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Santa Clara University Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Santa Clara University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you’ll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Santa Clara University Ranked?

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2022 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 471 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer hardware engineering.

Overall Quality

SCU is ranked #59 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SCU held the #68 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 203 colleges in California, SCU is ranked at #12.

See all of the rankings for Santa Clara University.

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 51%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 68% 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 700. Math scores were between 640 and 750.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 630 to 700 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 640 to 750 )
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800
SCU received ACT scores from 39% 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 )
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Learn more about Santa Clara University admissions.

Santa Clara University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at SCU is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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
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Retention and Graduation Rates at Santa Clara University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 93% 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  93 out of 100
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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 84%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  84 out of 100
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Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 5,608 undergraduates at SCU with 5,478 being full-time and 130 being part-time.

How Much Does Santa Clara University Cost?

The overall average net price of SCU is $38,327. 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 +
$22,356 $18,949 $24,848 $31,362 $52,361

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SCU, approximately 28% of students took out student loans averaging $7,695 a year. That adds up to $30,780 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SCU is 1.0%. 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?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from SCU make around $72,600 per year during the early years of their employment. 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.

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

Location of Santa Clara University

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

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Contact details for SCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-4000
Website: www.scu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SantaClaraUniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SantaClaraUniv

Santa Clara University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 58 majors graduated from Santa Clara University. Of these students, 1,590 received undergraduate degrees and 1,183 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 149 $73,007
Communication & Media Studies 122 $52,420
General Psychology 105 $48,823
Economics 94 $63,005
Marketing 92 $57,770
Accounting 86 $69,921
Mathematics & Computer Science 82 $93,076
Political Science & Government 80 $50,105
Computer Engineering 77 $90,146
General Biology 70 $38,289

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 courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 299 students took at least one online class at Santa Clara University. This is an increase from the 206 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 299 299
2018-2019 206 206
2017-2018 84 84
2016-2017 8 8
2015-2016 1 1

Learn more about online learning at Santa Clara University.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*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.

References

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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