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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This is definitely more of a hook-up campus than a relationship campus, but there is really something for everyone here. Almost everyone is very attractive and pretty smart.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girls are pretentious and guys are douches

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most students seem to have a laid back lifestyle compared to mine which is sometimes unbearable and stressful.

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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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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I have not met one rude or mean person. Everyone is incredibly friendly and you would almost think that Santa Clara does interviews for admission because the quality of people here is insane. Look left and right and you will see a hot guy or girl. The plus side is even if they're hot you know they're smart because they're here and got into Santa Clara. I hear the hook up scene is pretty big here and a lot of casual dating. But I definitely think there is plenty of quality relationship material here at Santa Clara. Smart, friendly, outgoing, good-looking. Really what more could you ask for in a student body

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Santa Clara is known for having an especially attractive student body, though some students complain that this creates a preoccupation with physical appearance on campus. The attractiveness of the student body tends to put pressure on both guys and girls to put a fair amount of effort into their appearances, though the extent to which students respond to this pressure typically depends on the social group they associate with. 

In addition to being physically attractive, both guys and girls tend to also be athletic, smart, and motivated. While this profile seems to indicate an ideal dating pool, few students choose to formally date. Small class sizes, coed dorms, and a fairly even guy-to-girl ratio (47 to 53 percent) make for a lot of casual interaction between guys and girls. But while this setup makes it easy to get to know members of the opposite sex, it encourages a more casual "dating" culture, where more students choose to engage in random hookups than date exclusively. 

Facts & Statistics

Female Undergrads
Male Undergrads
Birth Control Available?
Best Places to Meet Guys & Girls
  1. The pool
  2. Volleyball court
  3. Athletic events
Best Places to Hook Up
  1. Library basement
  2. 11th floor, Swig Hall
  3. House parties
  4. RA's room (although successes are difficult to verify, the attempt is considered mandatory to many students)
  5. Gym sauna
Social Scene
The numerous on-campus activities, small class sizes, and vibrant dorm community allow for lots of interaction between students. Most students are outgoing and eager to meet new people, and are often seen getting meals or coffee with friends or just casually hanging out around campus.
Hookups or Relationships?
Most students choose to casually hook up with each other rather than get into exclusive long-term relationships, at least as underclassmen. While more students start to engage in long-term relationships as they get older, the majority still continues to hook up or casually date even into their senior year.
Dress Code
Both guys and girls at Santa Clara tend to dress in a way that's casual yet put-together. Guys usually wear some combination of shorts, a T-shirt, and flip-flops, both to class and parties, though some choose to occasionally substitute polos and Sperrys. Girls tend to wear nice tops, jeans, and sandals to class, with the occasional sundress during spring quarter. Party wear for girls is a whole other story, as "going out" styles range from a dressed-up version of the previous combination to barely-there dresses typical of a Vegas nightclub.

Student Polls

I would say girls on campus are    Based on 54 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

I would say guys on campus are    Based on 53 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Attractive
  • Athletic
  • Creative/artsy
  • Friendly
  • Fun
  • Geeky
  • Hardworking
  • Into partying
  • Outgoing
  • Preppy
  • Religious
  • Smart
  • Stuck-up

What kinds of relationships have you had since coming to school?    Based on 60 responses

  • 25% Casual dating at your school
  • 23% Random hook-up with someone at your school
  • 13% Exclusively dating someone at your school
  • 12% Long-distance relationship
  • 10% Long-term relationship with someone at your school
  • 5% Random hook-up with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% Long-term relationship with someone at a neighboring school
  • 4% None
  • 1% Casual dating at a neighboring school
  • 1% Exclusively dating someone at a neighboring school

What are the best places to meet guys/girls?    Based on 14 responses

  • 42% Club meetings, parties, gym
  • 25% Parties
  • 25% Clubs/Greek life
  • 8% Athletic events
  • 0% The pool
  • 0% Volleyball court

What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?    Based on 17 responses

  • 47% Driven
  • 24% Well-rounded
  • 12% Chill
  • 12% Superficial
  • 6% Basic

How accepting is LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) dating life on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 6% There are lots of openly-dating LGBT couples. It is widely accepted.
  • 75% There are some openly-dating LGBT couples. A lot of people accept it.
  • 6% There are almost no openly-dating LGBT couples. Most people don't accept it.
  • 12% You won't see any LGBT couples on campus. It is widely not accepted.

How would you rate the social scene on campus?    Based on 59 responses

  • 22% Very vibrant, with lots of popular activities available almost every day.
  • 68% Active, with a handful of popular activities.
  • 10% Quiet, with few popular activities and chances to meet new people.
  • 0% Lacking, with almost no interesting or popular activities.

What are the best ways to make friends at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 55% Join clubs and sports!
  • 32% Meet the people in your dorm
  • 14% Go out


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