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Hi there,

Due to business reasons I will have to travel to San Francisco and fortunately I will have an entire day to spend at Stanford campus. Since I would really like to apply to Stanford MBA some time I want to make the most of my visit. The options that Stanford offers for people who want to visit the campus are the following:

- On Campus Info Session: a general overview about the program. I have already attended Off Campus sessions when the Admissions Committee travels once a year to my country, so I don´t know how much different this would be.
- Knight Management Tour: a 30-minute tour led by students
- Class Visit: well, the name is self-explanatory...
- Campus Walking Tour: this is a general tour for the school (not related to the MBA specifically). It is aimed at tourists, I think.

My questions (especially for people who have done these stuff) are:
1- Assuming that I may have time to do at least 2 (maybe 3) of these options, what do you recommend me to do?
2- Could anyone advise me on the fastest way to get from the airport SFO to Stanford and how much time that would take? I would assume taxi is the best option but please let me know.

Thank you so much!!
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This may be a good question for the Stanford Forum.... but let's see if your post gets noticed or picked up here.
If not, i will be happy to move it there. Thanks!
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Hi,

I don't know about visits and can't recommend anything on that.

2- Could anyone advise me on the fastest way to get from the airport SFO to Stanford and how much time that would take? I would assume taxi is the best option but please let me know.

But I can suggest an alternative to taxi considering you are willing to travel by local train.
You can take a BART(bay area rapid transit) https://www.bart.gov/ from SFO airport to Milbrae station and catch a Caltrain http://www.caltrain.com/ to Palo Alto.
It is fairly simple and cheaper option compared to taxi, but can't guarantee about the time it takes sometimes its quicker depending on train timings.

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Hey there - that's going to be a great trip. It's a beautiful campus! I would prioritize your options as 1, 3, 2, 4. I know the adcom visits your country but this is different and it's important to be there. A class visit is good to get a feel for the program. The student led tour is a good option but you could probably be more effective by talking with students while you're there versus the out of the box tour. So reach out to folks before you get there and see if you can grab coffee with one or two of them!

As for getting there, if budget isn't of much concern, taxi is by far the most convenient. Depending on when you get there, if no traffic, pretty swift 30 minute ride. If you arrive around rush hour, then maybe explore the BART. Might end up taking the same amount of time and be considerably cheaper.

Have fun!

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I would suggest you do the class visit and the info session. The walking tour is great but you are going to be looking for some references you could make to your visit in your app or an interview and a walking tour won't provide as much material. I would think about what type of clubs you would be very interested in joining and reach out to someone in that club/organization. Ask if they or someone else they know would be interested in grabbing a coffee with you - that will be a great source of info about the school from the perspective of someone who shares the same interests or career goals. If you can get a coffee chat with a current student .... that would be my #1 priority....then the classroom visit....then the info session if you have time.

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Hi,

Thank you everybody for your tips! I am so excited about this trip that I really want to make the most out of it!

I will definitely follow your recommendations.

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