College Junior 2012-06-27T20:09:46Z
Good, but Boring After a While – Good, they try for variety, but it gets boring after one quarter.
College Junior 2012-06-27T20:07:04Z
All the places within walking distance of SCU get old fast, specially because the good places closed down due to their leases being bought out. This shocked SCU students, because what we were left with was lower quality pizza, and no diner to get food if we want breakfast before Benson opens. That being said, if you have a car, then a variety of options are available as you have the options of going into the city, going down the Alameda, or going down to the Coleman shopping center where there are cheap places like Jamba Juice and Panera. There is a delivery service for some off-campus restaurants called Tapingo, which is convenient, but takes forever and isn't cheap by any means.
College Junior 2012-06-27T20:01:35Z
Great School, Great People, a Little Repetitive Though. So one of the reasons why I chose SCU was the fact that it was a smaller school, which means that your teachers know you by name, recognize you when they see you outside of class, and overall the atmosphere is really close since our community is so tight-knit. However, the surroundings (especially the lack of variety when it comes to eating options) get a bit old really soon. After the first quarter, almost everyone I know was sick of the only on-campus eating space, Benson. Benson, run by Bon Appetit catering, does try and serve a variety of specials, but these are hit-or-miss and if you come late to dinner chances are they're gonna run out of specials if they're the popular ones.
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T18:57:14Z
Either you have to buy an expensive parking permit to park on-campus and cruise around the school a bunch to find a decent parking spot that usually have time limits. A lot of cars around the school so plan ahead if you need to drive to class
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T18:55:07Z
Not Too Much to Do – Basically around the school you find parties, shopping, and eating. People like to get away from the "bubble" every one and a while and go to Tahoe, SF, etc. to get a change of scenery
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T18:51:45Z
They put the money to good use when keeping up campus facilities. A lot of good resources and help when you need it. The gym can be a little more air-conditioned though..
Recent Alumnus 2012-06-26T18:43:08Z
Not So Modern and Overpriced – Because the school is pretty expensive, off-campus landlords feel that they can overcharge for the places next to campus..and they can! Students do not want to worry about transportation to class and want to be around their friends, so they are willing to pay the big bucks for small, old places that you do not need to worry about damages when things get out of hand.
College Senior 2012-05-26T19:18:46Z
Gorgeous Campus – Our campus is one of the most beautiful. It may be smaller than Stanford, but we make up for it with rose gardens, fountains, and trees. We also have great facilities. We just updated our gym, refurbished three dorms, built new apartments with marble countertops, and just built a new dorm that should be spectacular.
College Senior 2012-05-26T19:08:05Z
Lots to Do Off Campus – There is some fun places and things to do immediately off campus, granted most include parties on the weekends; however, once you get a Zipcar, a bus, or a friend with a car, then you can go to Santana Row, Valley Fair, Great America, movies, and San Francisco. It is totally wirth it to go out and explore San Jose, as there are a great deal of museums and attractions and restaurants.
College Senior 2012-05-26T19:01:38Z
Guys & Girls:
Guys Are Hot – Having been rated one of the most athletic campuses, we sport some of the best looking campus guys around. We have a lot of different types, sporty, frat, nerdy chic, but overall they are toned, tanned, and ready to either party, study, or hang out.
College Junior 2012-05-23T05:09:50Z
Inconsistent at Best – One of my friends has gotten practically four strikes, but hasn't gotten into any real trouble because of it, whereas I know quite a few people that were kicked out of my dorm because of alcohol and drug use.
College Junior 2012-05-23T05:06:29Z
They're There If You Want Them! So, I'm not a partier, but I have a LOT of friends that love to party, and they go out almost every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. They always have crazy stories and fun times to tell us about the next day, so I assume the party scene is pretty decent! (at least if you're a girl, from what I hear it's harder for guys to get into parties)
College Senior 2012-05-10T19:23:47Z
Right Near Public Transport Center – Santa Clara is right next to the public transport center where tons of buses from the area all make a stop. There is also a free shuttle to the airport, a Caltrain station to get up the Peninsula and taxis waiting to take you anywhere. There are also zip cars to rent on campus which many students find more convenient
College Senior 2012-05-10T19:21:22Z
House Parties and a Few Bars – Students who live in dorms tend to pregame there, but that's only the beginning of the night. Students the meander on over to an off campus house for a larger party. Usually its the same crowd of people and always very fun. Around midnight kids walk to the bars. There are only a few bars around campus but all of them are fun. Get an i.d. or find out the nights where the bars have an open door.
College Senior 2012-05-10T19:01:07Z
Guys & Girls:
California Girls – Before I arrived, I had heard folklore about the kind of chicks that inhabit this part of the country - and they were all true. The girls at Santa Clara University are drop dead gorgeous. During warm spring days, the campus is filled with beauties in flowing summer dresses. Not to mention, they are all concerned about staying fit and healthy so the gym is always crowded with cuties in skimpy clothing. Lots of the girls and guys on campus get into serious relationships during their freshman and sophomore year and I have heard the conversion rate is very high. Nevertheless, if you are looking for a honey hole of beautiful and intelligent girls, Santa Clara is the place to be.
