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Santa Clara University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Santa Clara University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors SCU offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Santa Clara University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Santa Clara University was awarded 89 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is finance and financial management.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, SCU is ranked #68 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.

SCU is also ranked #9 out of 116 schools in California.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SCU?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Santa Clara University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 54%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to SCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 630 and 710. Math scores were between 640 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 630 to 710 )

SAT Math Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 640 to 730 )
SCU received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 28 to 32 )

Learn more about Santa Clara University admissions.

Santa Clara University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At SCU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Santa Clara University is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Santa Clara University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 94% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Santa Clara University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SCU for first-time, full-time students is 77%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  77 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Santa Clara University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at SCU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,520 undergraduates at SCU with 5,440 being full-time and 80 being part-time.

SCU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 98.78 out of 100, SCU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  98.78 out of 100
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How Much Does Santa Clara University Cost?

The overall average net price of SCU is $37,399. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SCU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$21,208 $21,930 $26,781 $36,299 $45,899

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SCU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At SCU, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $6,636 a year. That adds up to $26,544 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SCU is 0.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do SCU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SCU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $72,600 in their early years. This is good news for future SCU graduates since it is 82% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Santa Clara University make the most money.

Location of Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Santa Clara, California. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Santa Clara University

Contact details for SCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-4000

Santa Clara University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 59 majors graduated from Santa Clara University. Of these students, 1,495 received undergraduate degrees and 1,190 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Finance & Financial Management 141 $68,100
Communication & Media Studies 130 $43,000
Economics 123 $65,600
Marketing 92 $51,200
General Psychology 90 $33,800
Political Science & Government 80 $39,900
Computer Engineering 74 $93,300
Mathematics & Computer Science 73 NA
Accounting 71 $65,300
General Biology 60 $38,100

Learn more about the majors offered at Santa Clara University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SCU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 84 students took at least one online class at Santa Clara University. This is an increase from the 8 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 84 84
2016-2017 8 8
2015-2016 1 1
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Santa Clara University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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