Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 1078 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I had no issues getting into or switching my program.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: Hard work definitely required, mostly because you have to take a lot of hard classes all at the same time.

2 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Nightlife: Not associated with the nightlife. I don't drink, smoke, or party.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Athletics: Campus life seems almost nonexistent.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love the school, but the college experience is close to nonexistent. Events are never held during the day or at popular hours. Only off hours and weekends. Plus, the organization for new students is a bit more overwhelming than it needs to be.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of locals, so it's kind of a small town university.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Parking: Permits are a bit pricey, but I can always find parking.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Currently very confused on the process and what's going on, also where even the office is right now...

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I see them, they see me. It's a quiet campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: AGain, I'm new. So I don't know enough people to get an honest, valid opinion.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Academics: Not very broad choices in the science fields, but I can't blame them. They do tend more to business and engineering students.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Academics: Good, not much to coma pin about, or even at all!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I'm new pretty new, so I'm not very involved in the social life. However, I heard the drug scene isn't very prominent, but the alcohol on the other hand, is pretty crazy.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's California! The weather is phenomenal.

2 College Junior

Diversity: I am kind of astounded by how homogenous the student body is. However, everyone is very nice and kind.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: We can use our bikes, feet, buses, and the CALtrain to get around. However, public transportation is sufficient. Downtown Sanjose is about a 2 mile walk, and everything is nearby.

3 College Student

Campus Strictness: The strictness seen mainly occurs in the dorm rooms. There is a strictness with alcohol usage.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus but still follow guidelines to maintaining my safety, such as walking in groups at night.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: The area is expensive so most dining is done on campus. Ike's is a hang out for some of the students to go off campus

College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not living off campus

College Student

Parking: I don't have a car on campus.

5 College Student

Overall Experience: SCU is a great school! The academics are top-notch. The students are intelligent yet down-to-earth and helpful. The weather is great so getting to class is actually enjoyable.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greeks are not sanctioned by the university, however the greek system still flourishes.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Guys & Girls: Guys are all friendly and good looking. There's a diverse population of guys.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Transportation: There's a bus that goes to the mall. There's an Amtrak station across from campus. The airport is about a 5 minute drive from campus. There are zip cars that are readily available for use on campus.

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Mission Santa Clara de Asis
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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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