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Rank: 144

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CAhttps://www.scu.edu
Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit school where students are encouraged not only to mature academically but also spiritually and personally. The medium-sized student body enjoys intimate classroom settings with professors who are accessible in and out of class. The courseloads can be intense and students can be competitive, but the school's emphasis on community encourages friendly interaction. Santa Clara freshmen are placed in residence learning communities where groups of students live, study, and take classes together in an effort to create tight-knit communities formed around certain themes (like innovation or sustainability). Its most popular academic programs include business, social sciences, and engineering. The campus, full of stunning Spanish-influenced architecture, is located in the heart of Silicon Valley, so there are plenty of options to explore off campus. The San Francisco Bay area offers plenty of outdoor activities like surfing, biking, and hiking, or cool bookstores and coffee shops. The beach or the cities of San Francisco and San Jose aren't too far away, either. Santa Clara students are in good company, as the institution's alumni include soccer player Brandi Chastain and author Khaled Hosseini.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,500
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$41,500
Average price for low-income students
$21,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
54%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1360/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
5,481
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
73%
% of need met
77%
% of students who get merit* grants
28%
Average merit grant
$16,185
student success
Graduation rate
90%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$21,000
Average salary within 3 years
$66,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
62%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 1
Regular application
Jan 7

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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