Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:18:58Z
They're Okay – The rest of campus is definitely nicer than SCU's dorms. Most sophomores will wind up living in a traditional (as opposed to suite style) dorm. A lot of the dorms are definitely starting to show their age. Swig freshman year is probably one of the worst dorms, but at the same time, one of the best to meet other people. Casa and Sobrato are nicer options and St. Clare, although a bit older and very quiet, is a nice option for the price.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:16:14Z
Definitely There – As others have said, marijuana is abundant. Most smokers at SCU aren't "stoners," but people that just smoke at parties. However, harder drugs lurk just below the surface. Use of MDMA and cocaine is not rare and occasional use of LSD isn't either, although the mini-LSD fad seems to have ended.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:14:08Z
Bring Your Own – While the library has a bunch of computers available for student use, they're better suited for checking your e-mail if you forgot to bring your laptop with you. I couldn't imagine not having my own laptop. The printing system actually works pretty well and I have no major issues with the wireless connectivity.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:06:40Z
Some Options, but Fairly Limited – Off-campus dining is easy if you have a car. There are a ton of restaurants within a fifteen minute drive. It gets a bit trickier without a car. Within walking distance there are about seven or eight nearby eateries, all reasonably priced. My favorite is Cramers Bagel, right across the street from the main entrance, an excellent place to go to alleviate a hangover.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-24T18:03:05Z
Well Maintained – The campus is, as you've seen online, quite beautiful and always kept incredibly clean. The business school, Lucas Hall, is brand new and gorgeous. Academic halls for other programs tend to be older, but are still well maintained. The athletic complex is mostly new. My only complaint is the library. While trendy, expensive and also very new, it's very noisy and hard to study in.
College Senior 2011-01-18T01:32:35Z
Although there is a growing number of minorities here on campus, they still aren't as mixed in with the rest of the school body. The MCC is a great support system and unless you're mainstream, you'll see that it's a bit of a challenge to be a minority here especially if you're not used to being one.
College Senior 2011-01-18T01:28:00Z
Party Houses Abound – The off campus houses are all party houses. Unless you want to be surrounded by fratboys or sorority girls who like to get drunk almost everday, live somewhere far from campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-01-06T20:15:08Z
Guys & Girls:
Good Lookin Group – everyone here is pretty attractive, but not too overdone. there are some sorority girls who take their looks really seriously, but for the most part people are laid back about what they wear, etc.
College Senior 2010-11-29T21:26:29Z
Jesuits Are Awesome – Even though Santa Clara is a Catholic University, you don't have to be Catholic at all to attend, in fact, most of my friends aren't Catholic. If you want to go to church, you can, but you are not forced to. The Jesuits are probably the most liberal of the Catholics and the school encourages exploring other religions, even non-Christian ones.
Additionally, the classes are small and are focused on teaching the whole person, not just one aspect. Unlike the U.C.'s and other big schools where you are treated like a number, Santa Clara really wants you to develop into a person who will help change the world. Just look at the list of former students: Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano, Steve Nash, Gavin Newsom, Leon Panetta and a lot more.
College Senior 2010-11-29T21:22:07Z
Being from Southern California, I am not used to any kind of weather, so a day that was in the low 40's was really shocking for me. People from anywhere else in the country enjoy the weather because it is relatively mild. It never snows, and it only gets extremely hot a couple of days of the school year. Overall, good, mild weather.
College Senior 2010-11-29T21:19:35Z
Not Official, but Still There – The Greek life at Santa Clara has an interesting history. The Greek organizations used to be officially affiliated with the school, but after something happened in the mid-90's, the Greeks are no longer affiliated. They still exist, though, and I think that around 25% of students are involved in them. It is not necessary to join a sorority or fraternity to make friends, but they do throw some great parties.
