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Santa Clara University

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world rank  321

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Established in 1851, the Santa Clara University is a non-profit private higher education institution located in the urban setting of the small city of Santa Clara (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), California. Officially accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, Santa Clara University (SCU) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 8,000-8,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Catholic religion. Santa Clara University (SCU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study table below for further details. This 172-year-old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades. The acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this US higher education organization an averagely selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. SCU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

University Snapshot

Control

private
Control Type

Entity

non-profit
Entity Type

Size

medium-sized
Total Enrollment

Selectivity

averagely selective
Acceptance rate

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University Identity

Name
Acronym SCU
Founded 1851
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the greater glory of God
Colours Red and white

University Location

Address 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara
95053-0015 California
United States
Tel +1 (408) 554 4000
Fax +1 (408) 551 6074

Study Areas and Degree Levels

Introduction

The following uniRank Study Areas/Degree Levels Matrix is divided into 6 main study areas and 4 levels of degrees, from the lowest undergraduate degree to the highest postgraduate degree. This uniRank table aims to help quickly identify the Santa Clara University's academic range and degree level offering.


Study Areas and Degree Levels Matrix



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Programs and courses

Introduction

What are University programs and courses? University programs and courses are academic programs of study offered by universities, colleges and other higher education institutions. These programs and courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a particular field of study or career. In many countries, the terms "university courses" and "university programs" are used interchangeably whereas in the US university programs usually consist of a set of required courses that cover the fundamental concepts and principles of a field of study, as well as a selection of elective courses that allow students to specialize in a particular area of interest.


Programs and courses

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Yearly Tuition

Introduction

Yearly tuition refers to the amount of money that a student is charged by a University for one academic year of full-time study. This uniRank Tuition Range Matrix is divided into 2 types of students (local and international students) and 2 degree levels (undergraduate and postgraduate degrees) and aims to help students to have an approximate idea of the yearly tuition range they might expect to pay at the Santa Clara University. However, the cost of yearly tuition can vary widely depending on the Santa Clara University's program of study, the specific type of degree, the student's residency status and other criteria. Moreover, tuition is just one component of the overall cost of attending university. Other expenses, such as room and board, textbooks and personal expenses can add significantly to the total cost of attendance and depends on the United States's cost of living.


Yearly Tuition Range Matrix


uniRank Tuition Range Matrix
Undergraduate Postgraduate
Local
students
over 50,000 US$
(over 45,570 Euro)
25,000-29,999 US$
(22,780-27,340 Euro)
International
students
over 50,000 US$
(over 45,570 Euro)
25,000-29,999 US$
(22,780-27,340 Euro)

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Admissions info

Introduction

Admission is the first step towards achieving students' academic and career goals and accessing the many opportunities and resources that a university has to offer. Admission policies may change by country, type of higher education institution and the specific programs or majors offered by the institution. Prospective students should carefully review the admission policies and requirements of each institution they are considering to determine their eligibility and, if the institution is selective and does not have an open admission policy, prepare a strong application.


Admission Info and stats

uniRank publishes below an overview of the most important information about the Santa Clara University's admission policy and statistics.


Admission Gender

This institution admits Men and Women (coed).


Minority Serving Minority Serving

This institution is a Asian American, Native American or Pacific Islander-serving Institution and, historically, has a special focus on promoting education and research among this specific ethnic group(s).


Admission Selection

Has the Santa Clara University a selective admission policy? Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic records and grades.


Acceptance Rate Admission Rate

The Santa Clara University's acceptance rate range is 50-59% making this institution an averagely selective higher education institution.


Admission Requirements Admission Requirements

Secondary school GPA is required
Secondary school rank is considered but not required
Secondary school record is required
Completion of college-preparatory program is required
Recommendations are required
Formal demonstration of competencies is neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores are required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) is neither required nor recommended
Source: IPDES


International Admissions

International students are welcome to apply for admission at this institution.


Admission Office Admission Office

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara 95053
(408) 554 4700


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Size and Profile

Introduction

University size and profile can be important factors to consider when choosing a university or assessing its value. Here are some potential reasons why:

  • Resources: a larger university may have more resources available to its students, including research facilities, libraries, and extracurricular activities. However, a smaller university may offer a more personalized experience and smaller class sizes.
  • Diversity: the size and profile of a university can impact the diversity of its student body, faculty and curriculum. Larger universities may attract more international students and offer a wider range of academic programs, while smaller universities may have a more homogenous population.
  • Networking: a larger university may offer more opportunities for networking and building connections with other students and professionals in your field, but smaller universities may offer a tighter-knit community and more personalized networking opportunities.
  • Quality of Education: a university with a lower student-staff ratio typically means that students will receive more personalized attention from their instructors. This can lead to more individualized instruction, more opportunities for feedback and guidance and a better learning experience overall.
  • Location: campus setting can have an impact on students' access to resources, cost of living, transportation, social life and safety.
  • Religious affiliation: while it may not be the most important factor for everyone, understanding the religious affiliation of a university can help students determine if it aligns with their personal beliefs and provide a unique academic and spiritual experience.

