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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  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 5,411 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 $61,100.
About Santa Clara University...
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
54%
Application Deadline
January 7
SAT Range
1270-1440
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$38,900/ 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
$26,671/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
71%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.81 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.125 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.125 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,411Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
88
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 79 responses
Report
  • Well-rounded
    35%
  • Driven
    19%
  • Diverse
    10%
  • Outgoing
    10%
  • Chill
    8%
  • Stressed
    8%
  • Entitled
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.117 responses
Poll
54%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.160 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 83 responses
Report
  • Perfect.
    30%
  • Serene
    16%
  • Pretty chill
    13%
  • A Resort.
    12%
  • California
    10%
  • Home away from home
    10%
  • Fast-paced
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$72,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
90%
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.
SCU is a tightly knit community of ambitious students who you will see in the lib until 6am one day and at parties the next. Professors aren’t just lecturers, they are mentors and readily available outside of class. It’s a school small enough to give you a valuable education with a budget large enough to support any of your academic and extracurricular endeavors.
And have you seen the quad?!