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

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I give Santa Clara a B because the level of student involvement, and school spirit is not at the level it should be at. The only sport that has has a good turn out is Men's Basketball. It is disappointing that our Women's Soccer team does not have a great fan base because they are always within the top 25 teams in the nation.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The population of girls at Santa Clara is homogeneous. They are generally white, have wealthy backgrounds, and are Catholic.

6 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: SCU is located in a very convenient location being that it is about an hour away from San Francisco and about 45 minutes from Santa Cruz which is in the opposite direction. San Jose itself is not the most active city although there are still many events and activities available. There is the HP Pavillion which is about a 10 minute drive from the university that always has hockey games, shows, and concerts going on. Downtown San Jose also has various attractions and events throughout the year. San Jose. There is never a bring moment in this city and there is always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The network reliability and speed is very good throughout most of the campus. The computer labs are almost always open and there is usually always multiple computers available. There are various places to access computers and printers throughout the library and it never gets to crowded in the computer labs. There really is no need for a printer because there are numerous printers available throughout campus. Multiple printers can be found on each floor of the library and there is at least one in every dormitory. A personal computer is also not a huge necessity if you are able to finish your work in the library. It can be very useful to have one though.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnically, religiously, and economically there really isn't a great amount of diversity. Most of the people here are wealthier, white, people who practice the Catholic religion. This is mainly because our school is a small private Jesuit university. It is however still accepting of people of different backgrounds as I myself am African American. There are still people of different ethnic races, economic statuses, and religious backgrounds that are still represented on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on Santa Clara's campus. It is a very safe place to be.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is everywhere. Dope is less common. That's mostly it.

5 College Junior

Majors: I'm in the Counseling Psychology program, and it's phenomenal. The quality of professors is outstanding, and they each come from a different therapeutic approach and philosophy, so you get a very thorough exposure from Object Relations, to Social Work, to Existential, to the field advances being done in Evidence-Based Techniques. The classes are demanding on your time and emotions, and are designed to give you therapeutic insight into your own life. I'd recommend this program to anyone who wants to understand themselves better and get the best possible education on the planet to be a therapist. Fantastic school.

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3 College Junior

Computers: The technology is fantastic, but I cannot begin to express my frustration that the only place you can print anything is at the campus library. Sometimes, you need a printer when the undergrads are gone and the library is locked on break hours. It's one of the stupidest set ups I've ever heard of. I never had this problem at my undergrad university.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plenty of options, but very expensive in comparison to the local places nearby.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't notice too many drug problems around Santa Clara University, with the exception of marijuana. Even then I don't notice too many people participating.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The Santa Clara University campus police have a station right across the street from our campus. The campus has the safety poles, and it also has campus police readily available. I have never felt uncomfortable on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many choices for off campus dining, including fast food, take out and sit down restaurants. However, after a while this food, although good, gets old and some restaurants are truly only accessible by car.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Santa Clara is extremely generous with financial aid. So long as you are on time with submitting forms and show a distinct need for aid they will help you out. My experiences with the financial aid office have been incredibly smooth. I've never had a problem with lost forms or such, however I do agree that if you are worried that you did not receive enough aid or want to be updated on the process you simply make a meeting: the people in the office are very easy to talk to.

4 College Junior

Academics: Santa Clara has a very competitive culture in just about every aspect. The fraternities dislike each other. People are constantly studying and partying hard.

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5 College Junior

Weather: Sunny days 95% of the year. A ton of outdoor activities.

4 College Junior

Academics: I was a business student and there is no better place to be then Silicon Valley. In addition, the school is incredible with connecting their students to the companies in the area.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Jesuits expect you to excel in your department. Strict alcohol policies but good buddy system/amnesty program

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Suburban lands, houses all around campus, ValleyFair

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't personally lived off campus, and I don't plan to either. However, this is not because I dislike off-campus housing. In fact, there is a great variety of housing to choose from, and it is available to you as soon as your sophomore year. The houses/apartments are also quite nice, as is the neighborhood surrounding the school. The reason why I don't plan to live off campus is because living on campus is, to me, much more practical, and less of a hassle. The buildings are almost all renovated, very clean and modern, and the food on campus is amazing, there's always a great variety of choices, mostly local and organic.

5 College Freshman

Majors: As a first-quarter Freshman, I cannot speak personally about the entire Civil Engineering department - yet, but I can tell you what some of my upperclassmen friends are experiencing. In short, everyone I'm met that is studying Civil is really enjoying the ride. No graduate students are allowed to teach, and the professors are amazing, most of them have Ph.D's and come either from high ranking institutions and directly out of the working field. I've had the chance to meet one of the best Civil Eng. professors at the school in my Intro to Eng. class (Dr. T). Furthermore, there are a plethora of organizations on campus that help you with all things engineering, from resumes to internships and jobs. Engineering at Santa Clara is also reinforced by the proximity to the Silicon Valley, so it is not rare to see big companies like Bechtel on campus recruiting soon-to-be graduates.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The school of engineering is quite big, making up about a fourth of the entire school. It is pretty competitive to get in. I personally believe that it is easier for girls to get accepted into the department, for obvious reasons. Engineering at Santa Clara is great, because strictly technical courses are integrated with the "three C's" (competence, conscience and compassion) of the school, so as an engineering student not only will you have earned a valid degree, but will have also experienced many encounters with themes and subject areas out of your comfort zone/major.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: beautiful campus, beautiful girls (and guys), done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus isn't that bad, it really depends on what building you are in. The newer dorms like Graham and Swig are super nice but ones like Dunne and Walsh aren't as nice. They are all clean, the only reason others aren't as nice is because they are old.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: All the guys and girls at Santa Clara are super attractive. Everyone is friendly, good looking and intelligent. There are always a few exceptions and you do find some weirdos but in general, people are extremely attractive. My friends and I joke its an admission requirement!

4 people found this useful Report

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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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