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Santa Clara, CA
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5,141
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$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Off-Campus Dining: My parents put money on Flex because they think otherwise I'll spend it on drugs, booze, or gambling.

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Off-Campus Dining: Coming from out of state, everyone told me how great In-N-Out Burger was. I knew about it from The Big Lebowski, so I tried it out. It sucked. Do yourself a favor and don't go there.

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Off-Campus Dining: My favorite places are Mondo-but I wouldn't call that a restaurant-and Thai Pepper. Then there is Santana Row, which has a bunch of really nice places like Maggiano's, a great Italian place.

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Campus Strictness: Campus Safety is way too strict about drinking and stuff. It must be a conspiracy. The Man is always trying to hold me down.

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Campus Strictness: They are very strict. Campus Safety, with a few exceptions, has a complex about not being real police officers, which transfers into mistreatment of students. A lot of them have power trips, and don't act very professionally. I get the sense that they don't respect the students and take out their frustration on us.

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Campus Strictness: The Campus Safety are pretty bad; they tend to be antagonistic towards the students.

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Campus Strictness: Depending on how many times you are caught and the amount of drugs you have on you, you could be turned over to SCPD. Drinking wise, they just make you write an essay or a poster, maybe pay a fine. Nothing big at all; they take the drugs more seriously than the drinking.

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Campus Strictness: They are really strict, but it's not like there's anywhere to party on campus or anything. Get in good with your RA and don't do anything really stupid, and you shouldn't have any problems.

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Campus Strictness: I know when the Bronco first opened up, no one would even try to use a fake ID there it was so strict. Maybe it's loosened up some since then. I don't know, it's been a while since I had to worry about that stuff.

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Campus Strictness: If you're underage, you need to watch out for the ABC (plain-clothes police officers) outside of Safeway. They usually drive vans, and will run up to the car if they see someone who looks young come out with beer. They got me like two months before I turned 21, and it was a huge ordeal.

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Campus Strictness: They're really strict about drinking on campus, which is kind of lame. It's college, though, so plenty of it still goes on. When you get caught, the actual punishment usually isn't bad, but Campus Safety can be real jerks about it when they bust you.

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Academics: People say the workload at Santa Clara is just as hard as at Harvard or other Ivy League schools, and that it's just getting in that's harder. I don't know if that's true, but SC is definitely a tough school.

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Academics: In general, I've made it a rule to avoid Jesuit teachers. They seem a little more judgmental and less open minded than the other professors. I also try to avoid the overly feminist teachers, as they tend to be more critical of male students. All in all, however, the teachers are great; with such small classes you get a lot of personal attention from them.

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Academics: The classes are really small, which is good, but sometimes I wish they were bigger so the teacher wouldn't notice every time I skip class.

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Academics: Overall, the professors are good, but I've had one really, really bad one. I guess I should have known better than to take a class about the Bible from a Jesuit professor. I've had some really good Jesuit teachers in other subjects, though, so maybe it was just the one guy.

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Academics: I don't like the quarter system. I don't know why they can't make the schedule closer to the way other schools are. It also kind of sucks to have to take three sets of finals every year.

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Academics: Classes are not easy, but if you are having trouble, go to the teacher's office hours and stuff. They will help you out a lot, and showing them you're serious about it always helps.

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Academics: The teachers at Santa Clara take a special interest in making sure that students are engaged with the subject matter. Most will take the time to sit down personally with a student and address any confusions or concerns the student might have, or even just discuss a particular concept in more depth. Classes are structured to encourage participation and dialogue between peers, making them far more interesting and beneficial.

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Academics: Most of the teachers I have had are really good, and they always have plenty of time to meet with you.

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Academics: If it weren't for the great academics, I would say that Santa Clara University is more like a summer resort than a university.

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Guys & Girls: Most of the guys are cool. From my experience, the hot girls are often snobby, stupid, and rich, but there are exceptions.

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Guys & Girls: The Santa Clara population offers little in the way of males. There seems to be a high school mentality among both sexes, but this is particularly noticeable in the fraternity-oriented groups. Guys seem to know how to dress nice, but not how to take care of themselves.

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Guys & Girls: Girls are on the attractive side, but there is far too much emphasis placed on looking good. I wouldn't be surprised to find out many girls spend more time on their outfits and makeup than they do on their studies. There's a lot of pressure to maintain a hot body, and guys and girls spend a lot of their free time in the gym.

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Guys & Girls: I, personally, am very attractive.

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Guys & Girls: I've been seeing way too many of those wannabe Abercrombie & Fitch merts with their polo collars popped. It's obvious they spent a lot of time trying to make it look like they didn't spend any time on their look. The girls are pretty hot; a lot of them are kinda stuck-up, though. But there are some that are really cool.

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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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