Santa Clara, CA
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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.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Good Looking – Pretty much everyone is good looking, not even joking. It is sometimes joked about that Santa Clara must require a photo on your application.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Social Scene – It is tradition to name your off-campus house and decorate it to the theme. example: Boardwalk, backyard is filled with sand and has a boat on the roof with a surfboard with a sharkbite that has "Boardwalk" written on it. Bermuda: decorated like Bermuda obviously. etc.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Parties Are Great! and Bars Are Fun Too – Off campus parties are a blast, almost any day of the week you can go out. Normal party schedule: Monday night: C&J's bar; Tuesday night: The Hut (Bar); Wednesday Night: lots of house parties (Wednesday's are a huge party day for santa clara based off of tradition), Thursday: Blinky's (Bar), Friday night: House parties. Saturday Day: Day party (during Fall and Spring Quarters there will be day parties pretty much every saturday, and if you don't go to the day parties, you can always find casual drinking throughout the day with almost anyone), Saturday Night: House parties. Sunday, day of rest/studying. The parties are a lot of fun and you can always find some to go to! and unlike other schools, no night parties charges for admissions, all of them are free. (some of the annual major day parties do, but it will only be like $2-5).

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Taste Good, but Repetitive – The food taste really good and great quality. But it does get repetitive towards the end of the year, which is probably the same for most universities.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone Is from a Different Culture, but the Same Economic Background – it seems like almost everyone is from a different state, city, country, etc. Not very many locals, however, most people are still from the upper-class. I would feel comfortable going to any major city in America because I know I would know someone from there that went to Santa Clara.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: A Huge Variety – You can either go on the "light side", where the landlords are very easy going and there is a huge party scene. Or you can live in "dark side" where it can be quite. off campus housing in general is really nice and you will never have to walk more than two minutes to get to campus.

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5 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs Are Great and Can Get Internet Anywhere on Campus – Computer labs are great and can get internet anywhere on campus. Engineers can print for free, and all students get pretty much all their printing for free. Easy to find an available computer and easy to print.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Jesuit Philosophy – The academics at Santa Clara are rather comprehensive, so the core curriculum covers a wide range of subjects. Although this is good for the "holistic", Jesuit education that the school aims for, the variety of subjects that students are required to fulfill can be distracting from your selected major. There are many subjects that are covered in the core that are completely irrelevant to certain fields of study, which makes it a little difficult to satisfy major requirements in a decent amount of time.
Otherwise, the curriculum is good, professors are personable, and classes are challenging.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Bus is a great option to travel but many nearby places are walking distance

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drink Is Fairly Popular – Drinking is popular but their is no pressure to drink

4 College Freshman

Computers: The technology at school is average, there are printers in every building, wireless access is available throughout the entire school.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Good Looking – Because Santa Clara prides itself on it's fitness, most guys and girls are good looking. Put it this way, there's a good view as you walk around campus

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Safe – Santa Clara Police are ALWAYS around. It's super safe. I'm comfortable walking around at night by myself to or from a party. No problem. Obviously, its important to be smart but the school and surroundings are very safe. Oh and i NEVER lock my door and have not had a problem in my dorm. I love our campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is good, but I feel like after a while it gets old. Don't get me wrong tho, the food is made by chefs and there is plenty of variety (Asian, Mexican, Burgers, Sandwhiches, Pasta/Saute, etc.) and it's not a crappy buffet like some other campuses. Nevertheless, it's always nice to go out with some friends to change things up.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Work Hard, Look Good – Santa Clara is one of the fittest colleges in the nation. Everyone is active is some sort of way. It is not uncommon to see people at the gym early in the morning, like 6:30 am, or late at night close to midnight. The facilities are great which includes: a big turf field for soccer (gets packed tues. and thurs.), frisbee, rugby, and flag football. The gym includes basketball/ volleyball courts and people play indoor soccer too. The gym has alot of equipment too.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Santa Clara DOES have greek life, although not a large percentage of the students here participate in it. Greek life dominates the social scene at Santa Clara and is a great way to get involved and meet people. More girls participate in greek life than boys and it seems that you will meet more girls that are in sororities than boys that are in fraternities. With this said, both organizations are awesome and there the perfect balance between sorority/fraternity life and non-greek life on and off campus. Students are certainly not obligated to join a sorority/fraternity and will do fine without joining, but it has definitely been a rewarding expereince thus far and I have met some really great people by participating. Overall, I would advise looking into getting involved in greek life if you attend Santa Clara, you will most likely not regret it!

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and Security – Very intense campus security, I'm talking ex-seals. These guys mean business. There is also one female security campus secuirty officer that may actually be a male campus security officer, it's hard to say. Nonetheless, these guys get the job done, there's never been an unsolved crime at Santa Clara University

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Too Severe – It's easy to get away with things on this campus if you're not stupid about it, but the first time you get caught doing something against the rules you won't get in much trouble at all. It never gets in the way of having a good time.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe, Sometimes Too Safe – Campus safety responds to EVERYTHING, which is a great thing in many situations, but it can become a hassle because if you're caught throwing up from drinking, you will get written up.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Health Center is completely useless. The one time I tried to get a prescription filled, they never had it and I had to go days without it. If you go to get checked for an illness, they just give you medication without a diagnosis. Campus safety is pretty good. They are reasonable about noise violations and if you get locked out of your room, they are very helpful and come quickly.

4 College Freshman

Academics: You Come Out a Better Person – So far, I have only been in classes with 16 people in the room. It's amazing. You get personal attention and the professors always make themselves available. I've had a few who are really exceptional. It's not too hard to get As, but the honors classes are a lot tougher (that being said, the honors program is phenomenal). Also, the website always talks about the Jesuit philosophy and it sounds like a lot of BS, but it's actually quite true. The classes don't make you memorize pointless info; they turn you into a critical thinker with an awareness for justice.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: A Must – Unfortunately, there's not a lot that's great within walking distance of SCU. But the bus system is really easy to use, if a bit expensive, and it's relatively easy to get a train to Berkeley or Davis for a weekend. The Zipcar system is pretty good and very easy to use, but it gets expensive if you're not sharing. Overall though, there's really not much of a reason to leave SCU every weekend. I thought I would be out and about, but there really isn't time!

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sun, sun, sun – All I've heard my friends from other states talk about is how beautiful the weather is here! Granted, it does get pretty cold and it's drizzled a few times, but we were literally out tanning in December. Fall quarter is awesome and there are so many people outside playing frisbee and doing homework. Definitely gets colder in winter quarter, but there is almost always full sun.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Know Greek, Know Fun – As a member of a sorority at SCU, I am completely, absolutely in love with the Greek system. There's literally zero pressure to be a part of it, and I have tons of friends in different sororities or who are not Greek at all. Every sorority and frat has its stereotype, and they are well known, but not everyone fits them. Rush for sororities is nothing like it is at the big schools, there's absolutely no hazing or rude comments about body image. As far as parties go, the mixers I've attended are fun but nothing special, and I'm pretty sure any girl could get in if they waited a little bit. It's definitely harder for guys to get into parties though. For the most part, being in a sorority hasn't been about the parties, it's been about meeting an INCREDIBLE group of girls who are my role models.

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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
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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