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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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2 College Junior

Nightlife: Not So Good – the campus is a distance from downtown most of the clubs are at and even then most clubs are 21 and over. Some students on campus will throw a party here and there and they tend to be somewhat entertaining.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It appears that much of the student body comes from fortunate upbringing.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Every type of transportation that one needs is readily available and for extremely reasonable prices. One could easily get away with not bringing a car.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since the school is so small, the living off campus is entirely manegable with a social life. One will find that they will not lose touch of their friends, but rather make even more; there is no isolation. The cost is about the same as living on campus when food and bills are added in. There is plenty of availability and many options; people do not ever seem to be unhappy with where they end up. The landlords are pretty lenient, since they have owned the houses for a long time. Also, the off campus living is extremely close to campus!

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is absolutely phenominal, for it stays at a perfectly warm temperature basically all year long. There is a breeze that keeps it cool, but plenty of sun shinning down to keep you warm. It rains a few times during the school year, but its the perfect amount.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Big on Sports – Scu has great athletic facilities. The team spirit is great and the biggest thing is the fan support. In each game the cheers and support from the student body is awesome!

3 College Senior

Parking: You can get a parking permit but that is kind of expensive. There is parking near school that are 2 hr or 4 hr parking those are convenient, however, they get full quickly. It is a good idea to go twenty minutes before class to make sure you have time to find a spot and go to class.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are several apartments by SCU that can work for anyone. There are also always houses that rent rooms. Finding a place by Santa Clara is not that hard.

2 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from different races and religion but school consists of mostly white students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Somewhat Diverse – Santa Clara is a very diverse university, but it still seems to have less latino minority students. To my understanding, they admit a certain percentage of Latinos to make up to the standard minority acceptance law, but there is still a lot more white, asian, and middle eastern students at SCU.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Great Security System – On Campus security is always on the watch and always imporving their secuirty system. They are available 24/7 and have given various ways to be reached, such as phones located around campus, and emergency number sposted on walls and restrooms around campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Great Proffessor-Student Relationship – Santa Clara has a focus on creating a one on one relationship with students and their professors which helps immensely when students are in need of help, or are behind in some of the material. The professors are really attentive and do try to help as much possible and offer many alternatives for students to contact them. They may give long office hours, personal emails, and even personal phone numbers. Some professors encourage students to give them a call if they have any questions or concerns. I definitely love this about Santa Clara.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Always Something Happening – If you're not the type to make friends in the classroom, there are tons of events to help with that. From dorm based events to spontaneous football games in the field, there's bound to be at least 1 event that you can get yourself into and meet new people. The people at Santa Clara University (both faculty and students) always seem so willing to help others and make friends that it truly was a wonderful experience being there.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: For Freshman Without a Car, There Isn't Much – Walking distance from the university only has a few dining places: Subway, Taco Bell, Safeway. Driving will get you to all the delicious places in Valley Fair and Santana Row, and a Chipotle a couple miles down Almaden.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is mostly sunny. with some rain in the winter. but there is lots of shelter from rain.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Its Improving. Slowly. Diversity, amongst many definitions, means racial diversity which is to mean having blacks and hispanics. And operating under that definition since it is still valid, SCU has been seeing more blacks, Hispanics, Indians and Middle Easterners, Asians, and even Swedish exchange students. However, notice the grade. Yes, thats a C-, something not really to be proud of. I give it that because as you walk around campus, youll probably notice that despite the small diversity, the majority of students or most noticeable of students, is the white, upper-middle/upper class blonde valley girl/person. Its simple economics, unfortunately. Due to the exuberant and unnecessarily high tuition, a larger number of people from the aforementioned background can afford it than those from economically disenfranchised or unfortunate can afford. Thus, more white folks. Its a sad reality, but once you get to meet your friends, its not so bad actually.

1 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Not Our Forte – Coming from a private high school who's basketball team won the State championship against public schools, I was running on a sports high when I came to SCU, looking and expecting a superb athletics department (or at least teams good enough to have an awesome crowd and school spirit section). I was disappointed. Don't suffer from what I did: recognize that SCU sports suck, and that theyre only good if youre hammered or with a bunch of friends or the occasional good basketball game. Consider yourself warned...

4 College Senior

Facilities: New, Nice, Expensive Buildings – Buildings at SCU seem to be the administration's pride and joy. Just look at the Library, the Levy School of Business, or the new Admissions building. Due to the fact that we're currently in a building campaign, alot of new buildings and plans are popping up so the facilities at SCU, I must say-despite my criticisms- are state of the art and are quite nice. Just try to see beyond them.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: On Campus, Drugs Are Not Very Common – SCU's drug policy is pretty strict, so that translates to people not really doing them on campus. Now, since the campus culture is only limited to freshmen and sophomores (most juniors and seniors live off campus), youre first two years will be relatively free from drugs if you so choose, and if youre seeking them, they will be very easy to find (off campus of course). However, since this question asks the Drug Safety policy of SCU, I'd rate it an A- for being pretty safe.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Always Safe – Santa Clara University has always felt safe. Its not too big and everything is kept nice and clean. Even at night the campus is well lit and there are security posts all around campus in case you ever need help, its just the push of a button away.

4 College Junior

Parking: Being such a small and closed off campus, Sant Clara affords students and faculty the ability to walk from one side of campus to the other in under 20 minutes. In other words, driving to class is unneccesary. As far as off campus housing goes, there is 24 hour parking in numerous places that students use to park their cars.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: As easy as can be. The hardest part is figuring out what you want to major in. Once you've figured it out all you have to do is find where the headquarters for your major is and go in. They will give you something to fill out so all you need to do is fill it out and find a new counselor that will help you through the rest!

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3 College Senior

Transportation: I don't own a car so I take public transportation. It is okay.

5 College Senior

Academics: I came to Santa Clara for their excellent psychology program.

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5 College Senior

Weather: Weather is great in Santa Clara Valley. Warm in the fall and late spring. Very little rain in the winter months.

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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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