Santa Clara, CA
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Reviews 1052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very expensive and you will almost always have to have a roomate to pay a decent price. A lot of the houses are run down, but the new apartment complexes a little farther away are really nice.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Accounting: Great Job Security – accounting major is a very difficult major with the most class requirements of any other major. However, we have a great accounting association that works really hard at getting students internships and jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: California Dreamin' – Northern California is undoubtedly gorgeous. This year has seen a ton of rain, but when the some comes out and the weather is warm EVERYONE is outside. There are day parties and people lay out at the pool and any patch of grass on campus. Its a great way to tan and get homework done.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic Community – The athletic community is very strong at Santa Clara. Because the school is so small, everyone knows everyone. This makes it more fun to attend sporting events because you are friends with the players! The coaches are all friendly and are on campus. They really try to get the students excited and engaged in each sport. I feel like the school spirit could be improved considering how nice the facilities and the athletes are!

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A+ Safety – There has never been a time when I did not feel completely safe on or around campus. There is never a shortage of campus safety patrolling the grounds and when you need them they respond quickly to any and all emergencies. The Santa Clara Police Department also faces the school and there are many other emergency medical response agencies surrounding the school or not far from campus. Santa Clara is definitely one of the safest campuses I have ever visited.

3 College Junior

Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars. This is something everyone thinks sucks at the beginning, but there are always things going on so you don't get bored. It also makes you really close with everyone in your class because you are all in the same boat. Plus it is an excuse to chat up the upperclassmen... You need a friend whith wheels when you want to drive to In N Out! If you have a parking permit, it is easy to find parking. If you don't, it is difficult and getting tickets is quite common. All of the areas surrounding campus have hor limits on how long you can part there so you have to get creative.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Rlcs Are Awesome – The residence halls at SCU are divided by learning community. Each building has a different theme and each has it's own unique personality. Incoming freshmen always freak out about where they are going to be placed, but mostly everyone loves their freshman experience. Every building is differnt, but they all have something to offer. Campus is small, so distance and location isn't really a factor.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Can't Complain – Santa Clara has all the basics within walking distance from campus, Round Table, Subway, Taco Bell and a mix of smaller mom and pop restaruaunts that are AWESOME. We have a Thai pepper, Mio Vecino, and Henry's. These places are all delicious, and the all accept FLEX dollars which is very Convienient . If you are looking for something fancier, say a night out, Downtown San Jose and Santana Row are chock full with a ton of hot spots which are very quick and easy to get to. Chipotle and In N Out are just down the street too!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: very low tolerance to messing up dorms or outrageous behavior, especially if drinking, etc.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The South Bay area is very diverse: easy and accessible transportation of all varieties, ballgames, theatres, movies, dining, the ocean, San Francisco, etc.

4 College Student

Facilities: It's in California! A small private school, with small class sizes and great professors. Plus the California sunshine make it a wonderful place to be

4 College Student

Diversity: Extremely Diversified – A private university that prides itself on diversity of student population as well as faculty and staff. A great place to be!

3 College Junior

Transportation: Not Too Bad – bus and train station are very close. cabs know where and how to get to the school. a lot of fun things and venues are very close

4 College Junior

Athletics: Great Athletic Department – Although team records are up and down the athletic department is great. they could make changes but they are working on it. good facilities and not afraid to spend money.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Start Early! They host off campus Q and A sessions at least once a year. Cost is very high!!! not much parking. usually only one driveway and everyone else is fighting for street parking. There is a limited amount of options of housing that everyone fights over.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: School Shuttle to Airport – I've used this several times - pretty good and convenient. no other transpo used

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent! Workload moderate - I was not overwhelmed having been prepared with heavy workload in HS. I am challenged but not buried

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not University Sponsored – The frats and sororities are off campus in their own world. The University doesn't recognize them, but they have fairly good parties.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the population is white, but SCU is trying to promote diversity within the university, and there are a lot of Asian and Hispanic students.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Po-Po – Campus police have it pretty easy, considering we have the Santa Clara police department across the street in addition to Campus Security.
When parties are going on the police are usually waiting to catch people coming back from them or to break them up, but because of their presence its a pretty safe campus.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Hot, Guys Vary – It is said that people from Stanford University and other local colleges come to Santa Clara because the girls are much better looking than the girls at their own schools. However, guys wise, the ratings can vary. There is no one incredibly good looking, and no one incredibly ugly.

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3 College Student

Computers: All the computers at the library are fantastic. However, it would be much better if you could save the documents that you create on those computers forever, instead of the files being deleted 10 minutes after logging off. Also, the printers can get pretty crowded in between classes.

3 College Student

Facilities: There are multiple cafes and cafeterias around campus. Most of the food is great, like at the Mission Bakery and at Benson. However, at the cafe in the library, the good is really lacking in taste, although the variety is interesting. Also, many of my friends who love coffee hate the coffee provided at all the eateries.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Lots to Do and Many Options – There is always something going on on-campus, and the school has many activity coordinating clubs and organizations ensuring that students always have something to do, and always have options. I love the enthusiastic feel of the campus, and the encouragement to get involved. Whether it be organized group trips to local sporting events, pre-game barbeques, or on-campus concerts, there is always something going on.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Don't Break the Rules of the Dorm! The strictness levels in the dorms pertaining to drug and alcohol use are very strict. If caught with either, a write-up is issued, along with a hearing in some cases, and a third-strike-you're-out policy. However, off campus is slightly more low-key. The police are mainly interested in breaking up the parties, not taking legal action. You have to be cautious, especially if you are underage, but if you are smart you should be fine.


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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
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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