Though well known for its strong academic program, Santa Clara's true academic strength shows not through its rankings, but through its dedication to providing students with individual attention. Santa Clara prides itself in its small class sizes and supportive network of professors and advisers who make themselves consistently available to students. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and many are prominent in their fields of study. Santa Clara professors are generally pretty friendly and accessible, and it's common to see them socializing with students over lunch or at campus events.
Santa Clara is on the quarter system, meaning that students take between nine and twelve classes during the academic year. Because the quarter is only 10 weeks long, classes move pretty fast and leave little time for breaks between midterms, papers, and final exams. While the 10-week system shortens the amount of material covered, students have the chance to take a wide variety of classes across many disciplines.