Recent Alumnus 2012-03-17T20:22:03Z
Public transporatation is very convenient in Santa Clara. There are many bus stops through out the neighborhoods. There are always taxis available since Santa Clara is so close to the big city of San Jose. There is the Bart, which can easily take you to San Francisco and other cities near by. Getting from one place to another is never a hassel or problem in Santa Clara, you just have to make sure you have the money to pay for it.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-17T20:15:54Z
I often find myself not being able to find available computers at Santa Clara University. It is extremely important to have your own laptop at this school, they have amazing wireless access, which is very useful when you have your own laptop. They make it simple to print documents at Santa Clara University, you have to make sure you have enough money however on your access card to pay for the printed documents. The speed of the wireless networks are usually really fast, except however during finals week or midterm week when many people are using it, it tends to slow down tremendously.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-17T20:10:48Z
Santa Clara is a small town close to San Jose. It is very diverse, with many different ethnicities, which makes it very unique. Santa Clara is at a great location, the beach is only a 30 minute drive. Also to see the snow in Tahoe, is only about a 5 hour drive. The weather here in Santa Clara is amazing, this year we havent had much rain, so the average days are in the 70's. There is a few colleges near by such as Santa Cruz University, but we dont interact with them, because Santa Clara University is there own little community, we are like a big family.
College Junior 2012-03-16T05:01:17Z
Lack of Communication – I had to take out more loans than I would have liked to and the communication between the financial aid office and student/parents is definitely lacking. Students working in the office are not that helpful and no one in charge seems to be around. My work study grant was given to another person with a similar name and it was difficult to meet with the right person to correct that.
College Junior 2012-03-04T21:52:34Z
On-Campus Living – I think it is extremely convenient to live on campus just because everything is so close. It is safe, and all of the dorms are a mixture of freshmen and sophomores and some dorms for upperclassmen so it is a good blend. There are a lot of things to do so if you are looking for something to do there are always things going on to keep you busy outside of school work
College Junior 2012-03-04T21:49:20Z
Printing: Really convenient we have them in every dorm and in the library. I think it is kind of lame that we only get $48 for the entire year and it costs $0.08 to print and you definitely need to print more than that in my experience.
Network reliability and speed: you can pretty much get access any where. The cisco system that we use is a little bit annoying because even though it is set to auto login, it takes a while sometimes. It is otherwise pretty fast though.
There are plenty of computers, macs/pc's on campus so as far as "needing" one, not necessarily unless you are a procrastinator and stay up all hours of the night writing last minute papers, you're fine.
College Junior 2012-03-02T18:59:35Z
Very lively and spirited community of students. Athletic facilities are fairly new and there are many ruff riders who go out to various games to support athletes.
College Junior 2012-03-02T18:58:07Z
Off Campus – There are many options for off campus housing around the university, but they tend to get leased very quickly. Landlords don't seem to advertise availability very well, so many students lose their chance on trying to find an apartment or house.
College Junior 2012-03-02T03:21:12Z
For a Party School Punishment Is Ridiculous – Although the cops don't care if you drink around campus, school officials do. If you get caught drinking on campus you will certainly have to call home to your parents.
College Junior 2012-03-02T03:16:01Z
Our school tries hard, but with the exception of our tennis and soccer teams we don't play that well. I would say the most inter mural sports are more fun to watch than Santa Clara varsity sports. Our athletic facilities are fantastic but you wouldn't know that by the quality of your teams or the amount of fan support we have on campus. Maybe if we had more fans our teams would preform better.
College Junior 2012-03-01T23:52:40Z
The science facilities are the most neglected at Santa Clara. However, the faculty are amazing and really help to get you numerous research opportunities outside of the classroom before you graduate. The workload is not too bad, seeing as it is primarily tests that determine your grade.
College Junior 2012-03-01T06:12:38Z
Not Much – This school is in a pretty small town but if you have a car or take the bus there are many dining options
College Junior 2012-03-01T06:11:23Z
There are many computers to use, especially in the huge library.
College Sophomore 2012-02-12T21:39:17Z
Good Stuff – SCU campus police is chill. You have nothing to worry about
College Sophomore 2012-02-12T21:36:41Z
I could go on all day about how challenged I am and how my mind is expanding rapidly. Santa Clara infuses faith and ethics into an already sterling curriculum. SCU > BERKELEY
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-31T07:32:01Z
There are plenty of spaces on campus or near by to park your car. It's not necessary to buy a parking permit, and your car is very safe in the area.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-31T07:28:23Z
Guys & Girls:
The Same! It's said that SCU has athletic, good-looking students but in my opinion everyone looks the same! Same hair styles, outfits, shoes, etc. Nothing special, and nothing unique.
Recent Alumnus 2012-01-31T07:24:59Z
There are many computer labs in the library where you can print using printer points, that are provided each year by SCU. Technology on campus is amazing!
College Junior 2012-01-05T18:51:17Z
Silicon Valley – Billionaires come and talk at the school all the time. Companies recruit on campus a lot. Internships are very easy to come by. For convenience of finding an occupation, there is nothing like going to school in the Silicon Valley.
College Junior 2012-01-05T18:46:54Z
Too Much Drinking – At Santa Clara people party during the night on Wednesday (tradition) and Friday and all day Saturday. All parties are off-campus. If you love a good party, it's great. As a non-drinker, though, Santa Clara kind of sucks on Friday night. Everyone goes off-campus, so the dorms are pretty empty. I would recommend developing a comfort level with being around lots of alcohol because the best way to get by is to go around with everyone and not drink.
College Junior 2012-01-05T18:43:29Z
Very diverse for a private, Catholic school. There are lots of international students (primarily Asian). All religions are represented both in students and faculty (even Zoroastrianism). It's a little less than half Caucasian, so skin color is well represented for a school of its type. It can actually be a little off-putting at first how open everything is, particularly if you come from a pretty hard-line family or place insofar as religious or social values. There is a very open community of support for gays and lesbians. So, I found the diversity to be a very strong thing.
College Junior 2011-12-28T20:04:41Z
Not a Lot of Aid Available – Santa Clara has many highly intellectual students. This makes receiving financial aid extremely difficult unless you have greater than a 3.9 GPA or are a first generation minority student. When you call the financial aid office you tend to get put on the phone with students who are not very helpful on all aspects of the school's finacial aid program. However, once you get in touch with the finacial aid advisor, the process smooths itself out generally.
College Junior 2011-12-28T20:00:09Z
Marking Yourself for After College – Santa Clara often has programs with successful businessmen that ask to speak to our students and aid in teaching us how to market ourselves in the professional world. Living in the valley definitely has it's perks if you are going into a career in science or technology. Starting your freshman year, you have the opportunity to aid in an professor's research projects and gain hands on experience.
College Junior 2011-12-28T19:50:59Z
California Housing Requires Housemates! California is known for having an expensive housing market. This defiantly holds true for the off-campus housing at Santa Clara University. Although the houses close to campus are expensive, the rent is made more resonable if you chose to split the cost of rent with other housemates. There is plenty of off-campus housing, but if you are wishing to obtain a house close to campus you should apply no later than December.
College Junior 2011-12-18T04:45:42Z
Guys & Girls:
California Hotness – How can everyone be so hot? Don't understand but who cares, I like it! P.S. For the most part, SCU students aren't stuck up about their looks, they're good people.
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