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Santa Clara, CA 95053
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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University Rating: 4.6/5 (52 votes)

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Academics

Santa Clara University, a Jesuit Catholic University, has been in operation for over 150 years in the Silicon Valley area of California. The university holds the distinction of having the fourth-highest graduation rate among U.S. master’s universities. Santa Clara University is organized into 5 schools and colleges including the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, School of Engineering, School of Law, Leavey School of Business and the Jesuit School of Theology.

The School of Law is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 law schools in the U.S. and the undergraduate engineering program is ranked among the top 30 engineering schools in the nation.Santa Clara University offers both undergraduate and graduate programs and is dedicated to instilling the qualities of confidence, compassion and conscience while at the same time providing a quality education. Classes at Santa Clara are small with an average student-to-teacher ratio of 13:1. This small class size has helped Santa Clara earn the highest average freshmen retention rate in the West.

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Unique Programs

One of the unique programs offered at Santa Clara University is Residential Learning Communities or RLCs. An RLC is a group of students who take classes together and live in the same residence hall. What makes these RLCs unique is that each RLC is organized around one or two themes such as community service or faith and justice. All freshmen will be members of an RLC. The RLC helps students form strong connections to each other, the university and the community.

Admissions

Applying to Santa Clara University for undergraduate admissions involves the online submission of their common application, transcripts, Official SAT or ACT scores, school reports and letters of recommendation. The university does not require an interview but does encourage applicants to visit the campus and to talk with current students and alumni to get a complete picture of what getting an education at Santa Clara University is really like.

The early decision application process begins in November and continues through early spring. Freshmen applicants are encouraged to apply early.The graduate admissions process is similar to the undergraduate process but applications are submitted directly to the graduate school for the program the applicant wishes to pursue. Students wishing to pursue graduate studies at Santa Clara should contact the program directly to understand the current requirements for their desired field of study.

Financial Aid

The University understands the high cost of education can be cause for concern for many prospective students and does offer a full service Financial Aid office.

Some of the financial aid options available to students include scholarships and grants, student employment, and loans. The Financial Aid office can provide assistance in navigating the financial aid application process as well as providing advice to help students and their families choose the financial aid options which are the best fit for their individual situations.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3423rd for the average student loan amount.
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Students

Santa Clara University has a campus that is rich with Spanish and Californian history. The 106-acre campus of Santa Clara University is located in the heart of the Silicon Valley area of California at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. One of the biggest advantages of the location of Santa Clara campus is the close proximity to over 6,500 high-tech companies.

The campus has 50 buildings including two libraries, residence halls, an extensive athletics facility and a student center. At the heart of the campus is the Mission Santa Clara de Asis. The Mission was built in 1772 and is the eighth oldest of the original 21 California Missions. One of the beautiful historic features of the campus is the Adobe Lodge which was built in 1822 as part of the original Santa Clara Mission establishment. The Adobe Lodge is situated within the mission The campus is also home to the Center of Performing Arts and de Saisset Museum of Art and History.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

Santa Clara has a strong tradition of powerful competitive sports teams. The Santa Clara Broncos compete in Division I with 19 intercollegiate sports teams. In addition, the university offers intramural sports, club sports, fitness classes and a wellness center. Many Santa Clara Broncos have gone on to participate in professional sports and the Olympics after graduation.

Alumni

  • Andy Ackerman ’78, TV producer and director
  • Ron Lagomarsino ’73, movie director
  • Shemar Moore ’92, TV actor
  • David Drummond ’86, Vice President and General Counsel, Google
  • Peter Oppenheimer MBA ’87, senior vice president and CFO, Apple Computer
  • Michael Mondavi ’66, past chairman, president & CEO of Robert Mondavi Corporation, founder of Folio Wine Company
  • Frank Cepollina ‘59, inventor, National Inventors Hall of Fame; deputy associate director, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope Development Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. ’59, governor of California (second term), former California State Attorney General, former mayor of Oakland
  • Janet Napolitano ’79, Secretary of Homeland Security Obama Admistration and former governor of Arizona
  • Brent Jones ’85, former professional football player, San Francisco 49ers, former NFL analyst for The NFL Today and CBS

Additional School Information

The Jesuit Tradition has a long and proud history at Santa Clara University. It is what makes Santa Clara special. This tradition is marked by a lifelong dedication to learning and a strong commitment to faith and values. These values are included throughout the curriculum and student life in an effort to promote holistic student development. All students receive a core foundation in religion, theology and culture.

