College Junior 2011-07-20T20:21:39Z
Your Vehicle and Where It Parks – Your vehicle does not require a parking permit on neither the weekends nor University holidays which is nice. I would say that a vehicle is not necessarily a necessity seeing that there is a train station extremely close to campus as well as an easy-to-navigate public transportation bus system. If you do require a car for any reason, there are plenty of available parking spaces in the on-campus parking structure located near the basketball stadium and business building. Trouble finding a parking space or walking to class from the parking structure on campus will never be a good excuse for being late to a lecture.
College Junior 2011-07-20T20:08:06Z
Around the Santa Clara University campus there are several places from which one may select to dine. There is an array of occasions as well. Whether is be a hungry stomach during a late night study session, or perhaps one is in search for a nice place to take a date. Simply stroll around the beautiful city that is Santa Clara and one may stumble upon exactly what they are looking for, from pizza, to coffee, to the romantic Santana Row.
College Junior 2011-07-20T19:46:41Z
Amazing Academic Resources and Places to Study – After visiting the Santa Clara University campus the summer before my senior year, I had decided that it was my first choice school. Not only did the beautiful campus, friendly professors, impressive sports facilities, and small class sizes entice me, but perhaps most importantly the massive amount of academic resources available to students sealed the deal. Free tutoring in any and all academic courses, several "quiet rooms" available for reservation by study groups, professors willing to aid students until late at night, and a top-of-the-line library filled with any book on can imagine, hundreds of Mac computer monitors, film rooms, and a museum.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T03:34:55Z
Zipcars Run the School – There is seriously only one bus that people actually make use of and it only goes to the mall. People usually rent zipcars but it can get somewhat pricey if used many times. There's also the caltrain station to go to nearby towns however it's hard to know what to do in those towns if you aren't going with someone who has lived around the area. Overall, zipcars are the best option if you aren't too low on cash.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T03:30:48Z
Diverse but Segregated by Race – There's a lot of ethnically different students at Santa clara however everyone pretty much stays friends within their own race. For example, all of the white people only hang out with white people and the same goes for the Asians, Blacks, and Hispanics. I think people aren't willing to extend beyond their own comfort level and therefore they stick to students who look/act/talk like them.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-19T03:26:29Z
Psychology Major – I honestly wouldn't recommend majoring in psychology at my school due to the fact that most of the attention is focused on business students. The psychology professors are very limited at Santa Clara and therefore it's hard to get a good teacher whom is actually passionate about the subject. Although psychology is an excellent and intriguing major, Santa clara would probably not be the best choice in trying to obtain a degree for it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-11T22:24:59Z
SCU gives decent amount of aid based on your needs and counselors are available to discuss your financial aid. They will keep you informed and if there is a problem they will work it out with you or let you know what form(s) you need.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-11T22:21:25Z
SCU is great at having a mandatory meeting at the beginning of the year where they discuss these issues and talk about real stories that have happened. They discuss how to be safe and the spots where one can ask for help. They give tips and offer a place where one can go talk to someone about these types of issues. They say it is a choice you will have to decide. Students will drink or smoke(outside of campus), but they know the consquences. (drinking is more popular) There are rules where one cannot drink in the dorms because they will have consequences.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-11T22:12:32Z
The professors at Santa Clara are always available to help the students. If there is a conflict with their office hours they will schedule a day where it works for students. They are very flexible and understand that students are busy with homework,projects, clubs, etc. They offer help and suggest classes that one should take based on one's interests.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-22T19:17:58Z
Good Variety, Good Taste – The main cafeteria has recently went through a major transition because of the renovation last summer. The food has remained consistent however, and it is tasty and has enough options so I don't mind going everyday. There are plenty of places to get a snack on campus, which are usually delicious as well. There is a sufficient variety. At the end of the quarter if there are meal points left many people splurge on the "sidewalk sale" where many food items are sold in bulk to the students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-22T19:14:02Z
The campus is beautiful, always very well-kept and clean. Everything you need is mostly on campus, or nearby. Gym facilities are around the center of campus, and are fully-equipped for most needs. Sufficient places to buy food. The mission on campus is beautiful, and the gardens surrounding it are amazing. The library was recently built and has everything you need; I've never been unable to find a source I needed. The Benson memorial center has the most traffic and although I would like to see it have an updated look, I am happy that the main cafeteria, the post office, and a mini convenience store are all in the same building.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-22T19:08:05Z
Being a computer science and engineering major at Santa Clara University has been a rewarding and fulfilling learning experience. The teacher in the department are very supportive of the students and clearly want to see them succeed. They are very helpful and are easily available when you want help with concepts from their classes or if you need help with anything else that has to do with your success. The workload is difficult sometimes.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-15T22:45:05Z
Off Campus Houses and Apartments – Off campus housing is fairly difficult to get and is either expensive for a few people or relatively cheap for a large group of people. Next year, I will be living in a house with 9 people in a good size house. Apartments off campus are more expensive and not in the best location, but houses are usually very close to campus, with just a few on the far side.
