Santa Clara University
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- Santa Clara UniversityJan 14, 2013
It's my undergrad alma mater, so I feel I owe it to SCU to give it a review. Let me start off by saying that even though I'm a Bay Area native, I had never heard of SCU prior to my senior year of high school when I was gearing up to apply to schools. Cue flashback montage: overtly cocky sixteen-year-old me is utterly convinced I didn't need to apply to more than my dream school, because I was naive enough to believe I didn't need a back-up plan because, like, hello, I am *that* awesome why wouldn't they take me? Yes, in retrospect I realize that I wasn't necessarily as intelligent to the ways of the world as I ought to have been, but don't judge me! Who among us can say that their teenage self is someone they'd like to be more like after growing up? That's right, I thought so.
Anyways, it's getting close to application deadline dates, and one of my teachers who I didn't request any letters of recommendation from asks me where I ended up submitting my applications. They're shocked when I unveil my master plan of only applying to one school, and proceed to strongly encourage me to apply to somewhere else just in case, and end up selling me on Santa Clara (it was their alma mater as well). Lo and behold, I do not get into my dream school (curses! I was wait-listed there, though) but do get into SCU, and September finds me wandering its campus.
I wouldn't ever willingly admit this while a student there (case in point: I graduated early mainly because I was dying to get off the campus because it wasn't my dream school), but in retrospect, I was relatively happy at SCU. I definitely met some amazing individuals who will be lifelong friends, and all of the professors I had were extremely knowledgeable in their field and took an interest in their students. Small class sizes probably help in this regard.
Bottom line: It gets a solid four stars because if you can get in and get financial aid, it's an investment well worth it if you plan on staying in the area after you graduate. The name is getting relatively well-known in the Bay, but it's still not on the level of the Ivies (yet).
- Santa Clara UniversityJan 14, 2013
This was my alma mater. I loved Santa Clara University despite the insanely high price tag because I really did feel like they were able to provide me with the best education that I wanted, custom tailored to my needs.
I was an Engineering & Business major and was able to complete over 400 units with the help of the academic committee allowing me to do all kinds of corner cutting with pre-requisite classes to help me achieve my goals. They didn't just spat out NO in my face, instead they really worked with me on a plan and tried to accommodate my needs while still in keeping with why these pre-requisites were there . Yes, I paid for it, but in the end isn't that what education is about? People who are there to help your to propel you forward.
I liked that my professors mostly had real world experience, that they didn't do a ton of research and were always available during office hours and even outside of those hours. I enjoyed the small class sizes and their attention to detail. I love that once you have your mind set on something people in your department are there to help you achieve it. That's hard to find in public schools and even some other private school institutions.
I definitely felt that the education I received from Santa Clara played a crucial part in paving way for my graduation and opportunities I got when I did graduate. I would recommend Santa Clara and would definitely do it again if I had to!
- Santa Clara UniversityMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Nov 04, 2012
I graduated from here Winter 2010.
I had a phenomenal experience here. If there are 3 reasons you should go to SCU, they are:
1. The people - you get a great mix of people and experiences to learn from.
2. The academics and professors - the classes are small and you get a great dose of one-on-one with those around you. None better.
3. The location - SCU is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. There is a lot to do in the area and a lot of room for adventure, especially if you aren't from the area!
- Santa Clara UniversityMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 04, 2012
Ok - maybe I'm a little biased.....I graduated from here.
I liked this place - small world feel and good weather. The classes were small, the people - even if they were naive and sometimes trite meant well - and have you seen the roses?
What's not to like?
Grant it they aren't as political as some places and not as progressive as others.....but you're not going here for that.
And if you're paying the tuition here.. at least take a rose.