College Junior 2011-12-12T23:30:53Z
Health & Safety:
The Health Center is completely useless. The one time I tried to get a prescription filled, they never had it and I had to go days without it. If you go to get checked for an illness, they just give you medication without a diagnosis. Campus safety is pretty good. They are reasonable about noise violations and if you get locked out of your room, they are very helpful and come quickly.
College Junior 2011-12-12T23:28:46Z
You Come Out a Better Person – So far, I have only been in classes with 16 people in the room. It's amazing. You get personal attention and the professors always make themselves available. I've had a few who are really exceptional. It's not too hard to get As, but the honors classes are a lot tougher (that being said, the honors program is phenomenal). Also, the website always talks about the Jesuit philosophy and it sounds like a lot of BS, but it's actually quite true. The classes don't make you memorize pointless info; they turn you into a critical thinker with an awareness for justice.
College Junior 2011-12-12T23:25:53Z
A Must – Unfortunately, there's not a lot that's great within walking distance of SCU. But the bus system is really easy to use, if a bit expensive, and it's relatively easy to get a train to Berkeley or Davis for a weekend. The Zipcar system is pretty good and very easy to use, but it gets expensive if you're not sharing. Overall though, there's really not much of a reason to leave SCU every weekend. I thought I would be out and about, but there really isn't time!
College Junior 2011-12-12T23:23:57Z
Sun, sun, sun – All I've heard my friends from other states talk about is how beautiful the weather is here! Granted, it does get pretty cold and it's drizzled a few times, but we were literally out tanning in December. Fall quarter is awesome and there are so many people outside playing frisbee and doing homework. Definitely gets colder in winter quarter, but there is almost always full sun.
College Junior 2011-12-12T23:21:40Z
Know Greek, Know Fun – As a member of a sorority at SCU, I am completely, absolutely in love with the Greek system. There's literally zero pressure to be a part of it, and I have tons of friends in different sororities or who are not Greek at all. Every sorority and frat has its stereotype, and they are well known, but not everyone fits them. Rush for sororities is nothing like it is at the big schools, there's absolutely no hazing or rude comments about body image. As far as parties go, the mixers I've attended are fun but nothing special, and I'm pretty sure any girl could get in if they waited a little bit. It's definitely harder for guys to get into parties though. For the most part, being in a sorority hasn't been about the parties, it's been about meeting an INCREDIBLE group of girls who are my role models.
College Junior 2011-12-12T23:16:10Z
Nice but Average – Unfortunately, SCU is kind of like an oasis because it's such a great campus, but there's not much around it within walking distance. Because freshman aren't allowed to have cars, this makes it hard to find something fun to do locally. That being said, the bus stop is right across the street, and it's so easy to get to Santana Row and Valley Fair. There are a few cute restaurants nearby, and the Rose Garden makes a nice walk or an easy run. The locals seem nice, there's just not a lot of interaction.
College Senior 2011-12-05T19:44:58Z
The community at Santa Clara is what makes it the best place to be. Not a commuter school by ANY means (94% of freshman live on campus, 6% commuters), its the perfect size for a student who wants to feel some familiarity and comfort on campus. You always see at least one familiar face, but if you want to avoid that familiar face it is easy as well. The people are what make it worthwhile to come here. No exclusive parties (except for official greek functions between two houses), people are always welcome everywhere. Nightlife is always HUGE. SCU students study hard and play harder. Teachers know you, are always SUPER available for office hours and even to meet with you on their own time. Residence halls are AWESOME in that they are Residential Learning Communities, AKA you have some classes with people in your hall as a freshman in order to make friends and make the transition super easy and fast!
Being located in the silicon valley offers AMAZING opportunities for students to get internships and for job placement after college. Three separate career fairs where huge companies come to SCU to get our students as employees. (Some companies include: KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, Apple, Google, Yahoo, Genentech, and other HUGE names). Also fun weekend trips to San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas, and other places!
There is nowhere I would rather be than SCU.
College Senior 2011-12-05T19:35:46Z
Guys & Girls:
Typical Student – General description of the average Santa Clara student: was successful in high school both socially and academically, involved in a bunch of things, 20% involved in off campus greek life, dresses well (boys=sort of preppy, girls= well dressed in general), social life is AWESOME, visitors to SCU always leave the weekend shocked at how hard the students party, # of people in relationships is pretty synonymous to how it was in high school... every student at SCU is friendly and tries to remember you even when they may have met you under interesting circumstances...
College Senior 2011-12-05T19:28:45Z
Over 5 different computer labs in the library alone. Computers VERY easily accessible as is printing. Network has never failed while I have been here, have my own laptop but could get by just using school computers. Easier to study in dorm with personal computer! Both windows/mac accessible campus. Overall its GREAT!
