Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

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Our goal isn’t just to help students graduate and find a good job. We do that and more. At Santa Clara University, we educate the whole person. Students learn to engage not only their minds but their hearts too.  

Located in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University joins all the innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship of the tech world with a Jesuit approach to education. What does that mean? Students become leaders with conscience, competence, and compassion. We call it the three C’s, but it boils down to this—our students graduate with a purpose to serve humanity in whatever field they choose. See a problem in the world, find a way to fix it.

Our classes are rigorous and varied. Our student body is diverse and hard working. Different people flourish here. Whether it’s a major in Engineering or the arts, Broncos step outside their comfort zone and are better for it. They learn by doing and find their place in the solutions of -tomorrow. Students leave Santa Clara driven to build a better, kinder, more humane, and sustainable world.

With a strong community-based learning model that distinguishes its undergraduate experience, students learn an exceptional work ethic and a willingness to take chances. They gain not only the knowledge required to succeed in a complicated world but also the desire and ability to change it. For exceptionally talented, high-achieving students, our University Honors, LEAD, and Johnson Scholars programs offer opportunities to further develop leadership skills. 

SCU’s campus is right next to San Jose, the 10th-largest city in the United States, and a short train trip to San Francisco. Our students love it in the Bay Area. Home to more than two million residents and 6,600 science and technology–related companies, the region is known for extraordinary visionaries responsible for the most significant scientific and technological advances. There are plenty of chances to get to work right away too. Internship and employment opportunities abound—Facebook, Apple, Google, Intel: they’re all here. 

Want to explore? Drive an hour in any direction and you’ll find a new adventure. With 300 days of sunshine a year, students at SCU enjoy the outdoors. Lounge on the beaches of Santa Cruz, hop on a trolley in San Francisco, hike beautiful redwood trails, visit Napa Valley, or check out regional attractions like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. 

Amid the beautiful palm trees, campus life at SCU is buzzing with NCAA Division I sports, music, theatre, guest lectures, spiritual retreats, intramural and club sports, movies, volunteer opportunities, concerts, and over 150 campus organizations. There’s something for everyone. 

At Santa Clara University, students realize their full potential and thrive. Here at SCU, invent the life you want to lead.

Financial Aid at SCU
Our financial aid programs can make Santa Clara University more affordable for you and your family. The financial aid programs we administer—which include need-based and merit-based aid, grants, and scholarships—help 72% of our students meet their SCU educational expenses. 

Early Decision I (binding) and Early Action (non-binding) financial aid deadlines:
• November 15: CSS/PROFILE 
• February 1: FAFSA 

Early Decision II (binding) and Regular Decision (non-binding) financial aid deadlines:
• February 1: CSS/PROFILE 
• February 1: FAFSA

Santa Clara University School Code: 001326

CSS/PROFILE Financial Aid Code: 4851


Founded: 1851

Location: In the heart of Silicon Valley, less than a mile from San Jose, 40 miles south of San Francisco

Campus size: 106 acres in a suburban setting; 10 residence halls located on campus

Admission deadlines:
• Early Decision I: November 1
• Early Action: November 1
• Early Decision II: January 7
• Regular Decision: January 7

Total enrollment (fall 2018): 8,642

Undergraduates: 5,520
• College of Arts and Sciences: 2,959
• Leavey School of Business: 1,626
• School of Engineering: 935

Tuition and fees (2019-–2020): $52,998

Average room and board: $15,720

Students receiving financial aid: 72%

Student-faculty ratio: 11:1

Number of faculty: 906

Average class size: 22 students

Enrolled first-year students (fall 2018, Class of 2022):
• Applications: 16,242
• Accepted: 8,104
• Enrolled: 1,391

Middle 50% scores:
• GPA (4.0 unweighted scale):
• SAT Critical Reading: 630–700
• SAT Math: 640–740
• ACT composite: 28–32

Student statistics (undergraduate):
• Female: 49%
• Male: 51%
• Black or African American: 3%
• Asian: 19%
• Caucasian: 50%
• Native American, Alaska Native, and 
Native Hawaiian: • Hispanic/Latino: 19%
• Multiethnic: 7%
• Not reported: 2%

Division I West Coast Conference athletic teams:
• Men’s: Baseball, basketball, crew,
cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, water polo
• Women’s: Basketball, beach volleyball,
crew, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, water polo
• Other: Eight intramural sport teams, 
17 club sport teams, and more than   150 other student organizations

• Accounting
• Accounting and Information Systems
• Ancient Studies
• Anthropology
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Bioengineering
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Child Studies
• Civil Engineering
• Classical Languages and Literature
• Classical Studies
• Communication
• Computer Science (Mathematics)
• Computer Science and Engineering
• Economics
• Electrical and Computer Engineering 
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Finance
• French and Francophone Studies
• General Engineering
• Greek
• History
• Individual Studies
• Italian Studies
• Management
• Management and Information Systems
• Marketing
• Mathematics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Music
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Physics
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Public Health Science
• Religious Studies
• Sociology
• Spanish Studies
• Studio Art
• Theatre Arts (emphasis in Dance)
• Theatre Arts (emphasis in Theatre)
• Web Design and Engineering
• Women’s and Gender Studies

Most majors are also offered as minors.

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