Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

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Find out why SCU is the right fit for you.

At Santa Clara University, we’ll challenge you to think critically, take risks, and take charge. There’s something special about living and learning in one of the most innovative places on Earth, where more than 80% of our students have at least one internship before graduating. Whether you’re brainstorming with local tech titans, conducting research with our faculty experts, or traveling the globe to make your mark, there’s a sense that almost anything’s possible when your headquarters is nestled in California's Silicon Valley.

We offer an experience so great that 94% of first-year students return for their sophomore year. People of all backgrounds flourish here. One thing they have in common? They want to make a difference. Santa Clara students are driven to build a better, kinder, more humane, more sustainable planet.

Want to take on an added challenge? Students in our University Honors Program are part of a community of independent thinkers, intellectual risk-takers, and lifelong learners. Our Honors program, open to students of all majors and backgrounds, develops globally aware and engaged student leaders for the University community and beyond. Students learn in small seminar-style classes that emphasize critical thinking, analytical rigor, mentored research, and collaborative interaction among professors and students.


US News Badge

Ranked #55 among the "Best National Universities" and #14 for "Best Undergraduate Teaching" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022

HEED award Badge

2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award | INSIGHT Into Diversity

PayScale Badge

Ranked #8 in the College Salary Report for “Best Universities for a Bachelor’s Degree” | PayScale

Sierra Badge

Ranked #22 among “Cool Schools” for environmental ranking | Sierra magazine

Princeton Review Badge

Ranked among the "Top 50 Green Colleges" | The Princeton Review

Unique Educational Experience

There’s something special about living and learning in one of the most innovative places on Earth, Silicon Valley, where more than 80% of our students have at least one internship before graduating. Faculty and students work together, challenge each other, and grow through teamwork. Graduates thrive in every career path imaginable. Throw in small class sizes (nearly 80% have fewer than 30 students), a vibrant on-campus residence life community, and more than 300 days of sunshine a year and you have one of the most unique educational experiences out there.

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “It was really important to me to choose a school that I knew I would feel valued and supported in. SCU’s community conveyed to me that my education, along with my peers, would be one where I knew I wouldn’t have to compete with anyone.”

    • Sydney Nguyen ‘25
  • “I chose SCU because of its global reputation and the numerous opportunities available to each student. The University is located in Silicon Valley, and research projects are widely available for undergraduate students looking to gain real-world experience. I found the small class sizes the best part about the University because I will be able to make deep and lasting relationships with both my professors and classmates.”

    • Parneet Kaur ‘25
  • “From the moment I visited campus, I felt a deep connection with the school. I knew this institution could offer me the help and resources I needed to succeed as a Latina in tech. Santa Clara won my heart over with the perks of having smaller class sizes, an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the location, and, most importantly, the beautiful campus.”

    • Kimberly Bonilla
      Transfer student
  • “I decided to transfer to Santa Clara University because every time I set foot on campus, I felt right at home. The hospitality I would receive from students, staff, and alumni made me feel that this was the right place for me to grow and receive the best education.”

    • Ahira Foster
      Transfer student