Inside the classroom, undergrads are privy to “dynamic” professors who easily “draw [students] into the material because they are so excited to share their passion for the subject.” Though instructors are “at the top of their respective fields,” most are also “engaging and approachable.” “At Stanford, anything is possible; I’ve lived on a schooner with faculty studying sharks, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, hiked in the Australian rain forest, studied Antarctic phytoplankton with world-class scientists, and spent countless nights discussing philosophy, politics, film, and art until sunrise.”
Stanford undergrads speak glowingly of their peers: “Everyone here is smart and has some story that will blow you out of the water if you ask, but are very humble and really just looking to have a good time.” They also steadfastly assert, “There really is no typical Stanford student.” And, thankfully, that “makes it easy to be an integrated and diverse student body.” That being said, most Stanford undergrads are “very driven, independently motivated and willing to seek out opportunities.” One senior elaborates by sharing, “Everyone fits in because we’re united by a fire that drives us all to be excited about what we do.
Finally, students love the fact that hometown Palo Alto leaves them in close proximity to San Francisco. “A trip to the city is a short train-ride or car-ride away, so going to concerts and events in the city is always a fun option. Same goes for the nearby beaches.” However, “there’s always so much going on on campus that sometimes it’s hard to leave!” Undergrads agree that “it’s pretty much impossible to be bored” at Stanford. Though students “work insanely hard during the week,” they “also make it a priority to have a great time.” And with so much to take advantage of, having fun is pretty easy.
The Department of Athletics offers 36 varsity sports—20 for women, 16 for men (sailing is a co-ed sport.) Also offered are 26 club sports. Stanford offers 300 athletic scholarships. About 900 student participate in intercollegiate sports. Fifty three percent are men, and 47 percent are women. Stanford scholar-athletics have earned 153 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships—a national best. Twelve Stanford scholar-athletes have earned a Rhodes Scholarship. Stanford has won the Directors’ Cup, which honors the most successful program in NCAA Division I sports, the last 21 years. For 40 years in a row, Stanford has won at least one national championship—the longest streak in the nation.