Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus safety is pretty much everywhere. Which is unfortunate if you want to do 'questionable' things, but it's née in emergencies. Sometimes they do have a slow response time.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Bronco wifi is fairly terrible when it comes to speed and consistency, but it gets the basic job done. Pretty much everyone here has a Mac though, so the school offers both macs and window in the labs. Also, you get printing points that should last all year, so a printer isn't necessary.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Santa Clara has huge reputation in the Silicon Valley that is instrumental in getting internships and jobs.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The school doesn't recognize greek life, so it all happens off campus, so you can get involved and that's cool, or not gt involved and have just as much of a social life.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a black student the school is obviously lacking in terms of ethnic diversity, but there are clubs to get involved in to bring the different cultures together.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's college their will be issues with campus safety, and sometimes they ruin the fun, but they are just trying to keep us safe. They usually only come into play when someone is being extra loud, drunk, or high.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of people move off campus their junior year. You have to secure a house a year in advance though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They pretty much don't budge. You get what you get and if that works for your family you come, if it doesn't you go somewhere else. But, you see where you money goes though.

4 College Freshman

Majors: We have so many opportunities to get jobs or internships, but it's just a matter of taking advantage of them.

4 College Freshman

Majors: They are really great about making sure that everything you are learning will pertain to some field and future goals.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Let's just say it was 70 degrees in February this year and I spent the week doing homework outside shaded by palm trees and rose bushes.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though it's a D1 school no one really cares about the sports teams, even though they all do fairly well in their conferences

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats exits, make what you want with it

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frats have open parties, you make what you want of it

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small city but accessible to San Jose and SF

5 College Freshman

Academics: Students receive an outstanding academic experience. Professors are deeply concerned about student's performance and are very accessbile.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: just need to be discret

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Partying takes place, no pressure.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: Biology is up and coming. Class sizes are small and accessible.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Tough major, great professors, long labs.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of off campus choices.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Techonology is one of their assets. University is beyond the 21st century; many donors from Silicon Valley.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid office is very accomodating and knowledgable. People actually are accessible and parents can pick up the phone and speak to someone who assists their needs. Excellent.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of options to work with, and less still if you don't have a car. Walking distance there are maybe 5 places to go to.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are minor safety concerns, mostly just with off campus people harassing students. Luckily, these events happen maybe once or twice a year. The campus is safe other than that. Sexual assault and date rape are a problem at any campus where partying and drinking are present, and SCU is no different. Just be smart. Cowell Health Center is difficult to work with, and they usually are hit or miss with how helpful they are. They are known to basically diagnose any injury with lots of Vicodin, so take that for what you will. They serve the general campus population well enough however, and there are frequent blood drives and other health related events around campus. Organizations like the Peer Health Educators serve to help students cope with health-related issues of many types all around campus.

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Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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Inspired by its Jesuit roots, Santa Clara's mission to educate the whole person by engaging the mind, body, and spirit encourages its students to maintain a healthy balance between work and play. Santa Clara's diverse academic, extracurricular, and community service opportunities make it easy for students to do what they love and to tailor their SCU experience accordingly. Though many students initially have a tough time adjusting (typical for most college freshmen), taking advantage of the resources provided by the strong campus community can help make the transition process easier. Thriving at Santa Clara requires finding your niche, which can take awhile, but is worth it once you do. 

Most students cite weather, location, and academics as Santa Clara's greatest strengths, and they appreciate the active and supportive community on campus. While many students agree that they would change certain aspects of the school if they could (the cost of tuition taking priority), most feel pretty satisfied with their Santa Clara experience. 

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