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Stanford University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA-
Individual ValueA University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA+ Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Apr 24 2004
Major: Undecided (This Major's Salary over time)
College is what you make of it. There are pessimists who wouldn't be happy anywhere, and probably aren't happy now. But from what I've seen, most people would find Stanford and other schools like it to be a good experience; so whatever you choose, have a good time with it.

Anyway, I've noticed here that alot of people here, myself included, take alot of conveniences for granted, that other students dont always have:

  • Being able to get into almost any class I want, and not needing to decide classes until the start of each quarter (which is really nice)
  • No ridiculously huge classes (over 200)
  • Time to decide my major (crucial)
  • Great resources: The new buildings they make aren't just for research and upperclassmen- I've had alot of classes in very modern buildings; ie. my writing class had 6 plasma screens and laptops for each student
  • Good facilities: I love bball- plenty of gym space to play; I've started working out- the gyms are very accessible and easy to use; the health center is great- when I got injured, I just walked in and they took care of me, no questions asked (or very few anyway =P)
  • EASY TO GET RESEARCH FOR UNDERGRADS - a LOT of my friends who are freshmen are doing research on campus this summer, at SLAC, in the CS dept., in psychology, econ, etc. They all just went up to a prof, talked to them about research, and arranged to work with them.
  • INCREDIBLE athletics- and a lot of school pride: basketball and football games are incredible fun
  • Cultural diversity- alot of shows, etc; very fun to watch. My roommate is an international student, and he's become a great friend.
  • Active, fun campus- there's always stuff going on, and stuff to get involved in
  • Ridiculously good weather (coming from an east coaster)
  • And I hate to repeat the cliche, but honestly the people I've met here are amazing. Despite my slight anxiety coming in, it turned out to be easy to meet people, make friends, etc; the social environment is very open and friendly. People are talented, but laid back; no one brags or anything about what theyve done.

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