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Invent the Life You Want to Lead

We educate leaders whose innovation and entrepreneurship result in personal success and service to humanity.

Santa Clara University is the optimal choice for students who are seeking an intellectually rigorous, spiritually enriching, and culturally engaging educational experience. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is adjacent to San Jose, the 10th-largest city in the United States, and about 40 miles south of San Francisco. Home to more than two million residents and 6,600 science- and technology-related companies, the region is known for extraordinary visionaries who have created some of the most significant scientific and technological advances of our age—as well as for the many internship and employment opportunities that abound here.

The University’s reputation is about much more than its beautiful location. The spirit of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship that characterizes the Valley, together with an exceptional work ethic and the willingness to take chances, has been part of our tradition since well before the start of the digital age. Our mission is grounded in a 450-year Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person to become a leader of conscience, competence, and compassion. With a strong community-based learning model that distinguishes its undergraduate experience, we instill not only the knowledge required to succeed in a complicated world but also the desire and ability to change it.

For those exceptionally talented, high-achieving students, our University Honors, LEAD, and Johnson Scholars programs offer an opportunity to develop the leadership skills, knowledge, and commitment required to help build a better world.

It’s all right here
It’s easy to meet people and get involved when you join such a diverse community of students and professors. On campus you’ll find NCAA Division I sports, music and theatre shows, guest lectures, spiritual retreats, intramural and club sports, movies, concerts, volunteer opportunities, and more than 150 campus organizations. There is something happening every day. From campus it is also a short trip to the beaches of Santa Cruz, the city of San Francisco, and many beautiful hiking trails in the redwoods. With 300 days of sunshine, students at SCU enjoy the outdoors and many activities unique to Northern California. Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and Napa Valley are popular, easy-to-reach weekend destinations.



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 73% of our students meet their SCU educational expenses.

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

Regular Decision financial aid deadlines:
February 1: CSS/PROFILE
February 1: FAFSA

Santa Clara University School Code:
CSS/PROFILE Financial Aid Code:

• Accounting
• Accounting and Information Systems
• Ancient Studies
• Anthropology
• Art History
• Biochemistry
• Bioengineering
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Child Studies
• Civil Engineering
• Classical Languages and Literatures
• Classical Studies
• Communication
• Computer Science (Mathematics)
• Computer Science and Engineering
• Economics
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Physics
• English
• Environmental Science
• Environmental Studies
• Ethnic Studies
• Finance
• French and Francophone Studies
• German Studies
• History
• Individual Studies
• Italian Studies
• Latin and Greek
• 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
• Web Design and Engineering
• Women’s and Gender Studies

Most majors are also offered as minors.

Fast Facts
Location: 40 miles south of San Francisco, in the heart of Silicon Valley
Founded: 1851
Campus size: 106 acres in a suburban setting; 10 residence halls all located on campus
Admission deadlines:
• Early Decision: November 1 (binding)
• Early Action: November 1 (non-binding)
• Regular Decision: January 7
Total enrollment (fall 2015): 8,680
Undergraduates: 5,385
College of Arts and Sciences: 3,085
Leavey School of Business: 1,436
School of Engineering: 965
Tuition and fees (2016–2017): $47,112
Average room and board: $13,965
Students receiving financial aid: 73%
Student-faculty ratio: 12:1
Number of faculty: 946
Average class size: 23
Enrolled freshmen (fall 2015, Class of 2019):
Applications: 14,899
Accepted: 7,270
Enrolled: 1,261
Middle 50% scores:
GPA (4.0 unweighted scale): 3.67
SAT Critical Reading: 590–690
SAT Math: 620–710
ACT Composite: 27–32
Freshmen who live in residence halls: 94%
Student statistics (undergraduates):
Female: 49.3%
Male: 50.7%
• Black or African American: 3%
• Asian: 18%
• Caucasian: 49%
• Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian: <1%
• Hispanic/Latino: 18%
• Multiethnic: 7%
• Not Reported: 4%
Division I, West Coast Conference athletic teams:
Men: Baseball, basketball, crew, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field, water polo
Women: 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