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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.
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Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university, offers its
|School type||private, coed college|
|Academic calendar||differs by program|
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.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||51.2%|
|Application deadline||January 7|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 7|
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.
|4-year graduation rate||79%|
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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.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
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|
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.
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||$42,156 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$12,546 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data