Santa Clara University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
NCAA Division I (without football)
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.
High School GPA
Early Decision/Early Action
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
Evening Degree Programs
- 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.88 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.88 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.80 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.123 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
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.
Santa Clara has plenty of resources and is very good about supporting its students–if you want to make something cool happen, you'll be able to find support in faculty members, fellow students, and the administration pretty easily. That being said, a significant reason for that is probably because not a lot happens. Student body is incredibly homogenous, disingenuous, complacent...these are not people who like rocking the boat (unless it lets them look like edgy progressives, but they'll definitely be posting about how they participated in the 'latest protest' on social media). Student body and location are my biggest complaints. Location is VERY lackluster, and if you don't have a car, you're gonna be bored AF. School support/resources and alumni network are probably biggest boons. My professors have been amazingly kind, supportive, and encouraging.
What makes this school worth it for me is the surrounding area. People who write reviews about it being "boring AF unless you have a car" are crazy- the entire Bay Area is easily accessible by train or bus, including San Francisco. However, that's still not enough to keep me here, as I'm already on track to transfer next year. SCU is WAY too expensive for what you get. The housing department in particular is a nightmare, seemingly hellbent on making students' lives as hard as possible with tons of arbitrary fines and ridiculous move-in/out policies. The student body, while more diverse than it *could* be, is still relatively homogenous (and good luck making friends if you aren't incolved in Greek life) and full of entitled kids whose parents are paying their way to be here. Basically, if you worked hard to get to SCU like I did, you'll be horrifed at how many students here seem to really not care at all about their education.