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This school rocks.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2010
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: A-
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Stanford is quite simply the best university inNot so brightEconomics
Stanford is quite simply the best university in the world. Great weather, engaging academics, brilliant people, laid back atmosphere, welcoming dorms, awesome sports teams, and strong alumni network. I want to fail my senior year classes just so I can stay longer. The best part is the intellectual vibrancy-- its hard to go back into "the real world" after being surrounded by such excellent, driven people. People who do not thrive here are the introverted types-- Stanford is type-A all the way.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2006
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Scholastic Success: B+
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I was deciding between a top liberal artsQuite BrightPolitical Science
I was deciding between a top liberal arts college and Stanford, and the following are some things that I had heard and had to take into account.

There's no getting around the fact that Stanford is a large research university. But, unlike many other schools, the faculty actually are accessible...if you know where to look. Most faculty members become ecstatic when you ask to do research with them. They love to get kids involved. Or, if you're not into the research world, most would be even happier to meet with you, even have a cup of coffee (if either of you can find the time).

The teachers here teach. I've heard assaults on larger schools, things like "You never see your professors". Again, while sometimes it may seem like the professors just give their lectures and then disappear, you can find them and have great conversations, learning just as much outside the clasroom if you try. Plus, all of the TAs and Teaching Fellows are really cool (okay, maybe not all), and through them you can gain a link to the academic community...with someone who is a little closer to your age and your mentality.

In addition, Stanford is probably the best larger university at making its student body seem small. There are so many communities on campus, it's impossible not to fit into one. Plus, the freshman residential system, assuming you get into an al-freshman house (which isgoing to be getting easier in the next few years) sets you up immediately with 80 or so good friends, most of whom you will actually want to see after your freshman year.So, to sum it up, make an effort to get to know professors, and enjoy your first few years. They go by quickly. Make a bunch of friends. The more people you meet, the more likely you are to find a cool group of kids to share your experiences with.

2nd Year Male -- Class 2007
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