Santa Clara University

1,251 reviews
  1. Santa Clara, CA
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Santa Clara University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conference
West Coast Conference
Address
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Website

Santa Clara University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
SAT Range
1210-1390
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$36,645/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,964/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,368/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,826/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,083/ year
  • $110k+
    $43,600/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.82 responses
70%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.82 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.82 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
5,389Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Driven
    37%
  • Well-rounded
    34%
  • Chill
    14%
  • Superficial
    9%
  • Basic
    3%
  • Entitled
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.74 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.116 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Perfect.
    23%
  • Pretty chill
    23%
  • A Resort.
    21%
  • Serene
    21%
  • Home away from home
    8%
  • California
    5%

After Santa Clara University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$67,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.40 responses

Reviews

1,251 reviews
  • Excellent
    213
  • Very Good
    501
  • Average
    453
  • Poor
    60
  • Terrible
    24
There's so much to do! The problem is having enough time to do everything with all the intense studying that keeps SCU students busy though admired by future employers. Separate from the partying Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, athletic facilities are always hopping with crowds of students (SCU's one of the fittest and best looking student populations according to the media!), and there are lots of teams to join-intramural soccer or volleyball or baseball or flag football, to name a few, are very popular, as are the zumba and other fitness classes. We also have a vibrant multicultural community and related activities, and many, many community service and leadership organizations.
  • College Junior
  • Feb 27 2013
I loved my experience at Santa Clara! I was a marketing major in the business school. What better place to study business than in the Silicon Valley?? I had multiple internships throughout my time at SCU and a job lined up after graduation. As a smaller/mid-size school the professors really care about your progress. I know every school says their campus community is great, but at SCU it's really true! People are genuinely nice. I had a lot of friends from different areas of campus. I stay connected to many of my friends from college. Once a Bronco always a Bronco! One piece of advice is to get involved early and often as a freshman. Don't be scared or timid to join as many things as you can. You'll meet a ton of people this way and find your niche easily.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • Aug 27 2015
If you're a freshman I would definitely go with Swig, Graham, or Casa Italiana.

Graham (Alpha) is the newest and most requested. The rooms are HUGE for a college dorm room and the private bathrooms are nice. It's half freshman and half sophomores. Located right across from the library and Benson (cafeteria). Perfect location. But if you're in Graham be wary of being a dorm hermit. It's easy with such a big and comfortable room to want to just stay in it all the time. Keep your door open. Go to the common areas. Be social.

Swig (CyPhi) is an all freshman 11 story dorm. If you want to just be talking to people all the time while in your dorm Swig is definitely for you. The rooms are nice. Have a sink and mirror are definitely smaller than Graham but the hard wood makes it nice. Bathrooms are being updated so there is now at least one bathroom for each sex on each floor. Swig is the party dorm but it's a great social experience.

Casa Italiana (DaVinci) is set up like an apartment style suite. Big living room with 4 adjascent bedrooms with 2 people each and 2 bathrooms. It definitely makes it feel more like an apartment than dorm. The bedrooms themselves are rather small but I think the layout is so fun and interesting.

Freshman housing is totally random. I was a waitlist kid so I signed up for housing nearly a month after everyone else and still I got Graham! (But I got put in a triple due to over enrollment even though I asked for a double) No idea how that happened which leads me to believe there is no ryhme or reason. They ask for your preferences and from what I've heard most people got their 1st-3rd choice. The oldest residence halls on campus (Walsh&McLaughlin) are being renovated so everywhere is mostly new!

Cost is pretty much the same across the board.
  • College Freshman
  • Aug 22 2014