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2 College Sophomore

Majors: Fill Out the Common App – The admissions process is easy to complete but it is extremely competitive to get into Stanford.. I would suggest following your passions and helping out in your local community in order to gain admission

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Peace and Quiet – Study spaces in Green Library are always wonderfully quiet and conducive to the studying process.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Small Town Adventures – Palo Alto is a small town with a limited number of college age venues. The restaurants range from mildly affordable to quite pricey. Overall boring town but very safe

5 College Freshman

Majors: Lots of Interest on Campus – being a Math major at such a technological school like Stanford has its perks. Lots of people, even if they are not necessarily math majors, take interest in the things you are studying/researching because they are in similar fields: CS, Engineering, Statistics, CME and the like. Being in the heart of Silicon Valley also helps since the availability of internships for STEM fields is huge!

4 College Freshman

Academics: Majoring in Math requires a huge commitment! It is not an easy subject (at least for me,) but if you are passionate about it, and willing to do the work, professors will help you and it can be very rewarding in the end.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Great Campus Life – Palo Alto has a lot to offer, but students generally prefer staying on campus since there is so much to do, and Palo Alto can be a bit overpriced. The campus is like a mini metropolis. If people get bored of the same activities though, they prefer heading over to San Francisco and all of its cultural offerings. Stanford can be a bit like a bubble if you let it be, you can easily forget about the outside world with all that is happening on campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Bike, Bike, Bike – If you're one of those kids who never took of the training wheels, this probably won't be a great environment for you. It's a huge campus, but you can't get anywhere on campus via car. A car is nice to go grocery shopping or catch a movie, but the bus system run by the school is relatively efficient and can get you through any crises.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Engaging and Eye-Opening Experience – Stanford has some of the best professors in their respective fields, and they love to teach undergraduates. You will often have the professor's own book as a textbook, and I've had more than one professor say that s/he loves to engage with students who are just eager to learn something new.

2 College Junior

Parking: Whatta Maze – Unfortunately, parking is all kinds of illogical on campus. It's crowded (although you will almost always be able to find a space), hard to navigate, and divided up into several different permit 'zones' depending on where your housing is - if you live on East Campus, you can really only park in East Campus. It makes it very difficult to safely shuttle between dorms when the need arises, unless you know what times you can avoid getting parking tickets($40 a pop!). The permit for your (very limited) parking area is also pretty expensive - around $300 for the year. But since Palo Alto isn't a very good college town, having access to a car is somewhat of a necessity for upperclassmen looking to get out a bit.

