Recent Alumnus 2011-09-19T03:07:32Z
PC Labs, Libraries, Printing on Campus, Slow Speed – They have pretty good computer labs for anyone doing projects, such as video editing and video capturing. The helpers are extremely amiable and helpful.
There are computers in the library in the basement and on the first floor that are accessible for anyone with school login and password. However, these computers are notoriously bugged; they have slow start-up, they randomly shutdown, and they randomly give the "blue-screen of death." Printing and copying are available with the use of "credit" in our ID cards.
Lastly, the internet speed, connectivity and stability are horrendous. They are inconsistent in almost all aspects, whether you are on one of the PCs in the library, or on LAN connection through laptops. I thought UCSC was pretty bad, but the internet here took the dubious award.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-05T15:23:41Z
We're spoiled. Everything is top-of-the-line. SCU spared no expense for their students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-05T15:22:13Z
Health & Safety:
Thumbs up – Never have I felt unsafe on campus. Campus safety does its job and it does it WELL.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-05T15:18:22Z
Absolute Nightmare – Sometimes I wonder if the Financial Aid office forgets that some students - albeit few - haven't been raised with a silver spoon shoved down their throats. It's frustrating to be handed a stack of pamphlets when you go in asking for help (whether it be to decipher some of the technical jargon or are seeking financing advice).
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-04T16:02:05Z
Stuck in the Middle – I really like Santa Clara University. I think it's a great school for me to be at, and I've met lots of great people. I really like being so close to SF and San Jose but still having a small school. I do sometimes wish my school was a little bigger because it can old seeing the same people, or going to the same party house.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-04T15:51:36Z
Remember We're Students! There lots of places to eat off campus w/in walking distance or by short drives, however they do not ever have student discounts. I think this is because Santa Clara U isn't in a 'college town' that caters to students. However, there is a very diverse eating scene everything from fast food to ethnic.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-04T15:45:40Z
Pride in Politics – I'm a political science major, and all of my professors have done such different things in their lives with a political science degree that I have really learned how diverse it is and the many things that I can do with it after I graduate. They are also very proud to be poli sci professors and to work in that field outside of the university as well, which rubs off on students in a positive way.
College Senior 2011-08-26T00:38:22Z
Health & Safety:
Campus is extremely safe. Campus Safety is available and on call 24 hours a day.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-25T08:28:51Z
Not Extremely Rigorous in the a&S College – I would say that I'm relatively happy with my program (Sociology). However, the academic rigor at SCU (with exceptions in engineering, business, and the physical sciences) is extremely lacking. If you're looking to truly be pushed and challenged intellectually, I would try to aim a bit higher in your college selection process. However, having graduate programs on campus makes it extremely easy to accomplish your future academic and career goals (in Law, Business, Engineering, and Education).
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-25T08:25:36Z
Expensive, Not Worth It as an Underclassman – Because SCU is in the middle of a relatively accessible public transportation system, underclassmen usually find that having a car is unnecessary to get the few off-campus places they need to be (aka the movies, the mall, target, grocery shopping, brief outings to Santa Cruz/San Francisco). Freshmen aren't allowed to keep cars on campus except in special circumstances. Parking for other students is expensive, but accessible. SCU also has 3 Zipcars available for students of all ages to rent and use, which is extremely easy. However, once you get to be a junior or senior, it's much nicer to have a car, because there's not much to do in the immediate area (particularly if you're looking to hold an off-campus job or internship). So, it will be an investment that will need to happen probably before you graduate!
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-25T08:22:00Z
Not as Strict as It Claims to Be! The campus is hyped up to be extremely strict, but it's really not. The CFs (essentially RAs) are quite lax, with very few exceptions. People smoke pot in the quads of some buildings, drink regularly in rooms, and CFs hardly ever tell people to quiet down. However, when someone is written up, SCU does have a solid program in place for consequences, and keeps track of offenses.
College Senior 2011-08-22T21:10:15Z
Not on the Market Yet – I have not had the chance to start looking for internships though Santa Clara, however, I have not heard of any difficulty in getting them or complaints about those I know who have gotten them.
College Senior 2011-08-22T21:01:32Z
Understanding and Tough – The campus is absolutely beautiful and the people are really laid back and friendly. This is also true of the classroom.The classroom atmosphere at Santa Clara is a hybrid between tough curriculum and easily understandable material, which is made possible by the great teachers that it has to offer. The teachers are very cool and work you hard but are very understanding and help you out a lot. The small, but not painfully small, class size helps make this possible.
