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4 College Junior

Academics: I was a business student and there is no better place to be then Silicon Valley. In addition, the school is incredible with connecting their students to the companies in the area.

3 College Junior

Administration: Jesuits expect you to excel in your department. Strict alcohol policies but good buddy system/amnesty program

3 College Junior

Local Area: Suburban lands, houses all around campus, ValleyFair

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't personally lived off campus, and I don't plan to either. However, this is not because I dislike off-campus housing. In fact, there is a great variety of housing to choose from, and it is available to you as soon as your sophomore year. The houses/apartments are also quite nice, as is the neighborhood surrounding the school. The reason why I don't plan to live off campus is because living on campus is, to me, much more practical, and less of a hassle. The buildings are almost all renovated, very clean and modern, and the food on campus is amazing, there's always a great variety of choices, mostly local and organic.

5 College Freshman

Majors: As a first-quarter Freshman, I cannot speak personally about the entire Civil Engineering department - yet, but I can tell you what some of my upperclassmen friends are experiencing. In short, everyone I'm met that is studying Civil is really enjoying the ride. No graduate students are allowed to teach, and the professors are amazing, most of them have Ph.D's and come either from high ranking institutions and directly out of the working field. I've had the chance to meet one of the best Civil Eng. professors at the school in my Intro to Eng. class (Dr. T). Furthermore, there are a plethora of organizations on campus that help you with all things engineering, from resumes to internships and jobs. Engineering at Santa Clara is also reinforced by the proximity to the Silicon Valley, so it is not rare to see big companies like Bechtel on campus recruiting soon-to-be graduates.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The school of engineering is quite big, making up about a fourth of the entire school. It is pretty competitive to get in. I personally believe that it is easier for girls to get accepted into the department, for obvious reasons. Engineering at Santa Clara is great, because strictly technical courses are integrated with the "three C's" (competence, conscience and compassion) of the school, so as an engineering student not only will you have earned a valid degree, but will have also experienced many encounters with themes and subject areas out of your comfort zone/major.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: beautiful campus, beautiful girls (and guys), done.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The housing on campus isn't that bad, it really depends on what building you are in. The newer dorms like Graham and Swig are super nice but ones like Dunne and Walsh aren't as nice. They are all clean, the only reason others aren't as nice is because they are old.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: All the guys and girls at Santa Clara are super attractive. Everyone is friendly, good looking and intelligent. There are always a few exceptions and you do find some weirdos but in general, people are extremely attractive. My friends and I joke its an admission requirement!

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3 College Junior

Administration: They do bust you for weed and alcohol - but kids do get away with it pretty often. Definitely a party school.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good - bus is cheap. Lots of kids have cars and if you don't have one, you are kind of left out. School hardly provides any transportation.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Top notch no doubt. The work load is kind of big, my roommate is an Engineering student and I study English/Poli-Sci and he has a lot more work than I do but it's still tough all around.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are all sorts of students here, although it is not as racially diverse as I thought it might be. Everyone dresses pretty casual, it's definitely noticeable if someone is dressed up. For the most part, everyone is pretty fit and does some sort of athletic activity a few times a week at least.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys are so delicious! They are so hot! God, California men <3 Santa Clara really does attract the hottest guys.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Really high quality meals and food service. The diversity of the meals is great, and dining plans are easy to use. Stellar compared to other universities.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Santa Clara is very adamant about interreligious beliefs, and is supportive of diversity, but the student body is not incredibly ethnically diverse; mostly whites. The most obvious diversity shortfall is that of economic background, most students come from really wealthy families and not owning a smart phone would put you in a very small minority.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs seem to be a non-issue compared to drinking, and i haven't seen or heard about any drug incidences since i have arrived.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: SCU will give you a great education. The class sizes are small and the professors generally care about you and what they are teaching. They are always available as a resource. It is best known for its engineering and business programs, but other majors will definitely receive a great education here as will.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: The immediate surrounding area is not very good, but about a mile and a half away is a great mall and strip with many restaurants and good shopping. The best part of the area is the train station right across the street from campus, where you can hop on the CalTrain and go on a day trip to San Francisco!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: No clubs around, but 21+ year olds and those with fakes enjoy going to the bars. The house parties, however, are excellent and located super close to campus! The party scene here is definitely a good time.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few restaurants close to campus and they are all fast food - Wicked Chicken, Round Table, and Pizza My Heart. They all have pretty good food, but it definitely gets old going to the same places time and again.

3 College Junior

Administration: I have not encountered any trouble with the police force. But I feel that if you are smart about things you do not have to encounter them. If you happen to I feel that they would not be so tolerant about certain things, depending on how extreme they are.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: I feel that the campus is welcoming and very attractive to people looking to explore and learn new things. I even learned that graduates can get married on campus, this adds to the experience of this school. The fact that they are so involved with alumni makes you feel like you are a part of something bigger.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're good, but we're not that good. Men's basketball games are frequently the ones most people go to, but not women's sports.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: We have a computer replacement program that usually replaces the old computers with new Macs that can run both Windows or Mac OS for people who are used to either. There are a whole bunch of computers for people to use in the Library at their convenience.

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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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