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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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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They do bust you for weed and alcohol - but kids do get away with it pretty often. Definitely a party school.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good - bus is cheap. Lots of kids have cars and if you don't have one, you are kind of left out. School hardly provides any transportation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Top notch no doubt. The work load is kind of big, my roommate is an Engineering student and I study English/Poli-Sci and he has a lot more work than I do but it's still tough all around.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of students here, although it is not as racially diverse as I thought it might be. Everyone dresses pretty casual, it's definitely noticeable if someone is dressed up. For the most part, everyone is pretty fit and does some sort of athletic activity a few times a week at least.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are so delicious! They are so hot! God, California men <3 Santa Clara really does attract the hottest guys.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Really high quality meals and food service. The diversity of the meals is great, and dining plans are easy to use. Stellar compared to other universities.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Santa Clara is very adamant about interreligious beliefs, and is supportive of diversity, but the student body is not incredibly ethnically diverse; mostly whites. The most obvious diversity shortfall is that of economic background, most students come from really wealthy families and not owning a smart phone would put you in a very small minority.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs seem to be a non-issue compared to drinking, and i haven't seen or heard about any drug incidences since i have arrived.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: SCU will give you a great education. The class sizes are small and the professors generally care about you and what they are teaching. They are always available as a resource. It is best known for its engineering and business programs, but other majors will definitely receive a great education here as will.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The immediate surrounding area is not very good, but about a mile and a half away is a great mall and strip with many restaurants and good shopping. The best part of the area is the train station right across the street from campus, where you can hop on the CalTrain and go on a day trip to San Francisco!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: No clubs around, but 21+ year olds and those with fakes enjoy going to the bars. The house parties, however, are excellent and located super close to campus! The party scene here is definitely a good time.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few restaurants close to campus and they are all fast food - Wicked Chicken, Round Table, and Pizza My Heart. They all have pretty good food, but it definitely gets old going to the same places time and again.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have not encountered any trouble with the police force. But I feel that if you are smart about things you do not have to encounter them. If you happen to I feel that they would not be so tolerant about certain things, depending on how extreme they are.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I feel that the campus is welcoming and very attractive to people looking to explore and learn new things. I even learned that graduates can get married on campus, this adds to the experience of this school. The fact that they are so involved with alumni makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're good, but we're not that good. Men's basketball games are frequently the ones most people go to, but not women's sports.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: We have a computer replacement program that usually replaces the old computers with new Macs that can run both Windows or Mac OS for people who are used to either. There are a whole bunch of computers for people to use in the Library at their convenience.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are plenty of good looking guys and girls - the only downside is some of the really good ones are already taken. Still, people seem to find other people out there!

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The school is very diverse when it comes to personality and attitudes, but not as much when it come to cultural diversity. There are mostly white, Asians, and middle eastern students. Minority students include Latinos and African-americans.

4 College Junior

Academics: The small class sizes are so helpful when it comes to getting engaged more in the materials. Professors get to know you by your name, and are also available for questions during office hours as well as outside office hours. Some may provide their personal cell number or email just in case students have an urgent question or confusion. The more participation in class, the more you learn and receive good grades in the courses.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I prefer San Jose to Santa Clara, which is nearby. There are lots of dining options, bicycling is becoming more popular, museums, music, etc.

3 College Junior

Transportation: SCU does not have it's own transportation on campus, but it is close to VTA buses and Caltrain.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is always computer available in the library. I have yet to experience midterm and finals season here, but most people have their own computers connected to the campus-wide WiFi, so I don't think it would be a problem having access to a computer if you don't own one.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Santa Clara has a big social life and this means that there is a wide array of drugs and alcohol being used. If you wanted to get alcohol or drugs, it would be very easy to do. Drugs, however, are a little more kept secret

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have always felt safe at Santa Clara. They have an abundant number of campus safety who are constantly making sure the campus as well as the students are safe. However, there are a few crimes that happen off campus that keep this school from being completely safe.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Punishments Depend on the Situation – The Santa Clara Police department is right next to school so parties do get busted fairly often, but as long as you keep it cool and don't carry any open drinks along the street they won't bother you. As for the campus safety, they are strict but it depends on the situation. Some people have told me they were written up for carrying alcohol while others just had to pour out what they had and go home. At SCU you get 3 write up strikes, and then you are kicked out of housing if you are living on campus. I enjoyed my time in my dorm and was pretty wild but I never got written up. Some friends of mine were written up when they were innocent but just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Some tips, just keep your cool and don't advertise anything, noise attracts both the cops and campus safety.

3 people found this useful Report
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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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