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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5 College Junior

Computers: IT Services Are Great! The University is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley and it shows in the IT availability on campus. There are plenty of computers available in the library and WiFi is fantastic campus wide.

5 College Freshman

Weather: This school get awesome weather making the campus look much more beautiful. Although in the winter there are heavy rains, the summer brings plenty of heat to make up for it. Great weather to go out and swim in the pool on campus.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses and Trains Are Your Best Friends – I have been a commuter for 2 years now and let me tell you the bus and the train have both been my best friends. Last year I only commuted on the train, I loved it because it got me to where I needed to go in no time. Since the train fair went up this year, I have been taking the VTA bus to and from home. It is much cheaper but it is double the amount of time. They are both extremely convenient because they are both located right across the street from the school entrance.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: Never Lived on Campus – I haven't lived on campus but I can say that the people that I know that do live here have a blast.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Henry's – Their burritos are amazing! I thought I knew a restaurant that gave better burritos but then I went to Henry's and man is the price worth it. I always get my burrito with a coke in a bottle, that is the best lunch one can have. And the best part is that it is right across the street from the Alumni Science building, I mean how much more convenient can it get.

1 College Senior

Athletics: We Suck – Our teams suck and no one goes to the games. We have one big basketball game a year against Gonzaga but that's pretty much it. Our fans desperately want a team to cheer for that puts out a quality product. Unfortunately that hasn't happened in a long time.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: People Just Chill – Not too many popular hangouts, most people chill at one of the many off campus houses and drink beers.

4 College Senior

Academics: Good for Getting a Job in Silicon Valley – The professors all have tech backgrounds it seems and have lots of great experience and contact in Silicon Valley. If your looking for a marketing career in the tech industry, Santa Clara is historically a great feeder school for just that.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good, but the Food Can Get Old Fast – The food is delicious, it just is really repetitive after awhile.

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1 College Senior

Scholarships: Do Not Go Here – Despite having a 3.75 GPA I do not have any scholarships from this school. Nor does the school actively promote any scholarships that I know of.

1 College Senior

Drug Safety: Do Not Go to This School – Lots of alcohol, bars are very cheap and it is very easy to go out and binge drink if you are into it.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: There is the Cal-train station across campus, and public buses available for getting to places that students would need to go.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: From a Non-Greek Perspective – I feel that students with a Greek life allow the activity to interfere with school work. Their priorities and schedule revolve around their Greek life rather than academics.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety – Off campus dining includes many different cuisines as well as fast food restaurants and dessert shops. Prices aren't cheap, but it's not expensive either. Blondies ice cream is good and so is Toppings Tree (huge portions).

5 Recent Alumnus

Weather: There are never bad enough conditions that really make it impossible to get around campus. There are just a few nights that it rains alot but thats about it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Alcohol Usage – Drinking is really popular, as everyone when they are out looking for a party or at a party are drunk, and since the parties are pretty bad, people just usually get drunk so it can be somewhat fun.

1 person found this useful Report
1 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Being a minority at this school makes it tough sometimes to get into parties because people assume that you do not go to the school, and most of the parties are not dance parties, just where people drink and talk.

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4 College Senior

Facilities: Opportunities Are Everywhere – If you want to be involved and have a job or internship you need to do the research and apply. There are a lot of excellent opportunities that pass a lot of students by because they didn't take the time to find them. Studying abroad in London was an awesome experience, my internship for a film PR company definitely helped in getting me an internship in LA the following summer. The support from faculty is there, you just need to reach out for it.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: If your careful and responsible chances are you wont get caught. Its up to you.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – Lots to do if you want to do something other than party and you want to take the time to get there. Santa Cruz with the beach is close, so is the city for lots of shopping, nightlife and concerts.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A Lot of Fine Ladies – There are plenty of very attractive females roaming the campus, and although sometimes difficult to find and meet because they aren't attending the bigger parties, finding the hidden gems is a treat.

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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.

2 people found this useful Report
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.

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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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