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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have not met one rude or mean person. Everyone is incredibly friendly and you would almost think that Santa Clara does interviews for admission because the quality of people here is insane. Look left and right and you will see a hot guy or girl. The plus side is even if they're hot you know they're smart because they're here and got into Santa Clara. I hear the hook up scene is pretty big here and a lot of casual dating. But I definitely think there is plenty of quality relationship material here at Santa Clara. Smart, friendly, outgoing, good-looking. Really what more could you ask for in a student body

22 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: One of the best business programs in the country and the engineering program is also especially competitive. There is a wide range and variety of majors and many of the programs allow you to study things outside of your major because core requirements and major requirements to overrule your schedule. The connections you can get from Silicon valley are endless. Also Poli Sci majors can easily get jobs in Silicon Valley. I'm only a freshman but I have great confidence that the programs at Santa Clara will get me on the career math I want to be

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Santa Clara is what I like to call a "closet party school". It's a small school with not a whole lot to do immediately off campus so instead what do students do? Party! It's closet because the party scene is nowhere near out of hand but definitely prevalent. We're not a big public school or even a big private school so the craziness you find at UCSB you will not find here. It's college people like to have fun but Santa Clara does a great job of hiding that fact because the students are also so focused on academics and success.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Good Quality food with great options but get's so repetitive. Just something you have to deal with.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I think the Greek system is a great way of meeting new friends and developing connections. But not at all necessary. I'm still new to campus but I think Alphi Phi's are the best sorority with Delta Gamma really close behind. Then the rising Kappa Kappa Gamma's. All the people I know in sororities and fraternities love it! but also don't care if their friends are not in it. Greeks and non-greeks alike definitely mix and intermingle. There are also co-ed business fraternities on campus but I'm not sure of the general opinion on them yet.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Escort services available through campus safety. especially if you are a girl, don't walk alone. Campus is safe but it's always better to be safe than sorry. Police and fire station are right across the street and I've never felt in danger when on campus. There are mercy policies regarding alcohol abuse. Everyone wants everyone to be safe.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I first applied as a business major but the business school is very competitive and high impacted. So I got in as an undeclared Arts&Sciences major. Internal transfer to the business school is REALLY difficult once you are on campus. They only accept about 25% of applicants. I chose Santa Clara because of the highly rated and regarded business programs and school.

Definitely get into contact with administrators or admissions reps. Knowing people and being qualified is not a crime. Seriously I'm not kidding email your admissions rep and just introduce yourself. When your name pops up on an application they will definitely think more highly of you. I emailed my admissions rep non stop and I really think that's how I had a fighting chance.

It's a great school for engineering and business.

If you're looking for an excellent science program I would choose somewhere else.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're a freshman I would definitely go with Swig, Graham, or Casa Italiana.

Graham (Alpha) is the newest and most requested. The rooms are HUGE for a college dorm room and the private bathrooms are nice. It's half freshman and half sophomores. Located right across from the library and Benson (cafeteria). Perfect location. But if you're in Graham be wary of being a dorm hermit. It's easy with such a big and comfortable room to want to just stay in it all the time. Keep your door open. Go to the common areas. Be social.

Swig (CyPhi) is an all freshman 11 story dorm. If you want to just be talking to people all the time while in your dorm Swig is definitely for you. The rooms are nice. Have a sink and mirror are definitely smaller than Graham but the hard wood makes it nice. Bathrooms are being updated so there is now at least one bathroom for each sex on each floor. Swig is the party dorm but it's a great social experience.

Casa Italiana (DaVinci) is set up like an apartment style suite. Big living room with 4 adjascent bedrooms with 2 people each and 2 bathrooms. It definitely makes it feel more like an apartment than dorm. The bedrooms themselves are rather small but I think the layout is so fun and interesting.

Freshman housing is totally random. I was a waitlist kid so I signed up for housing nearly a month after everyone else and still I got Graham! (But I got put in a triple due to over enrollment even though I asked for a double) No idea how that happened which leads me to believe there is no ryhme or reason. They ask for your preferences and from what I've heard most people got their 1st-3rd choice. The oldest residence halls on campus (Walsh&McLaughlin) are being renovated so everywhere is mostly new!

Cost is pretty much the same across the board.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We are D1 but no one really cares. The televised basketball games are a big thing and the Ruff Riders are definitely in full stampede when those happen. Sports generally do well but are not recognized. If your looking for a school with a huge football fan base you won't find it here (no football team) but there are plenty of other things of students to support and rally around. Intramurals are a big thing here. Wide participation although not very competitive. No experience required.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The University Villas look so amazing! But it's expensive. From what I've heard off campus housing is nice and cost effective but you need to start looking early!

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Now a days it's hard to get financial aid anywhere if you're in the middle class. Going to a school that costs almost 60 grand a year is going to be so hard for my family even though I come from a two income household. It's manageable but we just don't qualify. Scholarships only really go to EXCEPTIONAL students so unless you are in a great amount of need or are of outstanding achievement coming out of high school paying for college is just about whether you can afford it and making it work. I don't have tips because it's all so subjective and kind of random

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus Police seems very nice. They're all very understanding as long as you are polite and respectful. I recommend making friend with your CF (Community Facilitator like an RA) and letting them know that you're a good kid. Then on a night where you may have too much to drink and are a little walking down the hallway at 2am, as long as it's not a regular thing, they understand. Be polite, respectful, and considerate and you really should have no problems with campus discipline. There is a zero tolerance policy with substances in the dorm so no pre gaming on campus. Just don't do it.

If the CF's hear noise and glasses clinking they will write you up. None of the residence hall supervisors will knock on your door unless they have a reason. So just don't be a drunken mess or stupid with your substances or crazy loud at obscene hours.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of off campus is quick easy food. Pizza My Heart is across the street from my dorm. I can seriously see it outside my window. There's round table, Panda Express, Taco Bell. Nothing too fancy. If you want to find good sit down restaurants go to San Jose (Santana Row). Just like my review of the local atmosphere Santa Clara is good at being a cute suburb. You just have to drive a little if you need something other than that.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Santa Clara is a small town. Very much suburban where it is a great area to live in and raise a family but not necessarily the most ideal place for a social college student. I'm from the San Fernando Valley (a suburb in LA) and Santa Clara feels exactly like my neighborhood so I am used to this atmosphere.There's definitely stuff to do you just have to go looking for it. You have to drive at least 15 minutes to find a good activity. I suggest going on sites like yelp or just googling fun things to do in San Jose/Santa Cruz/San Francisco. GROUPON!! Is one of the best ways to find new things for cheaper prices! I'm not kidding do a groupon with your friends and their some of the best adventures. Santa Clara is a cute, clean, safe suburb. I understand that not living in a big city or college town effects your decision but if you love Santa Clara enough you'll be so engrossed in what's going on on campus that it won't be a big deal. You just have to put in the effort to find it.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It is pretty and active

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I rarely dine off campus, but they look great

5 College Freshman

Administration: It doesn't get in the way at all.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoy computer engineering, so I am rather biased

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There are lots of clubs and tournaments for sports

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Because the school is so small, it seems like Greek life is very prevalent. However, because so many people are in it, non-greeks feel a part of it sometimes and don't miss out if they are not Greek.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus safety is generally very nice as long as you don't disrespect them or give them a hard time.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus safety is always around. The school is located right across from the police and fire department. People are always watching out for each other.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Getting an off campus house in a decent area is difficult as you have to start looking a year in advance minimum. The cost is definitely much cheaper than on campus housing.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Decent amount of majors. Nothing too crazy/interesting/unique.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Changing majors is extremely easy. However, getting into the business school is difficult.

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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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