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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
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 5,440 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Santa Clara acceptance rate is 50%. Popular majors include Finance, Communications, and Psychology. Graduating 91% of students, Santa Clara alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $61,100.
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference

Santa Clara University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

SCU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
50%
Application Deadline
January 7
SAT Range
1270-1440
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$41,545/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$27,605/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
76%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.81 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.128 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.128 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,440Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
80
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 67 responses
  • Well-rounded
    42%
  • Driven
    24%
  • Outgoing
    12%
  • Chill
    10%
  • Entitled
    4%
  • Superficial
    4%
  • Basic
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
97%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.120 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.163 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 86 responses
  • Perfect.
    29%
  • Serene
    15%
  • Pretty chill
    14%
  • A Resort.
    13%
  • Home away from home
    9%
  • California
    9%
  • Fast-paced
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
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I am a rising sophomore at Santa Clara University, and my experience thus far has been amazing to say the least. Coming into a four year university as a Latinx first-generation student was nerve-wracking at first; I wasn't sure how well I would adapt to a new environment. However, I was immediately received with open arms in a community that prides itself in acceptance, diversity, inclusion, and bronco spirit! Throughout my first year, I became involved in activities such as Associated Student Government, Mecha-El Frente, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Multicultural Learning. I have been able to find an incredible support system, long-life friends, outstanding professors, a social residential learning experience, and an active student life. In addition, the academics are extremely strong as professors prioritize their students, meaning that they put the well-being and success of those they teach in order to prepare them appropriately for future careers.
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Every class I have taken has stretched me intellectually without being too much work. The small class size also allows for lots of discussion-driven classes, which are always way better than huge lectures. The frats and sororities aren't super cliquey either so the party scene is really fun but also not overbearing. The food can be repetitive, but there are lots of really good/healthy options! There are lots of opportunities on this campus, but you have to have to be proactive in getting, internships, awards, grants, and so on.
This was my daughter's top choice for college. She was ecstatic on move in day, joined a sorority, and tried to take advantage of the advertised SCU college experience. After a disappointing freshman year, she transferred. The quality of education was disappointing. Professors were, for the most part, lackadaisical and weren't current within their disciplines. Others acknowledged they were teaching classes in fields unrelated to their expertise because the university needed to fill these vacancies.

My employer pays a significant portion of my daughter's tuition. The SCU One Stop Enrollment Service Specialist's rigidity earned himself quite a notorious reputation among my employer's HR department.

The party scene is intense (ambulances were a common scene at parties). She had a hard time finding others who shared her same values because so many focused on image and wealth.

In short, other than the mild weather and beautiful campus, "Claradise" was disappointing.