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4 College Senior

Transportation: Caltrain and Buses at Walking Distance – Access to the train and buses are all within walking distance from the school, which makes public transportation even more convenient. However, they can only get people so far before they realize that having a car is still the best way to go.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Sobrato Dorm Works Well – The upperclassman Sobrato dorm, or the "back building," has a very convenient location, with awesome people and a very quiet environment. Everything about Sobrato helps me in my studies.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Jesuit community and values are great, they want a moral code to be engrained in the students, and are very aware of the fragile predicament our earth is in. The campus alone and how beautiful it is is what made my final decision, as well as the availability of the professors

3 College Junior

Athletics: Frisbee Is Awesome – I am competitive but wanted a sport that was much more leisurely to allow for my studies and demanding schedule. Club sports are awesome here but the variety is not that amazing, they could definitely use some help in intramural. we also don't have football.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Up to Date – The facilities are all up-to-date without losing their history.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Hard to Get a Scholarship – Santa Clara is an extremely expensive school and therefore most students hope to receive some kind of financial aid. I was offered an academic scholarship which has helped me attend school here, but I don't know many other students on academic scholarship. Another option is work study which is fairly easy to come by.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: No Driving Needed...ALWAYS Something Going on – The nightlife at SCU is great. For students who are under 21, there are always house parties which are less than 2 blocks from campus. For students who are over 21, there are 4 bars within walking distance from campus (they are all dive bars, but always full of SCU students and never fail to be a good time). I'm extremely against drinking and driving so having all the party spots within walking distance has been great. If its your scene, you can literally find a party almost any night of the week.

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4 College Senior

Academics: Mechanical Engineering....Hard, but Worth It – I'm a Mechanical Engineering major at SCU and as a senior I've really had the chance to get to know the ins and outs of the prgoram. The majority of my professors have been great; the small class size and direct interaction with professors has really cultivated my learning experience. But they don't hand out freebies; a lot of time and effort is required to get a decent grade in a class. Another great thing about the program is that I receive daily emails about internship opportunities. SCUs engineering program is ranked one of the top in the nation, so companies throughout the Silicon Valley are always looking to hire SCU Engineering students.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Offically Affilated but Great! There are many great options if you are interested in going Greek. There is no hazing and sororities and fraternities have great reputations for having really great quality people as members. Not everyone goes Greek and you don't need to rush to have a social life. There are lots of things going on as far as parties and other social events so Greek events are not that big of a deal. I would encourage you to rush if you have always wanted to be in the Greek system. If you don't feel the need, then don't sweat it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots but Some Are Pricey – There's a large number of off-campus houses that are all located near each other for a great student environment. Some can get a little bit on the expensive side since they are so close to campus. Housing that is a 10min walk or more from campus is inexpensive.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I have heard of students getting mugged at night a little ways off-campus but I have never known anyone personally who has ever had an unsafe encounter. I have walked around off-campus at 2am with all of my valuables like laptop and etc and I have never been mugged or felt threatened. There is also a bike on the bike racks of my building that has been left without a lock for about a month now and it still has not been stolen.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Great to Be in CA. Great weather most of the year, some rain in late November-January, but it's bearable as long as you have warm clothes and rain boots.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Available, but Expensive – I don't use it, but the friend who does doesn't seem to mind it too much other than the price.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: They Do Their Job. Campus strictness isn't too bad. Campus Safety will step in when students are acting too disorderly, and the disciplinary actions that follow should a student get written up are not too intense unless it is the students third high-risk write up. They do their job well and really can't be complained about.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We're Div. 1? Most sports get people out to two or three of their biggest games, but on the whole ever since SCU got rid of the football program, people seem to care less..

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Pretty Awesome New Buildings – All the new buildings on campus are amazing - whether it be the library, gym, business school, dorms, etc. The one issue is when you get stuck with the odd class in one of the older buildings... you may luck out if the classroom is retro-fitted with new stuff but otherwise you'll be hating that class all quarter.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Super Safe – SCU is in the suburbs and in a fairly well-to-do neighborhood... you hardly ever see non-students on campus causing mayhem and when you do Campus Safety is not far behind on one of their golf carts or segways.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Attractive Girls – Santa Clara University has some very attractive girls. The average girl is good looking at SCU.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Help Is There – It was really easy to get aid. They pretty much give students financial aid when you accept the offer to go here. If you have good grades it isn't a problem.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Just Walk – It takes 10 minutes to walk across campus. A lot of students bike or long board. Getting away from campus is really easy with public transportation since the train station and bus depot is across the street. The airport is also a 10 minute drive away.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Heart of It All – There is so much to do and see within an hour by car or train. Minutes away from campus is the HP Pavilion which is home to the San Jose Sharks hockey team and hosts many other fun events. Campus has easy access to the Cal-train station which brings students to exciting places like Palo Alto and San Francisco.

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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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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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