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Old 07-08-2013, 11:23 AM
 
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Again, I'm curious as to the NON academic comparisons between the 2 schools. Please do not go into which school is "better at this major".

Those that know, I'd like to hear about the stuff like student life, environment, etc. Even the more obvious comparisons like living in Berkeley vs Palo Alto would be useful.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Historically, it's basically been:

Stanford = rich Republicans' kids going to an expensive private school in a wealthy town

Cal = liberal UC in liberal East Bay enclave


With UC's getting so expensive, as well as COL anywhere near either, the two are becoming increasingly similar these days. Still, nobody's going to confuse Palo Alto with Berkeley anytime soon.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:45 PM
 
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Stanford and UCB are both liberal - although UCB is much more so. Don't be fooled by Stanford's Hoover Institute.

Anyway, Stanford is in the silicon valley, Sand Hill Road is down the street (capital of venture capitalists), the surrounding area is more suburban, and Mediterranean; Berkeley has a gritty urban vibe.

The Palo Alto / Menlo Park area is generally much more affluent than Berkeley, and of course, safer, cleaner, etc.
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Old 07-08-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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One thing to notice is that it is hard to get out of campus at Stanford, Stanford owns a lot of land, and the main campus is in the middle, so you have to walk or more likely bike for a while to get out. The students all live on campus pretty much, as rents in the surrounding areas are very high (East Palo Alto excluded), even grad students live on campus. Almost everyone has a bike, this is almost a necessity, unless you want to walk long distances, I lived on campus as a grad student, and walked 30 minutes to get to Gates for example.

At Berkeley the campus is right next to downtown Berkeley (while this is true at Stanford, being next to downtown Palo Alto, as I said you have to walk quite a distance to get to the real part of campus). Of the grad students I knew there, they all lived off campus.

As for the culture, it depends if you're talking grad school or undergrad.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Don't be fooled by Stanford's Hoover Institute.
Though it serves as the school's sociopolitical public mouthpiece? About as easy to ignore as the giant phallus that stands on top of it.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:36 PM
 
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Though it serves as the school's sociopolitical public mouthpiece? About as easy to ignore as the giant phallus that stands on top of it.
Sort of, it isn't part of the social sciences, it's just a think tank located on campus. The vast majority of the campus is still liberal.

Besides, when people think of Stanford, they think of science, Google, Cisco, billionaire techies, etc.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Boulder Creek, CA
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Sort of, it isn't part of the social sciences, it's just a think tank located on campus. The vast majority of the campus is still liberal.

Besides, when people think of Stanford, they think of science, Google, Cisco, billionaire techies, etc.
Or this!

OK, Stanford wins for the band and the tree. Still siding with Beserkely, though.

Cheapskate Hill!

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Old 07-08-2013, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Cheaper to live in Berzerkely, too. And way more fun.
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