Overall, the importance of university size and profile can vary depending on the student's individual goals, beliefs and priorities. It is important to consider these factors along with other important criteria, such as academic programs, location, cost and university culture.


Size and Profile

uniRank publishes below some major size and profile indicators for the Santa Clara University.

Student Enrollment

The Santa Clara University has a student enrollment range of 8,000-8,999 making it a medium-sized institution.


Academic Staff

This institution has a range of 800-899 academic employees (Faculty).


Control Type Control Type

The Santa Clara University is a private higher education institution.


Entity Type

The Santa Clara University is a non-profit higher education institution.


Academic Calendar

This institution adopts a Quarters type of academic calendar.


Campus Setting Campus Setting

This institution's main campus is located in a Urban setting.


Minority Serving Minority Serving

This institution is a Asian American, Native American or Pacific Islander-serving Institution and, historically, has a special focus on promoting education and research among the above specific ethnic group(s).


High Disabled Students Percentage Disabled Students %

This institution has a high percentage of disabled students making it particularly disability-friendly.


Christian-Catholic Religious Affiliation

The Santa Clara University has a Christian-Catholic affiliation (Jesuit - www.jesuit.org).


Carnegie Classification

Introduction

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is a framework for categorizing colleges and universities in the United States. The classification was first created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 1970, and it has been updated periodically since then. The Carnegie Classification is based on a set of criteria, such as the level and types of degrees offered, research activity and enrollment size. Institutions are classified into one of several categories based on these criteria, ranging from "doctoral universities" with very high research activity to "special focus institutions" that primarily award degrees in a specific field, such as the arts or health professions. The Carnegie Classification provides a common language for describing colleges and universities based on key characteristics and it allows for comparisons between institutions within and across categories.


Carnegie Classification

uniRank provides below the official Santa Clara University's Carnegie classification.

Basic Classification Doctoral/Professional Universities
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile Majority undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Research Doctoral: STEM-dominant

Facilities and Services

Introduction

What are University facilities and services and what facilities and services does the Santa Clara University offer? University facilities and services refer to the physical infrastructure and resources provided by a university to support its academic and research activities, as well as the well-being of its students, faculty and staff. Some examples of university facilities and services are classrooms and lecture halls, libraries, laboratories, housing, dining services, health services, sports and fitness facilities, financial aids, career or academic counseling services, technology and computing resources, distance learning and study abroad services.


Facilities and Services

uniRank provides below an overview of the facilities and services offered by the Santa Clara University.


Library

This institution has a physical Library for its students. Go to the Santa Clara University's Library
Santa Clara University's library has 1 branch. The library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium, etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2021 the library reported 562,054 physical volumes, 19,919 physical media, 9,620 digital/electronic media and 363 licensed digital/electronic databases. The library is managed by a total number of 44 full-time employees, including 20 librarians. Santa Clara University's library has a total library expenditure greater than $100,000 per year. Source: IPDES.


Housing

This institution provides on-campus residences or dormitories and/or off-campus accommodation to its students.
In particular, the Santa Clara University provides on-campus housing and the total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 3,551 students in the 2021 academic year. Source: IPDES.


Sport Facilities

This institution has sporting facilities and organizes sports activities for its students.


Financial Aids

This institution offers one or more types of financial aid (i.e. scholarships, grants, loans, tuition waivers, emergency financial aid, etc.) for eligible students.


Study Abroad

This institution provides study abroad and exchange program opportunities for its students.


Distance Learning

This higher education institution offers a distance learning mode for some programs or courses. In particular, this institution offers some programs via distance education at the graduate level. Source: IPDES.


Academic Counseling Academic Counseling

This institution provides students with guidance and support in their academic pursuits.


Career Services Career Services

This institution offers career counseling, career assessments, job and internship postings, career events, alumni networking or other career-related services to assist students transition successfully from academic life to professional life.



