College Freshman 2013-10-26T07:38:56Z
Guys & Girls:
No matter who you are, you'll find someone you click with. The diversity in every way is phenomenal. There is a common trend, however, of either casual hook-ups or extremely serious dating, but many Stanford grads marry other Stanford grads, and the breadth of amazing people here is shocking.
College Freshman 2013-10-26T07:34:42Z
Professors are consistently top in their fields, and enjoy teaching undergraduates. In intro level larger lecture classes, the TA's are usually incredible resources, but the professors themselves teach as much as they can. They love to have interactions with students, and are very likely to take undergraduates on for research, even inexperienced freshmen and sophomores. Not to mention the fact that their work is being cited in news articles literally every other day, and yet they still make time to eat in the dining hall and go to football games.
College Sophomore 2013-10-10T17:10:09Z
Being an engineer at Stanford is extremely hard, but rewarding. Most of your classes for at least the first two years will be large lecture halls, set by a deadly curve, and people scrambling to be above that curve. That being said, there are many opportunities for students to do research, meet professors, and gain a leg up.
College Sophomore 2013-10-10T17:06:43Z
The resources and faculty surrounding your education at Stanford are incredible. However, often times classes are large lecture halls with hundreds of students, and teachers are incompetent.
College Sophomore 2013-10-10T17:04:36Z
Health & Safety:
Stanford is one of the safest places I have ever been. There is almost no crime, with the exception of occasional petty theft.
College Junior 2013-09-28T16:58:43Z
Palo Alto is known for it's sunny disposition year round.
College Sophomore 2013-09-24T22:00:05Z
Guys & Girls:
In general, there is every type of person you could possibly want at Stanford. Whether you like nerdy, quite types, athletes, or creative artists, they most likely exist, it may just be harder to actually find them.
College Sophomore 2013-09-24T21:58:21Z
The dining in Palo Alto is very overpriced. While there are a variety of options, most of the time due to price and lack of convenience, most students will rarely eat off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-09-24T21:56:05Z
The Marguerite shuttle is free and fairly convenient. However, it does not go to very many stops off campus.
College Sophomore 2013-09-24T21:54:52Z
Off-Campus housing is extremely expensive and inconvenient. In general, everyone lives on campus all four years.
College Junior 2013-09-09T16:41:11Z
Stanford offers a free shuttle called the Marguerite. It is extremely helpful because it transports students (who do not have cars) to the mall, medical center, Caltrain transit station, and grocery stores, as well as all around the huge campus.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-03T18:04:55Z
The drug scene at Stanford is almost non-existent. There are the usual drug-related groups on campus but there is no pressure to become a part of them and the only drug that is common is alcohol.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-03T18:01:59Z
I am a graduate student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department and my education is better than I expected. My professors are, without a doubt, leaders in their respective research areas and they cover work that is relevant to the current industry. The facilities we use are top-of-the-range which makes the workload worthwhile. The professors have broad networks to rely on and they will not hesitate to help you find the information you need.
Recent Alumnus 2013-09-03T17:55:55Z
I applied to Stanford because of its amazing reputation in the science and engineering fields as well as the area it is located in. The professors are always helpful and understanding and they take your opinion into account. The workload is very high but the environment encourages hard work so no-one complains. In general, everyone is happy to be here, helps each other out where they can and gives 100% in every aspect to make their experiences worthwhile.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-30T17:42:37Z
I was a HumBio major and I think the classes in the HumBio department are all really high-quality. The workload is high for some classes, but the grading is fair and the professors and TAs have office hours and are very approachable if you need help. Most of the HumBio classes are in nice buildings as well.
I was pre-health so I took a lot of other classes as well like chemistry and physics. Chemistry is kind of a mixed bag, some of the teachers are phenomenal but some of them are kind of dry. The grading can really differ from one professor to another in a class, to the point that one might give you an A- and the other a B for the same raw score. Overall though, still not nearly as bad as at some schools where they grade on a strict curve. The chemistry building is really unattractive, and the lecture halls have no windows which isn't the nicest. The labs upstairs are nice, but a little older. Stanford recently announced plans to renovate the old chem building (currently fenced off) and make it into an undergraduate science building, so maybe chem's facilities will be improving in the future.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-30T17:26:21Z
I think Stanford has a really great selection of majors. It may not have as many as some large state schools, but I think what it does have, it does really well. I majored in Human Biology, which is an interdisciplinary major where you take a yearlong course that sets a foundation for the major. It's called the HumBio core, and it consists of an A-side that is focused on biology, and a B-side that is more focused on the human aspect. After or while you take the core, you also take foundation classes that prepare you for your Area of Concentration. You design your own AoC, which has to be ~6 classes and cover at least three departments. You also have to take three upper-level HumBio courses outside of your foundation and AoC courses. Once you have these courses planned out, you have to write up a proposal in order to declare; the proposal explains how your courses fit together, and what career they could prepare you for. You can really make your AoC into just about anything in the realm of HumBio, and that flexibility is great, but can also be daunting. The HumBio building has student advisors who can help you look through binders of past AoCs for inspiration, and help you figure out if the classes you need are going to be offered when you want to take them.
