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

Weather: Get Your Tanks Out – Being in the state of California, tank tops are some what mandatory. If its sunny and above 70 degrees, (which it usually is), you will have trouble finding sleeves around campus. The weather in Santa Clara is warm from the beginning of march till around late october. It never gets bellow 40 in the winter, and you can expect rain from december to early feburary. Compared to most schools in the country this is phenomenal weather, except if you go to school in San Diego or Florida.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – The Neighborhood Surrounding Santa Clara University is extremely safe. Walking alone at night to get food, or going home from a friends house raises little concern with almost anyone you talk to. The police department is near by, and there seems to be a constant police present in the area. In addition, the schools security is always on patrol, both on and off campus. There are the occasional suspicious characters on characters, and the seldom bike theft, however the students at SCU feel a sense of security at all times, no matter what time of day it is

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: SCU is more laid back than you might think for a Jesuit university. If you do get caught drinking or smoking in your room, campus safety takes away all of your drug/alcohol paraphernalia. Like, shot glasses, the actual alcohol or drug in question, and you get fined and have to do community service. Don't drink or smoke in the dorms, be smart and you won't get in trouble.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Because SCU is a private, non-profit school, they are able to offer a lot of money in financial aid and scholarship. the Santa Clara Fund gives 80% of the money to Scholarship. A majority of the students are on some sort of financial aid or scholarship.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a diverse group of kids on campus, however I tend to notice there are an awful lot of white people. Asians, African Americans, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders seem to have a presence on campus as well. It seems like everyone is from Washington, Oregon, California and Hawaii.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: School was harder than I expected at SCU, but it is a good challenge. Get to know professors one on one and go to office hours to be successful. Participate in class and go to class, most professors take roll, or at least mine did. You will find the library always packed, but it is not so busy that you can't have social life. Professors will set you up with awesome internships and finding a job after SCU is easier than most colleges because we have such a strong alumni connection in the Silicon Valley.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is nice when you move in in September, in the 80s-90s, by October it is pretty cold, 50s-70s throughout the day. Cold winter, no snow, and lovely spring.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I LOVE living in the dorms at SCU. I live in Swig and it is an 11-story building full of freshmen and sophomores. It is such a great place to meet people, my floor is very close, we all leave the doors open and socialize constantly. While it is expensive, it is worth the cost, the dining hall, Benson, is one minute walking from Swig and most of the dorms. There are also a lot of different dorms with different atmospheres because of the different RLC's. If you are very social, like going out and are outgoing, don't mind noise, live in Swig or Dunne. Campisi, San Fillipo, Graham, Sobrato and Casa Italiana are on the "quiet side" of campus, which is also SUPER nice. I would not recommend living in Walsh and McGlaughlin, they are fine, but the other dorms are better. Off-campus campus housing, like Bellarmine, University Villas and Saint Claire's are all good options as well especially for upperclassmen. I would definitely rank the off-campus campus housing 1. University VIllas (brand new) 2. Bellarmine 3. Saint Claire's (old motel redone, not the best option), bad location. The neighborhood next to SCU is the most popular option for upperclassmen. The houses all have names, such as "America", "Zoo", "Oasis", "Cloud 9", etc. I would recommend living off campus as an upperclassmen.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I LOVE living in the dorms. They are newly remodeled and living in the dorms makes it so easy to meet people. We all leave our doors open and become very close to the other students who live on the same floor and in the same building. The gym is so nice, the athletic centers are all brand new, they are constantly renovating dorms, like Graham and Swig, and building new, amazing, sustainable buildings such as the library (built 5 years ago) and the Locatelli Center. Campus is beautiful and is the perfect mix between old and characteristic and modern and nice.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Great School Spirit – We don't have a football team anymore, so that's kind of sad. Basketball and women's soccer mostly make up for it though. Regardless of sports we have a lot of Bronco pride and spirit. The club that goes to support all the sports events, the rough riders, is the largest club on campus. Also, our school is D1 so we mean business.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Attractive and Smart – The girls are gorgeous, which makes me very jealous as a girl. Seriously, there are SO many pretty girls. The guys are okay; there's a good mix along the lines of looks. The majority are neutral, not unattractive or super attractive. Although, I have seen some really FINE guys on campus. The upperclassmen, especially the guys, are super welcoming to freshman and invite them to their parties. Freshman and a fifth for example is all about partying and drinking with freshies. As a freshman, it's nice to feel extremely accepted instead of despised.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Great Technology – printing on campus is easy and you already are given a certain of money for printing that is always enough to cover you from paying to print anything. Printers are accessible in every dorm, but if you want a color printer you'll need to go to the library. wireless is GREAT. i have an ethernet but i don't really need it. You should definitely have a laptop although there are lots of computers in the library

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: SCU is located next to Santa Clara Transit station which is home to the Cal Train, bus stops, taxes, airport shuttle. There are also Zipcars available on campus. Although these options seem convenient on paper... most people have cars because mass transit is too much of a hassle to go to local places off the bus line.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campus Safety – Campus Safety doesn't really get involved unless you are too drunk and need medical help or you are causing noise complaints. They are pretty easy to avoid.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House Parties – Most of the student body goes to small house parties, with some of the junior and senior classes going to the local run-down bars. If you aren't into the obnoxious frat boys, there are plenty of smaller and often more fun parties to attend where you will be surprised to find hotter guys (athletes and GDIs).

4 College Junior

Parking: Averaged Price, but Still Best to Park Off Campus – Parking on campus is expensive, but it is average with pretty much any other college or university. However, you can park right off-campus for free and it is a short walk. You can walk the whole Santa Clara campus in 10 minutes and you will be able to find parking within 2 blocks of the campus for free.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Pretty Good – The facilities are really nice and are pretty much always open to the students. A lot of money is put into them to keep them maintained.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good looking – One thing for sure about Santa Clara, some how everyone looks good. Guys and girls. Most people aren't cocky about it either, and are actually nice people as well. Definitely a good looking group of people.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Extremely Safe – Almost nothing happens that is even close to danger. The cops are also one of the highest paid cops in the nation, so if anything ever does go wrong, which is doubtful, they will be able to take care of it.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Strict – The school is not strict at all, almost anything goes. When I lived on the dorms I drank with my door open a lot. Just become friends with your CF (RA).

5 College Junior

Weather: It is sunny all the time. I was in a bathing suit in December.

4 College Junior

Majors: Engineering has a heavy workload at Santa Clara, but I enjoy it a lot. The professors are fun and you learn a lot. You enjoy what you learn, and the labs are a lot of fun. And it is easy to get a job after graduation.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Between the good looking people, the great weather, and the great social scene I love Santa Clara and would choose it again in a heartbeat.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Easy to Get – The school is expensive so most people qualify for financial aid and get it. I didn't think Santa Clara would be an option for me because of the price, but I manage to get a lot of financial aid.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Caltrain, Buses, Airport Right Next Door – First of all, the school can be seen from the Airport, and there is a free shuttle that goes to the airport to right across the street of the main entrance of Santa Clara every 20 minutes. The Caltrain takes you to most cities in the bay area all the way up to san francisco and it is right across the street. Buses can take you easily around too.

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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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