Santa Clara, CA
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3 College Junior

Scholarships: SCU gives decent amount of aid based on your needs and counselors are available to discuss your financial aid. They will keep you informed and if there is a problem they will work it out with you or let you know what form(s) you need.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: SCU is great at having a mandatory meeting at the beginning of the year where they discuss these issues and talk about real stories that have happened. They discuss how to be safe and the spots where one can ask for help. They give tips and offer a place where one can go talk to someone about these types of issues. They say it is a choice you will have to decide. Students will drink or smoke(outside of campus), but they know the consquences. (drinking is more popular) There are rules where one cannot drink in the dorms because they will have consequences.

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors at Santa Clara are always available to help the students. If there is a conflict with their office hours they will schedule a day where it works for students. They are very flexible and understand that students are busy with homework,projects, clubs, etc. They offer help and suggest classes that one should take based on one's interests.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Variety, Good Taste – The main cafeteria has recently went through a major transition because of the renovation last summer. The food has remained consistent however, and it is tasty and has enough options so I don't mind going everyday. There are plenty of places to get a snack on campus, which are usually delicious as well. There is a sufficient variety. At the end of the quarter if there are meal points left many people splurge on the "sidewalk sale" where many food items are sold in bulk to the students.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is beautiful, always very well-kept and clean. Everything you need is mostly on campus, or nearby. Gym facilities are around the center of campus, and are fully-equipped for most needs. Sufficient places to buy food. The mission on campus is beautiful, and the gardens surrounding it are amazing. The library was recently built and has everything you need; I've never been unable to find a source I needed. The Benson memorial center has the most traffic and although I would like to see it have an updated look, I am happy that the main cafeteria, the post office, and a mini convenience store are all in the same building.

5 College Junior

Academics: Being a computer science and engineering major at Santa Clara University has been a rewarding and fulfilling learning experience. The teacher in the department are very supportive of the students and clearly want to see them succeed. They are very helpful and are easily available when you want help with concepts from their classes or if you need help with anything else that has to do with your success. The workload is difficult sometimes.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off Campus Houses and Apartments – Off campus housing is fairly difficult to get and is either expensive for a few people or relatively cheap for a large group of people. Next year, I will be living in a house with 9 people in a good size house. Apartments off campus are more expensive and not in the best location, but houses are usually very close to campus, with just a few on the far side.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Challenge to Think Outside the Box – Academics here are challenging but push my knowledge in order to help me grow and be able to think outside of the box. I have had many teachers that have inspired my thinking and encouraged me to try something new.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Depends on the CF – Instead of RA's SCU has CF's. If your CF is strict you have a much better chance of getting written up. Most CF's are pretty relaxed and work by the "1 warning" policy (they warn you and give you time to hide everything before they come back to write you up). Most of the on-campus drinking is pre-gaming. Campus Safety is strict but mostly between 9:30-1am.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Bars Night – The best places to go near SCU are the off -campus bars. There are 4 decent bars within walking distance of campus that have drink specials/ cheap drinks once a week. The places tend to be strict when it comes to checking IDs after 9 pm. Most frat parties are only fun if you are already drunk or if you are a freshman. Most people tend to go to bars or to their friends' houses/ apartments. There are a few on campus non-alcohol related activities but they don't always have the best turn-out.

