I guess what I mean to say is that Stanford was ok, but I wouldn't go back for 3 more years. Make sure you visit first, and don't expect it to be anything at all like Berkeley. They're pretty much different planets.The Stanford name has helped me, so I'm not going to whine, but I would have been happier at UT Austin (which is very similar to Berkeley). Because I've already spent my time at Stanford, I think I ranked it #6 on my list. I was also pretty sure I'd get into at least one of Harvard, Yale, Columbia, or NYU, and I knew I would much rather go to one of those.
Didn't see this before I posted. While I don't think I would have been happier at a different college (I was really satisfied with my time at Stanford), I'm also not willing to spend three more years on the same campus. Stanford was fantastic, but I'm ready for something different. I've noticed that a lot of Stanford people say this, while at Harvard people are much more excited to stick around. Mari, I think that might tell you something about the insularity of the campus.
helendemilo: I'm cracking up about your stories of not getting any. Before I moved away, I went to a Stanford frat party and I got the opposite impression - lots of drunk girls and guys everywhere looking to hook up. Seemed like a good time.
What has anyone heard regarding rent prices? It seems that stanford allows subsidized near-campus housing at around the same rate as a crothers single (crothers single = approx $700 a month, incl utilities; stanford west, sharing a 3bd aprt = $709 plus utilities). At this point, standford west looks like the winner ... i want my own kitchen!! http://stanfordwest.stanford.edu/faq.html