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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All of the dorms on campus have different personalities. There are two main residence hall quads. The noisier side of campus holds Swig, Dunne, and McLaughlin/Walsh. Swig and Dunne are very large and very social while McLaughlin/Walsh are more quiet but with the new renovation has very social lounges. The quieter side of campus has Campisi, San Filippo, Sobrato, and Casa Italiana. Campisi and San Filippo are similar in layout but San Filippo is much more social. Sobrato and Casa Italiana are suite-style dorms and are generally very quiet. Graham is right in the middle and is mostly for sophomores.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus is definitely fun but it is a pain in the butt to find a house for a good price that isn't completely dilapidated. Most houses are OK but for the price it almost isn't worth the freedom.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few pretty good places that are walking distance so it's a good break from Benson but aside from that there aren't a ton of options that don't require a car. The places that are driveable (10 minutes drive) are great though!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Honestly if you are a good, responsible kid that isn't trying to bring any body down they will not give you a hard time.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: Didn't apply for financial aid but the office is nice while I tried to figure out how to pay for my study abroad.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Freshman year the party scene is the best, it's still great sophomore and junior year especially if you live/know people who live off campus. Parties start early and end early, nothing is going on past 1 or 2 am. They are fun without getting rowdy and people are friendly and usually respectful although there's always that one person that's too drunk to be there

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Food is fine, better than most schools but REALLY expensive and gets old after a while...can take forever to get your food which is annoying especially if you need to choose between eating and getting to class on time

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is great, I definitely recommend it for freshman and sophomores. The CF's (different name for RA's) are awesome, responsible, and reasonable; all really important traits you want in a CF/RA. The dorms are well located and close to your classes and some dorms even have classrooms in them which is awesome.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of off-campus options, but jump on the process quick because it'll be hard to find a place after December.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: The price is relatively reasonable with a lot more variety than what's offered on campus. There aren't too many student discounts available though. Definitely check out Ike's on the Alameda and Mondo Burrito on Benton St.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: There is room for improvement in the honor code at SCU. There are plenty of students who cheat by obtaining current or past test information that give them a leg up on other students.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Receiving financial aid is something of a luxury at this school if you do not come from a low-income family, are not a minority, or were not academically superior to the rest of your classmates.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: The parties are usually all the same and due to the small number of students, you see a lot of the same people.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: I appreciate the quality of food offered at SCU, but variety and portion size patrol have room for improvement.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: The housing is overall great, however the system for housing decisions is something that needs great attention by organizers.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is expensive, but that comes with the area, there are some school sponsored off campus locations for upperclassmen that are decent.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good selection of off campus dining. Many local restaurants are popular amongst students

3 College Freshman

Administration: As long as you don't do anything excessively you will be fine. Community Facilitators for the most part try to avoid writing students up and acknowledge that underage drinking will happen

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received some scholarship, less than I was offered at other schools, but ultimately it was worth it. Many of the people I know that attend the school have either merit or need based aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are good but have a tendency to get shut down

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus food is great compared to other colleges. The selection is decent and quality is above average. The only downside is the odd weekend hours of on-campus dining.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus housing ranges from the average dorm style buildings such as Swig to more spacious suite style buildings such as Sobrato. There is housing for every type of person, with typical party dorms and quieter dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus next year and dealing with the landlord is fairly easy. California prices are pretty outrageous though

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Jasmine thai is awesome. There are so many different options like Ikes, Pizza my heart, Plutos etc

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus safety is really there to help you. Some CFs can be dicks but most of the time they dont care what you do

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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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