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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. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Santa Clara University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Santa Clara University was awarded 117 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is finance and financial management.

Overall Quality

SCU landed the #68 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when SCU held the #75 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 116 colleges in California, SCU is ranked at #9.

See all of the rankings for Santa Clara University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SCU?

Acceptance Rate

Santa Clara University has an acceptance rate of 54%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for SCU.

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 )

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Santa Clara University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to measure the number of teaching resources that a college or university offers its students. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1, but at SCU it is much better at 11 to 1. That's good news for students who want to interact more on a personal level with their teachers.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much 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

Santa Clara University has a freshmen retention rate of 94%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  94 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At SCU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 77%. That is great when compared to 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 5,499 undergraduates at SCU with 5,411 being full-time and 88 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

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 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?

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. That's great news for SCU students 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

Located in Santa Clara, California, Santa Clara University is a private not-for-profit institution. Santa Clara is a great location for students who prefer city over country 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 60 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 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 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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