Academics

Location
Santa Clara, CA
Undergrads
5,141
Tuition
$39,048
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are mostly really good, classes are small.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are small, teachers are open

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Grades are a huge thing here.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Santa Clara has huge reputation in the Silicon Valley that is instrumental in getting internships and jobs.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Students receive an outstanding academic experience. Professors are deeply concerned about student's performance and are very accessbile.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Smartest Professors
  • 14th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 34th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 39th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 185th
    Best Academic Advisers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Silk
Hometown
Bainbridge Island, WA
Major
English and French
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Though well known for its strong academic program, Santa Clara's true academic strength shows not through its rankings, but through its dedication to providing students with individual attention. Santa Clara prides itself in its small class sizes and supportive network of professors and advisers who make themselves consistently available to students. All classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants, and many are prominent in their fields of study. Santa Clara professors are generally pretty friendly and accessible, and it's common to see them socializing with students over lunch or at campus events.

Santa Clara is on the quarter system, meaning that students take between nine and twelve classes during the academic year. Because the quarter is only 10 weeks long, classes move pretty fast and leave little time for breaks between midterms, papers, and final exams. While the 10-week system shortens the amount of material covered, students have the chance to take a wide variety of classes across many disciplines.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
483
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
320
Total FT Faculty
483
Faculty with Terminal Degree
93%
Average Faculty Salary
$102,178
Full-Time Retention Rate
95%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
86%
Programs/Majors Offered
73
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 2%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts & Science
  • Leavey School of Business
  • School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Accounting: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 5%
  • Computer Hardware Engineering: 3%
  • Law: 5%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Ethics
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Religious studies
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Technology
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
SCU University Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend class regularly and participate as much as you can. Most professors assign a significant chunk of your grade to participation, so skipping class or staying quiet can hurt your GPA.
  • Get to know your professors by taking advantage of their office hours. They can be great resources and are usually some of the most interesting people you'll meet on campus.
  • Join a club or organization that interests you. Getting involved on campus is a great way to meet people and looks really good on a resume.
  • Stay on top of your work. The quarter system moves quickly, and it's easy to fall behind on assignments.
  • Take advantage of the resources at the Career Center; you never know what cool internships could be out there!
  • Take advantage of the Writing Center or Drahmann Center for help with papers and homework.
  • Take classes that you're interested in, even if they don't fulfill a major or University requirement.
Did You Know?
  • Businessweek magazine ranked Santa Clara's undergraduate business program as number 39 in the nation.
  • According to the 2010 College Return on Investment Report, Santa Clara ranked number 33 out of 554 schools for giving students the most bang for their buck.
  • Forbes Magazine ranked SCU as number 115 in Forbes' "America's Best College" list.
  • Santa Clara alumni earn some of the highest salaries among college graduates in the United States. According to PayScale, a compensation company which collects salary data, Santa Clara was ranked 20 out of 600 colleges and universities for high-earning alumni.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 54 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 54 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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