Santa Clara, CA
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Reviews 1052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The community at Santa Clara is what makes it the best place to be. Not a commuter school by ANY means (94% of freshman live on campus, 6% commuters), its the perfect size for a student who wants to feel some familiarity and comfort on campus. You always see at least one familiar face, but if you want to avoid that familiar face it is easy as well. The people are what make it worthwhile to come here. No exclusive parties (except for official greek functions between two houses), people are always welcome everywhere. Nightlife is always HUGE. SCU students study hard and play harder. Teachers know you, are always SUPER available for office hours and even to meet with you on their own time. Residence halls are AWESOME in that they are Residential Learning Communities, AKA you have some classes with people in your hall as a freshman in order to make friends and make the transition super easy and fast!

Being located in the silicon valley offers AMAZING opportunities for students to get internships and for job placement after college. Three separate career fairs where huge companies come to SCU to get our students as employees. (Some companies include: KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Genentech, and other HUGE names). Also fun weekend trips to San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas, and other places!

There is nowhere I would rather be than SCU.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Typical Student – General description of the average Santa Clara student: was successful in high school both socially and academically, involved in a bunch of things, 20% involved in off campus greek life, dresses well (boys=sort of preppy, girls= well dressed in general), social life is AWESOME, visitors to SCU always leave the weekend shocked at how hard the students party, # of people in relationships is pretty synonymous to how it was in high school... every student at SCU is friendly and tries to remember you even when they may have met you under interesting circumstances...

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Over 5 different computer labs in the library alone. Computers VERY easily accessible as is printing. Network has never failed while I have been here, have my own laptop but could get by just using school computers. Easier to study in dorm with personal computer! Both windows/mac accessible campus. Overall its GREAT!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Never Been Happier – Santa Clara University is a place with a great sense of community, I am so happy to be part of it. It's the perfect place for me. People are, with extremely few exceptions, unbelievably friendly and interesting to talk to. The party scene is awesome, if you want to go out and have fun you won't have any problems, and if you rather stay in with friends that's totally accepted as well. There is a great variety in athletic offerings as well, with the best equipment and facilities. And above all that it's a well rounded education, that I feel like is shaping me into a person ready and prepared for the world.
Besides that the food is delicious! There is a huge variety of healthy and yummy food.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are enough computers for everyone in the library, and they offer Macs and PC's. Since most students have their own computers, even during a busy time such as midterms and finals, you don't have a big problem getting a computer. Very unhappy with the printing network. We are not allowed to set up our own printers wirelessly, by which they are trying to encourage using the schools printers, which can be very inconvenient in some cases. During 'rush hours' of the day, the internet becomes very slow and sometimes crashes.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Relaxingly Safe – I feel extremely safe on campus. At night there are multiple police officers patrolling and making sure everything is normal. If there ever is a problem, campus safety will be there within a minute, since it is such a small campus. Unless you are being drunk, rude, or even worse a drunk-rude they are very friendly and helpful.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather at Santa Clara is unbeatable. A huge number of students flock to SCU from Seattle to escape the terrible Northwest rain, which you don't realize truly affects your mood until you experience so much sunshine. Santa Clara weather makes people happier, in my opinion, and encourages people to spend time outside enjoying the sun and getting together outside the dorms. Events can be held outside or games of pickup baseball out on Swig lawn, all made possible by the beautiful California sun that we couldn't function without.

3 College Freshman

Parking: A permit cost is $250 year-round for most parking spaces. The B on has spaces all over campus so I'm not sure if the cost is more. The parking spaces are very tight and easy to hit another car. The availability of spaces are usually good. My advice is to go early.

College Freshman

Athletics: Men's Basketball – The biggest sport here at Santa Clara is the Men's Basketball team. There are always newsletters and announcements encouraging people to go.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Their Facebook page is awesome – check out the undergrad admissions Facebook page for all your information. It really was helpful and gave me all the information I could ever need about everything!

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They Warn You – Be careful. They give you plenty of warnings and tell you the rules many times but you don't want to mess up because once you do well they put down the law.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Beautiful People – Most people have california looks, meaning they are mostly all very good looking and care about how they look. Many of them pull off the casual care free look while still looking put together and attractive, while others look like they just stepped off a runway.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: General Campus Aesthetics – The campus is BEAUTIFUL! The grass is always green and greatly maintained, there are a ton of roses all around campus. Overall, it gives for a very colorful school. Some of the buildings look the same but each building is still pretty nice!

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe Campus – I've never once felt unsafe on campus walking around alone at night. I can only recall two instances in my 4 years of actual incidents. In addition to campus safety, the police station is literally two blocks away from campus. Just be careful to lock your bike and watch your possessions.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Ask for Help If You Need It. Explore and exhaust all your options. The Jesuits are very generous. If you show that you work hard, they will give you the help you need. The financial aid office is also helpful. But be wary of tuition fees--they're pretty high!

4 College Senior

Weather: California Perfection – SCU weather is amazing. Always perfect. West coast advantage.

5 College Senior

Computers: State of the Art Facilities – The university provides its students with up to date facilities and resources. We have PCs and Macs to suite every student need and preference. Printers are also available with reasonable prices.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Rental Cars, Buses, Bikes, Cars, and the Caltrain – No free bus pass. There are rental cars available. Bike accessibility is great. Lots of parking for those who have permits. The Cal-Train is right across the street.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Decent Prices and Pretty Good Quality Found Very Close – There are several places nearby, but only one of them is special. So we have the franchises, such as Taco Bell, Starbucks, Quiznos, Denny's, Round Table, and my personal favorite, Smoke Eaters.

3 College Senior

Computers: PC Labs, Libraries, Printing on Campus, Slow Speed – They have pretty good computer labs for anyone doing projects, such as video editing and video capturing. The helpers are extremely amiable and helpful.

There are computers in the library in the basement and on the first floor that are accessible for anyone with school login and password. However, these computers are notoriously bugged; they have slow start-up, they randomly shutdown, and they randomly give the "blue-screen of death." Printing and copying are available with the use of "credit" in our ID cards.

Lastly, the internet speed, connectivity and stability are horrendous. They are inconsistent in almost all aspects, whether you are on one of the PCs in the library, or on LAN connection through laptops. I thought UCSC was pretty bad, but the internet here took the dubious award.

5 College Senior

Computers: We're spoiled. Everything is top-of-the-line. SCU spared no expense for their students.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Thumbs up – Never have I felt unsafe on campus. Campus safety does its job and it does it WELL.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Absolute Nightmare – Sometimes I wonder if the Financial Aid office forgets that some students - albeit few - haven't been raised with a silver spoon shoved down their throats. It's frustrating to be handed a stack of pamphlets when you go in asking for help (whether it be to decipher some of the technical jargon or are seeking financing advice).

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Stuck in the Middle – I really like Santa Clara University. I think it's a great school for me to be at, and I've met lots of great people. I really like being so close to SF and San Jose but still having a small school. I do sometimes wish my school was a little bigger because it can old seeing the same people, or going to the same party house.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Remember We're Students! There lots of places to eat off campus w/in walking distance or by short drives, however they do not ever have student discounts. I think this is because Santa Clara U isn't in a 'college town' that caters to students. However, there is a very diverse eating scene everything from fast food to ethnic.


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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
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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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