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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1077 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am a commuter student, so I wouldnt know what its actually like living on campus

3 College Freshman

Academics: Being a Biology major, there are not a whole lot of opportunities at my school, considering its known for business and engineering. But the classroom sizes and workload are reasonable

3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors vary, we have very good professors, and then we have really bad ones. It is the professors that have just started teaching who are the least liked because they do not know what they are doing and grade harshly.
Workload depends on your major. In bio/chem there is no hw, but lots of reading every night

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is not very diverse. The school tries to bring in minorities by giving them a bunch of aid, but overall our school consists of mostly Caucasians/Asians

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Santa Clara is very unfair when it comes to scholarships and aid. Basically, if you are not an athlete, do not have a lot of extracurriculars/best grades, or are not a minority you do not get anything. You have to be either at the very top or very bottom to get aid.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Locatelli is where dances and ASG events are hosted
Our Leavey Center for athletics is pretty big
We have three libraries, one for law, a general library open to the public, and one lesser known one.
Generally people hang out in their dorms and at benson (our cafeteria)
We have a gym for students as well

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Our campus is beautiful, everything is up to date and in great condition. Our library is equipped with Mac/Dell computers on all floors. Classrooms are relatively small, ranging from 20-50 students. The science classes are the larger ones, edging towards 50 students, but office hours with professors are very helpful.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It is always sunny here in California, the weather is perfect.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: In the beginning, it was very difficult finding my niche at this school because as a commuter you can get left out pretty quick, if you do not put an effort in. Over 90% of people live on-campus, and if classes are not going on or if it's not lunch/dinner time the campus is dead, so it is easy to feel lonely. Though now, as the quarter just ended I have made some great on-campus friends and everything is great.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available for the upper-classmen, but it is very expensive.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I'm a commuter student and the on-campus people I'm friends with do not participate in parties. As a result, I don't know what it is truly like at parties on campus, but there is a tradition Wednesdays and Friday/Saturday where everyone who wants to, goes out and parties.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Overall, there are not drugs used on campus. Most drug use is done at the off-campus apartments. If someone is caught with drugs, they are cited.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: If you want to go to a party, it's very easy the first week of the quarter. After that, there are usually parties Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; however you may need to be invited to go.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: As far as public transportation goes, there's a lot of availability near campus. There's actually a transit center right across the street where several buses, shuttles to the airport, and at least three trains meet, so it's never difficult to get where you want to go.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few restaurants within walking distance and they're pretty good. However, it can be difficult as an underclassman to get to anything further away.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I've honestly never seen anyone do drugs, although some times it has smelled suspiciously of pot. Alcohol-wise, lots of students drink. Some pre-game in their rooms and I know quite a few people with alcohol in their rooms. Parties don't really occur on campus. There are a couple of streets with houses where people go to party. However, it's very easy to get by if you don't drink. I've never gone out to parties and everyone has the utmost respect for your personal choices. I've never been pressured to drink and those who do drink have never treated me differently because of my decision. I can't say that drinking is severely punished on campus. As long as students aren't being disruptive or destructive, the cf's in the building don't really care. Most people where I live are fairly smart about their consumption and keep their drinking/drunkenness out of everyone's business, which I appreciate. Other residence halls do not have this same reputation however. Some are much more lenient and alcohol has a much bigger presence in them. There are also lots of students who don't like drinking and going to parties as well so there's always someone to hang out with.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't currently have a car but parking isn't something I've really heard complained about all that much.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is beautiful, all the time. Usually it's in the high 60s to low 70s and clear blue skies. It does rain on the very odd occasion and in the winter it can get pretty cold (enough to freeze the grass) but not cold enough to snow or anything drastic.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Honestly, in the building I lived in at school, there was underage drinking going on and I can't say that they usually got busted; however, they never made a lot of noise or caused any problems either. As long as students are being smart and safe about their alcohol consumption and aren't causing other people irritation or being destructive, the cf's aren't really going to crack down on them. I don't drink and I've always been pleased with the atmosphere in the building. However, there are other residence halls on campus that have less savory reputations.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The local area is actually just fine. There are a few restaurants within walking distance (Ike's is a fantastic place for a sandwich) as well as a gorgeous rose garden. San Jose isn't that far away but you definitely need to take a bus or find a car. There are also a couple of malls not too far away, but again, you need to take a bus or find someone with a car to get there. If you don't have a car, this makes traveling difficult and the campus can start to feel like a bubble of its own.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: This university is absolutely gorgeous. The grounds are kept immaculate and every day (no matter the weather, which is fairly temperate) is a beautiful day. There is a highly accessible gym where students work out all the time. The library is amazing. There are differing levels of quietness as you move up through its four floors and plenty of work spaces. There's even two rooms with outdoor furniture and huge open windows for fresh air! Sports games are popular on campus, especially women's soccer. Lots of students like to go out on weekends, but many do not so there's a spot for everyone. There are always events going on throughout the week so it's easy to find something to do.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are so many ways to get involved. Clubs have a noticeable presence on campus and meet regularly. There are also many student leadership panels to get involved with. Many students study abroad during their junior year and the school makes it fairly easy to do so.

5 College Freshman

Weather: California weather - sunny, warm and beautiful. There's not much else to say.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is the perfect fit for me, and I never want to leave. The classes, people I've met, and overall atmosphere are just wonderful and perfect.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The area is relatively expensive, so many students choose to live in traditional housing or in school-run apartments as upper classmen.

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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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