Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T18:49:47Z
Banished but Strong – The University doesn't recognize the Greek life at SCU but it is self-sustained and expanding every year. With 4 fraternities and 4 sororities there is a strong presence regardless of university recognition. Because it is a smaller system it is a lot more low-key. There aren't big houses for 90 people like at larger campuses. Greek life at SCU offers all the benefits- social events, comradeship, community service- without the downfalls.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T18:44:49Z
Bar, Frat, Bar, Frat – SCU students study hard and play harder. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the big bar nights for students 21-and-older. On Wednesdays and Fridays, the frats and other off-campus houses usually get it going. You can't go more than a block off campus on a Wednesday or Friday without finding a big party. Bellomy street is the place to be. My only gripe is the limited bar/club scene.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-07T18:42:25Z
House Parties – Almost all houses immediately off-campus are rented out to students. Just walk a few minutes off campus and you are bound to find a house that's partying. There are a couple good bars within walking distance as well, but most students don't find their way there until later in the night. Most house parties are free and welcoming. Make sure you have a campus ID with you because some check you at the door to make sure you're a student.
College Senior 2011-02-07T08:22:28Z
Health & Safety:
Totally Safe – i feel extremely comfortable with the safety of me and my stuff on campus
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T10:52:09Z
While there are plenty of ethnic groups represented on campus through the Multicultural Center,I am sorry to say that the student dynamic makes me ashamed of my school. Each group has their own club-- the Japanese Club, the Hawaiian Club, the Chinese Student Association, etc. There is NO multicultural club, and the International Club is for foreign students to get acquainted with the campus. This creates enormous divides in the student body and in no way fosters community.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T10:49:18Z
The cost of living here is completely outrageous. Santa Clara county has some of the highest housing prices in the country, and I have found places in the middle of San Francisco that are better than my current living situation and are MUCH cheaper. My parents are going broke paying for my housing.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T10:36:52Z
Bubble of Suburbia Near Thriving City – Santa Clara is a mostly residential area. There is a huge mall near campus, along with higher-end stores located on Santana Row, a long strip of shops and restaurants that may be too expensive for your average college student, but then again, SCU students seem to be of a different breed when it comes to wealth. San Jose offers a good variety of art and culture shows, along with sports events and old film showings. Santa Clara is a relatively quiet neighborhood for the most part (except on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, and the occasional Thursday near Bellomy Street).
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T05:05:35Z
Wireless isn't amazing all the time, but with ethernet the internet is good.
College Senior 2011-02-06T05:00:03Z
Limited, but Pretty Good – We really only have one main dining hall on campus, in addition to two smaller cafes. Still, the food there is actually quite good, with most food cooked to order. Students enjoy the build-your-own pasta bowls, parfaits, sandwiches, and breakfasst burritos that make it seem more like a food court and less like a cafeteria.
College Senior 2011-02-06T04:56:50Z
Seriously, what more could you ask for? It's 70 degrees and sunny almost year-round, with just enough wintry days and rainy weather thrown in to satisfy people from out of state, who are generally shocked by how perfect the climate is.
College Senior 2011-02-06T04:55:13Z
It's Great Once You Realize It's Available – A lot of students at SCU aren't aware of just how accessible everything is via public transportation. The transit center is right across from campus, and there are local buses that go directly to the mall, to the Great America theme park, and into downtown San Jose. The CalTrain makes it easy to travel up and down the Bay Area, making it possible to spend the weekend in San Francisco or Santa Cruz without renting a car. Plus, the free shuttle to the San Jose airport makes travelling so much easier!
College Senior 2011-02-06T04:47:19Z
Average Teams, Average Enthusiasm – Let's face it- Santa Clara is a small private school with very little athletic funding, so even though it's Division I, sports are certainly not as central as they are at big state schools. Santa Clara teams generally perform fairly well in the West Coast Conference, but the student body lacks enthusiasm, except for the Gonzaga and St. Mary's basketball games.
