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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: University Avenue Is the BOMB – Great choices down University Ave, and of course, down El Camino (California Ave, etc). Can get a bit pricey, but there are cheap options out there.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Introseminars are the way to go – Introsems for freshmen and sophomores are a great way to know professors well!

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Continuously Going – No matter the day of the week, there will always be something going on. Especially if you know someone in a house, it is fun to go to the events or the parties on weekends.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking at Stanford is not hard to find; however, you must possess the right permits. Considering the campus is more accessible for bikes, it is advisable to either just bike to campus, or plan on parking far from the main student campus.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Difficult Because There Are So Many Options – Stanford has tons of regular run-of-the-mill majors and adds in its own flair of interdisciplinary majors that you'll only find there. It's probably more difficult to pick a major here than some other places just because you have so many viable options since the programs here are so strong, and you don't have to apply to complete a specific bachelor's degree in the different schools.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots to Do – There are regularly frat parties and events sponsored by Cardinal Nights, which provide an alternative to drinking on weekends; however, if neither of those is your scene, Stanford students still know how to make weekend nights worthwhile. Find some friends and get creative or look long enough and you'll find something fun to do.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety – There are many cool restuarants in downtown Palo Alto, but they tend to be a little pricey for college students

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Party Party Party, Let's All Get Wasted – There are frequent Frat parties on weeekends and even many weeknights. Alcohol flows freely even to those who are underage (as long as they act responsibly). San Jose State hosts many parties that Stanford students can attend. There is not much off campus unless you are willing to drive to a club in San Francisco or San Jose.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Unlimited Options – There is a reason that the vast majority of undergrads live on campus. Well, mostly because it's expensive and inconveient to live off campus, but besides that, there are so many different housing options. There are co-ops, self-ops, themed dorms, apartments, and anything else you can think of. There is a housing option to fit any personality.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Little Crime – We receive text messages and emails of the crimes on campus and they general say something like, "unknown male seen climbing through a window". I feel pretty safe that our most dangerous "crime" tends to be someone who got locked out or are trying to discreetly hookup

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2 College Senior

Parking: Expensive and Competitive – Be prepared to shell out a few hundred bucks for a parking permit. Unfortunately, the permit is only valid near your dorm. If you want to visit a friend or drive accross campus for something during enforement hours, you will have to pay for vistor parking. Some places have sufficient parking spots, but many dorms will force you to walk a little bit when the spaces fill up.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: When applying to college, Stanford actually offered me the largest financial aid package of all the colleges I applied to, and it was all need-based. A world-class education isn't cheap, but Stanford is very generous in ensuring that you can attend without too much financial hardship.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Access Is Difficult – Not a lot of people have cars on campus because it is more bike and walking oriented. Also, Northern California doesn't seem to have a lot of fast food anyway so there are a lot of relatively expensive restaurants. I only really go off campus to eat for "big" occasions or a couple of times per quarter.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It Really Depends on Where You Live – There are a lot of dining halls and kitchens on campus, so there's a pretty wide variety of experiences you can have. In my experience, the dining halls can get pretty repetitive, but the food is always good. The houses have chefs, so those are always really good, but you don't have a lot of options since the chef usually just cooks one meal. Tressidder is always nice too if you have money because you can get subway, panda express, and a couple of other really good things like Treehouse or CoHo.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's Not Too Big of a Deal – A good amount of people smoke, but it definitely won't affect your ability to make friends if you choose not to do it. People also drink pretty frequently, but I doubt it is any more than other colleges. I think everyone is free to do what the want to do without too much peer pressure.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Nice Meals With Healthy Options – The meal plans vary based on how many meals you wish to consume daily or weekly. I'm a big eater so I have a complete meal plan. I'm also a healthy eater and appreciate the assortment of vegetable, chicken and fish dishes offered.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The majority of the students at Stanford are not there to party and do drugs. Though that scene does exist, you're hard pressed to find it on any major scale. Any drug scene would have to be discovered off campus at someone's home or in an unsavory neighborhood. The culture of Stanford is highly academic. A drug scene cannot flourish in this environment. That's why I give Stanford an "A". The scene does not exist.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Very Happy! I'm majoring in economics and I am absolutely thrilled with the choice. The curriculum is very robust and I am able to take classes in the business school. I feel I'm being prepared for the real world.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Not Difficult at All – You can declare any major you wish at Stanford. As long as you do the required work and complete the curriculum the degree is yours. The only challenge is the "competition". Most classes are graded on a curve which means you're competing with the other students for top grades. To earn top scores you have to be better than the majority of the class. This often times weeds out the weaker players.

4 College Junior

Majors: The instructors are very good at using current events to illustrate the utility of the subject matter.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: THE COMPUTER RESOURCES ARE THE BEST – Stanford has great computer services. All the dorm have computer lounges that come with MACs updated with the most current software, the provide support with a computer consultant in each dorm and the libraries are top of the line. Our tech center has the capabilities for any multimedia experience including a language lab and usually there is always an open seat to use the computers or reserve a classroom. The staff are super knowledgeable and really helpful.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek organization don't amount for a great percentage of the students, but if you join an organization you will have lots or friends and resources that you can't get in other places. They host a lot of the parties, are well-know for forming strong bonds and have a strong alumni backing. Only about three sororities and a couple fraternities have houses, but that doesn't stop them from meeting together and running tons of event. I you want to join the Greek world definitely join one, but they aren't super exclusive so for the more casual events the public is usually invited.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Biology Majors Take Heart – There is an immense workload at Stanford-no matter the major-but each has amazing classes taught by professors in to the top of their field. All classes are professor-taught, not administered by TA's. In addition, all students abide by the Fundamental Standard (Honor Code), which gives us immense academic freedom.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Self-Direction Is Key – There are a wealth of amazing classes and programs at Stanford, but no one will shepherd you to them. The majority of the great classes and learning opportunities require a great deal of self-direction and motivation to find and pursue.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe, but Student Health Services Can Be Annoying – Vaden Health center oversees all non-emergency medical needs on campus, and can be very helpful, especially given the wealth of peer-counseling/ sexual-health groups. However, appointments are hard to schedule, and dealing with insurance and payments can be a trail.

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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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