College Senior 2010-11-29T18:47:04Z
Great Professors, Tough Curriculum – Santa Clara is one of the hidden gems in Northern California and is often overshadowed by Stanford and UC Berkeley. Despite this, Santa Clara is an excellent school with tough classes as well as amazing professors. Additionally, they believe in educating the whole person, so you'll be able to explore other classes that aren't necessary for your major, allowing you to expand your boundaries. The quarter system allows you to take more classes than you would at a regular semester system school, so you will most likely graduate in 4 years.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-08T07:42:37Z
Since Santa Clara is located in California, the weather is fairly nice most of the time. There are only a few times a year where rain and wind get really inconvenient to go to classes but most of the time the weather is beautiful and sunny.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-08T07:39:25Z
All the sports at Santa Clara are supported widely by many of the students. Every basketball game and soccer game I have attended has shown school spirit as well as a large amount of attendees.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-08T07:38:05Z
Living Off-Campus – Although I have never lived off campus, I would say the apartments are priced at average prices. I have heard of it being more convenient with freedom with off campus housing. I have also heard that it is much cheaper than living on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-06T22:47:54Z
The permit is a little pricey, but the parking garage is relatively convenient and safe. I commute to school so I definitely need a car, but to get around on campus grounds a skateboard or walking is sufficient.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-06T22:44:08Z
Food and Dining – The flex account for school allows access to many local restaurants as well as all the dining facilities on campus. The dining halls offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They serve food that is more on the healthy spectrum. A large variety of sandwiches, pasta, oriental, snacks, and drinks are offered on a daily basis. The only downside is that the food is a little bit on the pricey side.
Recent Alumnus 2010-11-06T22:41:21Z
The communications department is extremely helpful to its declared majors/minors. They allow priority for course registration for courses you need for you major/minor. Professors are readily available and eager to help. Many internship opportunities possible.
College Senior 2010-10-25T19:25:17Z
Guys & Girls:
Santa Clara has an amazingly attractive student population. There are tons of hot girls, and even more hot guys. There are all types too, ranging from your typical sorority/frat kids, to you green hipsters. What ever your interested in, you'll probably find it at Santa Clara, you'll just have to look past all of the pretty girls and jock guys.
College Senior 2010-10-25T19:17:45Z
The University prides itself on being a diverse private school, but its mostly Caucasians. There are growing African American and Hispanic populations, but not in very significant numbers. Overall the smallest group would be Gays and Lesbians. Even though minorities don't have the highest percentage of the student body everyone seems to be very accepting. I haven't seen or heard of any cases of racial intolerance so far at school. We all live together and party together with few problems, most racial issues arise when kids from San Jose State crash our parties...not cool.
College Senior 2010-10-25T19:11:15Z
Pretty Good – Dining options around campus are pretty good, the vendors that are close to campus aren't five star, but they provide a nice break from dorm food. If you want a great meal you can easily take the train to Santana Row and go to a nice restaurant, maybe bring you parents though if you don't want a large bill on your credit card. Otherwise taking the train to San Francisco where every type of food in the world is available is a very fun, but expensive option.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T23:09:15Z
Some students have cars but for the majority who dont there is a bus/train station right across the street that connects all the major routes. Theres vta buses, Caltrain, and the ACE train which has a shuttle that stops across from the university. The buses can take you to the mall or the movies, or basically most places in Santa Clara and San Jose. Caltrain can take you to several places as well like San Francisco or Stanford.
The university has cars that you can rent for the day (or a few hours), not sure how long that will last. They also have their own bus (the Bronco Bus) the will go to SF or somewhere else interesting every once and while.
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T22:59:10Z
Theres a Party Scene – SCU is very much party hard/study hard. The partying is normally done on Wednesday nights...everyone is out and about in the off campus houses. The university used to be very strict about alcohol on campus and in the dorms, but I think its something there continuing to work on. Drugs...I don't see that on campus, maybe its just me. But off campus where a lot of students live you can smell something in the air once and a while....
Recent Alumnus 2010-10-22T22:52:29Z
The library is great. Its strange at first because you walk in and there are pretty much no books. But they're all downstairs. Its a great study spot...lots of tables and couches and an outdoor balcony. There are also study rooms that you and your friends can reserve if you want privacy or have some major work/studying to do.
College Senior 2010-10-22T00:02:54Z
I Love It Here! Santa Clara University is a great place to both socialize and study. I remember my first year here was lonely, I had no friends and I would just walk around alone trying to find a good spot to hang out. Now that the second year came along I realized that I cant be trapped in the same bubble this year so I decided to talk to more people. Santa Clara Univ. students are extremely open to any one. I would seriously recommend to come here.
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