Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T00:20:04Z
Students don't attend very many athletic team events...but I will always hold that SCU students have school spirit, even if they don't have spirit for sports. I'm not sure why those two things have become the same in our minds. The athletic facilities are really nice. The teams don't always do so hot.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T00:12:45Z
Health & Safety:
Pretty safe, much more theft on the party side of campus. Police get paid insane amounts of money and have little more to do than break up college parties so parties get broken up pretty early in the night. As a woman, I feel safe walking at night.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-06T00:09:31Z
Right now the English major requires a pretty large number of classes, many of them are historical time period requirements. There is talk about changing the major so students have more freedom to take more classes in writing, for example, if that's what they're interested in.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T23:21:33Z
Apply Early Action – It seems that more scholarships, both merit and need-based are given to Early Action applicants; therefore, I was very fortunate. My other friends didn't receive as much aid as they would have liked, but that also had to do with the impacts of the economic recession on the school's alumni donations. The office itself is organized, and I've had a very good experience with them, especially with finding information about using financial aid to study abroad (it ALL transferred!)
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T23:16:14Z
The fraternities and sororities are off-campus, meaning that they aren't officially affiliated with the school. People definitely pledge, but it's not a big deal if you don't get involved. Even if you don't rush, it's pretty common to go out to the frat parties, particularly for freshmen.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-05T02:26:19Z
Permits and Tickets – Permits are ridiculously expensive to park on campus. In addition, the fines are outrageous... $50 a pop.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T21:18:05Z
I wouldn't have been able to afford this school without the GREAT aid package they gave me. I'm getting almost my complete tuition paid for in grants and scholarships, so it makes life on my parents a LOT easier. I also was given an extremely generous package right away, so I didn't have to argue with the financial aid office at all.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T21:16:32Z
SCU's general attitude about the three C's really makes a difference between this school and others. The professors are always great and initiate curiosity, which keeps learning fun. Here, each student feels like they're a real person in the classroom, not a number.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T21:12:12Z
I wouldn't necessarily say that personal computers or printers are a must at SCU because there are so many resources available, but those living off-campus might require both. While it's extremely convenient to have a laptop, a printer isn't necessary.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T20:57:49Z
Few Good Choices – There are very few choices of off-campus bars, and they are mediocre. Parties off-campus are large and can get out of hand. Those who go to these parties are usually younger students who are trying to get drunk fast.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T20:09:21Z
No Regrets, Pretty Good Place – I really liked the education I got from SCU, I had good classes and teachers. I also met good people. On campus life is okay, but I was much happier when I moved off campus senior year. SCU makes studying abroad very accessible and my year abroad was one of my best undergraduate experiences. SCU definitely helped me to discern what interests me and provided the resources I needed in order to pursue them. My classes and work experience at SCU have guided me and definitely changed the course of my life for the better. The social life is odd and can be limited but I found good people in the end. SCU would be a better school if it wasn't on a commercial strip.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T20:02:16Z
Guys & Girls:
Beautiful Girls, Okay Guys – Girls are generally athletic, smart, and beautiful. Girls dress comfortably but still put-together. Guys are sometimes athletic and sometimes smart. Guys have great selection in girls but I can't say the same for guys. People only hook up while drunk or in serious relationships.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T19:52:31Z
The people in the financial aid office are not very helpful and seem to be annoyed that they are even working there.
I have a grant that pays half of my tuition, but
when it came to looking for loans for the other half, SCU was not helpful at all.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T19:49:36Z
There is a fair amount of diversity on campus.
I have never felt discriminated against or unaccepted because of the color of my skin.
Students come from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds (80% of students receive some sort of financial aid/scholarships/grants).
There are also a lot of students from different religious backgrounds and Catholicism is not forced upon students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T19:46:00Z
there are many places within ten minutes at both valley fair, santana row and down the alameda
pasta pomodoro and chipotle are two of my favorites
the cost is reasonable
many places accept flex or give discounts to scu students
Recent Alumnus 2011-02-04T18:13:27Z
Santa Clara is pretty strict when it comes to drinking and drug use, both on and off campus. Not only do CFs (RAs) and Campus Safety officers patrol the dorms and campus on weekday and weekend nights, but the SC Police station is right across from campus, and they have plenty of officers out and about waiting to issue you an underage drinking fine. The school fines you between $50-100 for each offense, and if you're caught by the police, the fine can be higher and they notify the university. In other words, there's a huge incentive to catch students underage drinking because it makes a ton of money for both the police and the university.
College Senior 2011-02-02T06:55:40Z
The health center is extremely beneficial to students. They'l help with anything from flu shots to mental health issues which I feel is very helpful in college.
College Senior 2011-02-02T06:53:41Z
Health & Safety:
Very Safe – I always feel very safe walking around campus by myself. I have never encountered a dangerous situation or feeling but know that Campus Safety is just a phone call away if I do.
College Senior 2011-01-26T09:19:11Z
My experience with the financial aid went very smoothly. Unfortunately I didn't get as much as I could have hoped for, but isn't that always the case? Haha
Still so worth it!
College Senior 2011-01-26T09:17:24Z
Buses/Trains/Cabs/Rental Cars – There are many options for transportation. Since freshman are not allowed to have cars on campus, we definitely have to find other ways around. The buses are great. They take you to popular shopping centers, Downtown San Jose, and all over the city. Also there is a free shuttle to the airport (5mins away). It's super easy to get home!
Also to get to San Francisco the Caltrain station is right across the street from school. So that's pretty easy. Not too expensive either.
There are always cabs which don't cost too much. I know my friends and I took a cab from the mall back to the school because we missed the bus, and it was only like 8$, and splitting it between 4 of us, cost the same as a bus.
And there are always zipcars that the school allows you to rent. The nice thing about these are that you only have to be 18, unline car rental places. And it is relatively inexpensive as well.
College Senior 2011-01-26T09:09:12Z
Noticable but Not Huge – The sports are not a huge part of school life. We do not have a football team. But we do have good soccer and basketball teams. We have a spirit sport group called the Ruff Riders which basically everyone is a part of. It gets you access to almost all of the games for free, and it is so much spirit and a lot of fun to be a part of during the games. But we have great facilities! It is absolutly beautiful! The other teams are good too, we just don't hear too much about them. Overall you can make it however important you want it to be, just make sure you bring your friends!
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:16:24Z
Easy to Apply, Maybe Not Fair – It's very easy to apply for financial aid because when submitting the FAFSA it goes straight to the financial aid office. I've never had a problem with the forms getting lost. I thought I would get a little more aid, since I am middle class and the University is a private (expensive) one, but I guess not. Most students do receive some sort of aid, however.
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:14:29Z
There seems to be a lot of opportunities open to everyone, regardless of major/interest. If you sign up for clubs or for major/department newsletters you will find out a lot more. Although the campus is small, there are still things to find out. Sometimes it can be boring around campus, but the big cities are not too far away.
College Senior 2011-01-24T23:11:51Z
There's usually enough room on campus if you want to park on campus. You need a permit to park on campus, and sometimes those are done by lottery. Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars unless they have a valid reason. There are some good places to park off-campus as well, and this way you don't need to pay for a permit, but they are farther.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:21:18Z
House Parties – SCU nightlife is largely limited to house parties. They're often too crowded and too dramatic to stay fun for very long. On the plus side, houses are usually pretty chill as to who they let in, so you don't have to worry about that too much. There are only two bars within walking distance to campus and I haven't heard great things. Downtown San Jose is not far, but you'll need a DD.
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