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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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Campus Housing: RLCs weren't that helpful, but it was nice to have classes with people in my dorm first quarter.

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Campus Housing: They spend so much money on landscaping and flowers and stuff, but I would rather have AC in the dorms, or toilet paper that's soft and effective.

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Campus Housing: The rooms are like any other dorm rooms. It's nice that they all have Ethernet connections, though.

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Campus Housing: Freshman year, the RA on my floor wrote up a bunch of people for drinking. Then one night he got wasted and passed out on the toilet; pants down and everything. So we called Campus Safety and told them we thought he had alcohol poisoning. There's some great video footage of them waking him up. Huh? What does that have to do with on-campus housing? Well, it happened in a dorm. Duh.

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Campus Housing: Avoid Swig unless you like paying a lot of fines for puke in the elevator and bathrooms. Graham was nice when they had the pool, but that is gone now, so I guess Campisi and Sanfilippo would be best.

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Campus Housing: They got rid of the Graham pool for some reason, which sucks. The actual pool was small and nothing special, but it was a cool place to hang out. And the freshman girls lying out by it were always nice.

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Campus Housing: I liked living in the dorms, but I was ready to move off campus after the first year. Campus Safety and the RAs are just too strict. Sometimes it felt like they were trying to baby-sit me. Then other times I felt like they were trying to get me arrested. Like when they called the Santa Clara Police to come arrest me. I didn't like that.

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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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Diversity: Santa Clara does not cultivate interracial mingling. For that matter, it doesn't seem to cultivate relations between the wealthy and non-wealthy. Rich people tend to be pretty exclusive about their company.

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Diversity: Santa Clara tries to provide outlets for minorities, like the Unity living situation and various ethnic clubs. Racial groups remain very segregated and a bit clique-ish. There are rumors of token ethnic persons being paid to appear at Greek functions to avoid trouble with the chapter. Fraternities and sororities, other than those specifically set aside for minority groups, are white, white, and more white. Just take a look at the photos on their walls.

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Diversity: There were some gay dudes hooking up on our hammock last week. I never had that happen in Kansas.

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Diversity: It's diverse, but clique-y. All the Hawaiians and Asians hang out, and there's the Latino frat. Only the hippies really intermix a lot.

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Diversity: Racially, it's pretty diverse. Culturally, not so much.

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Diversity: I hear the Multicultural Center is really cool, but since I'm white, I feel like I wouldn't be very welcome. So I've never actually been inside it.

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Diversity: There are a ton of whites, a lot of Asians and Hispanics, quite a few Arabs, and almost no blacks. That's not terribly diverse, I guess, but it's not like School Ties or anything. Most people come from such similar backgrounds that race is not such a big deal.

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Diversity: I think right around half the student body is some kind of minority. A lot of those are Asian, though, and 60 percent white isn't that diverse anyway. It's not really a big issue, though. I guess it's moderately diverse, but very tolerant.

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Diversity: Diversity? Yeah right, diversity at Santa Clara ranges from white to albino. Except the engineering school, where they have some Asians, too.

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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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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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