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Santa Clara University Stats, Info and Facts

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8,681 students

49% admitted

  • 6,765 full time
  • 1,916 part time
  • 3,371 men full time
  • 3,394 women full time
  • 14,899 applied
  • 7,270 admitted
  • 1,261 enrolled

5,486 Undergraduates

$49,233 tuition/year

  • 3,580 Graduates
  • 35 Non-Degree
  • $49,233 in state
  • $625 fees
  • $14,487 room & board
  • $1,854 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Far West Mid-size city
Highest Degree Offered: Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Quarter
School Mascot: Broncos
School Colors: Red and white
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Raymond from San Jose, CA
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  • santa clara university is a school where staff and faculty care about you. the school focuses on enriching both the mind and spirit. in any class you take, you will…

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  • Nicole
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  • Wonderful school! I would not attend any other university. Santa Clara offers a plethora of resources, making it the best school around.…

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  • Amanda from Wilton, CA
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  • Santa Clara's campus has the same feeling my high school did, one of community, love, passion, and drive. Not only are the students here hard working and actively involved, they…

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  • Brendan from Danville, CA
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  • Santa Clara University is a college where the sky is the limit for any dedicated student. With hundreds of opportunities to get involved in school activities other than school itself,…

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  • Kelly from Denver
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  • SCU has a beautiful campus with beautiful people. Go here if you're looking for a casual school with good academics and a decent social scene. Don't go here if you're…

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Mission Statement

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution that makes student learning its central focus, promotes faculty and staff learning in its various forms, and exhibits organizational learning as it deals with the challenges facing it.

Student learning takes place at the undergraduate and graduate level in an educa­tional environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagi­nation, reflective engagement with society, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world.

As an academic community, we expand the boundaries of knowledge and insight through teaching, research, artistic expression, and other forms of scholarship. It is primarily through discovering, communicating, and applying knowledge that we exercise our institutional responsibility as a voice of reason and conscience in society.

We offer challenging academic programs and demonstrate a commitment to the development of:

Undergraduate students who seek an education with a


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Anna from Sunnyvale, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Santa Clara University has an absolutely beautiful campus, and the environment is really suitable for anyone who wants to make the most of their college experience. While there are many social events happening both on and off campus, during the day, one can really focus on their studies. Whether it is on a quiet bench found all throughout campus, on the huge green lawn, or in the large library, it is guaranteed that one will find a quiet place to focus and work. In addition, everyone is open and friendly and the staff is most helpful. The workers at both the bookstore and in the Benson Center, where all the delicious food is, are always ready to assist students, as are the multiple library workers. If you get tired of sitting in your dorm room between classes, you can take a walk along campus under the warm California sun and enjoy all the tall palm trees that you are bound to come across. If you are hungry, you have several food choices, as well as several accessible stores across the street. And if you just need a place to sit and relax if it is cold outside, grab a hot chocolate from Benson and head into the Alumni Science Building and find yourself amidst several comfy couches. In short, no matter what you are looking for, whether it is a social environment, a nice place to study, an enjoyable and hospitable environment, or a beautiful and cozy campus, Santa Clara will have it for you. I am enjoying all SCU has to offer without a doubt.

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  • Anonymous
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Location is beautiful. The weather is amazing. The students are intelligent and extremely friendly. What's not to love?

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  • 5
  • Adam from Santee, CA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The atmosphere of the school is bright, warm, and inviting. Everywhere you look on campus you see a smiling face, and everyone is so happy to be there. The school has a very laid back, mellow feel, allowing for fun times and serious learning.

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  • Stephanie from Los Gatos, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The dorm life is amazing. Living away from home is an eye-opening experience; it really helps to learn how I can live better with other people my own age and diplomatically work out problems without argument. The only downside is that in some dorms (luckily not mine) there's a bit of a party life during the weekdays. I'm not a drinker and don't attend parties, and don't mind or look down on those that do, and for the most part people are responsible and respectful. We work hard, and we play hard, but we do work hard. On the weekends, the loud parties and students are normally off campus, so campus is quiet, peaceful, and beautiful on the weekends just as it is during the weekdays. The food is absolutely amazing, with a wide variety of choices for all preferences and needs. My fellow students are, while occasionally low on sleep from studying, very happy, friendly, and accepting of anyone and everyone

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  • Lauren from Seattle, WA
  • I am a current student here

    The atmosphere on campus can be described by the adage Work hard, play hard. Almost everyone at SCU will tell you that they love every second of being here. The combination of year-round sunshine, friendly people, beautiful campus and San Francisco and the beaches of Santa Cruz within easy reach makes it difficult to not have a good time here. On the weekends, as well as many days of the week, there is always a party or various other social events to attend. Partying is very big on campus and, while there are other events planned, they are not well-attended and parties become your only option if you wish to socialize with others.

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