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4 College Freshman

Weather: Obviously, because SCU is located in the Bay Area/Valley, there is great weather year round. Usually sunny, and the rain doesn't last for more than a day or two.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: there are shops and stores close, and malls not too far away

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: U always need to be sensible but I fell the campus is pretty save. U should be in a group at night if out.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have never had an internship, but if I can find one, I would definitely jump on the opportunity to take it. Internships are important because they give you actual experience in your field of study. I think it can be hard to find internships for more narrow fields, and I think more students could benefit if there were more internships that were available to them.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I love the ease with which students, including myself, can change majors at SCU. There's one form to get signed by the departments one is leaving and entering, and then presto it's official. No majors are impacted, although the business school, as top-notch as it is, is known for being quite competitive to get into. The engineering school is great, too-strong majors, quality professors. My only complaint is the limited options of majors. Because the school is small, we have the basics but not many specialty or interdisciplinary areas to explore. It's very common to double or triple major, and double or triple minor. I know students who didn't even declare until the end of their junior year and still graduated on time. My advice: don't be afraid to be undecided. Explore classes in a broad range of subjects and go with what your heart says. Follow your passion.

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4 College Junior

Drug Safety: The nice thing about SCU is from what I hear there's no peer pressure. At all. People are free to go to parties and not drink, and people have a good time watching their drunk cohorts. Some students smoke weed, but that doesn't dominate the social scene on or off campus. Campus safety and city police enforce rules when neighbors complain, but are otherwise lenient and very helpful in emergency situations.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: There's so much to do! The problem is having enough time to do everything with all the intense studying that keeps SCU students busy though admired by future employers. Separate from the partying Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, athletic facilities are always hopping with crowds of students (SCU's one of the fittest and best looking student populations according to the media!), and there are lots of teams to join-intramural soccer or volleyball or baseball or flag football, to name a few, are very popular, as are the zumba and other fitness classes. We also have a vibrant multicultural community and related activities, and many, many community service and leadership organizations.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful and has a very welcoming environment. Students and faculty are friendly and smile at people as they pass. Because of the small community, just over 5,000 undergraduates, it has the everyone knows everyone vibe, and it's impossible to walk through the dining area or to a class without seeing a familiar face or friend. Also, being in Silicon Valley, we have access to top notch technology, access to jobs, and with a strong alumni support system and donations, our buildings are frequently updated and kept nice and ahead of the game.

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5 College Junior

Weather: Gorgeous! With light showers speckled rarely, the campus has sun year round and looks like a resort. Colorful flowers bloom all year and the grass is soft and inviting. It's common to see large amounts of students sitting or laying on the grass in bathing suits studying or relaxing between classes.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are about 50+ other dining options within a mile radius of campus. Many offer student discounts or are priced for students. Many different ethnic types of food, fast food, pizza and grocery options are available in abundance.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I stayed in Casa Italiana when it was fairly new. My experience there was excellent!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not too many eating options on campus, but the few there are, are tasty and convenient

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus is small so it is difficult to get hurt or injured or have a crime committed against you without a quick response.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: great nightlife. big parties on wednesdays, fridays and saturdays. winter quarter is a little more dead but there are still plenty of parties. great bar scene too if you are legal or have a decent fake ID.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Beautiful weather all year round. It barely gets cold here and when it does it quickly warms up. rarely rains.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty normal options, with a lot of chain restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty strict, but if you are smart you just won't get caught.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Gorgeous! I'm not from around here, and when it is sunny and warm in January I am so happy.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It is very fun, but getting into parties is sometimes hard, especially if you have boys with you.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though Clara doesn't have a football team, the other sports such as basketball are very competitive and there is lots of school spirit!

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the engineering department at any school is obviously challenging, but isn't too difficult if you have a good application

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: You apply to either the school of business, A&S, or engineering. Internal transfers after one year if you want.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Beautiful campus adorned with very up to date facilities. Everything is kept in working order. If its not, they'll fix it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid process as a transfer student is very difficult - they don't give scholarships to transfers, and give meager grant funds. Expect loans.

5 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Large Mac labs among others. There are computers all throughout the campus at various buildings.

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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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