5 College Junior

Academics: Inclusive and Supportive – I can't speak for any of the other language majors, but as a Japanese major, I've found the majority of classes to be intimate, quick, and easily adaptable when it comes to offered times and clashing schedules; the workload, comfortable enough to balance with a social life (unlike engineering!); the professors, nothing but helpful and understanding. The Japanese language building, although on the small side, is a great resource for students - there are always up-to-date posters and fliers for on-going events, internship opportunities, and tutorial help. The major boasts two Study Abroad programs (Bing Overseas, and Kyoto Consortium), both of which are top-notch and immersive programs that can be paired with internships or extensive community involvement while abroad. Overall it's a small but very well-connected major that has an abundance of resources and opportunities!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students don't have enough time for a long-term relationship due to the heavy courseload, but it is possible.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Endowment Helps – Stanford's large endowment/tuition shows; facilities are top-notch and always free.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Best in the Nation – Stanford is nationally ranked across the board, universally recognized as one of the top 5 schools in the entire world. This is because the teachers are fantastic at teaching undergraduates. If you come in undecided, your options are endless because all majors will have great teachers.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The school knows that students come from different walks of life. It does its very best to make sure that a student is not hindered by his/her financial situation.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Fresh Food – The school has a great dining staff. The foods are made from ingredients that come from the local market. Everything is fresh. The dining halls take into consideration each individual's personal dietary needs. There are a lot of options for vegans and vegetarians.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Political Science – There are a lot of opportunities for internships. The workload is decent; however, students have to manage their time wisely because there is a lot of material to cover in a short period.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I Love the Farm – Stanford is the most amazing place. I can't imagine what is is going to be like to leave this incredible campus and all the wonderful people who live here. Not only do I spend every day learning something fascinating, but I have time to hang out with my friends who also value education and learning.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: University Ave!! There are some great food options on University Avenue which is a short 10 minute bike ride down Palm Drive. There is a great selection of food, the only problem is some places are a little pricey. If you venture off onto some of the side streets you can find some hidden gems that won't break the bank.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Human Biology – My major is Human Biology (which you don't have listed as an option..). My concentration is A Community Health Approach to Reducing Health Disparities. I love Human Biology because the program is really flexible in terms of what direction you can take it. You can go for more "fuzzy" things like health policy or "techy" things like human performance or immunology. Most classes are easy to get into even if you don't register right away, and the few classes that have lottery entries are offered more often so you are never in danger of missing a class you need. Most of the professors are really approachable and totally willing to help you if you go see them during office hours. The same is true for the TAs and they are often willing to set up extra time for you to meet with them if needed. Stanford also offers free student tutoring with easy online sign-ups.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls Rule Boys Drool – While there are attractive boys at Stanford they pretty much hate Stanford girls who in my opinion are better looking to begin with. Additionally, all the hot boys and girls are pretty much in relationships with each other. There are not that many attractive boys or girls but if you look closely they're pretty much all concentrated in the greek system.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Dining Halls Suck – If you live in a good house the food is amazing. Otherwise you're probably going to the dining halls and while they provide a huge selection, their food is mediocre at best.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Incredibly Active, High Achieving Students = Double-Edged Sword – Some of the main reasons I chose to go to Stanford were: it was ranked "#1 Happiest Students" and "#2 Best Quality of Life" by Princeton Review at the time; everyone I met there was so down-to-earth, "chill," and modest about their amazing achievements and talents; and it is a very well-rounded school with world-renowned academic programs, incredible professors, amazing athletics, a general culture of fitness and wellness, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, concern for environmental and social issues, and students who are passionate about so many things. I think the extracurricular life at Stanford is especially vibrant. You can find a club for anything... and if you can't, you can easily start one and find others to join you. But there are downsides to this. Since everyone wants to start/lead organizations and host events, they're too busy to go to other events. Stanford students are so spoiled by the huge range of incredible speakers that visit (from Colin Powell to Bill Gates to famous actors) and so over-committed that they will pass up or drop out of once-in-a-lifetime events at a shocking rate. Also, Stanford has gone from "happiest students" to "most stressful school" in the course of 4 years, and I have personally witnessed how each class of freshmen is more uptight, over-committed, and stressed. As a freshman, I would have given Stanford an "A" rating, but now it's s "B-". Honestly, most majors in themselves are really not that difficult. Students just stress themselves out by being overachievers (everyone seems to be taking the max 20 units a quarter when you only need 15 per quarter to graduate in 4 years) and overly involved in extracurricular activities. If you can fight getting sucked into this, you'll enjoy all the amazing academic and personal enrichment opportunities that Stanford offers.

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4 College Senior

Weather: Beautiful Sunshine Makes the Rainy Winter Quarter Worth It – When it's sunny, the Stanford campus is absolutely beautiful and all the students seem happier. It doesn't get as warm as I would have expected, but fall and spring quarters are generally very pleasant. It usually rains a lot winter quarter, and that definitely contributes to the gloomier environment during those ~3 months. Students tend to pack on extra units and harder classes winter quarter because they know they'll just be inside all the time, but it creates a vicious cycle.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Nice Area but Open Campus = Some Break-Ins – Even though there are no gates around Stanford's huge campus, it generally feels safe walking around at any hour. Neighboring Palo Alto and Menlo Park are very wealthy, safe, small cities. The few times I felt somewhat unsafe: 1) a middle-aged man got let into my dorm, and he stole the cash out of my wallet (but thankfully nothing else) in my unlocked room; 2) when my coat (with my keys and phone in the pockets) was stolen while I left it on a bench at night, and the campus police said that it was probably an outsider who was wandering around; 3) on several occasions, laptops were stolen from unlocked dorm rooms; 4) at least 2 different "peeping toms" were reported in/near the women's showers in a few of the houses. There is also a surprisingly high rate of sexual assault and "date rape" among the student population, but unfortunately I think that is the norm on college campuses.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Fair Enough – Drinking is not too popular but you can find it easily. Drugs would take more effort.

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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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