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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Santa Clara has a very attractive student body. Almost everyday I see a hot girl that I have never seen before, its great. People dress pretty casual California style and most of the students drink multiple days every week. There is a huge hookup scene here but it's not hard to get tied down if that's what your looking for.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is chill, bit of a culture shock if you come from a high school that is minority based

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are definitely more attractive people than not.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Students here are motivated to participate while maintaining excellent grades.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Well the guys seem pretty friendly and athletic. The women's soccer seems pretty popular.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Most Athletic Guys
  • 6th
    Hottest Girls
  • 7th
    Most Athletic Girls
  • 9th
    Hottest Guys
  • 57th
    Party Girls

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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Santa Clara is known for having an especially attractive student body, though some students complain that this creates a preoccupation with physical appearance on campus. The attractiveness of the student body tends to put pressure on both guys and girls to put a fair amount of effort into their appearances, though the extent to which students respond to this pressure typically depends on the social group they associate with. 

In addition to being physically attractive, both guys and girls tend to also be athletic, smart, and motivated. While this profile seems to indicate an ideal dating pool, few students choose to formally date. Small class sizes, coed dorms, and a fairly even guy-to-girl ratio (47 to 53 percent) make for a lot of casual interaction between guys and girls. But while this setup makes it easy to get to know members of the opposite sex, it encourages a more casual "dating" culture, where more students choose to engage in random hookups than date exclusively. 

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The pool
  2. Volleyball court
  3. Athletic events
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Library basement
  2. 11th floor, Swig Hall
  3. House parties
  4. RA's room (although successes are difficult to verify, the attempt is considered mandatory to many students)
  5. Gym sauna
Social Scene
The numerous on-campus activities, small class sizes, and vibrant dorm community allow for lots of interaction between students. Most students are outgoing and eager to meet new people, and are often seen getting meals or coffee with friends or just casually hanging out around campus.
Hookups or Relationships?
Most students choose to casually hook up with each other rather than get into exclusive long-term relationships, at least as underclassmen. While more students start to engage in long-term relationships as they get older, the majority still continues to hook up or casually date even into their senior year.
Dress Code
Both guys and girls at Santa Clara tend to dress in a way that's casual yet put-together. Guys usually wear some combination of shorts, a T-shirt, and flip-flops, both to class and parties, though some choose to occasionally substitute polos and Sperrys. Girls tend to wear nice tops, jeans, and sandals to class, with the occasional sundress during spring quarter. Party wear for girls is a whole other story, as "going out" styles range from a dressed-up version of the previous combination to barely-there dresses typical of a Vegas nightclub.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 50 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 49 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 54 responses

  • 26% Casual dating at your school
  • 22% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 14% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 5% None
  • 2% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 53 responses

  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.
  • 11% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 68% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 21% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 5 responses

  • 83% Club meetings, parties, gym
  • 17% Athletic events
  • 0% The pool
  • 0% Volleyball court

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Driven
  • 17% Chill


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