Santa Clara University

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500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053

Phone: (408) 554-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 7
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
U.S. News rank Category Name
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Santa Clara University is a private institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,250, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 106 acres. It utilizes a program-based academic calendar. Santa Clara University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 2. Its tuition and fees are $42,156 (2013-14).

Santa Clara University is located in the Silicon Valley town of Santa Clara, Calif., about an hour from San Francisco. The university offers arts and entertainment programs at the Center of Performing Arts and the de Saisset Museum of art and history. There are more than 100 student organizations on campus including the Santa Clara Community Action Program, a volunteer service organization, and the Santa Clara Review, a biannual literary magazine. Santa Clara offers housing in its residence halls, and students can also join a Residential Learning Community. The Santa Clara Broncos field nearly 20 Division I athletic teams and are known for their successful soccer and volleyball programs. The Ruff Riders—the official student booster club of SCU athletics—is the largest organization on campus.

Santa Clara’s graduate programs include the Leavey School of Business, School of Law, and Jesuit School of Theology. Approximately one third of students study abroad during their time at Santa Clara. Undergraduates can study in either the College of Arts and Sciences, Leavey School of Business, or School of Engineering. Santa Clara’s annual President’s Speaker Series has featured Santa Clara alumna and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, primatologist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall, and Santa Clara alumnus and author of the best-selling novel The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini.

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

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university, offers its
students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and
engineering, plus master's and law degrees and a doctorate in engineering
Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S.
master's universities, California's oldest operating higher-education institution
demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. Founded in 1851
by the Society of Jesus as Santa Clara College, SCU was established on the
site of Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the eighth of 21 California missions. The
university draws upon more than 450 years of the Jesuit tradition to educate
students and citizens prepared to contribute to a more just, humane, and sustainable world. Located 45 miles south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University offers abundant career opportunities and access to a variety of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. The 106-acre campus features beautiful gardens and landscaping, and contains more than 50 buildings, the newest being the Schott Admission & Enrollment Services Building, which combines the offices of Admission, Financial Aid, the Bursar, and Registrar under one roof and features an interactive exhibit about the university.
At Santa Clara, the notion of sustainability informs many of the classes and campus activities. University leaders have committed to reducing carbon dioxide
emissions to a level 20 percent below 1990. High student satisfaction and
achievement are reflected in the fact that 95 percent of freshman students
advance to the sophomore year and 86 percent graduate within six years,
among the highest percentages in the country. One example of high student
achievement is 2009 SCU graduate Beth Tellman, who double majored in
sustainable globalization and environmental studies, received the Fulbright U.S.
Student Award, and researches food security for coffee farmers in El Salvador.
Santa Clara's emphasis on a community of scholars and integrated education
attracts faculty members who are as committed to their students intellectual and
moral development as they are to pursuing their own scholarship. Santa Clara
University's 516 full-time faculty members include Fulbright professors, nationally recognized authors and poets, groundbreaking scientists, and highly regarded economic forecasters. The integration of Santa Clara University and the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST) in 2009 resulted in the new Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Santa Clara University's 92,260 alumni live in all 50 states and in 111 foreign countries. President Barack Obama
has selected SCU alumni to hold significant government posts, including Janet Napolitano as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. In 2012, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine named Santa Clara University among the top 50 best values among private universities nationwide, and Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the undergraduate business program 38th in the nation. For nearly a decade, the School of Law's intellectual property program has been recognized among the top 10 in the country. The University also was named to the 2013 U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor
Roll for community service programs and student involvement.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation Catholic
Academic calendar differs by program
Setting city
2012 Endowment $688,118,000


When applying to Santa Clara University, it's important to note the application deadline is January 7, and the early action deadline and the early decision deadline are November 1 and November 1, respectively. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 7. The application fee at Santa Clara University is $55. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 51.2 percent and an early acceptance rate of 66.5 percent.

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

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 51.2%
Application deadline January 7
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 7

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Santa Clara University is 12:1, and the school has 40.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Santa Clara University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Engineering; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 79%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Social Sciences 17%
Engineering 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Santa Clara University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,250, with a gender distribution of 50.2 percent male students and 49.8 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Santa Clara University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 8,519
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 NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Santa Clara University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, day care, health service, and health insurance. Santa Clara University 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 Santa Clara University, 36 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Santa Clara University.

Students who have cars on campus 36%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Santa Clara University, 44.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,985.

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Tuition and fees $42,156 (2013-14)
Room and board $12,546 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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