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Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Parking: Parking permits are expensive for those living on campus. For those off campus, all the streets are two- or four-hour parking, so it is hard for us to keep our car in one spot, especially since each household is allowed only two permits, which is ridiculous when there are up to 10 people living in a house.

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Parking: You definitely don't need a car for everyday use, just getting to class and stuff. But you are going to need one eventually, or you're going to go crazy from being stuck in Santa Clara. I'd recommend bringing a car if you can, but don't use it that much, and park it way off campus.

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Parking: Parking sucks. I think they only give out a hundred freshman permits, so you have to get lucky to get one. It helps if you have a job on campus, I think.

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Athletics: Soccer is the SCU big thing, and then of course men's basketball when we play Gonzaga only. Intramurals are cool; a lot of people get involved.

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Athletics: Athletics seems to attract minimal attention compared to other universities. Though our teams are good and the athletes extremely devoted, there always seems to be a considerable lack of supporters present, even at home games. Maybe because scheduled games are not widely publicized.

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Athletics: Intramural sports are pretty huge, especially flag football, basketball, and soccer. If we were better at basketball and actually had a football team, varsity sports would be a lot better. We do have a good soccer program; it's always fun to watch the girls on ESPN playing for a national title.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are not very big. There's no football team, and thus no real school spirit.

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Athletics: No football team. Our basketball team sucks. All we have is soccer, and that's not really big. Well, it's bigger than at a lot of schools, probably, but beggars can't be choosers.

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Athletics: Sports are not that big on campus, since there is no football and the basketball team isn't very good. It's a lot of fun when we play Gonzaga, but most of the time you don't even notice the lack of spirit.

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Athletics: I started going to boxing matches when my friend joined the team. It's fun to get wasted and watch a bunch of dudes pounding each other.

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Athletics: I don't know why more people don't go to sporting events. Our teams are really good for our size, and it's really cheap if you join the Ruff Riders (student booster group). I guess not having a football team discourages some people right off the bat. And there are always some who just think it's cool to be blasé about everything.

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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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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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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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