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Reviews 1177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Significantly fewer all-campus parties than there were in recent years due to administrative changes. Students are generally unhappy about this. Also frat parties are wholly unsatisfying in general.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I haven't experienced it enough to say anything of substance

2 College Freshman

Administration: Recently, a lot of changes have been made that seriously impacted students' social lives. While we understand some of the motivation behind these changes, the student body generally agrees that the changes were not the best ways to handle the situations that prompted them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Significantly better than food at most universities, lots of vegetarian options, pretty decent variety, etc. Prices are less than ideal.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: So far I've had a wonderful experience with housing here, except for the Draw. It is quite expensive, but that's to be expected at pretty much any school. My dorm has a wonderful sense of community, but I know that some do not.

The Draw was absolutely horrendous. It has the potential to cause so much drama (lovingly called "drawma") within friend groups, and in my opinion it should be reworked entirely.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining halls are ok, but it also depends on the day. There is fairly good variety but some dining halls are definitely better than others

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Undergraduates are guaranteed housing for at least 3 years and there are many different housing options. The draw isn't very easy, but there are so many different options that are all fairly good options. The RAs are amazing and the room situation is fairly good. They also do a good job about pairing roommates for freshman year

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Residential and Dining Enterprises, or RDE, controls.... residential and dining stuff. Since almost everyone lives on campus, or tries to (grad students), they basically control half our lives. However, they really aren't the most helpful organization. No one really tries to live off campus as an undergrad. If you stay beyond your four guaranteed years of housing, however, they do have a site that lets you look for off campus housing though. It's crazy expensive here though! Get some roommates.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining can be a little hard to discover, since it's mostly accessible only by bike (downtown Palo Alto and California Ave are the go-to biking places). Once you have a car, or if you use a delivery service (Doordash, Fluc, etc), you can discover a ton of different options. There's a pretty big variety of cuisines available if you know where to look. Don't just settle for what's on University Ave. One thing about this area in general though: everything is expensive. Food is mostly not college-priced, and a $10 meal is not that easy to come by. However, there is some really good, fairly expensive food nearby. There're lots of different types of cuisine available, including some really good Italian, Mexican, Indian (try Sunnyvale), Chinese (iDumpling) and French. Good food, but a pricey if you're in the Palo Alto area.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Stanford has limited the amount of all-campus parties this year, but parties are definitely still happening. They might be a little less frequent and little less publicized, but they're definitely there. The social scene ranges from classic frat parties to coop parties, including live music and alcohol most Wednesdays in various places on the Row.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: You can get away with pretty much any normal college student behavior. In terms of academic policies, there's been a crackdown on cheating since the college has discovered a lot of Honor Code violations recently. However, it's definitely not unreasonable strictness.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: In case you didn't know, Stanford is really, really rich. While the sticker price is intimidatingly high, the financial aid department is generous with their funding, and Stanford is often more affordable to lower income students than other colleges and universities.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The meal plan's main drawback is how expensive it is. However, there are a lot of dining halls conveniently placed to pretty much every dorm. There are also options if you don't want to be on the standard dining hall meal plan, such as living on the Row or in an apartment.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms at Stanford have a really strong community that eases the transition to college. Upperclassmen housing is very varied, ranging from independent apartments to Greek houses to language theme houses to coops and more. There's a place for everyone here!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The University has been very strict this year and limiting the number of all-campus parties that take place on weekends.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes the RA's unnecessarily transport residents who don't need to be transported.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid at Stanford.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Clean rooms with easy access and full amenities.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is fine and can be nice but it's more expensive and more of a hassle, so there's really no need for it.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is great, the only thing that would make it better is if it were slightly closer!

3 College Student

Party Scene: The intensity of parties is worse than I would expect given the caliber of students, but its still not as bad as many other universities.

3 College Student

Administration: The policies and enforcement are fairly lenient which allows freedom but also a lot of partying in the freshmen dorms.

5 College Student

Scholarships: Though I did not apply for financial aid, I am astonished at the aid available.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Being a vegan on campus is extraordinarily easy and yummy.


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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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