College Senior 2012-05-10T18:43:21Z
Underrated Atmosphere – Given, there are some dilapidated parts of San Jose. Heading towards the El Camino Real, you will find one of the uglier parts of California, clustered with run-down-strip-mall after run-down-strip-mall. Nevertheless, San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area has so much more to offer. Santana Row and Valley Fair shopping centers are just around the corner from the school and offer students access to upscale shopping and excellent dining experiences. Down town San Jose also has delicious eateries, fun bars and the HP Pavilion - home to the San Jose Sharks. Not to mention, the San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) play on campus, and that San Francisco 49ers are soon to be the Santa Clara 49ers. During the weekends, students lacking transportation can rent the zip cars on campus, or take a short ride on the Caltrain to San Francisco, where they will find a plethora of activities to do. In the warmer part of the year those adventurous enough can take 17-S to Santa Cruz and try to catch some waves. In short, Santa Clara University is located in the Bay Area, one of the most diverse and interesting places on the planet - if there is anything that you are looking to do, I am sure you can find it here.
College Sophomore 2012-04-28T19:15:55Z
There are a majority of White students, but 40% are of another racial ethnicity!
College Sophomore 2012-04-28T19:12:07Z
This Place Is Amazing! I absolutely love Santa Clara. When I went down to visit it, it felt like home.
College Senior 2012-04-24T03:59:36Z
Not Too Ethnically Diverse, but Pretty Open-Minded – A majority who attend SCU are Caucasian, but you will encounter some Asians, Mexicans, African-Americans in the mix. Not a lot of prevalent racism on campus, so that's a positive attribute. Also, not everyone here is loaded, but some are and pretty conservative to boot. They are a huge advocate of LGBT rights, ironically enough, but it's great too.
College Senior 2012-04-24T03:40:15Z
Once you're enrolled, you are given about $50 worth of printer ink on your Access card, which is more than enough for each quarter. There are plenty of places to print out what you need, especially the library. We have labs equipped with state of the art Macs, which is great because it's so new. Wireless internet is pretty fast too, considering how many students are logged onto the network. Just don't download anything illegal and you'll be good to go!
College Senior 2012-04-24T03:36:44Z
Health & Safety:
Campus Safety – There are little posts distributed around campus that allow you to contact an officer immediately in case you feel unsafe. Not only that, but there is patrol around every so often, and a security alert system that will notify you if there is an intruder or otherwise threatening person/group around. Police department is right around the corner too, so there is nothing to fear.
College Junior 2012-04-18T00:09:14Z
Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policies – Let's be honest - it's college: most people drink and party while they're here. However, there are those that don't drink as well. But if you do, be careful not to hold a cup on the street, or the cops will cite you. But when they go to break up parties, they're just going to come in and shut it down, not usually write anyone up unless they're openly holding alcohol and they ask to see an ID.
If you happen to get too intoxicated and one of your friends call the EMS because they're worried about you, whether or not their intoxicated as well, there will be a reduction of penalties because SCU tries to promote looking out for everyone. These policies are called Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan. Look them up online for more info.
They're really strict on the policies if you continually break them, but otherwise, first offenses are really chill. You just have to talk to the Resident Director of your dorm, complete more alcohol-awareness training online, and do a certain number of hours for community service.
College Junior 2012-04-12T06:32:42Z
Not much to do – I am a freshman and I am severely bored here at SCU. The parties are kept almost strictly to respective fraternity members and only open to the rest of campus late. The normal night in a "party" dorm is hanging out and taking shots of cheap alcohol. "Going out" is usually considered wandering around the off-campus houses in hope to become part of a huge, sweaty mosh pit at an unknown house. At Santa Clara you can find whatever you want... But I didn't, I found people that did not want to experience NorCal and who were content with drinking to excess in the dingy dorm rooms.
College Junior 2012-03-26T01:00:15Z
WI-FI/ Technology/ Media Services – Yeah, we are loaded with technology. Wi-Fi is spread throughout the campus. The library is the hub of all things technological. There are Macs and PC's for students to use. Media Services is located in the library which provides adapters, cameras, laptops, etc. for students to check out.
College Junior 2012-03-26T00:46:55Z
The closest walking distance options are Blondies, Henry's, Yum Yum Tree, SafeWay, Subway, Stuft Pizza, Some Random Cafe( that does not serve good Chai Tea). All of these dining options are reasonably priced and can be paid using your Flex points on your access card. EXCEPT SAFEWAY! Which is annoying.
If your a freshman, aka you don't have a car, then the options above are convenient and delicious.
Students without a ride can still take the bus, which is right across the street to the Mall or the Alameda or wherever your stomach desires.
But if you have a car a whole new area awaits in San Jose, which is five minutes away there is the Alameda which has plenty of options! mmm everything is delicious. Then there is the Valley Fair Mall and Santana Row, which offers a variety of food.
I am sure there is more to explore but I am just a Freshman without a Car -__- so I these are the only areas that I have explored
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