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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Casa Italiana, and I love it because it's suite-style. The only drawback is that it's far from most classes and the dining hall.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not interested in Greek Life, but everyone that's involved says that it's a lot of fun.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not really that interested in sports, but from what I've seen the facilities are nice.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love this school, it has been welcoming from the start. The community here is very relaxed and perfect for learning, and making friends is a breeze.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not too much in the way of clubs/bars.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you are a girl, or involved in greek life, than i'm sure it's pretty good. Not very inclusive of others though.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are really good, but there is also a lot of underpaid adjunct faculty. Workload is much greater for science/engineering majors than for students in the business school.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Sure, there is racial diversity, but pretty much everyone who goes here comes from a similar socioeconomic position. Santa Clara is a very common safety school for the students of elite bay area prep schools, if that provides any context.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol is abundantly present on this campus. There isn't much to do on the weekends in the general vicinity of the school so people drink in their dorms and go out to parties. Not nearly as much weed, possibly because it is taken more seriously by campus safety.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a tall male, i feel pretty safe walking alone across campus and nearby at night. I don't see any reason why anybody else would not. Sexual assault is a problem at frat parties, but can usually avoided if one exercises simple caution. There are a lot of parties/mixers in which only girls will be let in. Identifying which parties encourage a predatory environment and which do not is sometimes necessary.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It really depends. There are some fantastic and inspiring professors, but there are plenty of apathetic and dull ones too. Being a student who has taken Engineering, Finance, and miscellaneous A&S classes, the level of difficulty and workload can vary greatly. In general, business classes are stupid easy compared to everything else, and Engineering classes are hard to stay afloat in.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Santa Clara has a better ROI than a lot of similarly ranked colleges. It has a strong reputation in the bay area, and an extensive alumni network. Of course you will have a lot harder time landing a job as an Anthropology major than an Engineering student, but you can get somewhere in the non pre-professional majors if you really apply yourself.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a pretty wide range of on-campus housing offerings. The nicer dorms tend to be quieter while the less-nice dorms are more social. Swig and Dunne are the "party" dorms, which is relative because no dorm on Santa Clara's campus is really that rowdy. Sanfillipo and McWalsh are good middle-ground dorms that are still pretty social, but offer a decent quality of life. Graham is really, really nice, but I've heard complaints about it being a little isolationist. Most people who request Graham do not get it. Campisi, where I lived, is sort of just meh. There would be no good reason to choose it over Sanfillipo. Sobrato and Casa are suite-style, and there are advantages and disadvantages associated with that type of set up. Nobili is very mysterious and not a commonly chosen dorm.

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is really annoying if you are not interested in participating. A lot of the members of fraternities and sororities act like they're still in high school, and often reek of entitlement. For the fraternities in particular, there is a disturbing culture of sexual coercion and a holier-than-thou attitude towards independents. The sororities are somewhat decent organizations, but there is a definite fakeness to a lot of the girls. Altogether, Greek Life is known to be expensive and less inclusive of the people who can't afford it.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Though we don't have a Football team and our Basketball and Baseball games are not very well attended, Santa Clara tends to attract a lot of athletically-inclined people. Students went absolutely ballistic during the Super-Bowl this year, because Levi's Stadium is right across the street. Malley is a nice gym, and intramural sports are pretty well organized. It can be hard to find people who are more interested in alternative forms of exercise.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Though the school tries very hard to be one-size-fits-all, it's ultimately limited by it's size and the lack of diversity in those who attend. Don't come here if there is no particular group/activity that you are sure you want to participate in. A lot of the clubs seem legit, but actually are just resume-boosters for small groups of students. Students here, especially the ones from nearby (which there are a lot of them), are not very "open" to other people penetrating their quickly-determined cliques outside of extracurricular. Additionally, you will very frequently feel like your money is being wastefully allocated, and you will be a member of an incredibly apathetic student body if you attend Santa Clara University.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As soon as I visited Santa Clara during the college search, I knew it was the place for me. It really lives up to the Jesuit philosophy by providing extensive education in math, philosophy, science, and a variety of religions without forcing faith on the students in any way. The community is great, the food is varied and excellent, and the class atmosphere is almost always very respectful.

You do get what you pay for here - I've hardly seen a university with higher tuition fees. But it's worth it for a smooth college experience that's helped me grow in many ways over just a few years.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Sometimes, campus safety is not updating the students on the going-ons about what is happening on or around campus. Students generally feel safe on campus, but they like to be kept informed and updated.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Honestly, I love my school. The social environment is great. It is very accepting and liberal in its view. The professors are incredibly intelligent and engaging especially in the Philosophy department. The class sizes are small, but very convenient and extremely helpful in learning more effectively.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think the school gives a lot of opportunities for students to become involved and learn more about jobs and internships. There are career fairs almost every quarter and the career center always holds workshops on improving interview skills or resume-building.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a lot of pros and cons to the campus housing. The rooms have AC and are pretty spacious, which is great. Some of the resident halls are more social than others.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life definitely affects some of the atmosphere around the campus. A large amount of the students are part of Greek life and you can see some of the exclusivity.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The team performance is pretty good. The fan support and school spirit could be improved. The athletic facilities are pretty up-to-date.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a diverse group of students. It contains engaging teachers who are willing to help in any way they can. The school is aesthetically beautiful and well-kept. The facilities are pretty up-to-date.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I'm sure some people feel otherwise, but so far I have had absolutely no issues.

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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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