Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:51:28Z
Hello California – Can you say sunny in February? Well SCU sure can! The weather is absolutely great here. Lately, people have been outside sunbathing and swimming. It also encourages exercise and promotes happiness on campus. I love the weather here, even though it is a little cooler than my home in Southern California.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:49:18Z
Lots of White Students – There are people of many different races and religions at SCU, but they comprise a negligible percentage of the student body.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:47:51Z
There's not much ethnic diversity on campus. The majority are white students, however, minorities are represented and there are opportunities for those groups to meet and discuss topics at MCC (the Multicultural Center). Many people here come from wealthy backgrounds (not surprising because this is a private school), but since the school affords large scholarships, minority students and students who show academic skill and determination are present which helps round out the monoculture of people on this campus. The majority of students is religiously affiliated, and we have community on campus for LGBTQ.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:47:42Z
The Future Looks Promising – The freshmen dorms at Santa Clara University aren't great; however, several are being renovated. If I had to choose, I'd say Campisi is the best overall. In terms of location, Graham is the best, located right in the heart of campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:46:22Z
Not Too Diverse – While Santa Clara University prides itself on being very diverse, in reality, it does not seem like it. The majority of the students here are Caucasian or Asian (those seem to be the largest demographics). However, there are many African Americans and Hispanics as well. In regards to acceptance of races, religions, political beliefs and sexual orientation, everyone, from what I have noticed, is very accepting.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:44:44Z
75 last weekend...it's winter by the way. Enjoy the blizzards rest of the USA, this is California fools.
College Senior 2011-02-08T05:41:25Z
I Don't Know – I have not lived off-campus yet but it seems pretty nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:41:23Z
Every facility offered to students at Santa Clara University is incredible. The athletic center is the equivalent to a gym that one would have to pay hundreds of dollars a month for. Weights, workout machines, indoor courts etc. are all at students' disposal. Additionally, there is a fantastic outdoor pool where students enjoy spending time swimming and laying in the sun. The library is unparalleled in regards to comfort, cleanliness and amount of data, books and resources available. There is even a coffee shop on the first floor that makes amazing coffee, chai and tea. The classrooms are all great, especially those in the Arts and Sciences building and the newly built Lucas Hall. The campus, one of my professors so fondly calls it, is "The Movie Set". Everything is gorgeous and well-kept, and the students are all very attractive and welcoming.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T05:41:15Z
Tons of great food is available off-campus. The Bay Area is awesome because within 10 minutes driving distance of the school, you can get virtually any type of cuisine you desire- Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Sushi, BBQ, Soul Food, you name it.
College Senior 2011-02-08T05:39:57Z
Dorms Are Great – Compared to a lot of other dorms at other campuses, Santa Clara has awesome dorms that are big and very nice. I live in Sanfilippo and I absolutely love it! Dorms are great, as well the atmosphere and people.
College Senior 2011-02-08T05:37:48Z
Great Community – What I love about the campus is that the community is friendly and respecting of one another. We are close to Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and other fun places. The school puts on a lot of fun activities and i truly feel safe on the campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T02:16:25Z
Sense of School Pride – Everyone here does their own thing. What i really love about our school is how diverse we are, people are really into a lot of different things, from sports, to religion, to partying/fraternities/sororities, to studying, to exercising. Its great.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T02:12:33Z
Studio Art – I think the best part about my major is the professors. They are the most caring, funny, unique, quirky, hardworking, professors I have ever had. They are willing to meet me anytime to work on projects or things I would like assistance on, they are quick to offer advice or help, and are basically the heart and soul of the department. The building is old, drafty, and seriously needs to be redone, but the mac lab and art history room and in top shape. The lockers are useful, and there is enough room in all of the classrooms for the students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T00:31:06Z
Rules Are Rules – Rules are in place for a reason and that is safety. If you don't break the rules you'll be fine. Rules seem reasonable and people are somewhat lax on the enforcement.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T00:30:01Z
Lots of Drinking – Alcohol and marijuana are pretty evident. There are more things to do now for those who aren't interested in drinking but most people drink when they "have fun."
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T00:26:20Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – Campus is very safe, I feel comfortable but find that there needs to be more education around sexual assault and how to prevent it.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-08T00:21:08Z
Not Good Really – Ticketing is way too extreme and there is not a lot of parking availability.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T22:53:37Z
Ex Dorm Student Gone Commuter – Dorms make it very convinient to get to classes but so many SCU students are SO lazy that they think one of the dorms (Bellarmine Hall) is too far to walk to...it isn't even a mile away. As a commuter now, I miss being able to wake up 30 minutes before class or even 10 minutes before and walk/ride my bike to class. I commute from Milpitas, CA and the traffic on 880 can be god awful in the mornings and I wake up a couple hours before I head out to the freeway which can range from 15-45 minutes to get to school depending on traffic. I have commuted from East San Jose as well and that traffic is TERRIBLE every morning if you don't have a carpool for the carpool lane and can take more than an hour to get to class making mornings very stressful (if you have classes that range from 8am-10:30am)
Overall, on campus living makes life easier!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T22:48:49Z
I refused to be in a sorority and the girls were sassy about it. A lot of these people are fake, inconsiderate and sometimes I question some of them on how they even made it to SCU. If you don't get money from daddy or are plastic pretty good luck..
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T22:17:39Z
I was really lucky to get a great financial aid package from Santa Clara. I go here for much cheaper than I could go anywhere else
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T22:14:48Z
The food options off-campus are amazing, there's a wide variety of delicious eats. The only downside is that they can get a little pricey, especially when you move more toward Santana Row.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T22:13:54Z
Good but Repetitive – The food on campus is really good, but gets kinda repetitive after awhile. Definitely a lot better than the food on most other college campuses.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T21:49:25Z
Love It! I am so glad I decided to come to Santa Clara. The campus is beautiful and the classes are challenging, and I've made some of the best friends of my life!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T21:48:25Z
Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars on campus, which reduces the amount of cars around. It doesn't seem like many people drive to campus, they tend to walk, bike, or live on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T18:54:08Z
Faculty and Alumni Offer Great Connections – SCU students have it good. From the beautiful weather to top-of-the-line facilities to the high faculty-student interaction, it is great to be a Bronco. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, there are always tons of alums around to create great occupational connections. The faculty really cares about their students and are great at helping students succeed post-graduation.
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