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More than 1,700 freshmen arrive at Stanford today

Original post made on Sep 20, 2011

Beware of lines at Target as more than 1,700 freshmen arrive to take up residence at Stanford University today (Tuesday, Sept. 20). They come from all 50 states and from 52 countries.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 8:07 AM

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Posted by Chris Zaharias
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:56 am

Must be rough starting school so late in September.


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Posted by AMRW
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:59 am

That's funny-I was at Target in Mtn View yesterday and thought "Look at all these college kids, Stanford must be starting". Of course, at UC Berkeley, we took BART to get to Target. I doubt any of these kids took public transportation. =)


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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:02 am

Jane Lathrop Stanford was quoted as saying that Stanford was established for the children of California . This year only 39% are from California, and it is 'said' that there is a quota on how many from Palo Alto are allowed in per class. There should be a class in 'understanding American football" so that the game attendance numbers go up - something Harbaugh complained about. And many foreign countries like China and the Middle East pay 100% for master's and Ph.D. grad students, many of whom also get subsidies from Stanford. California students need a "Dream Act" of their own.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

AMRW<

Stanford run the Marguerite Shopping Express to Target and Wal-Mart,
and people do ride it.

Most freshman do not have cars, but generally parents bring their kids to school so they would have access to cars the first day.


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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

Rice University runs sessions for international students hosted by the football staff and team to teach them about American football.
Stanford could start that program.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of University South
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

Kate,

Most students at Stanford are on scholarship, and if your parents earn less than $100K, it is essentially a full ride.

As noted in the article, 16% of the freshman are the first in their families to attend a 4-year college.


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Posted by Matt
a resident of Downtown North
on Sep 20, 2011 at 11:12 am

@AMRW

I guarantee they took the Marguerite, Stanford's shuttle that is free to the public and partially paid for by those students' tuition. Not as convenient as the BART, but the price is right.

;)


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Posted by Hearsay
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm

"it is 'said' that there is a quota on how many from Palo Alto are allowed in per class"

If that's the case then it's a pretty soft quota. The number of Gunn and Paly grads at Stanford is exceptionally large.


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Posted by Data Guy
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Gunn is one of the top feeders into Stanford.
Stanford admits 20+ Gunn kids each year.
Here's the data:

Web Link



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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Gunn boundaries include Stanford faculty homes which means that Gunn has many faculty students who will have an easier time of getting accepted.

Sometimes, data can't be trusted. Stanford accepts faculty kids regardless of where they live in the area which makes it look like they are favoring local schools.

Look to see how many of the 20+ Gunn students are faculty kids.


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Posted by Jennifer
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Sep 20, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Stanford students do take public transportation to Target. There is a Stanford shuttle that runs on weekends to the San Antonio shopping center from campus - to help the many students who do not own cars.

Freshmen are not allowed to bring cards to Stanford, but many of these were with their parents today.


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Posted by heard
a resident of Monroe Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 4:55 pm

i have heard only 2-3 got on merits.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Sep 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm

If you drive on campus, be extra careful! More people who refuse to obey traffic laws, don't wear helmets & love to cycle while on their phones sans helmet, while breaking the laws - this happens every Sept.

It's great to have the free shuttle - that's what it's for - to provide safe public transpo. I hope the students make good use of it & stay safe.


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Posted by Hearsay
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

"Look to see how many of the 20+ Gunn students are faculty kids."

Usually about half. Which still leaves a significant number accepted/enrolled at Stanford. Again, this is just to counter the statement that there's a "Palo Alto kid quota" for Stanford, which is demonstrably false.


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Posted by Koa
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 20, 2011 at 9:49 pm

9 US military veterans out of a class of 1709, how diverse! Congrats to my friend Nick for threading the needle on that one!


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Posted by been there
a resident of Menlo Park
on Sep 21, 2011 at 9:24 am

Did any of you miss the NYT article a couple of Sundays ago? Retailers staging parties for students and providing the transportation to their store? Frosh orientation at Target, with the UNC Chapel Hill mascot and the Target mascot standing side by side? Amusing, but nice Stanford doesn't do it--


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2011 at 9:33 am

I am sure Target sells Stanford gear a lot cheaper than the Stanford student store.

Anyway, is this article about the students or where they shop and how they get there?

I expect that this week is one of the best for local motels and restaurants since the new students tend to come with families who stay for at least one night and spend lots of money on college life necessities. Shame that all the sales tax goes to Mountain View at Target and WalMart and not Palo Alto. Stanford Shopping Centre costs too much to fix a dorm room for most students.


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Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Sep 22, 2011 at 9:20 am

@Resident:

Presumably, many local communities got some money. IKEA in East Palo Alto probably rang up some decent sales. Most of the local hotels are actually in Palo Alto, so the city gets hotel taxes; also a lot of meals were probably consumed in Palo Alto restaurants.


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Posted by older Gunn grad
a resident of Gunn High School
on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Back in the day (my day), most Gunn grads who went to Stanford were faculty kids or legacy.

I don't know the current figures, but I think there are a tremendous number of apps to Stanford each yr from Gunn AND PALY, so taking 20 from Gunn, while significant, may be not that many when you considered how many applied -- figures anyone? HOw many applied vs. how many accepted and any idea which were faculty or legacy admits?
I thought I read (last year) in the Stanford Daily that 30% of frosh class had legacy boosts.

C'mon, Stanford is an elite private school. While some are on scholarship, there are mostly super elite, super advantaged rich students. Try looking at a public school for comparison of student bodies...just sayin'


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Posted by Data Guy
a resident of Barron Park
on Sep 22, 2011 at 9:13 pm

@older Gunn grad:

According to the following data points, about Gunn applicants had a 20-25% acceptance rate at Stanford in 2006-2009, far higher than the overall <10% acceptance rate.

Web Link


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Posted by silly
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:06 pm

My daughter got into Stanford, not a legacy, I went to UC, she is just very smart. I met a lot of the kids in her dorm. A healthy percentage were not priviledged, just smart. And like it was said above freshmen are not allowed cars, they ride the shuttle, the VTA, the caltrain and walk. My daughter would occasionaly ride her bike home and borrow the family car, so they could go places the public transport did not go. I think you folks dont really know much about the kids that are going there.


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Posted by Doug
a resident of another community
on Sep 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Like silly above posted, I have a freshman at Stanford. Small urban high school, non legacy. How did he do it. Near perfect GPA, greater than 2300 SAT, 36 ACT score. Uhh...just kind of earned it in the classroom. Generic comments about the rich privileged kids is truly unjust to the majority of Stanford students. At the end of the day 92% were in the top ten percent of their respective high school classes. They are flat out smart kids. Black, White, Asian, rich or poor. They are pretty much all good kids. I am proud of my son and the other 1755 freshman.


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