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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm life and amenities are great, partly due to location.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Stanford is good at helping with the process.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I was never a part of the Greek life.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Economics and math are strong at Stanford.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: Best professors and students in the world

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: When it is rainy and cold, I get more work done.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: "Strictness" is almost non-existant at Stanford. #Yolo.

You can drink in the dorms, they just prefer you do it with your door open. The lawyers in the office of Risk Management determined it's safer that way than having students hide it.

Campus security patrol but don't do a whole lot besides issue parking tickets. They call the police if there's an incident otherwise.

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's warm and sunny 95% of the time. When it rains, people freak out. It's kind of funny actually.

9 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are really nice dorms for you to live in. You also have plenty of options along the Row (self-ofs, coops, greek houses, etc.) Pretty much everyone lives on campus.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: Pretty much everyone bikes around campus. We have a shuttle, too, but I'm always confused by it and it doesn't come too often. I only really use it to get into Palo Alto or run errands that are too far for me to bike to.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus, though I try not to walk alone at night and to be smart about who I go out with so I know they have my back. There are emergency buttons/alarms that you supposedly can see at least one of at any given point on campus in case you ever run into a situation where you don't feel safe.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Sunshine and warm weather for a decent portion of the year, what more could you ask for??

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I live right by the row so it's easy for me to go to frat parties but I have yet to experience a ton of other options for socializing/partying besides dorms and some club/group parties. I think that has a lot to do with me being a freshman and not knowing a ton of people yet.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: So far all of the professors I've had have been very interested in teaching undergraduates and made an effort to get to know students both in and outside of class. They are generally very accessible and you can sign up for office hours to go talk to them any time outside of class. It's really easy to get classes that you want to take if you try hard enough. Workload is heavy, but, I mean it's Stanford... It's definitely manageable though

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The open-door policy is great, it allows students to have fun and drink in the dorm rooms with the trusted responsibility that they will make good decisions and if they don't, the RAs are very helpful and understanding. My dorm is pretty lowkey so we don't experience a lot of people throwing up after nights of drinking or having to be transported or anything, but I know other freshman dorms have more problems with these things. If you choose not to partake, though it's really not a problem at all and nobody will think less of you. In my dorm it actually takes more effort to partake and find opportunities to party than to not.

7 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there if you want to participate, if not then there are tons of other opportunities for socializing and partying.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Stanford has a great combination of location/weather, the beautiful campus, smart & talented people who care about doing good things in the world, a wide variety of classes (and you can pretty much get into any class you want if you try hard enough), faculty that are established in their fields and care about undergraduate learning, great sports teams, the list goes on. It's an amazing place ask anyone who goes here

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living off campus isn't much of an option since Palo Alto is so expensive, pretty much everyone lives on campus. But as a Freshman living in Faisan I've really liked my dorm. It's small, only 30 or so freshman, 20 some upperclassmen and 7 staff members. It's one of the SLE dorms so it tends to be really quiet. At first I wasn't excited about the quiet, but when I hear stories from my friends about how it's impossible for them to get any work done with people being noisy at 3 in the morning it makes me happy I live in such a chill place. The RAs are very cool, friendly, laid back. We just had our bathrooms and lounge renovated this summer so they are really nice, too.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Big if you are in it but absolutely not the only activity. People are also involved in a variety of other activities along with greek life. Rush is not until the Spring so you have time to decide and also get acclimated to the campus. Greek life is low key and non-Greeks and Greeks mix all of the time.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: SO many people from diverse backgrounds and it is incredible to learn from your peers. There are plenty of organizations that foster diversity. Stanford is an accepting campus and tries to create diversity even within the dorms. There are people everywhere from international countries, various religious backgrounds, and contrasting economic/social background.

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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.

4 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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