Bibliography

  • Campus, www.scu.edu/aboutscu/history.cfm, web, 21 July 2011
  • Alumni, www.scu.edu/about/alumni/notable.cfm, web, 21 July 2011
  • Unique Programs, www.scu.edu/rlc/basics/, web, 21 July, 2011
  • Santa Clara Core-Curriculum Guide. Santa Clara: Santa Clara U, 2011. Web. 21 July, 2011 <http://www.scu.edu/provost/ugst/core2009/upload/Core-Guide-Web-Version-UPDATED-070611.pdf>.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in California and 85th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1 0.01
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 4 0.05
Arrest 7 0.08

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 94 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 2 0.00
Forcible Rape 14 0.01
Robbery 67 0.06
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 409 0.35
Larceny 2,202 1.87
Vehicle theft 322 0.27

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle doctoral (other field)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District617

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 83rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $42,156 $42,156 $42,156
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $1,171 $1,171 $1,171
FT Graduate Tuition $24,705 $24,705 $24,705
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $915 $915 $915
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $59,589 $59,589 $59,589
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $59,301 $59,301 $59,301
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $48,141 $48,141 $48,141

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $45,000 $45,000
Law Degree — Required Fees N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $39,048 $40,572 $39,048 $40,572 $39,048 $40,572
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,665
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,997 $12,276
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,096 $3,168
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,275

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$55
Graduate Application Fee$100
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 14,339 (6,602 male / 7,737 female)
Admitted 7,344 (3,389 male / 3,955 female)
Admission rate 51%
First-time Enrollment 1,278 (680 male / 598 female)
FT Enrollment 1,276 (679 male / 597 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment8,770

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Recommendations
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference West Coast Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference West Coast Conference

ACT Test Admission

104th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 48%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 27 / 31

SAT Test Admission

104th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 79%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 590 / 680
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 610 / 700
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1200 / 1380

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity3,013
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 278 52 247 387 3 730 355 2,142
Accounting 6 3 15 33 41 89 193
Accounting and Business/Management 1 1 5 2 1 11
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Anthropology 3 5 3 13
Applied Mathematics, General 2 3 7 12
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 2 4 7
Biochemistry 2 5 4 1 12
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 4 7 3 5 21
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 2 1 8 12 18 9 52
Business Administration and Management, General 64 4 9 94 98 39 314
Business/Managerial Economics 2 2 3 4 2 14
Chemistry, General 1 2 2 2 7
Christian Studies 1 1 5 2 10
Civil Engineering, General 2 1 8 9 12 8 44
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
Computer Engineering, General 54 5 23 20 10 115
Computer Software Engineering 4 2 4 1 11
Counseling Psychology 3 2 8 13 33 11 70
Divinity/Ministry 6 1 1 9 17
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1 2 5 2 15
Economics, General 1 1 4 6 20 9 44
Education, Other 1 6 4 17 3 32
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 11 3 26 11 56
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 12 2 2 18 7 4 49
Elementary Education and Teaching 2 5 6 7 20
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician 3 1 2 1 1 8
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics 1 2 1 4
Engineering, General 1 1
Engineering/Industrial Management 29 1 21 15 4 71
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 6 15 8 33
Environmental Science 2 3 3 10
Environmental Studies 4 3 2 10
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
Finance, General 11 7 15 25 2 58 18 141
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 2 1 5 1 10
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General 1 5 15 4 26
Information Resources Management 17 1 4 7 2 31
International Law and Legal Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 2 2 4 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 4 1 6 2 14
Management Information Systems, General 2 5 1 8
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 3 12 14 35 12 83
Mathematics and Computer Science 1 2 2 1 8
Mathematics, General 2 3 4 8 5 23
Mechanical Engineering 4 2 8 9 29 7 64
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1 1
Music, General 1 1 1 3
Organizational Behavior Studies 2 1 2 3 1 3 12
Philosophy 1 2 1 11 2 18
Physics, General 1 1 4 2 8
Political Science and Government, General 3 3 22 6 22 7 69
Programs for Foreign Lawyers 13 1 1 15
Psychology, General 2 2 18 12 31 11 81
Public Health, General 1 6 5 6 7 26
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 2 9 7 24
Sociology 3 10 1 12 2 29
Spanish Language and Literature 4 2 6
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 3 1 6
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 2 17 6 1 53 19 111
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 14 2 2 2 2 22
Theology/Theological Studies 3 4 7
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 3 3 2 1 10
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 159th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $105,604 ($112,122 male / $94,363 female)
Number of FT Faculty 508 (291 male / 217 female)
Number of PT Faculty 844
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $19,438,000

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