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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The Library Is a Great Place to Work. The technology, wide array of books and journals, private rooms, cafe, very helpful librarians and general aesthetics make the library a great place to work both individually or in groups.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: Pain in the Ass – Santa Clara is gracious with scholarships but does not do enough to help students who need it. FAFSA/SCU does not take into account random hardships that people go through in life and that makes paying for college difficult.

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4 College Senior

Weather: The Bay Area is blessed with beautiful weather almost year-round. Though it can sometimes get cold, low 70s weather in January and February makes for some amazing parties and an overall fun attitude felt among all students.

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3 College Senior

Local Area: Not Much of College Town – Santa Clara is a big city but not necessarily a college town. There very few bars. There are restaurants down the Alameda but they require walking a long way. It is not walking-friendly.

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4 College Senior

Transportation: The Santa Clara Caltrain station is right across the street from SCU. You can also catch VTA buses from the station. There is a free shuttle that will take you to the airport from there as well.
On campus there are now cars that students are allowed to rent if you sign up far enough in advance.
There is limited on campus and off campus parking for those with their own cars. On campus parking passes are semi expensive.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drinking Scene – Alcohol use at Santa Clara is probably comparable to most other college campuses. The police are pretty lenient on underage students drinking at parties, however, they do break up the majority of big parties. The Santa Clara police mostly just want to keep everybody safe, they're not out to get everyone in trouble.
As for the drug scene, I know that pot is widespread, but it depends who you hang out with. It's not overwhelming, nor have I ever felt pressured to do drugs.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Wonderful Dorm Communities – The dorms at Santa Clara University have a strong emphasis on community, and I think that they do a great job facilitating it. The buildings themselves vary in quality, but overall they are comfortable and clean.

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1 College Senior

Athletics: Students don't attend very many athletic team events...but I will always hold that SCU students have school spirit, even if they don't have spirit for sports. I'm not sure why those two things have become the same in our minds. The athletic facilities are really nice. The teams don't always do so hot.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Pretty safe, much more theft on the party side of campus. Police get paid insane amounts of money and have little more to do than break up college parties so parties get broken up pretty early in the night. As a woman, I feel safe walking at night.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Right now the English major requires a pretty large number of classes, many of them are historical time period requirements. There is talk about changing the major so students have more freedom to take more classes in writing, for example, if that's what they're interested in.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Apply Early Action – It seems that more scholarships, both merit and need-based are given to Early Action applicants; therefore, I was very fortunate. My other friends didn't receive as much aid as they would have liked, but that also had to do with the impacts of the economic recession on the school's alumni donations. The office itself is organized, and I've had a very good experience with them, especially with finding information about using financial aid to study abroad (it ALL transferred!)

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: The fraternities and sororities are off-campus, meaning that they aren't officially affiliated with the school. People definitely pledge, but it's not a big deal if you don't get involved. Even if you don't rush, it's pretty common to go out to the frat parties, particularly for freshmen.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Permits and Tickets – Permits are ridiculously expensive to park on campus. In addition, the fines are outrageous... $50 a pop.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I wouldn't have been able to afford this school without the GREAT aid package they gave me. I'm getting almost my complete tuition paid for in grants and scholarships, so it makes life on my parents a LOT easier. I also was given an extremely generous package right away, so I didn't have to argue with the financial aid office at all.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: SCU's general attitude about the three C's really makes a difference between this school and others. The professors are always great and initiate curiosity, which keeps learning fun. Here, each student feels like they're a real person in the classroom, not a number.

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3 College Junior

Technology: I wouldn't necessarily say that personal computers or printers are a must at SCU because there are so many resources available, but those living off-campus might require both. While it's extremely convenient to have a laptop, a printer isn't necessary.

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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Few Good Choices – There are very few choices of off-campus bars, and they are mediocre. Parties off-campus are large and can get out of hand. Those who go to these parties are usually younger students who are trying to get drunk fast.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: No Regrets, Pretty Good Place – I really liked the education I got from SCU, I had good classes and teachers. I also met good people. On campus life is okay, but I was much happier when I moved off campus senior year. SCU makes studying abroad very accessible and my year abroad was one of my best undergraduate experiences. SCU definitely helped me to discern what interests me and provided the resources I needed in order to pursue them. My classes and work experience at SCU have guided me and definitely changed the course of my life for the better. The social life is odd and can be limited but I found good people in the end. SCU would be a better school if it wasn't on a commercial strip.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Beautiful Girls, Okay Guys – Girls are generally athletic, smart, and beautiful. Girls dress comfortably but still put-together. Guys are sometimes athletic and sometimes smart. Guys have great selection in girls but I can't say the same for guys. People only hook up while drunk or in serious relationships.

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2 College Senior

Scholarships: The people in the financial aid office are not very helpful and seem to be annoyed that they are even working there.
I have a grant that pays half of my tuition, but
when it came to looking for loans for the other half, SCU was not helpful at all.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity on campus.
I have never felt discriminated against or unaccepted because of the color of my skin.
Students come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds (80% of students receive some sort of financial aid/scholarships/grants).
There are also a lot of students from different religious backgrounds and Catholicism is not forced upon students.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: there are many places within ten minutes at both valley fair, santana row and down the alameda
pasta pomodoro and chipotle are two of my favorites
the cost is reasonable
many places accept flex or give discounts to scu students

1 College Senior

Administration: Santa Clara is pretty strict when it comes to drinking and drug use, both on and off campus. Not only do CFs (RAs) and Campus Safety officers patrol the dorms and campus on weekday and weekend nights, but the SC Police station is right across from campus, and they have plenty of officers out and about waiting to issue you an underage drinking fine. The school fines you between $50-100 for each offense, and if you're caught by the police, the fine can be higher and they notify the university. In other words, there's a huge incentive to catch students underage drinking because it makes a ton of money for both the police and the university.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: The health center is extremely beneficial to students. They'l help with anything from flu shots to mental health issues which I feel is very helpful in college.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I always feel very safe walking around campus by myself. I have never encountered a dangerous situation or feeling but know that Campus Safety is just a phone call away if I do.

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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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