Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1078 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Swig Is the Perfect Freshman Dorm – Swig, the largest dorm, is the perfect dorm atmosphere for freshman as it houses a large number of new students, therefore allowing them to interact and get to know each other in a fun environment more eaily.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – Although all schools have their share of good and not so good professors, thus far I have had a great experience with SCU teachers. They are very available for extra help, hoping to see students succeed, and very knowledgeable.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – SCU is very safe, you can walk around at any time of the day or night on campus or around the outskirts of campus.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Getting a house is not as easy as finding an apartment but there are many off-campus options. We have houses (if you don't want to host parties frequently, then "dark side" is quieter), townhouses, several apartment complexes Maples, Park Central, Lincoln Park, and more), upscale apartments (Domicilio) and even off-campus university apartments that are brand new this year (Campbell)

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Computers: Great Computer Labs – The library is fairly new and state-of-the-art with several computer labs with both PCs and Macs. The computers have many programs and software already installed for student use.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: You See People from Different Backgrounds Everyday – I think this school is dedicated to creating a student environment that anyone, no matter what their race or ethnicity, can connect with. I myself have friends who are Hispanic, White, Filipino, Chinese, gay, etc. I met all these different types of people at this school.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Comfortable, Amazing, Exquisite – The food offered in the cafeteria has a rich quality that cannot be duplicated. The flavors burst off the plate and into your mouth leaving you satisfied and full of energy to take on that next class!

3 College Senior

Athletics: Not a Lot of School Spirit – Our athletics have not received the necessary support from the school that they should be getting over the years that I have been here. Santa Clara is not a big sports school and it definitely shows in the amount of students who attend the games. This year basketball has somewhat improved as they continue to win but if this was not happening then there would not be the same support. Our school needs a football team!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: I feel like the food at Santa Clara is completely overpriced and not of the best quality. It has somewhat improved since last year; however, I still dislike the fact that it's only one catering service. I wish there was more variety on campus and different vendors were offered rather than one. I also don't like the fact that you have to use them for all events that include food. It's especially difficult since they aren't cheap and clubs don't have a whole lot of money to spend on food for events.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Parking: It would be nice to have a car. It's really not that expensive to get a permit. If you're keeping a car, its worth getting a permit because trying to find parking is a hassle.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Back OFF – Campus safety is always on everyone's case. It is way too easy to get caught.

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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: You can get every drug you want, its great. alcohol is easily attainable, too.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Bay Area Diversity – There's good diversity in the types of food around SCU

4 College Senior

Transportation: Caltrain and Buses at Walking Distance – Access to the train and buses are all within walking distance from the school, which makes public transportation even more convenient. However, they can only get people so far before they realize that having a car is still the best way to go.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Sobrato Dorm Works Well – The upperclassman Sobrato dorm, or the "back building," has a very convenient location, with awesome people and a very quiet environment. Everything about Sobrato helps me in my studies.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The Jesuit community and values are great, they want a moral code to be engrained in the students, and are very aware of the fragile predicament our earth is in. The campus alone and how beautiful it is is what made my final decision, as well as the availability of the professors

3 College Junior

Athletics: Frisbee Is Awesome – I am competitive but wanted a sport that was much more leisurely to allow for my studies and demanding schedule. Club sports are awesome here but the variety is not that amazing, they could definitely use some help in intramural. we also don't have football.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Up to Date – The facilities are all up-to-date without losing their history.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Hard to Get a Scholarship – Santa Clara is an extremely expensive school and therefore most students hope to receive some kind of financial aid. I was offered an academic scholarship which has helped me attend school here, but I don't know many other students on academic scholarship. Another option is work study which is fairly easy to come by.

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4 College Senior

Nightlife: No Driving Needed...ALWAYS Something Going on – The nightlife at SCU is great. For students who are under 21, there are always house parties which are less than 2 blocks from campus. For students who are over 21, there are 4 bars within walking distance from campus (they are all dive bars, but always full of SCU students and never fail to be a good time). I'm extremely against drinking and driving so having all the party spots within walking distance has been great. If its your scene, you can literally find a party almost any night of the week.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Mechanical Engineering....Hard, but Worth It – I'm a Mechanical Engineering major at SCU and as a senior I've really had the chance to get to know the ins and outs of the prgoram. The majority of my professors have been great; the small class size and direct interaction with professors has really cultivated my learning experience. But they don't hand out freebies; a lot of time and effort is required to get a decent grade in a class. Another great thing about the program is that I receive daily emails about internship opportunities. SCUs engineering program is ranked one of the top in the nation, so companies throughout the Silicon Valley are always looking to hire SCU Engineering students.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Offically Affilated but Great! There are many great options if you are interested in going Greek. There is no hazing and sororities and fraternities have great reputations for having really great quality people as members. Not everyone goes Greek and you don't need to rush to have a social life. There are lots of things going on as far as parties and other social events so Greek events are not that big of a deal. I would encourage you to rush if you have always wanted to be in the Greek system. If you don't feel the need, then don't sweat it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots but Some Are Pricey – There's a large number of off-campus houses that are all located near each other for a great student environment. Some can get a little bit on the expensive side since they are so close to campus. Housing that is a 10min walk or more from campus is inexpensive.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I have heard of students getting mugged at night a little ways off-campus but I have never known anyone personally who has ever had an unsafe encounter. I have walked around off-campus at 2am with all of my valuables like laptop and etc and I have never been mugged or felt threatened. There is also a bike on the bike racks of my building that has been left without a lock for about a month now and it still has not been stolen.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Great to Be in CA. Great weather most of the year, some rain in late November-January, but it's bearable as long as you have warm clothes and rain boots.

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Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
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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