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5 College Sophomore

Technology: You have wifi all over campus, and each dorm has a computer cluster with computers for residents to use. You also have assess to a "RCC" in your dorm who is there to answer your computer needs and questions.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People drink. People smoke. However, there really is no pressure to do it. I am on the rugby team which has a big drinking culture, and I never felt pressure to partake in it.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of different dining halls, so you can mix it up. Plus, you are given meal plan dollars that you can use at places like Olives and TAP. All in all, especially compared to other schools I have eaten at, we have it made at Stanford.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you want drugs, they're easy to find, but by no means is there any pressure or expectation you'll be high all the time. The RAs are great about looking the other way most of the time but being around if something goes wrong, and treating drug problems as a medical thing rather than a legal thing. All in all, wonderful.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: CS means jobs and internships are relatively easy to get, but work-life balance while in school can be tough. Most classes are pretty work intensive and require a lot of time.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Computer Science means you have the world open to you, which is great, and most classes and fun, if tough. There are a few that are just terrifying (107, anyone?) and a few that I've heard aren't as well taught. In general, though, there's tons of support and it's great!

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Basically you just have to declare! It's super easy and within departments they offer students a lot of support.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing is annoying, but I think it's that way everywhere. There are tons of computer clusters, and it's easy to connect your own laptop to the wireless networks and print from your room, but it sucks that it costs money to do so since there seems to be an expectation of A LOT of printing!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nearby downtown Palo Alto has lots of vegan/vegetarian options but it is expensive and you have to drive/take the bus to get there. Also, they don't have pearl milk tea (boba), which is a huge letdown in my opinion.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Permits are relatively fair-priced, at about $25/month if you buy monthly. However, parking fills up really fast. The police are also none too shy about handing out parking tickets, so you have to get your permit really fast. However, the Parking & Transportation Office gets overwhelmed really easy, so plan to wait in line whenever you buy a permit. Also, never order permits online, even though they tell you so! This just delays getting your permit even more because no one in the office ever processes them (because no one orders online).

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is mild and beautiful usually, but winter brings rain and wind which makes biking difficult.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: You can choose any major upon entering the school; you don't have to do a special application process. You have until the end of your sophomore year to declare a major.

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4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely the most popular activity on campus.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I guess the greek life is good for meeting other people interested in partying.

5 College Senior

Scholarships: Financial aid is pretty generous to most students.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's pretty good food, but some choices might be too expensive.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: In general, people on campus are good looking - more so than one would expect for a school with such a high academic reputation.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think greek life on campus serves an important purpose at Stanford. After freshman year, it allows students to connect to eachother and to upperclassmen they wouldn't normally meet. It also provides a support system that will remain throughout one's undergraduate career. It's nice that most people feel no pressure to join this community, but it's available to those who want it.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Stanford prides itself on its diverse student body and there is certainly a lot of racial and socioeconomic diversity on campus. However, I have personally found that many minorities tend to segregate themselves via the many themed houses and community centers on campus. Although the themed houses certainly provide an important community on campus, I've found that they encourage segregation within the student community.

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus in general is very relaxed about most things. The alcohol policy is extremely lax - police will come by before All-Campus parties, just to make sure they've got all the alcohol they said they would! Also, all the RA's are very relaxed about alcohol and parties. The campus police are not there to get you in trouble unless you're doing something obviously dangerous to yourself or others.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most housing options are pretty good. My main complaint would be that there aren't enough houses (which are the preferred form of housing over dorms) and some of the housing is a bit far from the center of campus. This is just natural, however, as our campus is quite large.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I find many of the choices to be monotonous, but most of the food is tolerable. I thought we had it bad until I visited some dining halls at other schools and I realized how good we have it! The repetition is what's most annoying, not the food itself.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of awesome sports teams and support for those teams. The football season was especially fun this past year thanks to our Rose Bowl win!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are very rigorous here. Most classes are curved by necessity. Classes in the sciences, math, and engineering are particularly difficult. However, the school does want you to do well and most people end up with A's and B's in even the tough classes.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The guys are really hot at Stanford. They all just seem built for Stanford weather and athletics and manage to go to the gym frequently. The girls are also attractive. The girls are not your "girl-next-door" type though; they tend to be really sociable.

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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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