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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at SCU and the health center is great.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of caucasian students, but diversity in terms of religion and backgrounds vary. People come from all over the place, but they are still caucasian.

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College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Know – I haven't had to deal with parking, but the permit prices are pretty reasonable, compared to the costs of other universities' permits.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Pretty Good – SCU is a pretty good school. The business school is great and really lives up to its reputation. However, I believe many of the professors are not as good as they should be. It's expensive to go to this school, so I believe we should be taught by excellent professors.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Overall – SCU is a very safe campus. It's full of emergency buttons that you can press if you feel threatened. They also have this new thing where if you want someone to walk you somewhere or drive you at night, you just call a number. The only thing bad is some students get assaulted outside campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Enough – The process of receiving aid is smooth but they take a long time before telling you your award. I also feel they don't give enough. I only received like $9.5k when tuition is going up above $36k :l

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bikes Dominant – It's pretty easy to get around campus. Most people use bikes, skateboards, or just walk. The campus is surrounded by restaurants that are all within walking distance. There's also caltrain across campus too. Many students have cars that helps you get around, & you can carpool with your friends!

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone Looks Good – A lot of SCU students take good care of themselves and it shows in their appearance. Most have nice wardrobes and accessories. There is a lot of interaction among the guys and girls.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Many Choices – SCU offers many majors and minors. It is a good variety and there is something for everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is quite a large white population at Santa Clara, but it doesn't prevent people from socializing with each other or collaborating on school projects. I have friends at SCU of various backgrounds with regards to race, religion, economic background and sexual preference. We all get along great and everyone is accepting of others.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Always Sunny – It's always sunny in Santa Clara. Average temps in high 70's and low 80's. Many students take advantage by sun tanning on the various lawns while studying. Rain is very rare. So, there are always people outside enjoying the weather.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Reliable and Fast – I brought my own laptop to school for the convenience of always having it available. The campus is completely wireless and the network is always reliable and fast! There is an annual allowance of free printing and I didn't even finish using all of my printing credits at the end of my freshman year. The dorms all have connected printers as well, so there is no need to go to a computer lab or library to pick up your print jobs. It's very convenient!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great Experience – I feel so at home at SCU. During my freshman year I met a lot of wonderful people, learned a lot and grew as a person. I do believe I found the perfect school for me. I especially like the fact that there is a mission church on campus as I use it frequently and am able to attend Mass every Sunday. That is an important part of my life.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Rules and Regulations Enforced – I believe the school has a fair policy on underage drinking and illegal activity. There is a lot of education on the topics and the school's position is very clear. There is a mandatory alcohol awareness program that is mandatory for all freshmen.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and Drinking – Drinking is much more popular than drugs, but a good amount of people smoke weed. There are also harder drugs, like cocaine and x that come out at parties, especially with the sororities and fraternities. Also, a lot of people take adderal and ritalin before finals time.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Highly Recommended to Dorm – I chose to dorm for my freshman year at SCU and I'm glad I did. I feel that if I hadn't I would have missed out on meeting so many new people and being exposed to students from various backgrounds I hadn't seen in high school. As a sort of introvert, dorming gave me the opportunity to socialize with my fellow freshman and pursue on campus activities.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I Don't Live on Campus – I mean you do somewhat lose the college experience not living on campus, but in my opinion, it is not worth it to be drowned in loans by the time you graduate just to make "friends."

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only mode of transportation is really the bus. Since I live in San Jose, I am accustomed to riding the buses. The Caltrain is also really convenient when wanting to go to San Francisco. I find it better than a car. Once in San Francisco it is easy to figure out how to get around using their bus and lightrail system.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Sure – I don't live on campus, so I really have no problem with campus strictness. I heard that they are pretty chill when you are caught.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good, Could Be Better Though – There's the on-campus health center - Cowell. Most students go there for aches, sicknesses, and pains, but they really lack in the ability to help figure out what's wrong and you're often left waiting for over half an hour for the doctor to take a look at you, which means you might miss some classes. Most times they just prescribe some pain medications and say that if whatever's bugging you continues, go to the hospital or a nearby doctor.
The safety on campus, however, is really great. There are blue-lighted stations all across campus in case of emergency that you can push a button at and a campus safety vehicle will be there in less than a minute. The campus is small, so it's not like it takes more than seven minutes (walking) or two minutes boarding to get across, and it's common to see campus safety officers on bikes roaming around.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: SCU cares about it's appearances, especially ones that visitors travel through like Benson and the Library. The janitorial staff can miss somethings in the dorms though, which begs the question of how often they're actually cleaned.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good, but Boring After a While – Good, they try for variety, but it gets boring after one quarter.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: All the places within walking distance of SCU get old fast, specially because the good places closed down due to their leases being bought out. This shocked SCU students, because what we were left with was lower quality pizza, and no diner to get food if we want breakfast before Benson opens. That being said, if you have a car, then a variety of options are available as you have the options of going into the city, going down the Alameda, or going down to the Coleman shopping center where there are cheap places like Jamba Juice and Panera. There is a delivery service for some off-campus restaurants called Tapingo, which is convenient, but takes forever and isn't cheap by any means.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School, Great People, a Little Repetitive Though. So one of the reasons why I chose SCU was the fact that it was a smaller school, which means that your teachers know you by name, recognize you when they see you outside of class, and overall the atmosphere is really close since our community is so tight-knit. However, the surroundings (especially the lack of variety when it comes to eating options) get a bit old really soon. After the first quarter, almost everyone I know was sick of the only on-campus eating space, Benson. Benson, run by Bon Appetit catering, does try and serve a variety of specials, but these are hit-or-miss and if you come late to dinner chances are they're gonna run out of specials if they're the popular ones.

3 College Senior

Parking: Either you have to buy an expensive parking permit to park on-campus and cruise around the school a bunch to find a decent parking spot that usually have time limits. A lot of cars around the school so plan ahead if you need to drive to class

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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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