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This Cardinal rules.
At the Tops of Their Games
Stanford enjoys a well-deserved reputation as one of the best universities in the country and a shining star of the West Coast academic world. Students choose from about sixty majors, including a slew of interdisciplinary options, or design their own course of study. The most popular majors are biology (or HumBio, for human biology), computer science, economics, English, and psychology. The university’s core program is extensive. All students must take the Introduction to Humanities class (not a universally loved experience) and complete courses in the following areas: science technology and math; humanities and social sciences; and world culture, American culture, and gender studies. Nearly all classes are taught by faculty members, many of whom have Nobels, MacArthurs, and a variety of other top prizes in their trophy cases. All students are encouraged to study abroad, and nearly a third of students take advantage of the rich opportunities offered. Academic advisors, who are either staff or faculty, assist in guiding students through the university’s extensive academic choices.
Nearly all students choose to live on campus, and for good reasons: Surrounding Palo
Alto, while quite pretty, is also quite pricey, and life on campus rocks. The
university guarantees housing for all four years and requires freshman to live on
campus. Between marathon study sessions, students zip around campus on bikes, meet
up for a study break at the CoHo (or coffee house), and take windsurfing lessons on
nearby Lake Lagunita. Stanford students are generally preppy, smart, and driven.
Fraternities and sororities draw about 12 percent of students. Sports figure largely
on campus, and Stanford’s NCAA Division I athletic teams inspire plenty of passion
in fans. These passions peak every November during the “Big Game,” the annual
football game with long-time rival Berkeley. Be sure to enjoy the, uh,
A California Classic
Stanford’s campus, clocking in at more than eight thousand acres, is one of the largest in the world. Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park, drew up the campus’s original plans. Lovely mission-style architecture persists through most buildings, but there’s still quite a bit of design diversity, especially in student housing. The campus is located Palo Alto, a safe, if stodgy, area full of historic homes and plenty of shopping and culinary diversions. Cross-pollination between the university and Silicon Valley is abundant; headquarters for firms such as Google, Adobe, and Intel are all nearby. San Francisco, the closest big city, is just under an hour away and can be reached by car or train.