Santa Clara, CA
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Reviews 1089 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do Off Campus – There is some fun places and things to do immediately off campus, granted most include parties on the weekends; however, once you get a Zipcar, a bus, or a friend with a car, then you can go to Santana Row, Valley Fair, Great America, movies, and San Francisco. It is totally wirth it to go out and explore San Jose, as there are a great deal of museums and attractions and restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Hot – Having been rated one of the most athletic campuses, we sport some of the best looking campus guys around. We have a lot of different types, sporty, frat, nerdy chic, but overall they are toned, tanned, and ready to either party, study, or hang out.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Inconsistent at Best – One of my friends has gotten practically four strikes, but hasn't gotten into any real trouble because of it, whereas I know quite a few people that were kicked out of my dorm because of alcohol and drug use.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: They're There If You Want Them! So, I'm not a partier, but I have a LOT of friends that love to party, and they go out almost every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. They always have crazy stories and fun times to tell us about the next day, so I assume the party scene is pretty decent! (at least if you're a girl, from what I hear it's harder for guys to get into parties)

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Right Near Public Transport Center – Santa Clara is right next to the public transport center where tons of buses from the area all make a stop. There is also a free shuttle to the airport, a Caltrain station to get up the Peninsula and taxis waiting to take you anywhere. There are also zip cars to rent on campus which many students find more convenient

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: House Parties and a Few Bars – Students who live in dorms tend to pregame there, but that's only the beginning of the night. Students the meander on over to an off campus house for a larger party. Usually its the same crowd of people and always very fun. Around midnight kids walk to the bars. There are only a few bars around campus but all of them are fun. Get an i.d. or find out the nights where the bars have an open door.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: California Girls – Before I arrived, I had heard folklore about the kind of chicks that inhabit this part of the country - and they were all true. The girls at Santa Clara University are drop dead gorgeous. During warm spring days, the campus is filled with beauties in flowing summer dresses. Not to mention, they are all concerned about staying fit and healthy so the gym is always crowded with cuties in skimpy clothing. Lots of the girls and guys on campus get into serious relationships during their freshman and sophomore year and I have heard the conversion rate is very high. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a honey hole of beautiful and intelligent girls, Santa Clara is the place to be.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Underrated Atmosphere – Given, there are some dilapidated parts of San Jose. Heading towards the El Camino Real, you will find one of the uglier parts of California, clustered with run-down-strip-mall after run-down-strip-mall. Nevertheless, San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area has so much more to offer. Santana Row and Valley Fair shopping centers are just around the corner from the school and offer students access to upscale shopping and excellent dining experiences. Down town San Jose also has delicious eateries, fun bars and the HP Pavilion - home to the San Jose Sharks. Not to mention, the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) play on campus, and that San Francisco 49ers are soon to be the Santa Clara 49ers. During the weekends, students lacking transportation can rent the zip cars on campus, or take a short ride on the Caltrain to San Francisco, where they will find a plethora of activities to do. In the warmer part of the year those adventurous enough can take 17-S to Santa Cruz and try to catch some waves. In short, Santa Clara University is located in the Bay Area, one of the most diverse and interesting places on the planet - if there is anything that you are looking to do, I am sure you can find it here.

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3 College Student

Diversity: There are a majority of White students, but 40% are of another racial ethnicity!

5 College Student

Overall Experience: This Place Is Amazing! I absolutely love Santa Clara. When I went down to visit it, it felt like home.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not Too Ethnically Diverse, but Pretty Open-Minded – A majority who attend SCU are Caucasian, but you will encounter some Asians, Mexicans, African-Americans in the mix. Not a lot of prevalent racism on campus, so that's a positive attribute. Also, not everyone here is loaded, but some are and pretty conservative to boot. They are a huge advocate of LGBT rights, ironically enough, but it's great too.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Once you're enrolled, you are given about $50 worth of printer ink on your Access card, which is more than enough for each quarter. There are plenty of places to print out what you need, especially the library. We have labs equipped with state of the art Macs, which is great because it's so new. Wireless internet is pretty fast too, considering how many students are logged onto the network. Just don't download anything illegal and you'll be good to go!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety – There are little posts distributed around campus that allow you to contact an officer immediately in case you feel unsafe. Not only that, but there is patrol around every so often, and a security alert system that will notify you if there is an intruder or otherwise threatening person/group around. Police department is right around the corner too, so there is nothing to fear.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policies – Let's be honest - it's college: most people drink and party while they're here. However, there are those that don't drink as well. But if you do, be careful not to hold a cup on the street, or the cops will cite you. But when they go to break up parties, they're just going to come in and shut it down, not usually write anyone up unless they're openly holding alcohol and they ask to see an ID.
If you happen to get too intoxicated and one of your friends call the EMS because they're worried about you, whether or not their intoxicated as well, there will be a reduction of penalties because SCU tries to promote looking out for everyone. These policies are called Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan. Look them up online for more info.
They're really strict on the policies if you continually break them, but otherwise, first offenses are really chill. You just have to talk to the Resident Director of your dorm, complete more alcohol-awareness training online, and do a certain number of hours for community service.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much to do – I am a freshman and I am severely bored here at SCU. The parties are kept almost strictly to respective fraternity members and only open to the rest of campus late. The normal night in a "party" dorm is hanging out and taking shots of cheap alcohol. "Going out" is usually considered wandering around the off-campus houses in hope to become part of a huge, sweaty mosh pit at an unknown house. At Santa Clara you can find whatever you want... But I didn't, I found people that did not want to experience NorCal and who were content with drinking to excess in the dingy dorm rooms.

