College Senior 2010-10-21T23:52:39Z
Library Only Gets Crowded During Finals and Midterms – The library at Santa Clara University tends to get crowded during the week before and the week of finals and midterms especially because the main printers are in that building. Usually people bring their own computers to school or use other computers on campus that are easily available to them. Santa Clara has WiFi all over campus, you could even print from your own computer to the Library printers. The wireless access on campus is open for any kind of use.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T23:36:24Z
I am not involved, but our Greek life is much smaller than other schools. People who do not participate in Greek life are still invited to the events.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T23:33:35Z
The dorms are alright, the freshmen dorms are old but the school i rebuilding and adding on to them to update them and make them much more comfortable.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-12T23:29:17Z
Health & Safety:
I Feel Very Safe on Campus – At SCU, I feel safe. There is a police station located at one end of the small campus. The police and safety services are dedicated to keeping the student life a safe, comfortable environment. In my time on campus, there has been no campus crime.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T05:22:42Z
Good Community – Overall I enjoyed my SCU experience. The Jesuit ideals make for social justice oriented classes, professors, and students, and you don't have to be "religious" to benefit from the Jesuit community. The classes are small with good professors, and the residence halls are designed to make your first year as enjoyable as possible. There are always events happening on campus, whether it be through a club or put on by the activities board (concerts, games, movie nights, guest lectures, etc.) The only drawback to this small community is that at times it can be a bit cliquey.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T05:19:24Z
There is essentially no "nightlife" in Santa Clara. There are three or four bars within walking(ish) distance from campus, if you want to grab a beer at a hole in the wall place - nothing fancy. For a club or more upscale bar you would have to find your way to downtown San Jose. Greek Life isn't a big deal on campus, so its just house parties with kegs and beer pong.
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-02T05:15:35Z
Santa Clara has awesome facilities, but can sometimes be a little small compared to the high demand. The gym is awesome, but being one of the fittest schools in the nation means it is always packed, so be prepared to wait for a cardio machine! The library is new and really nice with state of the art technology, but it is difficult to get a desk during midterms/finals. Regardless of functionality, the buildings all look very nice!
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-01T19:48:11Z
I personally really do not care about diversity. But if you live in Mclaughlin or Walsh, its like all ethnic people. If you like that have fun I guess
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-01T19:47:07Z
The food is awful, overpriced. The good food though is on sushi Wednesday, if you like sushi, the yum yum tree man comes from across the street and makes sushi! But get there early, everyone loves it
Recent Alumnus 2010-09-01T19:45:13Z
BRING YOUR OWN! Our wireless sucks, or at least it did last year. Library is usually crowded
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-30T02:26:36Z
Train Station Near by – There is not much to do near campus but there is a train that can take you to San Francisco. It takes about an hour and a half and costs $7.75 each way. There are also buses that can take you to San Jose.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-30T00:42:55Z
In Need of a Bigger Shopping District – There are a couple coffee shops, restaurants, sandwich shops, pizzerias, and a grocery store, but still not enough variety.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-30T00:39:25Z
So Many Houses, So Few Options – The Santa Clara campus is surrounded by houses and apartments, but they are all occupied by families or too pricey. Doesn't give a real college environment.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-29T08:17:44Z
Dorms Are Just Average – It makes a big difference which dorm you're in but the best/worse depends on what you want.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-29T08:14:23Z
Good If You Have a Car – There's a lot to do within a short drive but mainly just student houses and some fast food restaurants nearby.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T00:36:37Z
RLC's are Resident Learning Communities, and each dorm represents a different community. Within these communities, we students build close relationships with dorm mates. I just like the community feel that SCU always tries to promote.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T00:34:56Z
...to find parking off-campus that will last you all-day. The parking spaces close by to campus are 2 or 4 hour parking stalls only. There is supposedly a road a couple blocks away from campus that is free, has no time limit, and is free of heavy traffic from kids partying on the weekends.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-19T00:30:34Z
I guess we have a pretty decent athletic program here at Santa Clara. Although we don't dominate in every sport, we have our ups and downs and overall, it's not bad. We have a nice facility, open to all faculty and students populations, which houses our workout room, a multi-purpose room (where we have fitness classes everyday on different things like cardio kick boxing and zumba and yoga), and also indoor courts where intramural games are held. We also have a swimming pool.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T01:43:58Z
Be Careful.. Alcohol is very prevalent on campus. There are strict policies on not having alcoholic beverages on campus, but there is always off-campus get togethers. The university provides an educational program for all incoming freshmen on alcohol and drugs.
Recent Alumnus 2010-08-12T01:21:23Z
Health & Safety:
Protection 24/7! One can venture on campus at night and still feel at ease! Emergency posts located at major hotspots within the campus to contact campus police. Safe for students and faculty alike!
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-18T15:22:40Z
Amazing Tiny Classes With Personal Attention – Academics win here! I had many classes with only 8 students and our professor. It creates opportunities to form relationships and have good dialogues.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-18T15:06:39Z
Lax Catholics – I think the Jesuits have it pretty much figured out. They don't take too much crap on campus but it's our business if we want to have fun off campus.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-18T15:05:17Z
Guys & Girls:
Socal Moves North – This school is ridiculously expensive. It goes without saying that many of the students are there because their families can afford it. Can be very preppy, snobby at times, pretty 'white', but there are still a lot of different types represented. If trust-fund kid isn't your type, you'll just have to look a little harder to find someone a little more interesting.
Girls are very attractive, guys tend to be...underwhelming.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-18T14:59:30Z
High Tuition Helps Pay for Beautiful Manicured Campus – The campus is described often as a bubble, and it certainly is good looking and peaceful and all of that. The library is its best attribute--finished the last quarter of my sophomore year, it is really something special. It makes studying fun.
I use the sports center to work out, it is good enough for me but there are some things that I miss from my hometown gym. Can't complain, though, it's free!
My favorite thing on campus: the wisteria bush growing climbing over your head as you walk the path on the left side of the mission. Smells SO good and is so pretty.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-09T21:57:45Z
Eh, So, So – Greek life for men is great, they throw lots of events and have a TON of fun and bring the community in to it. Female greek life is quite exclusive. Since the university is so small,everybody knows everybody already so greek life is kind of unimportant, not needed and is just used to define a person
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