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Santa Clara, CA
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5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Computers: There are only a few labs that are open to all students, the rest you must be enrolled in a class to use I believe. Unless you ask specifically for a class or other purpose, students do not get software downloaded for free to their personal computers. The network is alright, has issues and isn't that fast but it works. Undergrad students get $40 per year for printing. IT is very helpful whenever I have had questions.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus is a great experience. The residence halls all differ in age, quality, design, layout, amenities, etc but in general, they are all pretty solid. It's about the same amount of money to live on campus as it is to live off.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus safety is relatively unhelpful in most situations. However, when actual issues arise, they always put the welfare of the students first. Also, the SCPD station is literally across the street from the main entrance, and they are very involved in student affairs and well-being. The administration is usually understanding, but as it is a Jesuit school, some policies can be seen as conservative. The exception would be visitation: no one really cares who you let stay with you, as long as your roommate is cool with it.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Many students drink at SCU, more and more heavily than the national average. Still, you can not drink at campus and still fit in just fine and have a great college experience. Drug use is primarily marijuana which is very prevalent, but again not necessary to have a good time. Cocaine is the next biggest drug, but it's mostly just off campus and relatively underground. Again, you can not do any illicit substances throughout college and still be perfectly normal.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's there if you want it, but it's not necessary if you don't. Most of the frat houses are pretty bad, but I don't know much about living in rules. I have plenty of friends both in and out of Greek life, it really doesn't matter much except filling up time.

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5 College Junior

Weather: Absolutely perfect weather almost year round. Wind is the only complaint, but even that is rare.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is something that SCU always strives for to represent it, but in reality it is a pretty solidly white school. Yes there are lots of people from diverse backgrounds but ethnically speaking it is mostly caucasians.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: The only team our school really has going for us is women's soccer. Our men's basketball team has the most potential, but we hardly ever win which is disappointing. There is an obvious lack of support for our sports teams and general school spirit, which is really tough. The men's basketball game versus Gonzaga is one of the only games that actually fills up the arena.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It worked fine for me, but I know that several people have had issues with it. I needed outside Federal loans and ahd to do that outside of school.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many places to live off campus if you're looking for that. Landlords can be difficult, but it depends on where you live. Dark side (north of campus) is easier to find places and usually cheaper, but light side (south of campus) is where the real action happens. It's relatively safe all over campus, but common sense is obviously advised. It's totally fine to live on campus all four years, but the majority of people move off after sophomore year, and it's a lot of fun either way.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the Arts and science school section. I have enjoyed my classes on fulfilling my core curriculum. I have not declared my major yet, but I want to major in spanish.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I am not to sure, but there are parking spots off campus

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like the people I have met. I feel safe to be on campus. The classes are small and the on campus food can be pretty good. Overall, I think I made the right choice.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well the guys seem pretty friendly and athletic. The women's soccer seems pretty popular.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I know that the bus and train are often used.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Since it is California it is usually always sunny. It doesn't snow, but since it is in the Bay Area it can get pretty cool.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are places to eat and very few stores near campus. In order to go to museums, theatre's, and shopping malls, transportation is needed. I heard it could be a hassle because you have to check at the times of buses or trains. The good thing is that the train is close to campus and I think the bus is too. Our stadium, Buckshaw stadium, is home to the San Jose Earthquakes. During soccer season there are always games and those are fun to go to.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining options are a walking distance. There is a great sandwich spot called Ike's. There is also a wing spot and many more.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There are places where people usually do to for academic guidance. There is also study abroad and there are people who help out the student on planning it. The school is also divided in three schools which are Science and arts, Engineering and Business.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are more caucasians on campus. However there is some diversity. My roommate is from Canada and I have someone from China. The people I have met are from the bay area and hispanic like myself. In a class setting the majority would be caucasian, a few asians or hispanic students.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I think are some students who can inform others on off-campus housing. There is probably information in the admissions office.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are available in the library. Printing is accessible in dorms and the libraries. The internet can be slow because people are always using the internet. It is better to have a laptop because work can be done in any building on campus. Also if you live on campus you might want to work in your dorm room or use it in classes as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are many strict rules on drug use on campus that I have know. It also feels safe to be on campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am not involved in the Greek life, but I have seen students around campus representing their group with the gear they wear.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school gave me some aid in scholarships. This pays for a bit more than half of my tuition, but I still have to pay for housing.

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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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