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5 College Freshman

Technology: Easy access to the computer cluster downstairs in the dorms. The RCC will also help you with any computer problems in the dorms. Wifi is incredibly fast and available at any location on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Smaller town feel of Palo Alto, but larger cities such as San Francisco and San Jose are in close proximity to go to for concerts or events. The options are endless to things to do.

5 College Freshman

Administration: The campus is generally strict enough to keep people safe but definitely not too strict. You have your own freedom on campus and policies are amenable.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are such an incredible experience your first year. All housing is relatively close in proximity to the library, classes, etc. The dorm life is beyond amazing with caring and loving RAs and an RF family. I am so thankful for my freshman dorm (Stern), and everyone can attest that their dorm is the best. The dorm is always kept clean by a daily cleaning person who is always really sweet. Doing laundry is also free. The dining hall for me is as close as walking downstairs and swiping into the door.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Stanford prepares you for the social scene you may see at the school before you even get on campus. Yes, some people drink but there are many who do not. Stanford has an open door policy where if you do drink in your room, you must have the door open. The RAs are not there to get you in trouble. They are there to keep you safe and healthy and are always available if you need help.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys at Stanford are well rounded and smart. Relationships are pretty casual and definitely not overbearing. It is not uncommon to find Stanford guys that are athletic and talented in their own way.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Stanford dining is the best. I expected college food to be not so appetizing, but the dining halls have so many options. There are also specific dining halls that are culturally themed (Mexican/ Asian Food). I am never hungry. Also since I started college I have gone vegetarian and they have a huge selection of vegetarian options as well. Meal plan dollars are great to use at places such as Subway, Olives, The Axe and Palm, and Late Night. Stanford has the greatest (and also most caring) dining halls, that I feel spoiled.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very low crime rate. The only incidents of theft can be bike theft, so lock up your bikes.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The best decision I have made by far.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Apply on time and send in your required documents. Stanford is wonderful in meeting financial need, and out of the schools I applied to, Stanford gave me the most in scholarship money! If you have too many outside scholarships, they might deduct some from your need-based aid.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Athletics: Great variety of sports! Tons of Stanford students also go out to support the football team in their big games. The LSJUMB band is crazy and hilarious and always has a good time. Tickets are free with Stanford ID to generally most games, including football, basketball, and volleyball games.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties on the Row (frat parties) usually happen Thursday night and Friday night, some on Saturdays. However there are tons of other options in the dorm or else wear on campus for those that do not drink.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Bikes are the most convenient way to get around. Others walk or take the Marguerite Shuttle. The CalTrain is easily accessible to take trips to San Francisco as well.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Always beautiful and sunny, 50-70 degree weather most of the year.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Because I am also doing premed and Bioengineering, the class load is heavier than most because the major is a relatively new field. Most students who go the premed track tend to major in biology or human biology not to say that you can't major in anything else besides those. Human biology is more "fuzzy" and less "techie" than other hard sciences majors but it also allows you to fashion your own field of study and get more of a liberal arts education.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Yes, it is tough but college classes are more difficult in general compared to high school. I LOVE my classes nonetheless. The professors are absolutely approachable and office hours are a great time to get to know a professor. Most classes are curved and class size can vary (for example smaller intro seminars vs. a 600 person CS 106A lecture taught by the amazing Professor Sahami).

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There are endless gorgeous places to study whether it be in Green Library or in the Law School or by one of the many fountains. The Arrillaga Outdoor Recreation Center just recently opened up one of the largest indoor rock climbing walls in the nation. Facilities and community centers are always easily accessible to students. We also have great Stanford traditions such as fountain hopping, events leading up to Big Game, dorm life, Full Moon on the Quad, and Gaieties. There is so much happening on campus and I am in the midst of innovation and phenomenal people. The all freshman dorms do SUCH an incredible job fostering a community and a family that I can easily say I feel "at home".

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The social scene is always lively at Stanford. Even if you are not into partying, there are endless other opportunities and activities. Cardinal nights hosts concerts and movie nights. Also, I have found the social dance community (salsa/swing dancing etc) to be a blast.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Oren's Hummus is a great place to check out. Cream has the best ice-cream sandwiches by far! Some Palo Alto restaurants are more expensive than others but are only a short distance walking or biking off campus. Great variety and delicious foods.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Every dorm has an RCC to address technical difficulties and a computer lab with a printer. Most students have their own personal laptop, but the technology is there if you need it.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most off campus dining is pretty expensive, so I rarely go often campus to eat. University Avenue is the main place students go to eat off campus. If you can afford it, there are a lot of vegan/ vegetarian and healthy food options, as well as a decent variety of options, including Thai, mediterranean, pizza, etc.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I've had the time of my life at stanford university

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3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Understandably getting financial aid is not easy here

12 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Area around SU is absolutely buzzing with entrepreneurship

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4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Typical california weather - it's great at all times of the year.

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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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