Stanford University

Stanford University online courses and MOOCs - student reviews

Leland Stanford Junior University , commonly referred to as Stanford University or simply Stanford , is a private research university in Stanford, California in the northwestern Silicon Valley near Palo Alto. It is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Leland Stanford, former governor of and U.S. senator from California and leading railroad tycoon, and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford, founded the university in 1885 in memory of their son, Leland Stanford, Jr., who died of typhoid two months before his 16th birthday in 1884; it opened on October 1, 1891. The university was established as a coeducational and nondenominational institution. Tuition was free until the 1930s. The university struggled financially after Leland Stanford's 1893 death and after much of the campus was damaged by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Following World War II, Provost Frederick Terman supported faculty and graduates' entrepreneurialism to build self-sufficient local industry in what would become known as Silicon Valley. By 1970, Stanford was home to a linear accelerator, and was one of the original four ARPANET nodes (precursor to the Internet). Today, the University comprises various academic components and has nurtured many prominent alumni. It is organized into seven schools with a student body of approximately 7,000 undergraduates and 8,900 graduates. Since 1952, 58 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university. Moreover, it has produced the largest number of Turing Award laureates for a single academic institution and is the alma mater of 30 living billionaires and 17 astronauts. Stanford is also one of the leading producers of members of the United States Congress. Faculty and alumni have founded many prominent companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Nike, Sun Microsystems, and Yahoo!, and companies founded by Stanford alumni generate more than $2.7 trillion in annual revenue, equivalent to the 10th-largest economy in the world. Stanford is also home to the original papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. Its most recent acceptance rate, 5.69% for the Class of 2017, was the lowest ever recorded in the university's history. Stanford competes in 36 varsity sports and is one of two private universities in the Division I FBS Pacific-12 Conference. It has won 104 NCAA championships, the second-most for a university, and has won the NACDA Director's Cup, formerly known as the Sears Cup, every year since 1994–5.

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4 years, 6 months ago
An excellent introduction into essential machine learning techniques. The course is very rich in content, and covers a lot of ground, but do... more
4 years, 4 months ago
I graduated from 2 of the most prestigious universities in the US and over the years I've watched a few dozens online classes and I have to ... more
2 years, 2 months ago
Hi Nick, I just finished CS101 on Coursera. It is, to me, a fantastic introduction to computer programming. I have gained much, much more in... more
1 year, 10 months ago
This course was a great experience, I would recommend this to my colleagues, A good balance of covered material and homework (a final would ... more
4 years, 6 months ago
The course was well organized and the instructors are great. Most fun came from the programming assignments. The great thing about them is t... more
1 year, 7 months ago
Excellent course - gives a good understanding of networking basics. Most importantly, it is self-paced, so there is enough time to go back t... more
4 years, 5 months ago
This was the first online course that I took and it really set the standard for the rest. Nick Parlante is a brilliant instructor whose enth... more
2 years, 2 months ago
This mini-course in the [Databases series]( from Stanford Online, looks at the us... more
2 years, 9 months ago
This was the first MOOC I took, when it was not self-paced. Professor Widom is great, and the way it was organized showed me it was possible... more
2 years ago
This course was FANTASTIC ! The course team did a good work. Very professional !! I hope participate in anothers courses of this University,... more
1 year, 11 months ago
This was my second course on machine learning after having taken Prof Ng's Machine Learning - and oh boy, the teaching content and technique... more
3 years, 6 months ago
This course gets quite diverse reviews. Probably, some students had incorrectly estimated the difficulty and/or practical importance of the ... more
4 years, 4 months ago
This course is a tough call: a very diverse group of students with widely varying needs, as expressed on the class forums, from students wan... more
4 years, 3 months ago
This is another great course. Daniel McFarland hit all the right buttons. This course makes you feel like you can do any organisational anal... more
2 years, 4 months ago
I was expecting to learn more about how the principles of formal logic can be applied to real-life situations and arguments, but it really ... more
3 years, 6 months ago
Unfortunately this class made me feel as though time itself had slowed down. I appreciate taking time to cover complex topics, but it took f... more
4 years, 4 months ago
Prior experience in the field: Some basic reading on algorithms/data structures. Like: Covered many interesting topics, although most involv... more
3 years, 4 months ago
Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 2 picks up where part 1 left off. Several of the algorithms and discussions in Part 2 refer back to co... more
1 year, 10 months ago
This course is kind of a mini-MOOC. I completed it in a day with ease. There are virtually no exercises or assignments but only short video ... more
4 years, 4 months ago
Probably the most innovative and one of the most demanding of MOOCs. With 4 ways to test your learning - quizzes, exams, programming assignm... more
4 years ago
I took this course when it premiered. While Prof. Ullman is a brilliant man, the length of the video (30+ minutes), and maybe my lack of mat... more
1 year, 8 months ago
This mini-course in addition to the ones about SQL and Relational Algebra are a good begining for understanding relational databases. The co... more
3 years, 8 months ago
I really enjoyed the assignments for this course. You get one attempt at each assignment and there are not really analogous worked examples ... more