If I had to do it all over again I would probably still pick HumBio, but it's definitely important to explore all the possible majors early on in your freshman year. If you get a bad advisor like I did, go to the academic advisor in your freshman residence instead, or sign up for an advising appointment with someone else. Engineering majors require you to plan them out sooner because they generally have more prerequisite classes and more required units.
There are a lot of cool majors and tracks that you may have to do a little digging to find out about, but chances are you will be able to find something that you really like.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-30T17:15:37Z
Stanford is surrounded by Palo Alto and Menlo Park, both of which are very nice, safe, affluent suburbs, but definitely not college towns. There is plenty of shopping at the Stanford Mall, and there are lots of restaurants on University Ave and nearby streets, but everything is a bit expensive. The nightlife isn't great, there are only a few bars and the nicest one is probably NOLA. As a senior, you will have senior nights where you can take the free Marguerite shuttle to and from the bars, so that's nice. If you want to get out and explore a city that has more to offer, it takes about an hour to get up to San Francisco on the CalTrain.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-30T17:07:34Z
The athletics at Stanford are unparalleled. Not only is our football team great, but most of our other sports teams are great too. We have won the director's cup every year for like 15 years running, and we have over 100 national championships under our belt. Also, it's free to get into to most sporting events, even football games, so that's a big plus. The fan support is definitely highest at the football games, but people do turn out in force for other sports as well, especially if it's a big game. For those of us who aren't gifted enough to play D1 sports, Stanford has a lot of club teams and IM teams that are fun. The club teams can be pretty competitive to join, like men's soccer, and a lot of them are really good, like women's rugby. There are plenty of IM teams as well though if you want to play but aren't as competitive.
Recent Alumnus 2013-08-30T17:03:16Z
As a Human Biology major, I had to do an internship related to my Area of Concentration. I think the requirement is 120 hours. You don't get paid, but you do get credit for it, and it's generally done over a summer or over 2 quarters. It's pretty easy to find an internship on or near campus, and you can ask the HumBio student advisors for help if you are having trouble. You have to write something up about how your internship applies to your AoC, and you have to do a poster to present at a session at the end of the internship, but it's pretty relaxed.
College Senior 2013-08-24T20:54:49Z
Being a mechanical engineer at Stanford implies that you will not only get a great holistic review of the main topics, but you'll also be able to delve deeper into your interests. There is also a great amount of time given to you to explore other courses and get hands on experiences.
College Senior 2013-08-24T20:53:17Z
I think Stanford has a great range of what everyone is looking for. Aside from having a great academic background, the beautiful campus environment, diverse student body, and mix of social lives make this school a great fit for anyone.
College Senior 2013-08-24T20:50:46Z
We are fortunate in having a wide range of libraries and student facilities that make it easier for students to focus less on what's available and get work done. I think the environment there facilities this transition.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T04:38:32Z
I am both thankful and wary of the number of opportunities offered at Stanford. I have not officially declared my major as I am worried I will somehow pick the "wrong" one. My parents are encouraging me to pursue Engineering, which I would be fine with if I didn't have such an interest in Creative Writing. As for the programs themselves, I am very happy with the breadth and the availability of interdisciplinary degrees.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T04:35:23Z
Although I haven't officially declared my major, I understand the process to be very easy. After some paperwork, I simply have to find a professor within the department who will agree to become my adviser. Assuming I am still in good academic standing, there is no reason I shouldn't be able to declare my plans for getting a degree.
College Sophomore 2013-08-17T04:33:11Z
Stanford does a fantastic job of giving a wide variety of food, and the chefs are always rotating available dishes from week to week. Meals are usually swipe to eat, and the quality is definitely good enough to get a satisfying meal. Chefs are friendly and know what they are doing. The only downside is the lack of non-dining-hall restaurants on/near campus, as well as viable late night options.
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