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Santa Clara, CA
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5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1078 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 College Junior

Majors: I am happy with my program, however, if I could do it over again, I wish I could choose a different major. The classes for Political Science and Economics majors are fairly repetitive and get old quickly. Also, employers are not very interested in those two majors. Instead, I would have done something with business such as management or finance. After being older and realizing the job opportunities now, I wish I would have taken that path.

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3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my major was fairly easy. After applying to Santa Clara and deciding what school I wanted to be in: Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Business, etc., I declared the major within that school. For example, I applied into the Arts and Sciences school and at the end of my junior year, I declared Political Science and Economics as my major. All I had to do to declare was fill out some paperwork and have it signed, very simple. Transferring into another school such as Business from Arts and Sciences is another difficult process as you have to meet certain requirements and be accepted by the dean.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The pro to Santa Clara off-campus housing is that most of the houses are within 1-4 blocks of the campus and no more than a 5 minute walk. The neighborhood surrounding Santa Clara is also fairly safe as well. The makeup of the area is mainly students. The cons include very expensive housing, small and old houses, bad parking if any. Most houses are crammed with double the number of students that should actually be there in order to make the prices reasonable. The leases start in October which make it very stressful to find out where you are going to live the following year. Overall, the off-campus housing at Santa Clara is below average.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: For some reason many people do not consider Santa Clara an elite school, and it always baffles me. The students are excellent, the classes are engaging and rich in information. All of our business professors have real-world experience. The school is situated in the heart of the Silicon Valley, so the opportunity for networking is endless. Great school. Would recommend to anyone.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. Our campus police are very good, and the school is directly across the street from the SCPD station.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The Financial Aid Office at Santa Clara is very helpful, unless you get one of the officers. If you get her, I apologize. Ask for someone else. The Scholarship situation is great. Being a private school, Santa Clara has plenty of money to give. Not everyone gets it, but for the most part, those who need it most, do.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public Transportation around Santa Clara is quick and easy. Not the best people on the bus, but it will get you where you need to go for only $2. Less if you use the transportation card.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: It's sunny almost all the time and when it does get cold, it's only about 50 degrees. It never snows, and rarely rains.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: You must have a parking permit for the car and certain ones only work at certain spots. There is a huge parking structure that accommodates a lot of cars and there are some spots near the important school buildings.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Every professor I had was interested not only in the student's academics, but also in their life in general. To me, they're like an adult friend and less of an authoritative figure. We maintain a perfect image of our university. We're known for our perfect grass and for being a fit campus.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Variety of races but the majority is white people. That's slowly starting to change but you have to join clubs to find minorities because they usually band together. Diverse religion as well.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: Lots of space to be alone and think. The library is a great study area because it's so quiet at the higher levels. Lots of different sports/clubs to join. There's also intramural sports too for those that don't like competition. There's many events that go on but you have to keep your eyes peeled to find out what they are. The campus is pretty quiet compared to CSUs like SFSU.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Unless there is an Earthquake game or some other special/big event on campus, parking is generally easy to find (you're notified by email some time in advance if there are special conditions for parking at a certain time anyway). The cost of a permit is dependent upon the types of parking lots it covers. Some students find this handy, selecting the permit that covers the spaces close to where the majority of their classes are.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's somewhat costly, and they're extremely strict with their rules. For two whole years I've parked in the same exact parking spot in the garage of a dorm building and they ticketed me for not having the permit clearly visible. I complained, the school gets so much money, they should have the license plates and spots in a system to look up and not carelessly ticket.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors are extremely accessible, for example I had almost all my professors cell phone numbers. If you like a small student to faculty ratio for a great learning experience, the Santa Clara professors are there for you 24/7 to help out.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Campus safety cracks down on the students within the dorms with pretty severe punishments since the University likes to keep the reputation of a jesuit university

4 College Junior

Weather: Whether is Sunny and gorgeous. You are right in the valley so the weather is great and the beaches are just a 40 minute drive over the Santa Cruz hills.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I am currently in the Leavey School of Business and I love it. It is ranked one of the best in the nation and offers the students internships through the vast supply of educated business professors. The only aspect of the business school that I don't like is that the class grading is based on competing with your fellow classmates. Since Santa Clara is a private university there is only roughly 15 students per class therefore your grade is based on how you performed compared to your classmates.

2 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: No football team. No swim team. Not very may intramural sports clubs or choices.

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The business school is very good and competitive. The professors and students can be very closed minded. Many of the tend to take a republican/fiscally conservative view point that they impose on other students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There aren't very many options. Of the options within walking distance, they offer student discounts and students can you use their flex points (prepaid dinning points)

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the upperclassmen live off-campus which allows for a great party scene but finding a house is a pain in the ass. Real Source Property Management is the main landlord for the area and they are a pain to deal with.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Benson's food quality is above the average college dorm food. They also deliver to the dorm rooms for late night snacks which is a bonus. However, it can get boring by the end of the year.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: SCU is very strict on school policies. They review & revise their academic policies & vision regularly and ask for input from students. They are anal about parking as well. They tend to give out a lot of tickets if they don't find a permit and rarely are lenient or accept excuses.

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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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