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Reviews 1223 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Lots of Drinking – Alcohol and marijuana are pretty evident. There are more things to do now for those who aren't interested in drinking but most people drink when they "have fun."

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Campus is very safe, I feel comfortable but find that there needs to be more education around sexual assault and how to prevent it.

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3 College Junior

Parking: Not Good Really – Ticketing is way too extreme and there is not a lot of parking availability.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Ex Dorm Student Gone Commuter – Dorms make it very convinient to get to classes but so many SCU students are SO lazy that they think one of the dorms (Bellarmine Hall) is too far to walk to...it isn't even a mile away. As a commuter now, I miss being able to wake up 30 minutes before class or even 10 minutes before and walk/ride my bike to class. I commute from Milpitas, CA and the traffic on 880 can be god awful in the mornings and I wake up a couple hours before I head out to the freeway which can range from 15-45 minutes to get to school depending on traffic. I have commuted from East San Jose as well and that traffic is TERRIBLE every morning if you don't have a carpool for the carpool lane and can take more than an hour to get to class making mornings very stressful (if you have classes that range from 8am-10:30am)
Overall, on campus living makes life easier!

1 College Junior

Greek Life: I refused to be in a sorority and the girls were sassy about it. A lot of these people are fake, inconsiderate and sometimes I question some of them on how they even made it to SCU. If you don't get money from daddy or are plastic pretty good luck..

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was really lucky to get a great financial aid package from Santa Clara. I go here for much cheaper than I could go anywhere else

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food options off-campus are amazing, there's a wide variety of delicious eats. The only downside is that they can get a little pricey, especially when you move more toward Santana Row.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Good but Repetitive – The food on campus is really good, but gets kinda repetitive after awhile. Definitely a lot better than the food on most other college campuses.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love It! I am so glad I decided to come to Santa Clara. The campus is beautiful and the classes are challenging, and I've made some of the best friends of my life!

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3 College Junior

Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus, which reduces the amount of cars around. It doesn't seem like many people drive to campus, they tend to walk, bike, or live on campus.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Faculty and Alumni Offer Great Connections – SCU students have it good. From the beautiful weather to top-of-the-line facilities to the high faculty-student interaction, it is great to be a Bronco. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, there are always tons of alums around to create great occupational connections. The faculty really cares about their students and are great at helping students succeed post-graduation.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Banished but Strong – The University doesn't recognize the Greek life at SCU but it is self-sustained and expanding every year. With 4 fraternities and 4 sororities there is a strong presence regardless of university recognition. Because it is a smaller system it is a lot more low-key. There aren't big houses for 90 people like at larger campuses. Greek life at SCU offers all the benefits- social events, comradeship, community service- without the downfalls.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Bar, Frat, Bar, Frat – SCU students study hard and play harder. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the big bar nights for students 21-and-older. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the frats and other off-campus houses usually get it going. You can't go more than a block off campus on a Wednesday or Friday without finding a big party. Bellomy street is the place to be. My only gripe is the limited bar/club scene.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: House Parties – Almost all houses immediately off-campus are rented out to students. Just walk a few minutes off campus and you are bound to find a house that's partying. There are a couple good bars within walking distance as well, but most students don't find their way there until later in the night. Most house parties are free and welcoming. Make sure you have a campus ID with you because some check you at the door to make sure you're a student.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Totally Safe – i feel extremely comfortable with the safety of me and my stuff on campus

1 College Senior

Diversity: While there are plenty of ethnic groups represented on campus through the Multicultural Center,I am sorry to say that the student dynamic makes me ashamed of my school. Each group has their own club-- the Japanese Club, the Hawaiian Club, the Chinese Student Association, etc. There is NO multicultural club, and the International Club is for foreign students to get acquainted with the campus. This creates enormous divides in the student body and in no way fosters community.

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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of living here is completely outrageous. Santa Clara county has some of the highest housing prices in the country, and I have found places in the middle of San Francisco that are better than my current living situation and are MUCH cheaper. My parents are going broke paying for my housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Bubble of Suburbia Near Thriving City – Santa Clara is a mostly residential area. There is a huge mall near campus, along with higher-end stores located on Santana Row, a long strip of shops and restaurants that may be too expensive for your average college student, but then again, SCU students seem to be of a different breed when it comes to wealth. San Jose offers a good variety of art and culture shows, along with sports events and old film showings. Santa Clara is a relatively quiet neighborhood for the most part (except on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and the occasional Thursday near Bellomy Street).

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4 College Junior

Technology: Wireless isn't amazing all the time, but with ethernet the internet is good.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Limited, but Pretty Good – We really only have one main dining hall on campus, in addition to two smaller cafes. Still, the food there is actually quite good, with most food cooked to order. Students enjoy the build-your-own pasta bowls, parfaits, sandwiches, and breakfasst burritos that make it seem more like a food court and less like a cafeteria.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: Seriously, what more could you ask for? It's 70 degrees and sunny almost year-round, with just enough wintry days and rainy weather thrown in to satisfy people from out of state, who are generally shocked by how perfect the climate is.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's Great Once You Realize It's Available – A lot of students at SCU aren't aware of just how accessible everything is via public transportation. The transit center is right across from campus, and there are local buses that go directly to the mall, to the Great America theme park, and into downtown San Jose. The CalTrain makes it easy to travel up and down the Bay Area, making it possible to spend the weekend in San Francisco or Santa Cruz without renting a car. Plus, the free shuttle to the San Jose airport makes travelling so much easier!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Average Teams, Average Enthusiasm – Let's face it- Santa Clara is a small private school with very little athletic funding, so even though it's Division I, sports are certainly not as central as they are at big state schools. Santa Clara teams generally perform fairly well in the West Coast Conference, but the student body lacks enthusiasm, except for the Gonzaga and St. Mary's basketball games.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The library is very state-of-the art, with lots of open space for individual or group studying. There are numerous group study rooms with white boards and projectors that students can reserve online, making collaborative projects much easier. It's super quiet, which makes it great for studying but a little unnerving otherwise!

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2 College Junior

Administration: Santa Clara University works very hard to impersonalize its communication to the student body's on both academic and social issues. This is because the university concerns itself with legality more than anything else in these matters.

Campus safety readily responds to ALL reported problems. I once thought someone stole my IPod while I was meandering outside. Despite my dubious story (indeed, someone found it on the lawn the following day) and the time of reportage (1 A.M. during Spring break--essay writing), Campus Safety was there and engaged!

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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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