Recent Alumnus 2011-06-15T22:40:32Z
The Challenge to Think Outside the Box – Academics here are challenging but push my knowledge in order to help me grow and be able to think outside of the box. I have had many teachers that have inspired my thinking and encouraged me to try something new.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T22:51:05Z
Depends on the CF – Instead of RA's SCU has CF's. If your CF is strict you have a much better chance of getting written up. Most CF's are pretty relaxed and work by the "1 warning" policy (they warn you and give you time to hide everything before they come back to write you up). Most of the on-campus drinking is pre-gaming. Campus Safety is strict but mostly between 9:30-1am.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T22:48:26Z
Bars Night – The best places to go near SCU are the off -campus bars. There are 4 decent bars within walking distance of campus that have drink specials/ cheap drinks once a week. The places tend to be strict when it comes to checking IDs after 9 pm. Most frat parties are only fun if you are already drunk or if you are a freshman. Most people tend to go to bars or to their friends' houses/ apartments. There are a few on campus non-alcohol related activities but they don't always have the best turn-out.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-24T22:42:35Z
Between Two Cities – Santa Clara is right between San Francisco and San Jose which are great for museums and partying. Transportation is easy since train station and bus station is right across from the campus entrance. There are a lot of movie theaters near by as well as shopping areas like Valley Fair mall and Santana Row. So simple afternoons there is a nearby bowling alley and the Rose Gardens.
College Senior 2011-05-21T15:36:28Z
The school's RLC system sets SCU apart from most schools because it works to unite a residence hall under a common theme. This is really helpful during freshmen year because you get to meet so many people in your dorm through your RLC class and residence hall events. The unfortunate thing about SCU is that most people do not partake in on-campus events. These events come off as 'lame' and students would much rather party across the street at the frats. Because there are no big sports teams to go to, there is no team spirit here which makes it difficult to develop a sense of pride for being a Bronco.
College Senior 2011-05-21T15:29:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Fratty and Bratty – The new surge of 'fratiness' has swarmed Santa Clara. Guys live in their bro tanks and shorts, coming off as extremely douchey and immature. Dont even try looking for boyfriend material until at least junior year, because they are purely interested in hooking up until that stage. Nonetheless, they are fun to look at when they aren't screaming across the campus being incredibly annoying. Girls in sororities can be dangerous at times too. When they are together, they are stuck-up, loud, and stupid. If you're looking for genuine guys and girls who aren't constantly partying and fixing their hair, volunteer with SCAAP!
College Senior 2011-05-21T15:15:26Z
Santa Clara is absolutely gorgeous but it definitely comes with one or more pricetags.. if you enjoy partying and were fairly popular in highschool, then you would thrive here. However, greek life here can overwhelm the place at times, which makes it difficult for the more introverted type to feel a part of the community. Nonetheless, there are opportunities and great people around, you just have to look hard and be able to tolerate the constant "party mode" that most people live off of.
College Senior 2011-05-19T08:08:08Z
Best Choice I Have Ever Made – I'm not going to lie, this place is pretty spectacular. I had no idea what California had in store for me. But the girls are beautiful, the school is challenging and the weather is perfect. Imagine my view, walking around campus spotting beautiful girls in spring dresses every way I look. The campus is a lush garden of green grass, roses and palm trees that only accent the Spanish colonial architecture. Teachers here are extremely helpful and each one will know your name and probably more about you then that. Even after my first year, my knowledge and capacity for learning has exponentially increased. I have made amazing friends and had some great opportunities not only in the Bay, but all around the country. From skiing Tahoe to surfing in Hawaii, the opportunities are endless here. Your only an hour away from anything and four hours away from everything. Santa Clara has been the best choice I have made my entire life for so many reasons.
College Senior 2011-05-19T07:47:16Z
Printing on Campus – Printing at Santa Clara extremely simple. Through the media services website you can obtain all the wifi access codes for every public printer on campus. Not to mention, the school gives you $50 worth of printing every year.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T06:57:16Z
Not a Big Sports School.. The best teams are probably soccer and basketball. I'm not really super into going to sports games but i've been to a couple basketball games and they were pretty fun (lots of bronco spirit) especially against Gonzaga when we beat them (huuuge paries after that, hadn't beat them in 10 years). But ya, sports at SCU aren't nearly as essential as they are to other schools. But at least we have spirit!
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T06:52:05Z
Guys & Girls:
More Diversity Than I Expected. SCU attracts many types of people. But it's really all about finding your niche, which you do eventually because there are so many types of people. The school is small enough that you get a community feeling but big enough that you see new faces and definitely don't know everyone around. We're known for having a lot of white people (and trust me, WE DO) but I was pleasantly surprised to find that there's more diversity than I had originally expected. I think there are a lot of ass***** at this school, a lot of people who have really big egos because they rage so hard or are part of some god-sent sorority or fraternity. But there's always exceptions, and those are the people that make SCU a great place to be. And definitely a lot of attractive people on this campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-18T03:38:28Z
Beautiful Campus – For the most part, SCU has really nice facilities. The school has invested a loooot of money in construction and upkeep, and every year there's always a new project or a couple. The campus itself is beautiful, lots of flowers and trees and the mission itself is really nice to have on campus. The new buildings (like Lucas, the business building) are super nice. Swig just got remodeled and although the rooms are small they're still pretty nice. Library is super nice too. There are only a couple of older buildings left in terms of where you have your classes and they really aren't bad. Overall we have a great campus, especially on beautiful spring days when all the flowers are blooming. It's a great place to live.
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