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5 College Freshman

Computers: WI-FI/ Technology/ Media Services – Yeah, we are loaded with technology. Wi-Fi is spread throughout the campus. The library is the hub of all things technological. There are Macs and PC's for students to use. Media Services is located in the library which provides adapters, cameras, laptops, etc. for students to check out.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The closest walking distance options are Blondies, Henry's, Yum Yum Tree, SafeWay, Subway, Stuft Pizza, Some Random Cafe( that does not serve good Chai Tea). All of these dining options are reasonably priced and can be paid using your Flex points on your access card. EXCEPT SAFEWAY! Which is annoying.
If your a freshman, aka you don't have a car, then the options above are convenient and delicious.
Students without a ride can still take the bus, which is right across the street to the Mall or the Alameda or wherever your stomach desires.
But if you have a car a whole new area awaits in San Jose, which is five minutes away there is the Alameda which has plenty of options! mmm everything is delicious. Then there is the Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row, which offers a variety of food.
I am sure there is more to explore but I am just a Freshman without a Car -__- so I these are the only areas that I have explored

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transporatation is very convenient in Santa Clara. There are many bus stops through out the neighborhoods. There are always taxis available since Santa Clara is so close to the big city of San Jose. There is the Bart, which can easily take you to San Francisco and other cities near by. Getting from one place to another is never a hassel or problem in Santa Clara, you just have to make sure you have the money to pay for it.

4 College Junior

Computers: I often find myself not being able to find available computers at Santa Clara University. It is extremely important to have your own laptop at this school, they have amazing wireless access, which is very useful when you have your own laptop. They make it simple to print documents at Santa Clara University, you have to make sure you have enough money however on your access card to pay for the printed documents. The speed of the wireless networks are usually really fast, except however during finals week or midterm week when many people are using it, it tends to slow down tremendously.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Santa Clara is a small town close to San Jose. It is very diverse, with many different ethnicities, which makes it very unique. Santa Clara is at a great location, the beach is only a 30 minute drive. Also to see the snow in Tahoe, is only about a 5 hour drive. The weather here in Santa Clara is amazing, this year we havent had much rain, so the average days are in the 70's. There is a few colleges near by such as Santa Cruz University, but we dont interact with them, because Santa Clara University is there own little community, we are like a big family.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Lack of Communication – I had to take out more loans than I would have liked to and the communication between the financial aid office and student/parents is definitely lacking. Students working in the office are not that helpful and no one in charge seems to be around. My work study grant was given to another person with a similar name and it was difficult to meet with the right person to correct that.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On-Campus Living – I think it is extremely convenient to live on campus just because everything is so close. It is safe, and all of the dorms are a mixture of freshmen and sophomores and some dorms for upperclassmen so it is a good blend. There are a lot of things to do so if you are looking for something to do there are always things going on to keep you busy outside of school work

3 College Freshman

Computers: Computer labs:awesome!
Printing: Really convenient we have them in every dorm and in the library. I think it is kind of lame that we only get $48 for the entire year and it costs $0.08 to print and you definitely need to print more than that in my experience.
Network reliability and speed: you can pretty much get access any where. The cisco system that we use is a little bit annoying because even though it is set to auto login, it takes a while sometimes. It is otherwise pretty fast though.
There are plenty of computers, macs/pc's on campus so as far as "needing" one, not necessarily unless you are a procrastinator and stay up all hours of the night writing last minute papers, you're fine.


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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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