Students Say

Santa Clara University is a medium sized Jesuit school, distinctly influenced by its unique location in California’s Silicon Valley. SCU is known for its strong programs in the liberal arts; however, the school also operates a “nationally ranked business school” and “fabulous engineering degree.” No matter what your field, SCU is “exceptionally good at preparing students for the real world,” and, within all academic programs, the “focus of the course work is very application-based.” In the Jesuit tradition, the school “encourages us to apply our education to our surrounding communities.”

Overview

Applicants
14,985
Acceptance Rate
49%
Average HS GPA
3.67

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
36%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
5%
3.00 - 3.24
1%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
590 - 680
SAT Math
620 - 710
ACT Composite
27 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 1

Regular
January 7

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

Students Say

Santa Clara University is a medium sized Jesuit school, distinctly influenced by its unique location in California’s Silicon Valley. SCU is known for its strong programs in the liberal arts; however, the school also operates a “nationally ranked business school” and “fabulous engineering degree.” No matter what your field, SCU is “exceptionally good at preparing students for the real world,” and, within all academic programs, the “focus of the course work is very application-based.” In the Jesuit tradition, the school “encourages us to apply our education to our surrounding communities.” As such, many “courses are based on social justice, so they think about the global application. Even math classes.” Serious students recommend the university honors program, with “its small seminar styled classes led by the school’s top professors.” While there are “a handful of teachers that just don’t make the cut,” most SCU professors are “highly qualified” and “very enthusiastic about the material they teach.” With a student to teacher ratio of twelve to one, “classes are discussion-based, with an emphasis on learning from each other instead of only from the professor.” Professors consistently “take the time necessary to ensure that students understand the material discussed in class,” and outside of class, “they are always available for office hours for extra help.” For anyone looking to get into the software or Internet industry, you can’t beat SCU’s “great location in the heart of the Silicon Valley.” “Santa Clara has a fantastic career center that provides numerous resources to students in their internship and job searches,” and participating in a local internship can “enrich what we’ve learned through classroom curriculum with on-the-job experience.” Though some students feel the campus could be even greener, they’re happy to report that “the school is huge on sustainability and having a green mindset.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12.16:1
Total Faculty
917
with Terminal Degree
723

518
Men
399
Women
217
Minority
14
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
91%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
85%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral Other
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Leon Panetta
Former US Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director, Obama Admin

Khaled Hosseini
Author "The Kite Runner", "Thousand Splendid Suns", "The Mountains Echoed"

David Drummond
Senior VP of Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google, Inc.

Steve Nash
NBA basketball player; two-time MVP winner 2005-2006

Janet Napolitano
Former US Secretary of Homeland Security, President UC System

Andy Ackerman
Award-winning Television producer and director

Dee Dee Myers
Former White House Press Secretary under President Clinton

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Bottom Line

Tuition and fees for a year at Santa Clara University are listed at just under $44,000, with room and board totaling an additional $13,000. Combined with books, supplies, and expenses, students can expect to spend approximately $59,000 per year to attend Santa Clara. That’s not cheap, and while some students describe their peers as largely “upper middle class,” others refer to students “who are on almost complete full scholarship and financial aid.” Sixty-three percent of students receive need-based financial aid. The average need-based award package for all undergraduates is around $20,979 in scholarships or grants and $5,108 in loans, and for students who land one of the school’s substantial merit scholarships the deal is even sweeter.

Bang For Your Buck

Santa Clara offers many opportunities for Federal or State aid via well-known programs like the Pell Grant, and boasts that nearly two-thirds of undergraduates receive scholarships directly from the University. Its prestigious Johnson Scholars Program offers full tuition, room, and board, along with a number of specialized academic opportunities, to a small selection of top-tier applicants for four years. The University’s other top award is the Presidential at Entry Scholarship, which also offers full tuition to outstanding applicants and is likewise renewable for four years. Several smaller awards, both need and merit based, are offered through the University or through specific departments such as Music, Theater and Dance, or Military Science. In addition to scholarships students can qualify for loans and Federal Work Study, and opportunities for student employment are available through the Career Center. Eighty-nine percent of students at Santa Clara receive some manner of financial aid.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,536

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,155

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,003

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,759

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
55%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,536

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,812
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,746

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,134

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Embodying the laid-back California lifestyle, SCU "students are the flip-flop and tank-top-wearing type" and are generally "social and sun loving." "Students are concerned with sustainability, politics, and improving our nation," and "many students spend time volunteering in support of the local community." "The typical student is middle-class," yet, "there are students of all races, shapes, and sizes." Philosophically; "The Jesuits encourage acceptance of all races, religions, and sexual orientations," and there's "a lot of support for minority groups and cultural awareness on campus." A sizable percentage of "students come from a Catholic background," and the prevailing personality is "amiable, culturally understanding, and welcoming of all people." "A lot of the campus population is committed to remaining fit, so you'll see a lot of people at the gym."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,486
Out of State
26%

International
4%
Foreign Countries Represented
44

Demographics

15.56%
Asian
3.26%
African-American
17.71%
Hispanic
50.04%
Caucasian
6.09%
Unknown
3.58%
International

