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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Transportation: The only thing I have used is the shuttle to the airport, which is very convenient.

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Transportation: Everyone is so rich they probably haven't even heard of public transportation.

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Transportation: Caltrain is cheap and easy, but they've been doing a bunch of construction on it lately. I used to use it quite a bit to go to San Fran, but I haven't in a long time.

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Transportation: There is plenty of public transportation, but no one ever uses it, because if you are leaving campus, you might as well leave the whole city.

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Transportation: We used to use Caltrain before all my friends got cars. Now we drive everywhere.

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Weather: If you are complaining about the weather here, you are never going to be happy with anything and should probably just go ahead and move!

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Weather: It is pretty warm here from May to October. Really hot in the summer, sort of cold in the winter. It can get up to a hundred, but never drops below forty. The winters can be wet, but not even close to other places like Oregon or the East Coast.

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Weather: What? There isn't any weather here! Seriously, coming from the Midwest, I'm used to much more extreme weather than we ever get here. It can get kind of cold in the winter, but a sweatshirt will take care of it; you never need gloves, a hat, earmuffs, or any of that stuff.

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Weather: It gets cold and rainy in the winter, but the spring, summer, and fall are all just about perfect.

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Weather: How should I put this? Gorgeous! It does get a little cold in the winter. Sometimes you have to wear a sweatshirt.

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Weather: It's pretty cold for California. I came from down South, and it gets hotter and colder here than I expected.

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Weather: I was kind of expecting it to be totally tropical, which was dumb, of course. It gets a little cold, but it's completely manageable.

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Weather: It hardly ever rains, and it never storms. It doesn't even really get windy. So it's pretty calm all the time. I'm still waiting for a big earthquake to liven things up a bit.

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Weather: It's funny in the winter to watch freshman girls still go out in miniskirts and little tops and everything. They can't be at all comfortable in that stuff, but it's just barely warm enough that they will try to wear them.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is very convenient and very, very expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: There's this guy who goes around student houses in the morning and takes all their empty cans for recycling or something. He scared the hell out of me the first time I saw him, since I had no idea who the weirdo in our backyard was. But now I figure if you want the stuff, go nuts. It's not like I'm doing anything with it.

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Off-Campus Housing: It's a good setup. We have a nice house that's one of the farthest away from campus, but it's still, like, a four-minute walk to class.

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Off-Campus Housing: The prices are ridiculously high, but I think it is better living off campus by a long shot. I like being able to have parties at my house and not having to worry about Campus Safety.

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Off-Campus Housing: I'd say more than half of sophomores stay on campus, but almost all juniors and seniors move off. Housing is outrageously expensive; individual rent often runs between $500 to $600 a month for a shared room in a run-down college house. Apartments are a little more affordable, but houses are a lot more fun because you can host parties.

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Off-Campus Housing: Finding off-campus housing can be a hassle. You need to start looking early, like winter quarter of the year before you're moving in. If you don't, all the houses near campus will be taken, and you'll have to take an apartment or a house farther away.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is this one crazy lady in the neighborhood who always videotapes the students partying and walking around to show to the police. It's definitely weird, but I guess the cops don't pay any attention to her, so everybody pretty much ignores her.

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Off-Campus Housing: The rules are strict on campus. Here, I make the rules. Here, I am God!

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Parking: It is much easier to just make the walk than try to find parking. Really, after trying to find a spot for half an hour, you would have made it to class quicker if you just walked.

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Parking: Parking on campus is limited and expensive. And the whole area is strictly enforced.

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Parking: You need a permit, which is pretty competitive to get. I wouldn't recommend a car freshman year.

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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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