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4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Between Two Cities – Santa Clara is right between San Francisco and San Jose which are great for museums and partying. Transportation is easy since train station and bus station is right across from the campus entrance. There are a lot of movie theaters near by as well as shopping areas like Valley Fair mall and Santana Row. So simple afternoons there is a nearby bowling alley and the Rose Gardens.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: The school's RLC system sets SCU apart from most schools because it works to unite a residence hall under a common theme. This is really helpful during freshmen year because you get to meet so many people in your dorm through your RLC class and residence hall events. The unfortunate thing about SCU is that most people do not partake in on-campus events. These events come off as 'lame' and students would much rather party across the street at the frats. Because there are no big sports teams to go to, there is no team spirit here which makes it difficult to develop a sense of pride for being a Bronco.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Fratty and Bratty – The new surge of 'fratiness' has swarmed Santa Clara. Guys live in their bro tanks and shorts, coming off as extremely douchey and immature. Dont even try looking for boyfriend material until at least junior year, because they are purely interested in hooking up until that stage. Nonetheless, they are fun to look at when they aren't screaming across the campus being incredibly annoying. Girls in sororities can be dangerous at times too. When they are together, they are stuck-up, loud, and stupid. If you're looking for genuine guys and girls who aren't constantly partying and fixing their hair, volunteer with SCAAP!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Santa Clara is absolutely gorgeous but it definitely comes with one or more pricetags.. if you enjoy partying and were fairly popular in highschool, then you would thrive here. However, greek life here can overwhelm the place at times, which makes it difficult for the more introverted type to feel a part of the community. Nonetheless, there are opportunities and great people around, you just have to look hard and be able to tolerate the constant "party mode" that most people live off of.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best Choice I Have Ever Made – I'm not going to lie, this place is pretty spectacular. I had no idea what California had in store for me. But the girls are beautiful, the school is challenging and the weather is perfect. Imagine my view, walking around campus spotting beautiful girls in spring dresses every way I look. The campus is a lush garden of green grass, roses and palm trees that only accent the Spanish colonial architecture. Teachers here are extremely helpful and each one will know your name and probably more about you then that. Even after my first year, my knowledge and capacity for learning has exponentially increased. I have made amazing friends and had some great opportunities not only in the Bay, but all around the country. From skiing Tahoe to surfing in Hawaii, the opportunities are endless here. Your only an hour away from anything and four hours away from everything. Santa Clara has been the best choice I have made my entire life for so many reasons.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing on Campus – Printing at Santa Clara extremely simple. Through the media services website you can obtain all the wifi access codes for every public printer on campus. Not to mention, the school gives you $50 worth of printing every year.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not a Big Sports School.. The best teams are probably soccer and basketball. I'm not really super into going to sports games but i've been to a couple basketball games and they were pretty fun (lots of bronco spirit) especially against Gonzaga when we beat them (huuuge paries after that, hadn't beat them in 10 years). But ya, sports at SCU aren't nearly as essential as they are to other schools. But at least we have spirit!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: More Diversity Than I Expected. SCU attracts many types of people. But it's really all about finding your niche, which you do eventually because there are so many types of people. The school is small enough that you get a community feeling but big enough that you see new faces and definitely don't know everyone around. We're known for having a lot of white people (and trust me, WE DO) but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there's more diversity than I had originally expected. I think there are a lot of ass***** at this school, a lot of people who have really big egos because they rage so hard or are part of some god-sent sorority or fraternity. But there's always exceptions, and those are the people that make SCU a great place to be. And definitely a lot of attractive people on this campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – For the most part, SCU has really nice facilities. The school has invested a loooot of money in construction and upkeep, and every year there's always a new project or a couple. The campus itself is beautiful, lots of flowers and trees and the mission itself is really nice to have on campus. The new buildings (like Lucas, the business building) are super nice. Swig just got remodeled and although the rooms are small they're still pretty nice. Library is super nice too. There are only a couple of older buildings left in terms of where you have your classes and they really aren't bad. Overall we have a great campus, especially on beautiful spring days when all the flowers are blooming. It's a great place to live.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Santa Clara is generally very lenient in all aspects of a student's academic and social life on campus. I would say that our school is very open to everyone's opinions and lets students take matters into their own hands, such as visiting hours in dorms. Unless things get out of hand and are disrupting the general peace on campus, the administration is quite lenient in the strictness aspect.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life at Santa Clara University is a lot different than the typical Greek system at much larger schools. There are only 4 sororities and 3 fraternities here and it is generally not a huge deal at all. Coming from someone who is in the greek system myself, I think it is a great way to meet more people and become involved in all of the activities, events, and community work that the chapter does. However, I don't see it as a necessary way to meet people and have fun in the social scene on campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The general safety of Santa Clara University is pretty good considering the fact that the surrounding neighborhood just outside campus is not the best. However, it is pretty safe to walk around campus alone. There are also numerous emergency phone booths situated around campus that always have someone ready to respond to an incident or suspicion. I personally have never felt threatened during my time here at Santa Clara.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Present, but Unaffiliated. The university no longer affiliates or funds the Greek chapters. However, Greek life is still very much present in campus social life. There are four social sororities and four social fraternities, as well as multi-cultural and business fraternities. It is not difficult to make friends if you are not involved, but, as a guy, it definitely helps with your social life as you are able to get into more parties. Girls can get into any party, so it is not as much of an issue. Greek life here is mainly just for a better social life and while they do positive things for the community, service and scholarship is definitely not as much of a priority as it may be at other schools. I would estimate that around a third of the school is involved in Greek life, so it by no means dominates the social scene, but it is nice to be a part of.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Definitely Safe – I always feel safe on campus. I often walk back to my dorm from the library in the middle of the night and I've never felt uncomfortable. I don't even worry about leaving my door locked all the time.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Medical Amnesty Is Great! I have never felt unsafe on campus and doubt I would even if I were to walk home alone late at night. The Campus Safety department is extremely active on campus and is always willing to help. Students are generally concerned with one another's safety and, as a result of the recent implementation of Medical Amnesty, students can seek medical help for a friend or fellow student without risking disciplinary consequences. Crime is extremely limited and the most extreme it gets is people stealing food from the refrigerators in the dorm kitchens. Needless to say, crime is very tame here, campus safety takes their job seriously and students always feel safe.


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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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