Santa Clara University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Santa Clara University
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Santa Clara University Admissions Overview:

Santa Clara University has an acceptance rate of 49%, making it a selective school. Successful applicants, in general, will need strong grades and test scores. To apply, students will need to submit an application (the school accepts the Common Application), along with high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. If you have a question, or want to visit the campus, be sure to get in touch with the admissions office at Santa Clara.

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Admissions Data (2015):

Santa Clara University Description:

Located on a 106-acre campus in Santa Clara, California, Santa Clara University frequently ranks among the best master's universities in the country and often finds itself listed among the top Catholic universities. This Jesuit university has impressive retention and graduation rates.

The university also wins high marks for its community service programs, alumni salaries, and sustainability efforts. Programs in business are the most popular among undergraduates, and the Leavey School of Business ranks highly among the nation's undergraduate B-schools. In athletics, the Santa Clara University Broncos compete in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 8,680 (5,385 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2015 - 16):

  • Tuition and Fees: $45,300
  • Books: $1,764 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,425
  • Other Expenses: $3,177
  • Total Cost: $63,666

Santa Clara University Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 33%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,056
    • Loans: $6,705

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Communication Studies, English, Finance, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 77%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Baseball, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Water Polo, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Water Polo, Basketball, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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