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College Review: Santa Clara University


May 1 2006, 12:39 AM (Post #1)
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College Name: Santa Clara University
Nicknames: SCU
Type of College: Four year private university
Academic System: Quarter (10 weeks)
Mascot: Broncos
Founded: 1851
Current President: Fr. Paul Locatelli, SJ
Location: Santa Clara, California
Religious Affiliation: Roman Catholic Church
Programs: Leavey School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, School of Education and Pastoral Ministries, School of Law
Strongest Programs: Engineering, Business

Ranks: 10th, Executive MBA; 14th, Engineering; 2nd, Masters Program
Athletics: Division 1-A
SAT Score Range: Recommended 1100-1200
GPA: Recommended 3.3 or higher

Tuition: $30,000 (roughly)
Room/board: $15,519 (2006)

Notable Alumni
Gavin Newsome, San Francisco Mayor
Brandi Chastain, US Women's Soccer
Jerry Brown Jr, former Governor of California
Zoe Lofgren, Congresswoman
Steve Nash, Professional basketball player, Phoenix Suns
Randy Winn, Professional baseball player, San Francisco Giants
Tom McEnery, Former Mayor of San Jose

Initial Impression
I have been to SCU's campus for at least 8 years now. I went to SCU in science camp way back in 4th grade and since the beginning of high school, math contest and speech and debate tournaments. The campus, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, is just over 1,000 acres big and has the setting of Palm Trees, coupled with the good weather and sunshine of typical California weather.

Academics
SCU prides itself on the Jesuit education, which stresses Conscience, Compassion and Competence and makes it clear from the beginning that they want the individual student to become a whole person, not just well versed in their particular major. As a result, SCUís core curriculum doesnít just include your required English and performing arts classes, but also Religious Studies courses.

SCU's strongest programs are Engineering, Business and Law. The Engineering program is 14th in the nation and its business program is tops regionally with many recruiters taking SCU students right even before they graduate. The Accounting program in the business school is the most rigorous, churning out many graduates.

Classes are generally small giving an intimate feel for those who value such. Students are highly encouraged to go to office hours, and those who are get to know their professor better, which translates into good letters of recommendation for graduate school. Some professors take it a step further, as my business professor did, giving students on his syllabus his home, cell and car phone numbers. His only rule? Donít call after 9 pm, because he will be sleeping.

Beyond the classroom, SCU has a unique feature known as the Residential Learning Community (RLC). There are over 10 of these on campus, and each of these occupies a Residential Hall. RLCs are designed so that students are put in the same class and can work on group projects together without having to walk across campus to someone elseís residence hall to do it.

Social life
Social life around SCU is pretty good. In the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz and the beaches are only 20 minutes away; San Francisco is 45 minutes away and Yosemite a three hour drive. While it may not be the urban bustle of Los Angeles, it still gets the job done. Interested in shopping? The likes of Santana Row are just 5 minutes away. Want to go to San Francisco? Thatís done too, as the Caltrain station is just across the street and for $12, one can get from SCU to San Francisco in a round trip.

For those interested in sports, the San Jose Sharks (NHL), San Francisco Giants and Oakland A's (MLB), Golden State Warriors (NBA) and 49ers and Raiders (NFL) are there. College sports helps too. Soccer is one of the best sports on the SCU campus, with both menís and womenís teams ranked among the top 25 in the nation. Menís water polo and womenís volleyball are also sports with national recognition. Former US womenís soccer team player Brandi Chastain and current NBA 2-time MVP Steve Nash both graduated from SCU.

But if youíre not interested in watching sports, SCU also provides you with the Pat Malley Fitness Center, named after the ex-SCU football coach. Everything from basketball courts to a weight room to fields for football and rugby are available. Worried about seeing fat people? No worries; SCU was ranked No. 16 in a poll of the fittest campuses in the nation.

SCU also has a variety of clubs, numbering a little over 80. Ruff Riders, the biggest club on campus, is a student booster club that attends games and cheers on the Broncos. Other notable clubs include the SCU Democrats, Santa Clara Community Action Program (SCCAP), as well as networking clubs such as the Accounting and Finance Associations. Students also interested in writing for the newspaper The Santa Clara or The Redwood (yearbook) can do those as well. Students of different ethnicities can also join clubs in the Multicultural Center (MCC), such as Chinese Students Association (CSA), Vietnamese Students Association (VSA), Asian Pacific Student Union (APSU) and Barkada (Filipino).