50% female
50% male
26% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

For campus residents, life at SCU is largely defined by the school's system of Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), which group students in housing according to their interests. From your first day on campus, "RLC is a place where you meet most of your friends and are able to hang out and have a great time." With more than 150 student groups on campus, "most people are involved in numerous clubs, whether that is community service or athletics." There's also a prevailinginterest in current events, social responsibility, and service:"Volunteering and community service is a cool thing to do at SCU." In their free time, "students work out together, volunteer together, get involved with clubs, go shopping, go clubbing, go out to dinner, hang out in San Francisco, hang out in Santa Cruz, and party." With "only two or three bars conveniently close by" and strict campus policies against alcohol, "SCU is mainly a house party school." In student resi­ dences near campus, "parties are big on the weekends, and students get to letloose and have fun." Things get particularly upbeat when the sun comes out, and "you will never see more people outside boozing and partying in the sun than spring quarter at Santa Clara." Though surrounding town of SCU can be rather quiet, the campus is located "across the street from the Caltrain and bus stop, making it easy to get to Santa Cruz or San Francisco for the weekend."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
52%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
92
First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disabilities Resources

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ann Ravenscroft, Director or Janis McAlister

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Documentation must be done by a qualified professional

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
24

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Broncos)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Broncos)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: San Jose State University

Sustainability

As a Jesuit institution, Santa Clara University is especially invested in encouraging environmental justice and leading the way towards more sustainable living practices for the benefit of society at large. SCU understands sustainability as finding the balance between a healthy environment, just societies, and a vibrant economy that meet all people’s fundamental needs currently and in the future, especially those of the global poor. That philosophy is reflected in the university’s curriculum: thirty-five departments at SCU offer courses with a sustainability component, and over 700 courses are related to sustainability. SCU offers majors in environmental science and environmental studies, but students from any major can declare the Sustainability Pathway (a mini-minor of sorts, consisting of four courses united around a central theme). Regardless of their major, all students are exposed to sustainability during their time as an student: SCU’s Experiential Learning for Social Justice requires all undergraduates to participate in community-based learning, which often involves environmental justice projects. The Eco-Fashion Show, Residence Energy Challenge, and Swap for Good are fun annual campus events for students to participate in. The Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP) supports year-long research projects on ways to make residence life more sustainable. Through SLURP, teams of students have coordinated the installation of water fountains to cut usage of plastic bottles, studied the effectiveness of energy conservation campaigns, and collaborated with Dining Services to initiate the SCU Food Recovery Network. All undergraduates can choose to live in the CyPhi green residence hall, which currently houses 20 percent of campus residents. The Forge Garden, SCU's half-acre organic garden, serves as a campus space for course research, service learning, sustainable food production, and engages students, employees, and community members to explore environmental impacts and social justice surrounding the food system. An ACUPCC signatory, AASHE member, and STARS Gold-rated, SCU set a goal to become carbon neutral for Scopes 1 and 2 by the end of 2015.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Undergraduate Admissions
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Phone
4085544700


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Historic Mission Church; Mission gardens
Pat Malley Fitness Center
Harrington Learning Commons and Library
Benson Memorial Student Center
Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission & Enrollment Services Building
The palm tree dotted campus is gorgeous, with stunning gardens, walkways, Mission style buildings, and lots of greenery. At the heart of Santa Clara University is the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Founded in 1777, it is the eighth oldest of the original 21 California missions. The current Mission Church was dedicated May 13, 1928. From then until now it has served as the University chapel, and is used by the University community for Masses, baptisms, weddings and funerals. The Mission Church is open to the public and welcomes visitors. The de Saisset Museum at Santa Clara University is the South Bay Area's free Museum of art and history. The 19,210 square foot facility was founded adjacent to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis on the Santa Clara University campus in 1955 and is currently one of only two museums in the South Bay accredited by the American Association of Museums.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Tech Museum, San Jose
San Francisco
Santa Cruz Boardwalk
Santana Row Shopping Center
Lake Tahoe
Napa Valley and Yosemite are popular weekend trip destinations (a few hours drive). Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles are farther flung but also popular excursions.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
4085544700

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
dcoonan@scu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Accepted students

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Jose International Airport is a 3-mile drive from campus. A free shuttle (VTA public bus #10) drops off visitors at campus entrance. Rental cars and taxis, are also available for the trip from airport to campus. San Francisco International Airport is 45 miles north of campus. From there, Airport Connection Shuttles take visitors to the San Jose airport; call 800-AIRPORT (from out of state) or 415-877-0903 (in California) for shuttle timetables and reservations. Amtrak trains serve San Jose; call 800-USA-RAIL for information. Greyhound buses also serve San Jose.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From U.S. 101 (Bayshore Freeway), take the Santa Clara/De La Cruz Blvd. exit. Proceed south 2 miles. As the road forks, keep to the right and follow the signs to the university. From I-880, take the Alameda/Santa Clara exit. Travel north one mile to campus. From I-280, proceed to the interchange with I-880. Take I-880 N. toward Oakland and take the Alameda/Santa Clara exit. The university is 1 mile north of the exit.

Local Accommodations
The Candlewood Suites (481 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; 408-241-9305) is located directly across the street from the University. Days Inn Santa Clara (859 El Camino Real; 408-244-2840) is located 5 blocks from the university. Fairmont Hotel, (170 South Market St., San Jose; 408-998-1900), a 15-minute drive from campus. San Jose Hilton and Towers, (300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose; 408-287-2100), a 12-minute drive from campus.
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Key Stats

14,985
Applicants
5,486
Size
49%
Acceptance Rate
1300
SAT Scores

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