College Junior 2011-11-30T21:58:43Z
Never Been Happier – Santa Clara University is a place with a great sense of community, I am so happy to be part of it. It's the perfect place for me. People are, with extremely few exceptions, unbelievably friendly and interesting to talk to. The party scene is awesome, if you want to go out and have fun you won't have any problems, and if you rather stay in with friends that's totally accepted as well. There is a great variety in athletic offerings as well, with the best equipment and facilities. And above all that it's a well rounded education, that I feel like is shaping me into a person ready and prepared for the world.
Besides that the food is delicious! There is a huge variety of healthy and yummy food.
College Junior 2011-11-30T21:48:03Z
There are enough computers for everyone in the library, and they offer Macs and PC's. Since most students have their own computers, even during a busy time such as midterms and finals, you don't have a big problem getting a computer. Very unhappy with the printing network. We are not allowed to set up our own printers wirelessly, by which they are trying to encourage using the schools printers, which can be very inconvenient in some cases. During 'rush hours' of the day, the internet becomes very slow and sometimes crashes.
College Junior 2011-11-30T21:43:14Z
Health & Safety:
Relaxingly Safe – I feel extremely safe on campus. At night there are multiple police officers patrolling and making sure everything is normal. If there ever is a problem, campus safety will be there within a minute, since it is such a small campus. Unless you are being drunk, rude, or even worse a drunk-rude they are very friendly and helpful.
College Junior 2011-11-22T22:36:14Z
The weather at Santa Clara is unbeatable. A huge number of students flock to SCU from Seattle to escape the terrible Northwest rain, which you don't realize truly affects your mood until you experience so much sunshine. Santa Clara weather makes people happier, in my opinion, and encourages people to spend time outside enjoying the sun and getting together outside the dorms. Events can be held outside or games of pickup baseball out on Swig lawn, all made possible by the beautiful California sun that we couldn't function without.
College Junior 2011-11-15T16:37:44Z
A permit cost is $250 year-round for most parking spaces. The B on has spaces all over campus so I'm not sure if the cost is more. The parking spaces are very tight and easy to hit another car. The availability of spaces are usually good. My advice is to go early.
College Junior 2011-11-15T16:34:29Z
Men's Basketball – The biggest sport here at Santa Clara is the Men's Basketball team. There are always newsletters and announcements encouraging people to go.
College Junior 2011-11-01T23:03:30Z
Their Facebook page is awesome – check out the undergrad admissions Facebook page for all your information. It really was helpful and gave me all the information I could ever need about everything!
College Junior 2011-11-01T22:55:20Z
They Warn You – Be careful. They give you plenty of warnings and tell you the rules many times but you don't want to mess up because once you do well they put down the law.
College Junior 2011-11-01T22:52:47Z
Guys & Girls:
Beautiful People – Most people have california looks, meaning they are mostly all very good looking and care about how they look. Many of them pull off the casual care free look while still looking put together and attractive, while others look like they just stepped off a runway.
College Junior 2011-10-18T17:45:10Z
General Campus Aesthetics – The campus is BEAUTIFUL! The grass is always green and greatly maintained, there are a ton of roses all around campus. Overall, it gives for a very colorful school. Some of the buildings look the same but each building is still pretty nice!
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-25T07:14:39Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe Campus – I've never once felt unsafe on campus walking around alone at night. I can only recall two instances in my 4 years of actual incidents. In addition to campus safety, the police station is literally two blocks away from campus. Just be careful to lock your bike and watch your possessions.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T03:04:20Z
Ask for Help If You Need It. Explore and exhaust all your options. The Jesuits are very generous. If you show that you work hard, they will give you the help you need. The financial aid office is also helpful. But be wary of tuition fees--they're pretty high!
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T03:03:07Z
California Perfection – SCU weather is amazing. Always perfect. West coast advantage.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-21T02:59:02Z
State of the Art Facilities – The university provides its students with up to date facilities and resources. We have PCs and Macs to suite every student need and preference. Printers are also available with reasonable prices.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-19T03:14:03Z
Rental Cars, Buses, Bikes, Cars, and the Caltrain – No free bus pass. There are rental cars available. Bike accessibility is great. Lots of parking for those who have permits. The Cal-Train is right across the street.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-19T03:10:29Z
Decent Prices and Pretty Good Quality Found Very Close – There are several places nearby, but only one of them is special. So we have the franchises, such as Taco Bell, Starbucks, Quiznos, Denny's, Round Table, and my personal favorite, Smoke Eaters.
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