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5 College Freshman

Majors: SCU offers a plethora of different majors to choose from. Even if your intended major while applying to schools isn't on their list of choices, they have substitutes that would work just as well. SCU is also rated very very highly for average salary after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is what you make it here. If you're interested in joining then it's a pretty easy process, as long as you have enough energy to make it through rush week. If Greek Life isn't for you then you shouldn't feel obligated to join at SCU. There's plenty to do around here even if you're not involved, and no pressure to join.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When I first arrived I wasn't sure if it was safe for me to walk across the campus alone, at night, as a girl. I was forced to do it within my first week of living here and had no issues, and have had none since being here. I also haven't heard of any issues on campus safety from any of my friends either.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places right off campus but there isn't much selection. Everything off campus that you would want food-wise is always within a five to ten minute walk. It isn't much when you're really in the mood for something in particular but a bit of a hassle when your stomach starts grumbling.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There seems to be a pretty good amount of options to live off campus albeit costly, but right now there is a levy to only allow 5 people or less who are not related to live in the same house right off campus. This would prevent multiple students from living in one house, driving up the prices even more.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It gets repetitive quickly. The overall quality is okay. I wish there were more gluten free specials!

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: Each year it gets more competitive. I think SAT scores and GPA are very important.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love being in the business school. There are a lot of opportunities and the teachers and classes are excellent.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It feels like mostly white people, I wish there was more diversity! But everyone is very kind and friendly.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Santa Row is close to campus and it ha nice shopping and restaurants

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Best parties are at the frats and other off campus houses. They are usually pretty fun but get shut down by cops around midnight because it is a very residential area.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Only some people in Greek life live in the Greek houses- there are limited spots available. Even though I am not a part of Greek life, I am able to make plenty of friends. People in Greek life throw parties and everyone can go regardless or whether they are involved in Greek life or not.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorm set ups vary: you can either have a single room or share a room with another person. If you are willing to pay more there are nice amenities available (ex: kitchen, suites, etc). The dorm social life is good. There are always activities going on in the lobby area.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I with there were healthier options! The closest places are Safeway, Taco Bell and Pizza My Heart.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is crime on campus but we do have security guards and people to call if you need help.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The pricing of off campus housing is about the same as on campus housing pricing. You would only really want to live off campus if you had a car or bike. I prefer living on campus because I can get to classes quickly. I have a pretty nice on campus housing set up ( a single room suit and a kitchen) so I don't see any reason for going off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I enjoy going to the sports games with my friends and cheering on our school team.

4 College Freshman

Administration: In my experience, it's pretty fair. If yo do dumb stuff, chances are you're going to have to face consequences. You can get away with a lot if you're smart and safe about it. Campus police isn't out to bust every kid drinking underage. Most kids get second, third, and even fourth chances, and if at that point you're still messing up, the problem's you.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There's a health center on campus which does a good job of keeping students healthy, and the student EMTs area great and is a great program to get involved in. The campus is safe, and I know a lot of students feel safe here even at night. There have been a few minor incidents but campus safety does a good job of keeping students safe. I have witnessed guys trying to take advantage of intoxicated girls quite a bit here, but I can't say if it happens more or less than at any other school. SCU does a good job of educating its students how to stay safe.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but the houses are nice and are at most two or three blocks from campus. The only problem is there is a housing ordinance going through the city legislature that threatens to virtually ban off campus housing, so we have to wait and see how that plays out.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Honestly there's an average nightlife here. Students work hard and play hard, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are the popular party days. Greek life takes up a big part of the part scene, and if you're not a part of it it doesn't leave you with many options. The Party scene definitely gets better the longer youve been here, but as a freshman if you aren't a part of a club/varsity sport or in a frat you might struggle to find a consistent party. It is a nice change of scene to party in backyards on nice sunny days, as everyone back where I'm from are already confined to shady basements. I wouldn't say you would have trouble here if you're not a part of the party scene, as plenty of people I know don't party regularly.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's good food in the area but you're going to need to travel probably with a car if you want something other than fast food/pizza/sandwiches

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Women's soccer team is the best team here. Men's basketball can draw big crowds especially when we play our rival Gonzaga. No football team, so other than a few exceptions no one really shows a lot of interest in our varsity sports.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: For me, five stars. For others, I know it's less. I like the parties where you know people and it's intimate. Some people like the parties where there are six thousand people and you know people there but don't see them. Santa Clara is the former.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: So far as I know (I have friends on financial aid so I can't speak firsthand) the process isn't terribly difficult.

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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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