A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Santa Clara University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

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.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
Application Deadline
January 7
SAT Range
1210-1400
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Santa Clara University

Cost

Net Price
$37,198/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,121/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,436/ year
  • $49-75k
    $27,314/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,966/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,241/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.82 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.82 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,303Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Driven
    37%
  • Well-rounded
    34%
  • Chill
    14%
  • Superficial
    9%
  • Basic
    3%
  • Entitled
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.74 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Perfect.
    23%
  • Pretty chill
    23%
  • A Resort.
    21%
  • Serene
    21%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • California
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$67,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses
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Santa Clara University Reviews

1,267 reviews
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Absolutely loved the school as a whole. My favorite thing is how close I am with a bunch of my professors; I regularly converse with them outside of class and consider them friends as well as educators. They even sometimes go with us students to a bar! I would give 5 stars, but I had a few issues with my program in particular. If you plan on going here, check out your specific program of interest first, because the quality varies within each department.
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There is a good amount of diversity among the students and with the staff. The professors and staff seem to have a good network and know how to get the right information to the right people. Most classes are well structured despite the time-crunch of a being on a quarter system. Although there is much support for first-year students/returning students, I feel that there should be more communication with transfer students after they have started attending SCU. As a student that supports themselves, I have found little to no resources on support for students like me. A work/study balance has been difficult to achieve.
Our alumni network is amazing! There are a huge number of students who attended Santa Clara who are looking to give opportunities to recent grads from their alma matter. The education we receive at Santa Clara is more than just a degree, we get an education of the whole person and are very well prepared for the work force. People are often interested in hiring Santa Clara students for the wide variety of qualities they have and have gotten from their time here.