peers.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have already utilized the wide network of Stanford connections, and while I feel almost like I'm cheating the system, I could not be more grateful for the opportunities I have had. I feel like if I continue working hard and keeping my options open and using my resources, I will have little trouble finding the funding to pursue any position that I choose. As an International Relations major with a desire to pursue politics, I look forward to returning to DC to give back to Stanford what it gave to me - - a wealth of experiences.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Every house/dorm is very different. If you want clean and quiet, try to get a single at Branner. If you want messy and creative, try Theta Chi or Synergy. If you're looking for community/vegetarian, live in Columbae. If you're looking for a tight community that focuses on identity, go for an ethnic theme dorm like Ujamaa or Zapata. If you want to live with your Greek house, that's also an option. Frosh tend to have louder, community-oriented dorms. Most spaces are kept pretty clean, and the dorms get renovated fairly frequently. You also have the option of living in an apartment-style housing complex. Drawing in is stressful ('draw'ma), but most Stanford students spend more time outside their dorms than in, so people tend to be okay with what they end up with if they didn't get their top few choices. Overall, I have loved the dorms I've stayed in, and I am grateful to the (underpaid) staff who clean the bathrooms and vacuum the hallways. Many dorms have either dining halls or open kitchens, too, so food is never far away.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: In general, I take a bit of an issue with the way that Greek organizations operate on a bottom line of exclusivity. While Greek orgs do public service events, they are primarily responsible for the social scene on campus. Talking to my friends in Greek life, I feel like rape culture does play a pretty strong role in Greek life, which makes me skeptical. Generally speaking, non-Greeks tend to be fairly opposed to Greek life, but will often go to frat parties, and there's a lot of overlap in social circles. While I'm non-Greek, I have many friends in Greek life, but I don't spent much time at sorority houses, nor would I ever want to rush. It's a big part of campus, but there is certainly no pressure to join; that's true for most things at Stanford. There are too many things going on to be pressured to join any particular scene, unless you have close friends involved.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Most students love football. It does feel a lot like a franchise, and I think student athletes tend to be a bit isolated from the other students since they spend so much time practicing. But most people respect the athletes, even if there's a bit of stigma suggesting that they're only here because they got recruited. Even so, they do have to keep up with some Stanford classes, even if it's a lighter load. Frosh dorms, though, tend to have athletes scattered throughout them, and it was always fun to go and support dorm mates. My first year I went to see my friend (an Olympic medalist) swim in a competition, another friend (ranked among the top in the nation) pole vault, a few friends play baseball, and a friend play basketball. The football team seems to bring in the most money for the school, so it seems like admin tends to appreciate them most. Going to games is always a great time, and students definitely feel connected to the team for years.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I can't imagine a more opportunity-driven school than Stanford. Going to a highly-selective college certainly makes me feel like I will be sought after by employers after I graduate. I have been grateful for the 600+ student groups/clubs, the expert faculty members, the passionate student communities, and the chances to travel and work in DC and South Africa. There are certainly drawbacks, though. Stanford administration seems to prioritize selling itself as a top school and attracting donations from alumni over its current students. Like any other school, there is a lack of diversity in the faculty (though we have some incredible programs like the Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity major/minor and other cultural focus programs); there is sexual assault; there is a lack of willingness to engage with students and reform policies. Stanford tends to trumpet its strengths (of which it has many) and play down the areas it needs to improve. As the current University president steps down, I hope the next one will truly value student voices, as opposed to operating the school as a business first and foremost. Even so, I cannot imagine my life without my experiences at Stanford, and I cannot wait to return to campus after studying abroad. The campus is paradise.

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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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