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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The academics here are top notch. These students and professors are the best of the best.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The professors here likely write the textbooks that other universities use. They are genius and love passing on their knowledge to the new students.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: No one actually drives around campus - everyone bikes. The bus system is free if you want to get off campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is not too bad although it can get a little repetitive. There are other places to eat besides dining halls, so you can get some variety if you really want it. There are many places one can use meal plan dollars, too.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is almost always something going on Wed-Sat. on campus. It's not very common to go off campus to bars or clubs, at least that I know of. The nightlife is pretty vibrant and one can always find something fun to do.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is very strong and the majority of the parties on campus are held by the fraternities and sororities. There is not a huge social divide between the Greek and non-Greek students.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Stanford is in the heart of Silicon Valley, and it shows. That being said, nearly everyone has their own computer, so the labs and clusters are very rarely crowded. The network is usually fast, although there are some inexplicable dead spots on campus. Printing is available on campus as well, but it's been nice having my own--it really depends on how much you print.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life isn't a status thing at all; if you're Greek, no one cares; if you're not Greek, no one cares. There are only three housed sororities, and around five housed frats, at least two of which will be partying on any given weeknight.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Stanford is possibly the most tolerant place I've ever been--nearly everyone has a different story and a different set of ideals, and people have rational discussions about these differences instead of challenging them. I'd say almost everyone feels comfortable and welcome, which can't be underestimated in importance.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everyone stays on campus for parties, which happen every Thursday-Saturday nights. Finding alcohol is not a problem in the slightest; every frat party has kegs on kegs, and if you know someone in the house, shots are yours. That being said, some weekends are better than others, and after a while all the parties seem the same..but if frats are your thing, you'll have fun.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Nearly everyone bikes, which works well enough to get almost anywhere you need to go. The Marguerite shuttle, which is free, can take you into Palo Alto and the farther parts of campus, and is incredibly easy to use. For trips to San Francisco, the Caltrain is relatively inexpensive, and the Marguerite will take you straight from campus to the station.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm an aeronautical engineering major. Coming from Stanford an engineering degree is super powerful and can get you very far. Engineering is also very difficult. It takes a lot of lonely weekend nights of catching up on reading, little sleep because you're studying for finals, and projects that will stress you out to the point where you forget to eat. Fortunately the classes didn't get too difficult till my sophomore year so I was able to fully enjoy my freshman year. But now things are really picking up and I've had to put aside a good chunk of my social life. But classes are extremely rewarding and I'm not scared at all of finding a job after I graduate.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Free shuttle service is a plus in rainy weather and expeditions involving the Caltrain. Otherwise, the campus is very bike-friendly.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm (Roble) is located close to the Engineering quad and the student union, and there's a bus stop right in front which is great for transportation. My hall and quad are generally pretty quiet, which I appreciate. Since it's such a big dorm, the lounges/computer clusters can get pretty dirty/messed up.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Computer labs are readily available (two in my dorm, one at Tresidder, at least one in Green library, etc.) and printing just gets debited to your card plan, and is simple to use.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are among the best in the world. While it is generally viewed as an engineering school, Stanford also boasts one of the top humanities programs in the U.S. There are amazing resources for every major at the school.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm Undecided, but heavily considering Computer Science. The lecturers I have had so far are incredible and among the best in the world. Stanford is the place to be for this major.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Stanford's weather is great most of the time. It rains often late in fall quarter and throughout winter quarter, but the promise of sunny days in spring quarter makes the rain more bearable. Temperatures are pretty mild; winter temperatures rarely drop below 40, and most spring days are in the mid-70s.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration trusts us a lot until we lose that trust. The Honor Code is huge and, amazingly, always followed--like even during midterms/finals, there's no prof or TA in the room and still no cheating. Beer and wine are absolutely unrestricted, but hard alcohol we're warned about frequently
(it's still everywhere). The only other drug I've seen is weed, where as long as you're not smoking inside they don't care. What they do care about, though, is biking at night without a light or failing to stop at stop signs. Be wary of that!

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Almost perfect: always sunny, rarely rains, even in November it's still mid-sixties. Only problem is that predictions are rarely accurate..but still, I'm so far from complaining it's not even funny.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: The Internet speed is amazing at Stanford University. There is rarely a time when the Internet goes down and stays down for more than 30 minutes (if it happens). There are computers in every dorm where you can scan, print, or just get on a computer that is not your own. Personally, I am not happy that you have to pay $.10 for each page printed, but it works for a lot of people. Definitely have your own laptop, and if you want the connivence, your own printer too.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The fans are pretty involved at Stanford. There are traditions that are upheld that no one breaks. The students are really pumped and always yelling. There are many clubs dedicated to promoting more Stanford spirit be it giving away free food, shirts, or fans when it's hot. Especially the week of Big Game, EVERYONE is getting pumped!

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights you can usually find a house or a frat with something fun going on. Some nights are just bad, but usually if you go out, it's a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is gorgeous. Everything you would expect to find is right there, and it's all maintained. There's a lot of grass everywhere. There's a place for everyone to relax.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The CS Major Rocks! Stanford has one of the top computer science departments in the world. The teachers are fantastic and so are the programs available to students. I was able to teach introductory computer science my freshman year, which was an amazing experience. I'm now part of a fantastic community which has great opportunities for later work as well as research for undergraduates.

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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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