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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Getting Bigger – It's almost a taboo topic around here- it isn't addressed as much as it probably should be. Cocaine has become a growing issue, but it's not something everyone deals with on a daily basis. There is definitely not a big enough problem that people should avoid SCU because of it. However, it definitely exists here. Drinking is more common among students. We have a lot of cops driving down the party streets on party nights. We are only a couple blocks away from the station, so they keep a pretty close eye on everyone and break up parties a lot. Luckily, you don't have to drink if you don't want to. There is a desperate (but somewhat pathetic) attempt to create alternative options on campus that offer other activities on party nights (like dance parties, movie nights, stand-up, etc...). However, the location for these is on the opposite side of campus, and most people don't go.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Stick to the Streets – Nightlife includes walking down our two party streets and seeing what is going on. We have a few dive bars for those over 21, but the nightlife is limited to house parties for those underage. Greek life isn't huge, so we don't have any large Greek houses people where people can party, although people at SCU always seem to throw house parties when something is going on. Here, Wednesdays, Fridays,and Saturdays are the nights to go out. But be careful, getting caught drinking in the dorms can land you a fine, community service, and a letter to your parents.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Small and Personal – The small class environment is really engaging, but attendance is often graded in humanities classes. Sometimes class availability is limited because of our small size, but most classes are interesting and the professors are very talented. Teachers are always available for office hours, and most make an effort to know each student's name. I find myself wanting to attend and participate during class.

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: There is Greek life, but it's definitely not necessary to get involved or gain status. Sororities and fraternities also aren't recognized by the school, which makes them much more low-profile.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Delicious, Just Not Much Variety Within Walking Distance – Henry's, Wrap This, Smoke Eaters, Stuft Pizza, Round Table... yum! But there's still not a huge variety within walking distance. Fortunately, an In-N-Out is across the freeway, definitely within driving distance. Other places within driving distance that are worth checking out: La Victoria's (amazing Mexican food), Chipotle, BJ's. Several dining places also offer student discounts or the use of the Flex (student debit) card.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Good, Could Be Better – Overall I'd say we have a pretty good deal, especially with the extensive Sobrato Technology Center. Most of the dorms and buildings even have computers available for student use, but several of them are getting old and definitely need to be replaced. The library computer labs are definitely the best on-campus. There are several Mac labs with photo scanners, Adobe programs, and other very nice features. However, the internet does have issues, like at any school.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Student Body Size – This school is the perfect size. Big enough that you're always meeting new people but small enough to feel intimate, see your friends all over the place, and have a feeling of community.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Good Housing – On-campus housing is abundant but expensive. Housing around the campus is pretty easy to get and there's different areas close to the school for different needs, i.e. a quiet neighborhood and a more party-type neighborhood.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It's Better Than Most – Decent food, but it gets old. Overall quality is good but the dining plans are a ripoff from an economical standpoint.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Community Feel – The best part about SCU has been the strong sense of community. I always felt as though there were many resources for support, and the people and professors generally seemed very down-to-earth. Work was challenging, but not overwhelming. Aside from that, the weather was to die for!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Location Location Location – My favorite experiences include taking Caltrain on weekends to SF and Berkeley. Blondie's is a favorite for ice cream especially on dollar Mondays. There are good professors who provide one-on-one attention in the classroom which really facilitates learning. Another favorite is leading the Campus Ministry retreat called "Search." If I could choose again, I would have applied to Stanford which has a better reputation and more job opportunities post-grad. Santa Clara doesn't have many recruiters from good firms especially for business as compared to UC Berkeley for example. I am happiest here in terms of SCU's location to the people I love.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Hello California – Can you say sunny in February? Well SCU sure can! The weather is absolutely great here. Lately, people have been outside sunbathing and swimming. It also encourages exercise and promotes happiness on campus. I love the weather here, even though it is a little cooler than my home in Southern California.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of White Students – There are people of many different races and religions at SCU, but they comprise a negligible percentage of the student body.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's not much ethnic diversity on campus. The majority are white students, however, minorities are represented and there are opportunities for those groups to meet and discuss topics at MCC (the Multicultural Center). Many people here come from wealthy backgrounds (not surprising because this is a private school), but since the school affords large scholarships, minority students and students who show academic skill and determination are present which helps round out the monoculture of people on this campus. The majority of students is religiously affiliated, and we have community on campus for LGBTQ.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Future Looks Promising – The freshmen dorms at Santa Clara University aren't great; however, several are being renovated. If I had to choose, I'd say Campisi is the best overall. In terms of location, Graham is the best, located right in the heart of campus.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Not Too Diverse – While Santa Clara University prides itself on being very diverse, in reality, it does not seem like it. The majority of the students here are Caucasian or Asian (those seem to be the largest demographics). However, there are many African Americans and Hispanics as well. In regards to acceptance of races, religions, political beliefs and sexual orientation, everyone, from what I have noticed, is very accepting.

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5 College Senior

Weather: 75 last weekend...it's winter by the way. Enjoy the blizzards rest of the USA, this is California fools.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I Don't Know – I have not lived off-campus yet but it seems pretty nice.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Every facility offered to students at Santa Clara University is incredible. The athletic center is the equivalent to a gym that one would have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for. Weights, workout machines, indoor courts etc. are all at students' disposal. Additionally, there is a fantastic outdoor pool where students enjoy spending time swimming and laying in the sun. The library is unparalleled in regards to comfort, cleanliness and amount of data, books and resources available. There is even a coffee shop on the first floor that makes amazing coffee, chai and tea. The classrooms are all great, especially those in the Arts and Sciences building and the newly built Lucas Hall. The campus, one of my professors so fondly calls it, is "The Movie Set". Everything is gorgeous and well-kept, and the students are all very attractive and welcoming.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of great food is available off-campus. The Bay Area is awesome because within 10 minutes driving distance of the school, you can get virtually any type of cuisine you desire- Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Sushi, BBQ, Soul Food, you name it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms Are Great – Compared to a lot of other dorms at other campuses, Santa Clara has awesome dorms that are big and very nice. I live in Sanfilippo and I absolutely love it! Dorms are great, as well the atmosphere and people.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Great Community – What I love about the campus is that the community is friendly and respecting of one another. We are close to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and other fun places. The school puts on a lot of fun activities and i truly feel safe on the campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Sense of School Pride – Everyone here does their own thing. What i really love about our school is how diverse we are, people are really into a lot of different things, from sports, to religion, to partying/fraternities/sororities, to studying, to exercising. Its great.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Studio Art – I think the best part about my major is the professors. They are the most caring, funny, unique, quirky, hardworking, professors I have ever had. They are willing to meet me anytime to work on projects or things I would like assistance on, they are quick to offer advice or help, and are basically the heart and soul of the department. The building is old, drafty, and seriously needs to be redone, but the mac lab and art history room and in top shape. The lockers are useful, and there is enough room in all of the classrooms for the students.

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4 College Senior

Administration: Rules Are Rules – Rules are in place for a reason and that is safety. If you don't break the rules you'll be fine. Rules seem reasonable and people are somewhat lax on the enforcement.

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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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