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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California

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Student Population
Santa Clara University overview
Location Santa Clara, California
Online scu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Santa Clara University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Santa Clara, California, Santa Clara University is a mid-size four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Roman Catholic faith. In the most recent statistical year 16,300 prospective students applied, and 7,958 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,391 enrolled in the school.  7,569 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,073 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $52,998 plus fees of $636. SCU is ranked 52 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



SCU is rated within the top 12% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1280/1440
ACT 28/32
GPA 3.66
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jan 7, 2022
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Santa Clara University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$636
Room and Board $15,507
Budget for Other Expenses$3,717
Total One Year Cost$74,829

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$81,900 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
85% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Santa Clara University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 33%
Social Sciences 13%
Engineering 11%
Communication 7%
Psychology 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122931 IPEDS survey data for Santa Clara University.

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