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5 College Senior

Scholarships: I received full need-based financial aid with basically no work on my part. Checks are automatically deposited in my account at the beginning of each quarter.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The Athletes Are Great and Super Talented but Students Don't Care – Stanford's athletes in every sport imaginable are world class, sending more olympians than most countries. Our fans leave something to be desired, however, failing to fill the student section of our brand new football stadium even when we have a top five team. Our athletics classes and gyms are state of the art and widely attended. Informal athletic activities are huge and Stanford has to the most fit student bodies in its student body of just about anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Wasn't a Piece of Cake – Stanford has tons of money to dish out but the actual process of receiving aid takes a while. There are a number of steps and while they try to make it easy to handle, there are still a number of mistakes students or administration can make. Fortunately, the Financial Aid Office is very welcoming and really wants to sort out any issues you may have.

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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Really Really Expensive – It's Palo Alto. Apartments are hard to come by and very expensive. There is a reason almost everybody lives on campus

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Stanford will help you get anywhere and do anything. The amounts of grants and leadership opportunities and clubs and professors who want to help you is outstanding. The environment with other students helping you out is also great- very encouraging environment

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There are a lot of overlooked, really good teams at Stanford. I don't really pay attention to anything other than football, but we're currently ranked 6th in the nation so I'm happy.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is really in shape-there are lots of student athletes and just about everyone else goes to the gym on a regular basis. There are a number of attractive guys in greek life, if you like them athletic and kind of preppy, and there are some cute hipster/hippie kind of guys in the co-ops, but I don't really know about the rest of campus since this is the scene I'm most involved with. I have a boyfriend now, but when I was single I never felt that there was a shortage of attractive, available guys out there. If you go to parties, they're impossible to avoid. They don't always take initiative, but as long as you're not totally passive and unattractive its easy to find a guy, whether for one night or for something more serious. Just don't expect someone you like to find you without any effort on your part.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – I have never felt unsafe at stanford. there's a free car service that will drive you home at night if you don't feel safe walking and as long as I've been here I've never heard of any crimes, serious or minor, occurring on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Stanford has a free shuttle called the Marguerite. It goes to all the major places on campus and even to shopping areas off campus. It also goes to the CalTrain station which goes all the way to San Francisco and down to Gilroy.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Great Food – The food at Stanford is both delicious and nutritious. There is a wide variety of choices and alot of ethnic foods too.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Professors – Stanford has wonderful professors who are very interesting and great lecturers. It is amazing when you go to get help from the professor and get talking with them and find out they won a Nobel Prize. The Professors here are amazing.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Friendliness – I was very worried my first day about not fitting in or feeling alone but those worries quickly abandoned me when I found everyone to be very friendly. Everyone who I met was very happy to be here and excited to share their wisdom with me.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Not Extreme at All – The policies here at Stanford don't really affect you very much. As long as you are not endangering any one, including yourself, or the campus no one will bother you. Campus policies are very relaxed.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A Good Diverse Sample – Stanford has a pretty good percentage of Latino, African American and other ethnically diverse student populations. There is also a good amount of support provided by Stanford for those students, such as community centers, that really help the students feel more welcome and comfortable.

5 College Junior

Weather: The weather is very nice year round. It's warm and sunny with blue sky almost every day except for a few weeks during the winter (which is rainy season). If you need seasons, you might get a little stir crazy, but otherwise, it's just like living at a resort. If you really need clouds, you can always go to San Francisco where it's quite foggy and much cooler.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's There If You Want It – Greek life is what you make of it at Stanford. If you want to get involved, you absolutely can. There are housed and non-housed options. If you aren't interested in living in a frat or sorority, it's nice to have the option of going to the parties. If you don't want anything to do with Greek life, it's extremely easy to avoid since all the frats are concentrated in one area of campus (the Row).

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Restaurants on University Ave. There are a lot of good places on the main street as soon as you leave campus (University Avenue). There are many different cuisines to pick from. Some of the places are a bit pricier because of the location but there are many (excellent) places that fit within a college budget.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Dining Halls: Undergraduate Dining Halls offer standard college meals...Ricker and Florence Moore Dining hall offer better options
Menus: Menus are often repetitive, especially dessert
Variety: Dining halls could work on mastering cooking different cuisines such as Chinese and Mexican (for example)...you have mastered cooking chicken!
Value: Overall, the value is good. I feel that I am getting my money's worth.
Best Places: Ricker (Dining Hall), Florence Moore (Dining Hall), Olives (you can use meal plan dollars here), Bytes Cafe (Cash or Credit Card), The Panini Place in Tressider (mos delicious paninis ever) and, if you are lucky enough to eat here, The Faculty Club (a professor must invite you to eat here first).
Meal Plans: 12, 14 or 19 meal a week plan...if you opt for less than 19 meals a week you will get cardinal dollars which can be used at the eateries--Olives, Subway or The Axe and Palm.

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4 College Junior

Technology: Great Wireless Access – Computer Labs: Many present in libraries and dorms
Printing on Campus: Costs money!!! You must have your money on your Stanford ID card and an accounts set up to print...kind of annoying.
Network Reliability & Speed: Getting set up on the Stanford network requires a good twenty minutes, but afterwords internet is available literally everywhere on campus and it is quick.
Wireless access: Great, everyone uses it.
Personal Computer and Printer are very highly recommended.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Cost: $12-14 for a great meal
Convenience: University Avenue, which has many great restaurants, is very close to campus and students without cars can ride there bikes there and have a great meal
Student Discounts: Pizza My Heart and other restaurants on University Avenue offer discounts for Stanford students..students recieve coupons at beginning of year for these places.
Variety: Eating in Palo Alto (off-campus) offers much variety like Indian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Singaporean, Brazilian, Italian...you name it.
Best Places to Check Out: Osteria, Fuki Sushi, any of the gelato places on University Avenue, La Strada, Siam Royale (Thai), Pasta?, Peninsula Fountain & Grill, Taipan (Dim Sum)

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Great Campus, Poor Social Scene – The campus is full of things to do with amazing opportunities around every corner but the only social scene is the frat parties where drinking is the main activity.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Great for Free – the marguarite is very useful for all transportation needs but is very slow and half the drivers don't even speak english

2 College Sophomore

Parking: No Need for a Car – There is no use for a car for normal campus life and the only use would be for pleasure.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I adored my experience. I was challenged intellectually and though I came in with a lot of expectations for Stanford, I was blown away.

On the more superficial end of things, waking up in January and riding my bike through the quad in 70 degree weather while all the other elite schools were steeped in snow was a golden experience. The campus is beautiful, and the people are more attractive than at other elite schools.

More importantly, professors are stupendous and approachable. You are surrounded by other remarkably intelligent people and discover that for the first time you can hold intellectual conversations and feel understood and not judged. You intellectual interest change as your intellectual pursuits grow.

Stanford will spoil you time and time again and when you leave for grad school like me, you'll realize that Stanford is the most unique place of learning in the world.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Directors Cup: 16 Consecutive Years – The title pretty much sums our athletic success. We have national titles almost every year, our student support is not as great as it could be. We have student attendance at games of high stakes or coverage (big game, USC, etc). It is sad because teams like our Women's Basketball team who have consistently fought for national titles has less attendance than a men's basketball game. Not hating our men's team, but I'd go support the team with a better winning record. Furthermore, we don't have a cheer/band program that is great. Our band is hilarious and often the reason why our games are so alive, but our cheer program needs WORK. The team often just sits off to the side and literally only have the presence of being the cheerleaders for Stanford, but not really captivating the crowds to often.

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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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