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Housing for the Class of 2010

clgboundclgbound Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited April 2006 in Stanford University
Does anyone know about housing options for incoming freshman (if we can live on the row, if we can choose a friend as a roommate etc.) If anyone has any information at all about freshman housing please let me know! Thanks!
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Replies to: Housing for the Class of 2010

  • marlgirlmarlgirl Registered User Posts: 1,096 Senior Member
    You don't get to choose a roommate, you don't even get to find out who your roommate is until you get on campus. You can't live on the row as a freshman (with the one possible exception of the native american theme house which I think is on the row...). You rank your preference for the following: freshman co-ed, freshman single-sex, four class co-ed, four class single-sex, the ethnic themed houses (african american, latino, native american, asian), freshman sophomore college, SLE. You can only request specific dorms for the ethnic themed houses, frosoco, and SLE (sort of... SLE kids are all in east flomo, so you have some idea which dorm you'd be in, but still don't know freshman vs. four class, etc.). You can't request wilbur vs. stern vs. roble, etc.

    Ask for freshman dorms! They're the best. It's still quiet enough that you can get work done, sleep, etc. but you can also be social and make some really good friends and meet some awesome people. Freshman dorms are more lively and spirited and fun.
  • ebonytearebonytear Registered User Posts: 1,017 Senior Member
    Since I am pretty quite and don't want that lively of a dorm, I was thinking about FroSoCo and SLE. What should I do if I want to optomize my chances of getting into one of those two?
  • marlgirlmarlgirl Registered User Posts: 1,096 Senior Member
    Rank them as #1. You need to write an essay to get into FroSoCo, and you need to apply to be part of SLE to guarantee a slot in a SLE dorm. The four class dorms are pretty quiet. You can be quiet in an all frosh dorm too. It's not lively as much as it is... friendly. Like people will talk to each other and be friends and stuff.
  • clgboundclgbound Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    this may sound completely ignorant since I've read every piece of info I've recieved from Stanford thus far, but can someone explain to me the difference btwn. FroSoCo, SLE, and the rest of the living options
  • ebonytearebonytear Registered User Posts: 1,017 Senior Member
    "Rank them as #1."

    Which one? I get the feeling that if I don't rank FroSoCo first, I won't get it. Is it true? However, the same could be said if I don't rank SLE first. Or can I rank both as #1? Which one is easier to get into? I'm thinking I should just rank that as 1st and get it over with...
  • JimmyEatWorld711JimmyEatWorld711 Registered User Posts: 2,399 Senior Member
    SLE is an entire academic program (it's a rather intense 9 or 10 credit class, I think) bundled with the housing aspect. I'm not sure how much you know about SLE, but you should definitely understand what you're getting into before you sign up for it.

    At the SLE seminar during Admit Weekend, they said that if you want to do SLE, you have to complete a separate application, then you MUST put SLE down as your first choice if you want to get in.

    As for FroSoCo, I think it's just a dorm, but I've heard that you have to apply to be in FroSoCo also (I hear there's an essay or something involved). If you wanted to have a shot at both SLE and FroSoCo, I'd put SLE first and FroSoCo second.

    Just a fair warning, most of the student body seems to view SLE and FroSoCo students as lame and un-social. SLE's rigorous academics and FroSoCo's physical isolation (it's supposedly a solid 15 minute walk from the rest of Stanford) really seem to keep each of them separate from the rest of the Stanford population.
  • ebonytearebonytear Registered User Posts: 1,017 Senior Member
    I think I have a pretty good idea; a girl I know from my town showed me around the SLE dorms (I think she was Residential Writing Tutor or something at one of them) and I talked to a couple of students there about it.

    Where do we get the separate application?

    I think the last part is fine because, from what I saw, the SLE people themselves (didn't visit FroSoCo so wouldn't know about that) seem pretty closely-knit. I'm not much of a partyer anyway, and wouldn't mind skipping out on that part of the "college" experience...
  • mythreeddmythreedd Registered User Posts: 111 Junior Member
    My daughter lived in a four class dorm. She was really upset when she found out she didn't get into a frosh dorm. I think the stat that is reported is that only 60% of all frosh get their first choice in housing. That being said, she loved the 4-class dorm. She met wonderful people; there were lots of people there able to give wonderful advice, and she thought the older students in the 4-class dorm were a little more focused, which rubbed off a bit.

    Sophomore year she is living on the row and loves it. There is a method to the "housing madness" at Stanford. My advice is trust it. It's all about giving you a broad, interesting experience. And, if you're a California resident, you probably won't get a Cali resident as a roommate. (I haven't seen that happen yet). It's all about expanding one's horizons.

    Enjoy!
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