Santa Clara is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Santa Clara, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 5,411 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Santa Clara acceptance rate is 54%. Popular majors include Finance, Communications, and Psychology. Graduating 90% of students, Santa Clara alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $53,600.
NCAA Division I (without football)
West Coast Conference
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.81 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.123 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.123 responses
Undergrads Over 25
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.115 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.158 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
Santa Clara University Reviews
I will be a freshman at Santa Clara University during the next fall semester. My brother also attends SCU and is going to be a senior. We both love California and all of the opportunity the school has to offer. It is a private, jesuit university that has an amazing education, diversity, location, and food! You will love your experience, and I'm looking forward to mine.
So far, I love my experience at SCU! Everyone I've encountered has been friendly and the professors are awesome to talk to. The campus is beautiful and a perfect size. There are many resources open to students to help them out academically and with their career interests. If I were to point out any cons, housing can get expensive, the party scene isn't very big, and attending athletic sporting events isn't as common as other colleges. However, I still think SCU was the right choice for me.
I am grateful for the education I received at SCU. It is incredibly elite like all the other schools ranked in the Top1 on U.S. News West. While my professors and classmates were driven and super-bright, Santa Clara as a whole maintains an exclusionary culture. I come from a low-income background and was at times belittled for not being able to afford expensive excursions into San Jose, having less than glamorous clothing, and even for what my parents do for a living. The fact that a segment of Santa Clara's student body is majorly right-wing conservative (bordering on racist/discriminatory) certainly doesn't remedy the exclusionary culture. If I could do the college process all over again, I'm not sure I would pick Santa Clara.