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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Local Atmosphere: Santa Clara is not the most exciting city. I spend the majority of my time within a mile radius of the University, where there are a lot of student houses and apartments. Anything beyond that is not that interesting, unless you are making the drive to Santa Cruz or San Francisco.

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Local Atmosphere: It's a good place to be. Sometimes I get bored, but I can always go to San Francisco or Santa Cruz or something.

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Health & Safety: Santa Clara is a secure campus, although there seems to be little need to bring in authorities-a majority of conflicts can be resolved civilly between participating parties.

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Health & Safety: The campus is totally safe as far as I'm concerned. The only thing I ever worried about was being hassled by Campus Safety when I was a freshman.

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Health & Safety: There's virtually no crime, and there're emergency phones every tenth of a mile. The worst thing that will happen is you might have to fight with a hobo who wants your cans.

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Health & Safety: I was robbed once, but it was by my roommate.

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Health & Safety: The only thing you have to fear on campus is Campus Safety.

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Health & Safety: You couldn't get hurt on campus if you tried. If you got a paper cut, Campus Safety would show up and carry you to the hospital, and there'd be a write-up about it in the Santa Clara (student paper).

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Health & Safety: You'll be fine as long as you're not an idiot. If you leave your bike or laptop laying around, it might get stolen, but that's kind of your own fault.

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Health & Safety: It's never really occurred to me that campus might be dangerous. Campus Safety is so strict, and the police station is so close, that it's hard to imagine anything really crazy happening.

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Health & Safety: For such a big city, it's very safe. You hear the occasional rumor about roofies and date-rape or something, but that's about it.

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Computers: The network could be better, but it's not too bad. You don't need a computer, but I would suggest to bring one.

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Computers: You don't need your own computer here, but it's nice to have one.

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Computers: Students without computers can always find one on campus to use, although during exam times there is more demand for lab space. If nothing else, having one's own computer would guarantee some personal working space. Finished work can always be sent to yourself through e-mail and printed on campus, but new students should know that the lab computers have trouble opening documents that are not written in Word.

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Computers: My only complaint is that SmartPrint should give you way more pages.

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Computers: I brought my own computer, which I use mostly for eBay purchases. If I'm going to do work, I'll go to the computer lab, which is uncrowded unless it's the last week of the quarter.

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Computers: You should definitely bring your own computer. I found it a good way to keep touch with some friends back home, although it's sometimes hard to get any productive work done in my room. Laptops are too fragile, but they are nice to have, because there is wireless Internet access in a lot of the buildings here.

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Computers: File-sharing has died down a bit since people started getting prosecuted, but students can still trade programs, songs, movies, and stuff. If both people are on the campus network, it goes really, really fast.

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Computers: Most of the buildings now have wireless Internet, so having a laptop with wireless capabilities is ideal. You can always use the computer labs if you need to.

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Computers: I think it's important to have a computer, but the school's are really reliable. I still use them sometimes.

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Off-Campus Dining: Stuft Pizza, Henry's, Mio Vicino, Sara's Kitchen-all yummy.

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Off-Campus Dining: After freshman year, I was totally burned out on Benson food, and I never cook for myself. But there are so many places to eat that I can walk to that I get plenty of variety.

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Off-Campus Dining: Neto's barbecue is awesome. They grill all these different types of sausages and steaks outside, and you take yours in and make a sandwich out of it. It's my favorite place to eat by far, but they only do the BBQ on Tuesdays and Fridays for some reason. Maybe that's good because I might overdo it if I could get it every day.

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Off-Campus Dining: The best restaurants are Henry's, Hungry Hound, Thai Pepper, and Su's Mongolian.

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Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants around campus are good. La Victoria is the best one for good cheap food.

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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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