Santa Clara, CA
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Reviews 1078 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is essentially no "nightlife" in Santa Clara. There are three or four bars within walking(ish) distance from campus, if you want to grab a beer at a hole in the wall place - nothing fancy. For a club or more upscale bar you would have to find your way to downtown San Jose. Greek Life isn't a big deal on campus, so its just house parties with kegs and beer pong.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Santa Clara has awesome facilities, but can sometimes be a little small compared to the high demand. The gym is awesome, but being one of the fittest schools in the nation means it is always packed, so be prepared to wait for a cardio machine! The library is new and really nice with state of the art technology, but it is difficult to get a desk during midterms/finals. Regardless of functionality, the buildings all look very nice!

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I personally really do not care about diversity. But if you live in Mclaughlin or Walsh, its like all ethnic people. If you like that have fun I guess

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is awful, overpriced. The good food though is on sushi Wednesday, if you like sushi, the yum yum tree man comes from across the street and makes sushi! But get there early, everyone loves it

3 College Sophomore

Computers: BRING YOUR OWN! Our wireless sucks, or at least it did last year. Library is usually crowded

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Train Station Near by – There is not much to do near campus but there is a train that can take you to San Francisco. It takes about an hour and a half and costs $7.75 each way. There are also buses that can take you to San Jose.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: In Need of a Bigger Shopping District – There are a couple coffee shops, restaurants, sandwich shops, pizzerias, and a grocery store, but still not enough variety.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So Many Houses, So Few Options – The Santa Clara campus is surrounded by houses and apartments, but they are all occupied by families or too pricey. Doesn't give a real college environment.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Just Average – It makes a big difference which dorm you're in but the best/worse depends on what you want.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Good If You Have a Car – There's a lot to do within a short drive but mainly just student houses and some fast food restaurants nearby.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: RLC's are Resident Learning Communities, and each dorm represents a different community. Within these communities, we students build close relationships with dorm mates. I just like the community feel that SCU always tries to promote.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: ...to find parking off-campus that will last you all-day. The parking spaces close by to campus are 2 or 4 hour parking stalls only. There is supposedly a road a couple blocks away from campus that is free, has no time limit, and is free of heavy traffic from kids partying on the weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I guess we have a pretty decent athletic program here at Santa Clara. Although we don't dominate in every sport, we have our ups and downs and overall, it's not bad. We have a nice facility, open to all faculty and students populations, which houses our workout room, a multi-purpose room (where we have fitness classes everyday on different things like cardio kick boxing and zumba and yoga), and also indoor courts where intramural games are held. We also have a swimming pool.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Be Careful.. Alcohol is very prevalent on campus. There are strict policies on not having alcoholic beverages on campus, but there is always off-campus get togethers. The university provides an educational program for all incoming freshmen on alcohol and drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Protection 24/7! One can venture on campus at night and still feel at ease! Emergency posts located at major hotspots within the campus to contact campus police. Safe for students and faculty alike!

4 College Junior

Academics: Amazing Tiny Classes With Personal Attention – Academics win here! I had many classes with only 8 students and our professor. It creates opportunities to form relationships and have good dialogues.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Lax Catholics – I think the Jesuits have it pretty much figured out. They don't take too much crap on campus but it's our business if we want to have fun off campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Socal Moves North – This school is ridiculously expensive. It goes without saying that many of the students are there because their families can afford it. Can be very preppy, snobby at times, pretty 'white', but there are still a lot of different types represented. If trust-fund kid isn't your type, you'll just have to look a little harder to find someone a little more interesting.

Girls are very attractive, guys tend to be...underwhelming.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: High Tuition Helps Pay for Beautiful Manicured Campus – The campus is described often as a bubble, and it certainly is good looking and peaceful and all of that. The library is its best attribute--finished the last quarter of my sophomore year, it is really something special. It makes studying fun.

I use the sports center to work out, it is good enough for me but there are some things that I miss from my hometown gym. Can't complain, though, it's free!

My favorite thing on campus: the wisteria bush growing climbing over your head as you walk the path on the left side of the mission. Smells SO good and is so pretty.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Eh, So, So – Greek life for men is great, they throw lots of events and have a TON of fun and bring the community in to it. Female greek life is quite exclusive. Since the university is so small,everybody knows everybody already so greek life is kind of unimportant, not needed and is just used to define a person

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: You can get alcohol really easily and weed is all over the place. There is a 95% chance that if you go to this school, you smoke weed or no someone who does. There is occasional talk of dropping acid or LSD but you don't hear about it too much.

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2 College Senior

Greek Life: The frats and sororities at this school are not recognized by the school. The Greek people act as if they are God's gift to the world just for going Greek. Most of the hot girls are in sororities which sucks for guys like me who are not in a frat.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Pretty Attractive. Girls at Santa Clara are generally really attractive. A lot of them won't talk to me because they can be really stuck-up if you are not in a frat. They are still nice to look at even though they are snobs.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: some nights are good, some aren't. Overall quite good, no good clubs around though

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Need more variety. They do focus a lot on healthy stuff but some of it just doesn't taste very good. Quite expensive too


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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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