Stanford University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 5 of 5 Stars 7 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Stanford University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 2001

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Overall

I loved Stanford. It was the best choice of college for me and I enjoyed every moment of it. A Stanford motto is "work hard, play even harder." Stanford is very challenging academically, but with so many activities, events and opportunities outside the lecture hall, it is possible to have a quiet moment, but never a dull one. Don't get overwhelmed trying to do everything Stanford has to offer, but do be open to trying new things and experiencing some of the best moments of your life.

Academics

The best part of Stanford's academic program is the "shopping" period in the first two weeks of each new quarter. You get to sit in as many classes as you can to decide which ones you want to take for each term. You get to work with world class professors, study interesting and current subjects, and to interact with your classmates who are the best of the top students from all over the world. The workload can be hard, but it challenges you to excel. Classes range from large lecture halls to small, intimate settings. Large classes usually are broken down to smaller discussion groups. I loved exploring different classes and subjects outside my major, but I also enjoyed the curriculum offerred in my departments.

College Life

Always something going on and always something to do. If, however, you find something missing - you can always start a new organization or group and find like-minded peers who share your interests. I always felt safe on campus and I have nothing to complain about. Except maybe parking, but I think they have been expanding to handle the demand. Get used to riding a bike! It's the main method of transportation on campus.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2006

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Phenomenal and unique environment, you can't find any other place like it. Definitely wacky, definitely challenging, definitely fun. Take part in all the traditions in order to get the most out of your experience: football games, full moon on the quad, primal scream...all that stuff that's in the unofficial guide to Stanford.

Academics

You can always learn something fascinating and there's always more to learn. With the exception of sciences/engineering, class sizes are alway very small (lectures max around 100). Lots of reading & lots of problems sets, but there's little accountability, so if you want to slack off it's easy to do it. Your grades will suffer though.

College Life

You can find a student group for just about anything. There's tons of club and intramural sports going on as well. Campus is super safe, just remember to be a conscientious bike-rider and you'll be fine. Social atmosphere is good, but it's not a crazy party school. People are fairly responsible.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2003

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars

Alumnus - Grad Year 1986

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Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Former Student - Last Attended 2006

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Stanford is a fantastic place. One of the fundamental features of Stanford is the fact that over 95% of all undergrads live on campus all four years, and freshman are required to live on campus. This contributes to an incredible feeling on campus. Dorms are a safe, comfortable place to live, explore college, and learn from both classes and classmates. For prospective students, remember that Stanford doesn't give preference or "points" for visiting or "checking in" at the Admission Office. That said, I strongly recommend visiting campus, take a campus tour designed for prospective students, attend an information session. And if you're admitted, try to attend the prospective student admit weekend. This will help you to understand if Stanford is for you.

Academics

Academics are rigorous but fair. The professors teaching classes are often leaders in their field, which makes it pretty cool to sit through a lecture or participate in a discussion. 100-level (intro) classes are almost always large lectures of 50+ supplemented with smaller (10 people) discussions facilitated by graduate students and post-docs. But nearly every more advanced class, save the exceptionally popular, is taught in lecture/discussion format with discussion facilitated by the profesor. Access to world-class faculty is abound. It's up to the student to have the initiative to attend office hours and build relationships with faculty. Those relationships can be incredible rewarding.

College Life

Because almost all undergrads live on campus, the social atmosphere on campus is vibrant. There's always something going on somewhere thats interesting to everyone. You can walk down the hall of any dorm on a Friday or Saturday and see studying, movie-watching, a party, relaxing, and just about everything else. Because there are so many people on campus, there are innumerable social opportunities. Athletics are a surprising strength of Stanford. Stanford has won more NCAA titles than all but one other school. On any given weekend, students can walk to an arena, field, or stadium and watch an NCAA championship team play their sport. And because those student-athletes are students first, they are just as accessible as your neighbor.


Former Student - Last Attended 2005

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

It was nice.

Academics

It was good.

College Life

Palo Alto is boring, but SF is close


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