Santa Clara University (SCU)

500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

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SCU is a nonprofit private institution that has many majors available for students to choose from. The school is located in Santa Clara, California, in a predominantly urban area. The school maintains a Roman Catholic affiliation, which is evident in the role it plays in program curriculums and daily life at the school. Nearly 8,700 students enroll at SCU per year.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Santa Clara University offers:

  • Business And Marketing Studies
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Engineering Technology
  • Communications And Journalism

To be considered for admissions, you may be required to complete an application, provide letters of recommendations, and submit high school records and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. The majority of students accepted to SCU earn an SAT score within the range of 1150 to 1350, or an ACT score within the range of 26 to 30. An estimated 60 percent of all applicant were admitted at Santa Clara University, with 19 percent of those admitted choosing to attend.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is nearly $43,000, but may change yearly. Students are encouraged to visit the school's price of attendance calculator to better understand their cost of attendance. Santa Clara University may help with costs by offering financial aid for students that are eligible in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The SCU "Broncos" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include the following:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Golf (NCAA Division I-AAA)
  • Rowing (NCAA Division I-AAA)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the students SCU accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Santa Clara University has a total student population of about 8,700. The student body is made up of 62% undergraduate students and 15% graduate students.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • The estimated tuition range is around $45,000-$54,000 per year
  • Per unit charges are around $1,400 for part time students
  • The average estimated cost for on campus housing and meals is listed to be around $16,000

Financial Aid Details

The table listed below helps break down the types of financial aid students receive and the percent receiving aid, as well as the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid72%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships68%$24,056
Receiving Student Loans33%$6,705

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Santa Clara University may offer services including:

  • Classes offered on nights and weekends
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

With a high graduation rate of around 84%, Santa Clara University is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years77%
Graduating in 5 Years6%
Graduating in 6 Years0.7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program (more info)
    • * Accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar (since 1937)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Santa Clara University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AAA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (West Coast Conference)
  • Basketball (West Coast Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field, Outdoor
  • Track and Field, X-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Social Sciences

Theology and Religious Vocations

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Santa Clara University for official up-to-date information.

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