I'm back in VA. Stanford was amazing and the people super friendly and helpful. I think it would be a perfect place to live, study or teach. I'll wait until I visit HLS to decide which I like best, but I've nothing bad to say about SLS at all (other than that they WL'd me ).
I flew in Friday and hung around in San Fran, didn't like the city much at all (but I don't like most cities). Rented a car and headed north on Hwy 1 up to Point Reyes Natl Park and have been hiking all over for the past two days. Just got into Palo Alto last night and headed to S in an hour or so. The area here is totally amazing in terms of natural beuty and out door recreation!
Thanks very much for the re! I got a call back (after leaving a third voicemail, almost exactly two weeks after the first...) from Stanford last night and have an appt scheduled for 10am on Monday. I just got in at my hotel near SFO, will make my way to palo alto tomorrow or Sunday. If anyone is in the area and wants to grab a bit to eat or something I'm game.
I've left two voice-mails with the asst. dean of admissions as per instructions of the admissions office personnel, but have had no response so far. I must say, that while it seems an excellent school, their administration has been less than professional.
I'm flying out this weekend. Anything in particular I should do, see etc? I've never been in the area or CA at all for that matter so suggestions are welcome. If it matters, I'm currently on waitlist there, but in at Harvard and at UVA (with $$$).