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Santa Clara, CA
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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Benson's food is absolutely amazing. There are an incredible amount of options so no matter what you're in the mood for, there's something for you--and completely reasonably priced.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Economics at Santa Clara is great because you can take classes designated for the business school without being a business school student and being an arts and sciences major. The business school is one of the pride and joys of SCU and you can see it from the way the professors and organizations run the business programs making it easy for students to attain jobs after graduation.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Academics: There is the full spectrum of truly amazing, life changing teachers and really crappy, why were you hired professors. It can depend from what department and even what class section you're in. I've had great teachers who I still talk with and learn from 2 years after taking their course, and there are also teachers I loathe seeing even from afar because of the traumatizing memories of taking their class and suffering from their lack of teaching skills.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: We were rated the 2nd most attractive campus last year and a primary reason is for the girls and guys who attend this sunny California school. There's always eye candy walking to and from class, in the library, in the gym, and in Benson.

8 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Campus Housing: A lot of people complain about on campus housing, but the housing office works really hard to provide students with the best living possible. Renovations are always occurring and updating the campus. A lot of the residence halls will look like resorts in a couple of years.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a bunch of great places to hang out, such as in front of the commons or just anywhere in the sun. The facilities, such as the gym, are fantastic. I am there upwards of 5 hours a week and I love how well the place is taken care of.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I would have to say the social scene is a great aspect of the school. There are fraternities and sororities filled with great people that, for the most part, seem completely into making sure everyone is having a great time at parties. Also, if that part of social interaction isn't for you, there are hundreds of amazing clubs that incorporate everything from computer programming to jamming out on guitar with random people.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: All of the food is fantastic, with a wide variety of foods. As a student who is a bit of a health fanatic, it is really nice to have a place that helps me be able to be really healthy. There are also great places near campus for going out with friends, or even a nice date.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Weather: It is always sunny here. Even in winter. It is rare for there to be a cloudy day.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a Chemistry student. The teachers are very caring and there are many research opportunities if you go out to look for them. It is a small university so the teachers themselves are always available if you need help.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city around has all the basics you would want: a mall, a few grocery stores, etc... I love how if you want to go to a bigger city, San Francisco or San Jose are every easy to access with public transportation.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Many local house parties but good bars are farther

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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: beautiful, small campus with friendly students and faculty

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus, but that's because I don't stay out too late. That being said, for those who do, there have been sexual assaults happening right off campus so be vigilant especially when you go out to party.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Computer availability is pretty decent since it's a small school... but wifi can be hella slow.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is very limited. And you have to pay a lot for permits.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is beautiful sunny California weather almost always. It does get a bit breezy now and then but just enough that layering some clothes can fix the chill. The heat is usually countered by a nice wind blowing along and a reduction of clothing layers. I think it's perfect!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: One of my favorite things about the dining are the many options of the salad bar that in the mornings is also a fruit and yogurt bar. The dining has many healthy options as well as environmentally friendly ones including specials created from locally grown foods. There are two main dining areas and the meal plan is based on a point system per food item. In terms of variety, there is a range from pasta, to tacos and burritos, to pizza, to salad wraps, and even sushi, not to mention the dinner specials that change every day. Personally, I didn't really get tired of the food until the last quarter. There is also a mini market in the main building where you can buy simple groceries with your meal points although the items here are more on the expensive side.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus EMT's and campus safety walk the campus routinely and do a great job of instilling a sense of security with the students.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: I brought my snow jacket back down after Thanksgiving break, anticipating a cold winter, but I ended up never even having to put it on. You never need to wear more than a sweatshirt outside, and for fall and spring quarters, it is beautiful.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process was quick and easy. I simply filed my FAFSA and received my financial aid award through ecampus online. I received a relatively good amount of financial aid as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Local Santa Clara police are relatively lenient when it comes to parties. As long as you're not obviously intoxicated, they will leave you alone. However, they will break up parties if the noise gets too loud. Campus police is a bit more strict but not overly so. Best to be careful and relatively quiet/discreet if you do plan on having or attending any parties.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While SCU has students from numerous races and religions, they do comprise of the minority. There is a significantly large majority of caucasians of high economic status but I haven't personally experienced a lack of a acceptance being a minority myself. Being a Jesuit University, a large majority of students are Catholic or Christian as well.

3 College Junior

Majors: I had my first internship this summer and it was a great experience. It was through an insurance company called Northwestern Mutual and I was a financial representative. The pay is based on commission with a weekly salary for going to meetings as well. The time commitment was very flexible and based around my other job. The responsibilities were a lot greater compared to the average getting coffee internship but with the help of mentors at the office, they made it easier to do. Finding internship can be difficult if you do not start your search early. I recommend looking early and trying out different jobs to find what you like the most.

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1 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports and Santa Clara are not the best. We have a few teams such as women's soccer and tennis teams who always perform pretty well but the rest of the teams are not highly regarded. School spirit depends on the games; if it is an important game then you will see a lot of people out there but other games are not very populated. The athletic facilities are very good at Santa Clara University for the athletes at least.

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Mission Santa Clara de Asis
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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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