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Reviews 913 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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.

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3 College Student

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

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: There are so many dorm options that you can choose any to suite your personality.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Palo Alto is really close and a lot of students will go off campus and eat at the local restaurants which all seem great.

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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can always find a party on the weekend

5 College Freshman

Administration: The only thing they seem to be strict about is honor code and giving tickets for not having your bike light at night

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Just talk to the financial aid counselors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food options are exceptional even if you are vegan .. sometimes the food lacks flavor to accommodate all students but generally some option you can look forward to in the dining halls. If not late night is always a good option.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is definitely part of the college experience here. It keeps the students engaged with each other and teaches them about the different kinds of people they are living with. I would say the experience is generally great because you meet awesome people and get to participate in the campus events but things can get heated when people start being disrespectful or say ignorant things about different communities.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: One of the most diverse schools as far as every aspect goes except for international students. But the school is not just ethnically diverse, but very socioeconomically diverse, thanks to the financial aid

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: 95% of students live on campus. There simply isn't really another option. The dorms freshmen year are fabulous, and after that aren't great. But, senior year housing is pretty great, and the co-op / greek / row housing is awesome, with nice chefs, a massive variety of options, and good community. Dorm housing also has tons of variety

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: While classes are difficult, "getting into a major" is literally as easy as using a drop-down menu

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: It's the most prestigious program in the world, no question, and the faculty is absolutely unbelievable at teaching. Though class sizes are large, the attention is very personal. The only problem is that the classes are, well, ridiculously hard

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: I have met so many friends by staying on campus.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: One thing may be worse than the "dining" at Stanford, and that's the price, the quality and the availability of the off-campus housing. Forget about privacy and prices below $1000 for a crapy room at a shared old and smelly house in the suburbs with a 40 min commute.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Have you ever tried to eat in Palo Alto? If yes, you know why you wouldn't do it the next time. If no, don't start unless you are starving and the nearest kitchen if an hour away. Totally pointless waste of time and money.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Some tolerable bureaucracy, otherwise it's OK.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: You can equally easily find a party and escape all the parties. You choose.

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1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food is really bad at this part of the West coast, and Stanford campus is no exception. Occasionally, you may find something somehow eatable but that's about it. If you have been born and raised in NorCal, than that may be OK for your taste. Otherwise, prepare to suffer.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Pea-sized rooms that suffer from regular break-ins and overall campus unsafety and got really, really chilly in the winter.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Stanford is in my opinion the best school if you can get in with great career options and the opportunities given are fantastic.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Stanford's courses are plentiful and very rewarding. We have small class sizes when you're outside of the intro classes and have some of the most qualified professors. The TA's are plentiful and experienced for the most part.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A degree from Stanford is very helpful in getting a job after college as well as for internships during college. The career center is helpful and there are very many top companies as well as startups from Silicon Valley recruiting on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I do not plan to be involved in Greek life but for those who want to, it is available.

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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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