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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel extremely safe on campus, although I still wouldn't walk around alone at night. Campus safety is always available by phone if needed, and there are emergency call posts around campus.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not really into athletics, but I know some students attend sporting events and many participate in intramural and club sports.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: You have to go off campus by bus to get to malls and nightlife. However, the area is gorgeous. There's a lot to do in San Jose if you take a bus there.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There's a free shuttle to the airport and zipcars are available for rental. Public transport also isn't too hard to use.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't a huge group of minority students here, and many students are more upper-middle class. However, there is some diversity of ethnic background

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a generous sum from the university based on academic performance in high school. It's the reason I could attend this school.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I haven't gone out, but there are frat parties on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. These are often shut down fairly early though, but people enjoy them while they're going on. There isn't much other nightlife.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I absolutely love my RLC and Casa. Living with 7 other people in a suite (4 double rooms, 2 bathrooms, and a common room) creates a space more like home. We can choose to stay in our rooms and do homework or hang out in our common area.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of places off campus. Some are extremely close to campus - just across the street. The price range varies depending on quality of restaurant. There're nicer places but also fast food.

3 College Freshman

Technology: It's school wifi - temperamental and sometimes flaky. For the most part it works well although it was worse at the beginning of the year when they were working out bugs.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: If you choose to drink, you can find somewhere to get alcohol. However, you can also avoid the party scenes and drinking if you choose. If you don't want to drink, most people won't pressure you to, either.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: the school is amazing. i have found no flaws, it is the ideal place to learn and develop.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid staff is very helpful and they communicate thoroughly which makes the whole process easier than at most schools. I feel that the aid I receive is fair, given my circumstances. The financial aid office works well with the bursar's office in billing/crediting issues.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: You can't go wrong with any the dorms. They all have easy access to campus facilities like the classroom buildings, gym and dining hall. They are well-kept and fairly spacious. You get plenty of dining points with your housing contract so you can never run out of food.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics is important and the facilities prove that. There are great training facilities, trainers, academic support, athletic department personnel. Most students are involved in either the D-1 sports or an IM team and most are competitive teams with decent reputations.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is typical California weather. Mostly sunny everyday and warm enough to hang out/study outside. You'll find many students sun bathing in the springtime on the various lawns around campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Very near campus are a couple pizza places, a Taco Bell and a fairly good independent sandwich shop as well as a Starbucks. Not too far away by car/bus, there is an In-N-Out Burger, McDonald's, several other fast food places as well as some great local diners such as Bill's Cafe.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: There could be some later hours in some of the venues, but for the most part, you can get meals when it's convenient for you. Luckily there are a few coffee/tea locations on campus where you can pick up a quick yogurt, sandwich or salad plus an array of various coffee/tea options.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Many options for dining, shopping and local attractions in and around Santa Clara. There is professional hockey and soccer nearby with professional football coming soon. San Francisco is a short train ride away and you can find lots of entertainment there as well as various modes of transportation. Also, Snnta Cruz is in the opposite direction and offers a a great beach/boardwalk scene.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of different choices, but leases for the following school year start around November of the current year. Way too early for most people who aren't even settled on roommates yet. However, other options are available that don't get filled up so quickly.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very little theft and most students leave their dormrooms unlocked and many leave their Macbooks in the library unattending while they leave to get food/drink. Walking at night is also relatively safe, but escorts are available if you need them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: For me, academics are best part about Santa Clara. I have never taken a class that was a "waste". Each class I have take has taught me so much and opened my mind. Jesuit education really strives to make students better people and teaches them to see things from a multitude of perspectives. One of my favorite parts of taking classes is the way you start to see how everything connects. You can be in a Comm class and suddenly be able to relate what you're learning to something you learned in your Religion class. It's an awesome feeling to be able to make those connections. I could go on and on about how amazing the education is here but I won't. Final comment: The education you will receive at Santa Clara can not be duplicated. It is truly such a unique experience.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: The political science (my choice of major) department is fantastic. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Every student that I've talked to--be they in communications, engineering (electrical, mechanical, etc), religious studies, pre-med, pre-law, all have positive thoughts to share about SCU as a whole. There are majors for any passion and the school helps you get on a track that will apply those passions into a career.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Every class you're in, the library, the cafeteria, the gym, just walking around campus: no matter where you are on the SCU campus, you are guaranteed to meet people from multiple backgrounds. The diversity of the school extends beyond just the color of someone's skin or their ethic heritage. There are students with varying beliefs on religion, government, the school itself, any topic and you can find someone to broaden your circle.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There are a lot of residential neighborhoods around which give a feeling of safety to most of the students. Families can be seen outside their homes enjoying the phenomenal weather. San Francisco is about 20 minutes away and the school offers a transportation system/maps/whatever is needed to make travel easiest for its students.

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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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