Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T17:22:11Z
Mechanical Engineering....Hard, but Worth It – I'm a Mechanical Engineering major at SCU and as a senior I've really had the chance to get to know the ins and outs of the prgoram. The majority of my professors have been great; the small class size and direct interaction with professors has really cultivated my learning experience. But they don't hand out freebies; a lot of time and effort is required to get a decent grade in a class. Another great thing about the program is that I receive daily emails about internship opportunities. SCUs engineering program is ranked one of the top in the nation, so companies throughout the Silicon Valley are always looking to hire SCU Engineering students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T07:38:48Z
Not Offically Affilated but Great! There are many great options if you are interested in going Greek. There is no hazing and sororities and fraternities have great reputations for having really great quality people as members. Not everyone goes Greek and you don't need to rush to have a social life. There are lots of things going on as far as parties and other social events so Greek events are not that big of a deal. I would encourage you to rush if you have always wanted to be in the Greek system. If you don't feel the need, then don't sweat it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T07:33:06Z
Lots but Some Are Pricey – There's a large number of off-campus houses that are all located near each other for a great student environment. Some can get a little bit on the expensive side since they are so close to campus. Housing that is a 10min walk or more from campus is inexpensive.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-09T07:30:18Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty Safe – I have heard of students getting mugged at night a little ways off-campus but I have never known anyone personally who has ever had an unsafe encounter. I have walked around off-campus at 2am with all of my valuables like laptop and etc and I have never been mugged or felt threatened. There is also a bike on the bike racks of my building that has been left without a lock for about a month now and it still has not been stolen.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T23:29:21Z
It's Great to Be in CA. Great weather most of the year, some rain in late November-January, but it's bearable as long as you have warm clothes and rain boots.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T23:28:24Z
Available, but Expensive – I don't use it, but the friend who does doesn't seem to mind it too much other than the price.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T23:27:40Z
They Do Their Job. Campus strictness isn't too bad. Campus Safety will step in when students are acting too disorderly, and the disciplinary actions that follow should a student get written up are not too intense unless it is the students third high-risk write up. They do their job well and really can't be complained about.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T15:59:38Z
We're Div. 1? Most sports get people out to two or three of their biggest games, but on the whole ever since SCU got rid of the football program, people seem to care less..
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T15:54:52Z
Pretty Awesome New Buildings – All the new buildings on campus are amazing - whether it be the library, gym, business school, dorms, etc. The one issue is when you get stuck with the odd class in one of the older buildings... you may luck out if the classroom is retro-fitted with new stuff but otherwise you'll be hating that class all quarter.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T15:53:22Z
Health & Safety:
Super Safe – SCU is in the suburbs and in a fairly well-to-do neighborhood... you hardly ever see non-students on campus causing mayhem and when you do Campus Safety is not far behind on one of their golf carts or segways.
College Senior 2011-02-08T08:44:43Z
Guys & Girls:
Attractive Girls – Santa Clara University has some very attractive girls. The average girl is good looking at SCU.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:39:19Z
Help Is There – It was really easy to get aid. They pretty much give students financial aid when you accept the offer to go here. If you have good grades it isn't a problem.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:36:57Z
Just Walk – It takes 10 minutes to walk across campus. A lot of students bike or long board. Getting away from campus is really easy with public transportation since the train station and bus depot is across the street. The airport is also a 10 minute drive away.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:25:03Z
Heart of It All – There is so much to do and see within an hour by car or train. Minutes away from campus is the HP Pavilion which is home to the San Jose Sharks hockey team and hosts many other fun events. Campus has easy access to the Cal-train station which brings students to exciting places like Palo Alto and San Francisco.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:24:47Z
Getting Bigger – It's almost a taboo topic around here- it isn't addressed as much as it probably should be. Cocaine has become a growing issue, but it's not something everyone deals with on a daily basis. There is definitely not a big enough problem that people should avoid SCU because of it. However, it definitely exists here. Drinking is more common among students. We have a lot of cops driving down the party streets on party nights. We are only a couple blocks away from the station, so they keep a pretty close eye on everyone and break up parties a lot. Luckily, you don't have to drink if you don't want to. There is a desperate (but somewhat pathetic) attempt to create alternative options on campus that offer other activities on party nights (like dance parties, movie nights, stand-up, etc...). However, the location for these is on the opposite side of campus, and most people don't go.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:20:24Z
Stick to the Streets – Nightlife includes walking down our two party streets and seeing what is going on. We have a few dive bars for those over 21, but the nightlife is limited to house parties for those underage. Greek life isn't huge, so we don't have any large Greek houses people where people can party, although people at SCU always seem to throw house parties when something is going on. Here, Wednesdays, Fridays,and Saturdays are the nights to go out. But be careful, getting caught drinking in the dorms can land you a fine, community service, and a letter to your parents.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:16:19Z
Small and Personal – The small class environment is really engaging, but attendance is often graded in humanities classes. Sometimes class availability is limited because of our small size, but most classes are interesting and the professors are very talented. Teachers are always available for office hours, and most make an effort to know each student's name. I find myself wanting to attend and participate during class.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:12:02Z
There is Greek life, but it's definitely not necessary to get involved or gain status. Sororities and fraternities also aren't recognized by the school, which makes them much more low-profile.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T07:10:24Z
Delicious, Just Not Much Variety Within Walking Distance – Henry's, Wrap This, Smoke Eaters, Stuft Pizza, Round Table... yum! But there's still not a huge variety within walking distance. Fortunately, an In-N-Out is across the freeway, definitely within driving distance. Other places within driving distance that are worth checking out: La Victoria's (amazing Mexican food), Chipotle, BJ's. Several dining places also offer student discounts or the use of the Flex (student debit) card.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T06:54:09Z
Good, Could Be Better – Overall I'd say we have a pretty good deal, especially with the extensive Sobrato Technology Center. Most of the dorms and buildings even have computers available for student use, but several of them are getting old and definitely need to be replaced. The library computer labs are definitely the best on-campus. There are several Mac labs with photo scanners, Adobe programs, and other very nice features. However, the internet does have issues, like at any school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T06:45:46Z
Student Body Size – This school is the perfect size. Big enough that you're always meeting new people but small enough to feel intimate, see your friends all over the place, and have a feeling of community.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T06:43:06Z
Good Housing – On-campus housing is abundant but expensive. Housing around the campus is pretty easy to get and there's different areas close to the school for different needs, i.e. a quiet neighborhood and a more party-type neighborhood.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T06:41:53Z
It's Better Than Most – Decent food, but it gets old. Overall quality is good but the dining plans are a ripoff from an economical standpoint.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:55:00Z
Great Community Feel – The best part about SCU has been the strong sense of community. I always felt as though there were many resources for support, and the people and professors generally seemed very down-to-earth. Work was challenging, but not overwhelming. Aside from that, the weather was to die for!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:54:25Z
Location Location Location – My favorite experiences include taking Caltrain on weekends to SF and Berkeley. Blondie's is a favorite for ice cream especially on dollar Mondays. There are good professors who provide one-on-one attention in the classroom which really facilitates learning. Another favorite is leading the Campus Ministry retreat called "Search." If I could choose again, I would have applied to Stanford which has a better reputation and more job opportunities post-grad. Santa Clara doesn't have many recruiters from good firms especially for business as compared to UC Berkeley for example. I am happiest here in terms of SCU's location to the people I love.
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