Menlo College

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1000 El Camino Real

Atherton, CA 94027

Phone: (800) 556-3656
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#10 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Menlo College is a private institution that was founded in 1927. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 681, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 40 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Menlo College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 10. Its tuition and fees are $37,100 (2013-14).

At Menlo College, students study business topics in Silicon Valley. The college offers about 15 business-related degrees, such as Entrepreneurship and Sports Management, and stresses the importance of completing internships. The undergraduate student body is capped at 750 students, more than 60 percent of whom are male. More than 40 percent of students are involved in Menlo College athletics, via Division III teams known as the Oaks and Lady Oaks. Other extracurricular opportunities exist in about 30 student clubs and organizations at Menlo College, from the Finance Club to the Nerf Battle Club.

Freshmen must live on the school’s campus, unless they commute from a parent’s home within a 30-mile radius. That puts them in a relatively convenient location for road trips, as both San Francisco and the nearest access point to the Pacific Ocean are about a half hour’s drive from campus. Notable alumni of Menlo College include Alwaleed bin Talal, a Saudi prince, and musician Bob Shane, former member of The Kingston Trio.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Menlo College, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, is a small, prestigious business school dedicated to providing students with a business education built on a foundation of liberal arts.
Committed faculty and staff help students focus on their skills as leaders, communicators, and team members, while preparing them for long-term success in the business world. Menlo works to give students a wide variety of opportunities to develop knowledge and personal relationships that will propel them into exciting careers. Menlo is a close community of motivated students who are driven to excel not only in business but in athletics, student organizations, and off-campus activities that are available to them.

Menlo College's location makes it uniquely suited to provide the nation's best in business education. Silicon Valley is one of the most entrepreneurial, innovative areas in the country, and its importance in the world of business and technology is well known. Menlo is situated midway between San Francisco and San Jose and gives students easy access to internships and work experience during their time at the college. The area also provides a multitude of career opportunities close at hand after graduation. By focusing on business education and long-term planning, Menlo College helps students gain the advantage they need to enter into the business world in any economic climate.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1927
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $27,183,837


When applying to Menlo College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 31. The application fee at Menlo College is $40. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 92.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 92.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 31

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Menlo College is 14:1, and the school has 46.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Menlo College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Psychology, General; Finance, General; and Accounting. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 70.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 34%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 52%
Psychology, General 13%
Finance, General 10%
Accounting 6%

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Student Life

Menlo College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 681, with a gender distribution of 63.1 percent male students and 36.9 percent female students. At this school, 67 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 33 percent of students live off campus. Menlo College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 681
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Menlo College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance. Menlo College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Menlo College, 66 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Menlo College.

Students who have cars on campus 66%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Menlo College, 66.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $24,443.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $37,100 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,902 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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