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Academics

Located “in the heart of Silicon Valley,” Santa Clara University is a mid-size Jesuit school that blends “the Jesuit philosophy of social justice” with access to the “the tech capital of the world.” That proximity means “job opportunities are neverending,” and that students have easy access to a “great alumni network.” Overall, undergrads note that “academics are challenging but not unbearable,” mentioning popular majors in retail studies, business, art, and engineering. Taking advantage of its prime location, the school offers opportunities outside the classroom as well—“Students … get involved on all levels, whether it be on campus, domestically, or internationally.” This is achieved through “clubs, immersion trips, fellowship programs, … and study abroad” programs. These initiatives serve to offer a “holistic curriculum [that] encompasses all aspects of knowledge,” one undergrad says. Faculty members take the same approach, and one student notes that professors “are caring about not just the students’ learning, but their lives outside of the classroom.” A few students comment that some professors are “only teaching because they have to in order to do research,” but the general impression is one of “qualified and knowledgeable” industry professionals who are “leaders in their fields.” One student offers a summation of praise: “Good academics, great professors, beautiful campus.”

Student Body

Santa Clara Broncos say their peers are “collaborative,” “caring,” and “helpful.” Many comment on the “strong sense of community” created by students who are “willing to work and help each other accomplish success in their areas of study.” And while “the academic scene is very competitive,” the majority of people “here are interested in helping others and working together to create positive change in the world.” Many “students come from the Bay Area” and are “mostly upper-class people from private schools,” and while the consensus is that SCU’s student body is “not diverse, … [it is] generally very positive and welcoming.” It is “a warm and inclusive atmosphere,” one undergrad says. Politically, “the school is fairly liberal but also has a big conservative base to it.”

Campus Life

The Santa Clara campus is always buzzing with activity because “students are highly involved in at least one aspect of university life, whether it be academic commitment, extracurricular activities, career development, or social networking.” Fitness is a popular focus of choice: Most days you’ll “see people packing the gym” because Broncos “love to work out.” Of course, this is if they find the extra time— students are often “engaged in internships” or “studying in the library, socializing in the student center, or hanging out in their … residence halls.” And because “the weather here is absolutely amazing,” people “are usually outside … for studying, reading, [or] relaxing.” They also manage to squeeze in Greek Life: “Sorority and fraternity culture is prevalent (but not dominating), and that involves a lot of partying,” one student says. Others add, “there are a lot of parties going on throughout the week,” but say it is balanced with “non-drinking on-campus alternatives.” Beyond campus, “SCU is a stone’s throw away from [the mountains and beach in] Santa Cruz, San Francisco, [and] Lake Tahoe.” It’s a “great local area [with] so much to do,” declares one happy student.

Overview

Applicants
16,242
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

51%
Over 3.75
33%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
630 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
640 - 740
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — January 7


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10.46:1
Total Faculty
910
with Terminal Degree
757

493
Men
417
Women
243
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • Ethnic Studies.
  • Women's Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting and Business/Management.
  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Finance, General.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Organizational Behavior Studies.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • Italian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Mathematics and Computer Science.
  • Natural Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

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

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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"

Steve Sordello
Chief Financial Officer, LinkedIn

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

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

Julie Johnston Ertz
US Soccer Female Player of the Year (2017), FIFA World Cup Winner (2015)

Gavin Newsom
Governor of California

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
84%
Graduate in 5 years
90%
Graduate in 6 years
91%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

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

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$66,800

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$139,100

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$68,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$143,100

Percent High Job Meaning
44%

Percent STEM
29%


Students Say

Santa Clara University has an “exceptionally helpful” Career Center which offers counseling, networking opportunities, and professional development services from traditional resume building to how to craft a great LinkedIn profile. Praise for career services is widespread, with many students citing it as one of the school's strengths. “The University has a phenomenal career center that was able to find me a top notch internship” and “they have so many connections [that] there is no reason why anyone should not have a job or internship because of all the resources they provide.” Outside of the Career Center, students praise an environment where “my professors all have access to the type of resources that will help us further our careers” and the Business and Engineering schools are particularly known for “placing graduates at top firms throughout the valley.”

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,180

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$30,817

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,415

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
36%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,640

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$33,180

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,998
Required Fees
$636
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,917

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

On-Campus Room and Board
$15,507
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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)

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
5,520
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

16.37%
Asian
3.02%
African-American
18.04%
Hispanic
48.56%
Caucasian
2.13%
Unknown
4.16%
International

49% female
51% male
28% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
56%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
96%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Ignacia Villavelazquez-Hill

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
2

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
2

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
2

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
2

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
101
Number of Honor Societies
28

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
16

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

35% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Broncos)
9 Sports

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

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Sand Volleyball
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.

98/99
AASHE STARS® rating
GOLD
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
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
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 March, 2019.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell, HP

Campus Visits Contact

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

Phone
(408) 554-4700


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Historic Mission Church; Mission Gardens
Leavey Center
Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library
Benson Memorial Student Center
Dowd Art and Art History Building
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley?the hub of the world?s most innovative environment. Here lines are blurred between where our campus ends and the vibrant entrepreneurial environment of San Francisco and the South Bay begins. Curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness that is grounded in the tradition of Jesuit education. The stunning 106-acre urban campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de As?s, and is landscaped with expansive lawns, towering palms, and roses.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
SAP Center; home of the San Jose Sharks and the 2019 NHL All-Star Game
Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco; a vibrant and diverse city
Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Beaches
Santana Row Shopping and Dining Destination
Levi's Stadium, home to the SF 49ers
Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite are popular weekend trip destinations (a few hours drive). Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, a bit farther south, are also popular excursions.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday

(408) 554-4700

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 Admissions Office

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Class Visits & Overnight Stays - timing varies and only for admitted students via their student portal, we generally ask for 1-2 weeks advance notice

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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