Stanford is a great school not only for its top quality faculty and high flexibility in personal customized curriculum, but also for its surrounded ecosystem: Bay area, Palo Alto, San Jose. That is a great point about great schools. They never stand alone. Harvard, Wharton, MIT, Columbia, NYU go with New York City and Washington DC. Kellogg and University of Chicago go with the greater Chicago area. No one comes to these school with the “school only” perspective.