BioEBear2010 wrote:It's better to demonstrate why Stanford is your top choice than to simply state it. For example, mention specific programs you are interested in and/or professors with whom you would like to work. If you have other personal reasons for wanting to attend Stanford, definitely mention those.
Anyone can say Stanford is their #1. Not everyone can convincingly demonstrate the same sentiment.
Completely agree. Also, stating that Stanford is #1 without submitting recommendation letters that are targeted would probably put your sincerity in question. Those letters are great ways to convey why Stanford is your #1 without using valuable space in your PS.