Santa Clara, CA
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Reviews 1052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the engineering department at any school is obviously challenging, but isn't too difficult if you have a good application

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You apply to either the school of business, A&S, or engineering. Internal transfers after one year if you want.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Beautiful campus adorned with very up to date facilities. Everything is kept in working order. If its not, they'll fix it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid process as a transfer student is very difficult - they don't give scholarships to transfers, and give meager grant funds. Expect loans.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Large Mac labs among others. There are computers all throughout the campus at various buildings.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are always events going on, and they do a pretty good job of letting people know about them.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food is very pricy, especially for people without meal plans, but the quality is usually good and there are a lot of options.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: We have a really good program that tries to get better and better. We also have a good accountability system where if a teacher gets enough bad reviews on a survey completed the last week of classes then it's definitely probable that they're not going to be asked to return and teach again at SCU.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking permits are expensive, freshman can't have cars on campus, and for San Jose Earthquake games some parking lots need to be allocated for visitors so students frequently have to re-park their cars. That being said, there's enough spaces for each student, although the best parking lots aren't really located near the classroom buildings.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: At least in the business school, the majors are really great and apply to real-world jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're pretty diverse, with people from all sorts of different countries, backgrounds, and races.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got a pretty decent scholarship and I didn't even apply for it. Many of my friends are on full-ride, but if you don't have high test scores or special considerations, then you're pretty much out of luck.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Juniors and Seniors Have It Good – The Junior and Senior Apartments in Campbell are very exceptional. They have decent sized bedrooms, are multi-leveled, and include a state-of-the-art kitchen.

2 College Sophomore

Transportation: Freshman Can't Bring a Car – Not that many freshman need a car, but it sucks for those occasions when you want to go shopping and have to pay for the bus or a cab. You can apply for a permit if you have special needs (like a medical condition or an off-campus job). If you don't get a permit, just befriend an upper-classman.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing options are pretty good, but housing can be a bit of a pain in the butt when you want to change rooms or are looking to come back from Study Abroad and live on campus.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The only way to get around at a low cost is either the CalTrain. Taxis are the next best option, but those are a little more expensive. They're usually better though because CalTrain won't take you to most places that people want to go, like Santana Row or Valley Fair Mall.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: During my first quarter here, the police broke up almost every party. Granted, I've heard from upper classmen that it hadn't always been this bad, but people had a hard time getting together for huge parties before they were broken up in 2 hours. Now that it's winter quarter, the cops have been a little more lenient.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the student body is noticeably white and middle to upper class. If you are a minority or do not feel comfortable around people who come from families that are very well-off, you likely won't feel like you fit in with the norm at SCU.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school is very stingy on its financial aid. They give out high amounts of aid to certain people (arbitrarily, it would seem), and low amounts to others. It is not an evenly distributed financial aid fund.

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1 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol usage among underclassmen is constant. The school has disassociated itself with its Greek system, but the houses that surround the school are used for the purpose of hosting fraternity parties/house parties. Since many of these parties are open to anyone (or very easy to get into), anyone looking for a drink can walk across the street. Party nights are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and sometimes additional days if the week is toward the beginning of a quarter. If it's an off-night, just walk around in your dorm building and you're sure to find someone with a supply of alcohol used to pregame for events and parties. (It's against dorm rules to drink in the rooms, but this is not always enforced, especially in the large freshman dorm Swig, where many of the "community facilitators" (RAs) turn a blind eye to drinking in the dorms).

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: As an asian student, I noticed that most of the students on campus are white, but there is a 15% asian population which compared to most schools is diverse.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: SCU is nearby the lightrail which can take you into downtown SJ along with Valley Fair shopping mall. There are lots of delicious eateries in the campus area.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: SCU has a rigorous academic requirement including the core curriculum which keeps all students open minded and well rounded

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers on campus are all up to date with the latest software.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Santa Clara seems to always be improving its campus. The facilities are always top-notch with the newest and greatest technologies.


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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
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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