College Senior 2011-08-22T20:56:52Z
Comfortable Atmosphere – Santa Clara is a relatively small town, but even still, it has a lot to offer. There is a mall close by, which is equipped with movies, great food, and a large area to hang out. You can also go to the city which only takes a small amount of time. Most activities take place on campus though, but there is nothing wrong with that because it is a great atmosphere.
College Senior 2011-08-22T03:38:22Z
Bioenginneering Major – If you want to be an engineer, you should know from the beginning because it is really hard to catch up. Other majors it is less difficult, but not knowing what you want to do does set you back in terms of class availability and such.
College Senior 2011-08-22T03:34:04Z
There is a lot to offer from being located in the Silicon valley; there are many internships available as well as professors and people available to help out the student in pursuit of a bioengineering degree. The workload is difficult, but managable. However, if you put in the time you will see results, and the professors are really instrumental in the results.
College Senior 2011-08-22T03:30:06Z
While there isn't much within walking distance of the campus, the public transporation system in the area is very useful, whic the CalTrain right across the street. Thus it is very easy to get to museums or other attractions. There is a lot to do on campus as well as off, if you are willing to search for what exactly you are looking for. The music scene this set up this way; if you know what you are looking for than it is very easy to find something.
College Senior 2011-08-16T22:43:24Z
The course load for my specific program (public health science) is challenging, and it is imperative for students to learn how to manage their time and prioritize their work. There are opportunities to earn internships if you work with the Career Center, which is a great way to spend your summer if you are staying in the area. Public Health is a competitive major,and students will be taking science classes alongside biology and chemistry majors, so it is helpful to being open to getting a tutor!
College Senior 2011-08-16T22:31:19Z
I chose Santa Clara because of the prestigious academics and high caliber students who attend. Our motto is "work hard, play hard". The staff at SCU have always been very accommodating and willing to answer any application and registration questions I had. Professors like to see students getting help at office hours, to know that you are trying your best in their classes. Classes are on the smaller side (about 20-30 per class), which is great for professor-student interaction, as well as student interaction.
College Senior 2011-08-16T22:24:08Z
Santa Clara University is located just 40 minutes south of San Francisco, and just north of San Jose, California. SCU is in a beautiful neighborhood, the surrounding areas are clean, kept up very well and add to the aesthetics of the university. The De Saisset is a museum which is also part of the university, and displays artifacts and details of the Santa Clara Mission. SCU is minutes away from the San Jose Airport, as well as from downtown San Jose where you can find fantastic restaurants, hotels and more. Santa Clara is a very safe neighborhood, students and residents are very amiable towards one another.
College Senior 2011-08-07T23:55:52Z
Supportive Fans – There are many dedicated fans for all university sports. The environment at sporting events is very enjoyable and the fans are dedicated.
College Senior 2011-08-07T23:52:43Z
Small Town – Santa Clara has restaurants here and there, however few are within walking distance. As a student without a car, this is sometimes inconvenient. Student discounts are offered and prices are relatively average.
College Senior 2011-08-07T23:50:34Z
Study Abroad – I have been very pleased with the various opportunities to study abroad through my university. Many programs are designed for my specific major. My advisors have been very helpful to inform and prepare me for my time studying abroad.
College Senior 2011-08-04T00:35:03Z
Beautiful Sunny California – The weather is amazing here! You can't get much better than this! It is very moderate. When first starting school in Fall quarter it does get pretty hot, so make sure you have a fan for your room. But the winters aren't bad, a little rain but not bad. It's gorgeous! And in the spring, all the flowers on campus bloom and it is amazing! You could easily be out sun-bathing by the pool in February, the weather is that great!
College Senior 2011-08-04T00:26:37Z
Good but Gets Old – The dining center is very good, just remodeled a year ago. Bon Appetite is our food provider, which offers lots of fresh and healthy options. There is a good variety for food, but by the end of the year everyone gets sick of it. While living on campus you are required to have a meal plan either basic or preferred. As a general rule guys always run out of points while girls have extra. We have a point system where you pay per item you buy. Unlike other schools you are allowed to take the food to go.
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