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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The only mode of transportation is really the bus. Since I live in San Jose, I am accustomed to riding the buses. The Caltrain is also really convenient when wanting to go to San Francisco. I find it better than a car. Once in San Francisco it is easy to figure out how to get around using their bus and lightrail system.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Sure – I don't live on campus, so I really have no problem with campus strictness. I heard that they are pretty chill when you are caught.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good, Could Be Better Though – There's the on-campus health center - Cowell. Most students go there for aches, sicknesses, and pains, but they really lack in the ability to help figure out what's wrong and you're often left waiting for over half an hour for the doctor to take a look at you, which means you might miss some classes. Most times they just prescribe some pain medications and say that if whatever's bugging you continues, go to the hospital or a nearby doctor.
The safety on campus, however, is really great. There are blue-lighted stations all across campus in case of emergency that you can push a button at and a campus safety vehicle will be there in less than a minute. The campus is small, so it's not like it takes more than seven minutes (walking) or two minutes boarding to get across, and it's common to see campus safety officers on bikes roaming around.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: SCU cares about it's appearances, especially ones that visitors travel through like Benson and the Library. The janitorial staff can miss somethings in the dorms though, which begs the question of how often they're actually cleaned.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Good, but Boring After a While – Good, they try for variety, but it gets boring after one quarter.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: All the places within walking distance of SCU get old fast, specially because the good places closed down due to their leases being bought out. This shocked SCU students, because what we were left with was lower quality pizza, and no diner to get food if we want breakfast before Benson opens. That being said, if you have a car, then a variety of options are available as you have the options of going into the city, going down the Alameda, or going down to the Coleman shopping center where there are cheap places like Jamba Juice and Panera. There is a delivery service for some off-campus restaurants called Tapingo, which is convenient, but takes forever and isn't cheap by any means.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great School, Great People, a Little Repetitive Though. So one of the reasons why I chose SCU was the fact that it was a smaller school, which means that your teachers know you by name, recognize you when they see you outside of class, and overall the atmosphere is really close since our community is so tight-knit. However, the surroundings (especially the lack of variety when it comes to eating options) get a bit old really soon. After the first quarter, almost everyone I know was sick of the only on-campus eating space, Benson. Benson, run by Bon Appetit catering, does try and serve a variety of specials, but these are hit-or-miss and if you come late to dinner chances are they're gonna run out of specials if they're the popular ones.

3 College Senior

Parking: Either you have to buy an expensive parking permit to park on-campus and cruise around the school a bunch to find a decent parking spot that usually have time limits. A lot of cars around the school so plan ahead if you need to drive to class

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Not Too Much to Do – Basically around the school you find parties, shopping, and eating. People like to get away from the "bubble" every one and a while and go to Tahoe, SF, etc. to get a change of scenery

4 College Senior

Facilities: They put the money to good use when keeping up campus facilities. A lot of good resources and help when you need it. The gym can be a little more air-conditioned though..

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not So Modern and Overpriced – Because the school is pretty expensive, off-campus landlords feel that they can overcharge for the places next to campus..and they can! Students do not want to worry about transportation to class and want to be around their friends, so they are willing to pay the big bucks for small, old places that you do not need to worry about damages when things get out of hand.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gorgeous Campus – Our campus is one of the most beautiful. It may be smaller than Stanford, but we make up for it with rose gardens, fountains, and trees. We also have great facilities. We just updated our gym, refurbished three dorms, built new apartments with marble countertops, and just built a new dorm that should be spectacular.

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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Lauren Silk
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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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