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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

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Santa Clara University overview
Location Santa Clara, California
Online scu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Santa Clara University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Santa Clara University, located in the heart of Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California, is a private Jesuit university established in 1851, making it the oldest institution of higher education in the state. Characterized by its mission-centered education that blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit tradition, the university is situated on a 106-acre campus that showcases a blend of Mission Revival architecture. The campus is just a short distance from San Jose, offering students a suburban setting with proximity to urban amenities. Santa Clara offers a range of undergraduate programs, with business, engineering, and psychology being some of its most popular majors. The university's Leavey School of Business and School of Engineering are particularly noted for their strong academic programs. While Santa Clara University is highly selective in its admissions process, it also provides a vast array of resources for student support and success. The university facilitates on-campus living with a variety of housing options to foster an integrated educational experience. While Santa Clara does participate in NCAA Division I athletics as part of the West Coast Conference, it is not predominantly recognized for its athletic programs in the same vein as some larger, sports-focused universities.

In the most recent statistical year 16,650 prospective students applied, and 8,677 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,641 enrolled in the school.  8,007 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,171 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $56,880 plus fees of $654. SCU is ranked 62 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SCU is rated within the top 15% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Santa Clara University overview
SAT 1290/1480
ACT 29/33
GPA 3.67

Applications Accepted

Santa Clara University overview
Applications Due Jan 7, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Santa Clara University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,152
Other Fees$654
Room and Board $17,112
Budget for Other Expenses$3,051
Total One Year Cost$78,849

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$81,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Santa Clara University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 33%
Social Sciences 13%
Engineering 11%
Communication 7%
Psychology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122931 IPEDS survey data for Santa Clara University.

Current students may use the Santa Clara University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.