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3 College Freshman

Academics: Some professors are really good, but there is also a lot of underpaid adjunct faculty. Workload is much greater for science/engineering majors than for students in the business school.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are helpful with any major. The different schools, such as Arts and Sciences and Engineering school, is encouraged to work with each other. Curriculums are fast paced because it is a quarter system but if you work hard it can be done.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: In my engineering program I the classes are very difficult and I seem to have more trouble focusing on test than some of my fellow classmates even though I am the one teaching them how to do the homework.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Business school has a lot of outside connections.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: All the professors I have had have been very good --granted, it is only my first quarter, but I still enjoyed my classes nonetheless.They really care about the students and want to help them learn as much as possible. I don't really have any complaints so far, I just wish I had more time to take classes!


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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: 4%
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Finance, General: 3%
  • Law: 6%
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 79 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 36 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 36 responses

  • 17% This was my dream school.
  • 64% This was one of my top choices.
  • 19% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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