Stanford University Graduate Program Reviews

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98%
of students recommend
(4.33 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 177 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 16,980 (7,000 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 12% part-time, 88% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $46,320
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

The network and career opportunities are excellent. Professors are engaged and knowledgeable. The affordability is not great, but the number of companies that actively recruit on campus probably makes up for that in the long run.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017

The PhD program in computer science at Stanford University is the best.
4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: - Quality academic and social experience, as would be expected from a top-tier graduate program - Attracts talent and unmatched "energy" from being the major university that resides in the heart of silicon valley Cons: - Probably not as diverse as nearly UC Berkeley - In a fairly expensive area with high living costs
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I'm doing the program remotely through the center for professional development and it's a great experience. The classes I have taken so far bring in the remote students completely. It doesn't feel as if you are a second-hand student who is just piggybacking on the material.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

Classes are big, but getting to work with other intelligent, motivated students makes up for it. The school is very focused on helping grads find a job after graduation, and being in Silicon Valley is a huge advantage.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2014

Mixed feelings on the grading system. The top third of students in a given class get an "H" while the rest are most likely to get a "P". The pro is that this takes away the cut-throat competitive atmosphere seen at other law schools, and for the most part employers don't care about what your grades are since you are coming from Stanford. On the other hand it can be demotivating that you work hard and understand the material, but come off with a P, which is what student's who do the bare minimum get as well.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

The pros of my graduate program are that I am able to advance my undergraduate studies of psychology to the more broad, widely impacted study of sociology. Stanford provides the staff and support to do research in areas that I please, as well as the flexibility to do so. I am currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain to further my sociological studies, in hopes of gaining a better world view that I can later apply to the workforce. The first and foremost con is that the program costs $53,000 per year. The Bay Area is also extremely expensive to live in, which makes the pressure to find a job and remain in the area that much stronger. While Stanford has a great financial aid program for undergraduates, it rarely gives financial aid to graduate students. With the proper financial support, I can focus on my studies and their applicability to helping people, and less on how I am going to pay for student loans.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2017

The first year in Stanford's Economics PhD program seems to be more stressful than in most of the comparable schools, however the department is very clear that they don't want any of their students leaving the program before the end.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

What is most impressive about Silicon Valley and Stanford is the truly interdisciplinary and stimulating intellectual and natural environment, unlike any place I have ever lived or studied. Naturally, you pay a premium for living in such an enriched environment. For students of meager means, transportation, rent, and the cost of living can be a little steep. However, Stanford's academic disciplines (regrettably not its professional programs) typically compensate students well enough to survive without having to go into debt.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2016

Is an amazing program. The only issue is the night life of Palo alto, is pretty quite and boring, but for doing a phd is a good incentive.
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