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Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

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Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts, sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, and doctorates in law, engineering, and theology. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education and is distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all master’s universities in the United States. For more information, visit www.scu.edu.
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  • I love SCU: beautiful and classic. Most importantly, it is so friendly and having a huge impact to the local community. It sends me flyers of the upcoming free events. I always go to the campus when I...  more »
  • Beautiful campus located in the center of Silicon Valley with an excellent reputation for a small private Jesuit college. Vibrant college life, sports, theater, the arts, sciences, engineering, commun...  more »
  • It is a hotel near the University of Santa Clara, to walk, strolled the campus is spacious, plenty of greenery, pleasant campus.
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  • Spectacular education. Impressive teaching staff. Gorgeous campus and a class act for a century.
  • After 4 years here as an engineering student, I would NOT recommend Santa Clara at all as a college, and I feel this place is very overrated and overpriced. My advice would be to stay away from this place unless you have a sizable financial aid package, or otherwise stick with the state colleges or UC's. You are defiantly not getting your money's worth at this place! Even as an engineering student, on top of your engineering course work, you are required to take a ton of extra university core related classes that have no relation to your major, and its nothing but a complete waste of time, money, and course credits. You are required to take 3 religious studies classes, one ethics, one diversity, one social science, 3 cultures & ideas, 2 English writing classes, and an experimental learning for social justice class. I know this may be similar at other schools, but other schools like state colleges take AP credit to pass some of these core requirements. Santa Clara does not let you use AP credit to get out of such classes, except for math and science. Charging $45K+ a year, I think this is just ridiculous to forcing students to have to take all these extra classes leaving no room for any other engineering or science related class that students might be interested. The university core class requirements is just way too much in my opinion as a student. Overall, I deeply regret choosing Santa Clara University as the college to spend my 4 years. Don't believe all this hype about small class sizes, in reality all this is all irrelevant. Small class sizes translates to certain classes you need for you major aren't offered year round if you happen to need them, compared to larger schools, and only during certain quarters. Also the upper management of this place cares more about the 'image' rather than concerns from students. SAVE YOU MONEY AND STAY WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THIS PLACE CHARGES IVY LEAGUE OR STANFORD LEVELS OF TUITION FOR NOT BEING EITHER OF THOSE SCHOOLS.
  • I was here three years ago. And I had a great experience everyone was too kind and the place was beautiful!
  • Such a beautiful campus- the Mission Gardens is my favorite place
  • The souvenir shop has a wide range of products to offer. Just like a department store.

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