The stanford standard is high. To get inot this school you must basically be a robot, you must be perfect. I have had friends with straight "A"s, lots of community service, 2 sports and pretty good SAT scores, that did not get in. The price is definitly a probalem for most. Although this school is basically divided into very rich, and very poor. nothing in between. The very rich because they can afford it. The very VERY poor because they can easily get a scholarship. Education is great as you would imagine from a big name school like this. THe campus is beautiful. I have often enjoyed a bike ride around the gorgeous campus. There is a lake, Lagunita, but it sometimes dries up.