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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Great student life. Gorgeous campus. New athletic center for students. Student union okay, but not hub. Lots of campus events and traditions. Lots of social activities.

10 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Generally expensive. Some cooperative options that are cheaper. Many students find houses together after they graduate.

7 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Incredible atmosphere. People find creative ways to have fun and take advantage of the resources the bay area has to offer.

6 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Overall it's pretty lenient, thought I think the administration has gotten increasingly strict in the past decade, especially with housing (i.e. students have less jurisdiction over what happens to coops).

4 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty liberal atmosphere. Lots of community groups that address diversity of different kinds.

5 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Can't beat the weather. Different climates in weekend-getaway distance.

6 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Many options for on campus housing. Generally social atmosphere very good. Clean, decent food, free laundry. Coops, row houses, greek life, more independent-style living, typical dorm still living. Housing process pretty smooth. Most housing pretty close to center of campus. Costs decent compared to surrounding area.

8 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Generally very safe. Campus police disseminate any pertinent alerts amongst students.

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Expensive permits, hard to find parking if you don't get to campus early enough.

4 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Great college town. Very safe, some fun bars, beautiful area, SF close by

3 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Students have much freedom within their individualized curricula to explore and gain a breadth of knowledge that helps students develop critical thinking skills in both the humanities and biological sciences, but the department is very big, it is sometimes difficult to forge meaningful relationships with professors and faculty or feel well-supported

7 people found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Incredible resources abound. Quality of class of course varies by department and professor. Typically easy to get the classes you want to take or to do special projects and research. However many hoops you need to jump through to accomplish what you want to is largely dependent on the individual department. The registrar is frustrating to have to go through as an intermediary.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Administration: Stanford holds its students to high standards.

12 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: I am enrolled in advanced project management program and it is great.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Academics: Stanford is the best business school!

10 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Stanford is great. I love the university.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: No matter who you are, you'll find someone you click with. The diversity in every way is phenomenal. There is a common trend, however, of either casual hook-ups or extremely serious dating, but many Stanford grads marry other Stanford grads, and the breadth of amazing people here is shocking.

42 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are consistently top in their fields, and enjoy teaching undergraduates. In intro level larger lecture classes, the TA's are usually incredible resources, but the professors themselves teach as much as they can. They love to have interactions with students, and are very likely to take undergraduates on for research, even inexperienced freshmen and sophomores. Not to mention the fact that their work is being cited in news articles literally every other day, and yet they still make time to eat in the dining hall and go to football games.

26 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an engineer at Stanford is extremely hard, but rewarding. Most of your classes for at least the first two years will be large lecture halls, set by a deadly curve, and people scrambling to be above that curve. That being said, there are many opportunities for students to do research, meet professors, and gain a leg up.

26 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: The resources and faculty surrounding your education at Stanford are incredible. However, often times classes are large lecture halls with hundreds of students, and teachers are incompetent.

19 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Stanford is one of the safest places I have ever been. There is almost no crime, with the exception of occasional petty theft.

18 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Weather: Palo Alto is known for it's sunny disposition year round.

18 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In general, there is every type of person you could possibly want at Stanford. Whether you like nerdy, quite types, athletes, or creative artists, they most likely exist, it may just be harder to actually find them.

20 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The dining in Palo Alto is very overpriced. While there are a variety of options, most of the time due to price and lack of convenience, most students will rarely eat off campus.

8 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Marguerite shuttle is free and fairly convenient. However, it does not go to very many stops off campus.

11 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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