College Senior 2011-02-06T04:41:50Z
The library is very state-of-the art, with lots of open space for individual or group studying. There are numerous group study rooms with white boards and projectors that students can reserve online, making collaborative projects much easier. It's super quiet, which makes it great for studying but a little unnerving otherwise!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T04:22:58Z
Santa Clara University works very hard to impersonalize its communication to the student body's on both academic and social issues. This is because the university concerns itself with legality more than anything else in these matters.
Campus safety readily responds to ALL reported problems. I once thought someone stole my IPod while I was meandering outside. Despite my dubious story (indeed, someone found it on the lawn the following day) and the time of reportage (1 A.M. during Spring break--essay writing), Campus Safety was there and engaged!
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T04:13:30Z
Guys & Girls:
Charming and Occasionally Vain – Students may be extremely conscious of their physical appearances. There is a strong emphasis on morality in SCU courses; most students at SCU know to value intrinsic worth. California has the most attractive people in the U.S.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T04:05:31Z
Although I had four roommates total for freshman and sophomore year (it was not all my fault, please believe me), and I lived both years in one of the older dormitories, I happily found my niche.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T02:43:09Z
Campus Policies – The school administration is very strict about matters such as alcohol/drug usage in the dorms, underage drinking, noise violations, and the academic honor code. On the other hand, they make up for it by being really lenient about things like curfews, visitation policies, personal style, etc.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T02:40:41Z
- The off-campus housing selection around SCU is fairly limited; you either live in an apartment (Park Central, Domicilio, or various other smaller complexes) or in a house.
- Per-person rents for both housing styles in our zip code are some of the highest in the state, so expect to pay a fortune for a relatively small room.
- Parking can also be problematic, as many of the residential streets around campus are hourly zones.
- I've had a great personal experience with my landlord; obviously it depends on the individual, but my landlord has been very accessible and responsive to our questions and requests for help and maintenance around the house.
- The area around campus is quite safe; I feel comfortable walking home alone from the library at night.
- Most of the off-campus housing is within a few blocks of campus; most SCU students don't know what a "commute" is. Thus, you really pay for the convenience in your monthly rent.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T02:34:20Z
The Library Is a Great Place to Work. The technology, wide array of books and journals, private rooms, cafe, very helpful librarians and general aesthetics make the library a great place to work both individually or in groups.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:43:57Z
Pain in the Ass – Santa Clara is gracious with scholarships but does not do enough to help students who need it. FAFSA/SCU does not take into account random hardships that people go through in life and that makes paying for college difficult.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:42:38Z
The Bay Area is blessed with beautiful weather almost year-round. Though it can sometimes get cold, low 70s weather in January and February makes for some amazing parties and an overall fun attitude felt among all students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:37:41Z
Not Much of College Town – Santa Clara is a big city but not necessarily a college town. There very few bars. There are restaurants down the Alameda but they require walking a long way. It is not walking-friendly.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:21:12Z
The Santa Clara Caltrain station is right across the street from SCU. You can also catch VTA buses from the station. There is a free shuttle that will take you to the airport from there as well.
On campus there are now cars that students are allowed to rent if you sign up far enough in advance.
There is limited on campus and off campus parking for those with their own cars. On campus parking passes are semi expensive.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:15:27Z
Drinking Scene – Alcohol use at Santa Clara is probably comparable to most other college campuses. The police are pretty lenient on underage students drinking at parties, however, they do break up the majority of big parties. The Santa Clara police mostly just want to keep everybody safe, they're not out to get everyone in trouble.
As for the drug scene, I know that pot is widespread, but it depends who you hang out with. It's not overwhelming, nor have I ever felt pressured to do drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T01:07:21Z
Wonderful Dorm Communities – The dorms at Santa Clara University have a strong emphasis on community, and I think that they do a great job facilitating it. The buildings themselves vary in quality, but overall they are comfortable and clean.
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