Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA 95053


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Medium
Campus locale City
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 8,422
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Student to faculty ratio 11:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 3,245 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Santa Clara University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 15,834 applications and only 7,648 students were granted admission. Santa Clara University is at the #46 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 56% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 50% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1200 to 1400
ACT28 to 32

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Santa Clara University's tuition was $47,112 for all students regardless of residency (75.8% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 70% of Santa Clara University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 9% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,588 (which is 4.3% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Santa Clara University in 2016-2017, was 378, which is 30% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,241 (which is 11.1% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Santa Clara University has enrolled a total of 8,422 students (7,185 students full-time and 1,237 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 8,422 students, 130 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 49% men and 51% women and 5,438 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 2,984 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 42%

Asian: 17%

Hispanic: 15%

Non-resident alien: 13%

Two or more races: 6%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 4%

Black/African American: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Santa Clara University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Legal Professions And Studies 23% 708
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 16% 479
Engineering 13% 413
Education 12% 383
Psychology 5% 150
Theology And Religious Vocations 4% 125
Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields 4% 120
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 3% 92
Social Sciences 2% 70
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 2% 56

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Santa Clara University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Santa Clara University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $53,600. Last year, out of the total 968 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 891 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,169 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,064 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $53,600 $69,600
Employment Rate 92% 91%
Total Graduates 968 1,169

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Santa Clara University.

Stanford University
13.5 mile away
Palo Alto University
13.8 mile away
Menlo College
15.5 mile away
Mills College
32.7 mile away
Holy Names University
33.9 mile away