Drinking on campus however, is a problem at SCU, like most universities. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights are the biggest party nights. The Santa Clara, the campus newspaper reports that in Fall 2006, 12 students have been taken to the hospital for drinking too much and 246 have been cited in general. There are however, many other things that one can do around campus, such as watch sporting events, go off campus among other things. The Bronco, the campus bar (alcohol is open to 21 and older), has club dances as well as local bands on certain days of the week and is usually open until very early in the morning.

In addition, there are some campus fraternities and sororities, but they are not recognized by the campus, despite the fact that they are highly publicized and do hold rushes during the fall quarter.

And finally, as a Catholic and Jesuit institution, religion is not crammed down your throat. If you are atheist, you are very much welcome here and nobody will try to cram down the teachings of Jesus to you. Liturgies, Sunday night mass and everything else are absolutely optional.

4 reasons to go to SCU

1) The small intimate academic environment
Santa Clara provides the prospective student with the small class environment. Classes range from less than 20 to not over 40. Students can interact more easily with professors. The term TA is rarely heard around campus. In addition, the RLC makes for great community-based learning.

2) The food choices
Food here is catered by Bon Apetit, and if you are looking for good food, itís here. SCUís food is homemade, nothing is frozen, and everything is bought local. Daily turnover is high, so you are ensured that you didnít get yesterdayís leftover dinner, but rather todayís freshly homemade food. Itís also quite hard to get the freshman 15.

3) The career options
Located in Silicon Valley, the career options are endless for those. With recruiters getting students before they graduate, and students graduating at an 83% per year level, itís obvious that students are doing well.

4) Diversity
SCU is diverse in terms of where people are from. If you go to nearby San Jose State or a UC, you will find that most are from California, and carry many of the same ideology as you. At SCU, you will find people from all over the place. In fact, 2 people on my floor are from Chicago, another from Denver, some from the Bay Area and a whole many others from Hawaii.

4 reasons not to go to SCU
1) Academic Attention

For those of you who want to get lost in a school and just hide, SCU is not the place for you to go. Students complain that professors here tend to get to know your name and classes like I said are very small. If you want to skip class and not get noticed, a bigger school is more desirable.

2) A football team
College football is huge on college campuses. SCU doesnít have a football team, as it was disbanded in 1993, but we do have lots of other sports. Just no tailgating for you on Saturdays, thatís all.

3) It costs too much
It costs $45,500 to come to SCU every year. No joke. (Harvard costs more though) In the long run though, I think the amount you pay will come back and benefit you.

4) There arenít enough courses
A school of a little 4,000 means that there are generally less classes that are random and creative. You wonít find your ďintroduction to the analysis of Harry PotterĒ anywhere, as opposed to a larger school. If you want that Harry Potter class, best go to that state university or somewhere else.

In closingÖ
I have enjoyed my time here at Santa Clara University. The classes are hard, the tuition high and the quarter fast, but what it boils down to is the amount of attention as well as bonds you create with your professors as well as fellow students and friends. Yes, you will pay top dollar per year to come here, and you will be challenged, and you will meet professors who want to know you more than anything. But isnít that what education is all about? Interacting with those who wish to share the wealth of knowledge they have collected over the years?

Happy college searching!

For More Information
http://www.scu.edu/

This post has been edited by alblurt06: Nov 14 2006, 12:46 AM
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May 1 2006, 01:40 AM (Post #2)
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o_o... you're going there? What happened to Irvine?

I think it might be nice to point out the bad parts too stongue.gif And, what's the \ after the URL for? A typo?

Besides those, good submission ssmile.gif I like it. Thanks!
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May 1 2006, 10:32 PM (Post #3)
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Wow.

15th in the nation.

Top notch eh?

=P
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May 2 2006, 12:25 AM (Post #4)
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uhh,..not really stongue.gif

but good enough
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May 2 2006, 02:01 AM (Post #5)
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o_o Are you serious? Engineering: 15th in the nation? >_>...

Where are your sources? XD

BTW watch out for your possessives.
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May 2 2006, 02:03 AM (Post #6)
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I saw this on their banner when I visited. stongue.gif

The Master's Program being No. 2 in the west is confirmed. Go check US News and World Report for that one.
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May 3 2006, 10:47 PM (Post #7)
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Well the criteria for each magazine is different....
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May 3 2006, 10:56 PM (Post #8)
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US News is the most legit out of all magazines.
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Nov 13 2006, 08:24 PM (Post #9)
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College review updated. Feedback would be good.
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Nov 14 2006, 12:16 AM (Post #10)
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XD you have five reasons under four reasons to go to SCU XD
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Nov 14 2006, 12:46 AM (Post #11)
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Changed.

Anyone else?
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