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Recognition and Accreditation

Introduction

There are different types of legal recognition and quality assessment of higher education institutions around the world, depending on the country and its legal and higher education system:

  • Institutional legal recognition: institutional legal recognition of a University refers to the formal recognition of the university's legal status by the government of a country. Legally recognized higher education institutions are chartered, registered and/or licensed by government bodies to be legal entities authorized to teach at the tertiary level.
  • Institutional accreditation: institutional accreditation is a type of additional quality assessment that evaluates the overall quality of an institution as a whole. Institutional accrediting bodies assess a University's overall mission, governance, leadership, faculty qualifications, student support services, financial stability and academic offering. Institutional accreditation is a concept that mainly exists in the US higher education system and a few other countries. So if you plan to study in the United States make sure that the University you choose is not only registered or licensed but officially accredited by a recognized accrediting body. In the US uniRank only includes accredited institutions.
  • Programmatic or specialized accreditation: programmatic or specialized accreditation, on the other hand, is a type of accreditation that evaluates and accredits specific academic programs within a University. Programmatic accreditation, granted by specialized national or international accrediting bodies, assesses the quality and rigor of a program's curriculum, faculty qualifications, student outcomes and resources and is focused on ensuring that a specific program or course meets industry standards and requirements.

uniRank provides, for each University, the name of the organization that has officially granted institutional legal recognition or accreditation. For some Universities uniRank also provides a list of programmatic or specialized accreditations that, however, might be not complete or up-to-date.


Institutional Recognition or Accreditation

The Santa Clara University is legally recognized and/or accredited by: WASC Senior College and University Commission


Year of first Accreditation

1949


Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET


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Memberships and Affiliations

Introduction

University memberships and affiliations to external organizations can be important for several reasons:

  • Collaboration and networking: they can provide opportunities for collaboration and networking with other universities, academic institutions and industry partners. This can lead to joint research projects, sharing of resources and expertise and collaborations on educational programs and initiatives.
  • Access to resources: they can provide access to a wide range of resources, including research facilities, academic journals and funding opportunities. This can be especially beneficial for smaller or less well-resourced universities, which may not have the same level of access to resources as larger and more established institutions.
  • Quality assurance: membership in professional or industry organizations can provide a level of quality assurance for Universities, ensuring that they meet certain standards and requirements in terms of academic programs, research and student support services. However, membership in an organization does not necessarily imply a formal accreditation or quality assurance process for the University's programs.
  • Recognition and reputation: membership in prestigious or exclusive organizations can enhance the reputation and recognition of a university, both locally and internationally. This can lead to increased visibility and opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
  • Internationalization: memberships and affiliations can facilitate internationalization efforts, including student and faculty exchange programs, joint research initiatives and collaborations with international partners. This can help to broaden the global perspective of a university and provide opportunities for students and faculty to gain international experience and exposure.

Overall, university memberships and affiliations can provide a range of benefits for Universities and its stakeholders (students, faculty and staff), including collaboration and networking opportunities, access to resources, quality assurance, recognition, reputation and internationalization.


Memberships and Affiliations

uniRank publishes the following list of the most important Santa Clara University's memberships and affiliations; however, the list might be not complete or up-to-date. Please contact or refer to the Santa Clara University's website for a comprehensive list.

  • Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU)
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

Academic Structure

Introduction

Most higher education institutions' first-level academic divisions are, depending on the country, one of the following:

  • Colleges
  • Faculties
  • Schools
  • Institutes
  • Academies
  • Departments
  • Divisions
  • Centers

Academic divisions can provide valuable insights into the range of disciplines and study areas a University focuses on and the institution's level of specialization. Generalist Universities typically offer a wide range of academic programs and have many academic divisions and subdivisions across different disciplines, while Specialized Universities tend to focus on a narrower range of programs within a specific field or industry and have fewer academic divisions and a simplified organizational structure.


Academic Structure

uniRank provides below a structural diagram of the first-level academic divisions of the Santa Clara University's organizational structure.



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Social Media

Introduction

Social media can be a powerful tool for Universities to communicate with current students, alumni, faculty, staff and the wider community. But how can social media be important for prospective students? Here are some ways in which the official Santa Clara University's social media channels can help potential students to understand and assess this or any university:

  • Researching universities: social media can be a useful tool for researching universities that prospective students may be interested in attending. By following the Santa Clara University on social media, potential students can learn more about the university's culture, values, academic programs and campus life. They can also engage with current students and alumni to get a sense of their experiences and valuable perspectives from the inside.
  • Engagement with the University: social media allows the Santa Clara University to engage with prospective students by answering questions, sharing news and events and showcasing the university's offerings. Potential students can appraise how up-to-date and relevant is the content published through social media and how prompt and efficient the Santa Clara University is in answering their queries.

Overall, social media can provide valuable insights to prospective students and other stakeholders into the Santa Clara University's profile and level of engagement.


Social Media

uniRank publishes brief reviews, rankings and metrics of some Santa Clara University's social media channels as a starting point for comparison and an additional selection tool for potential applicants.

Facebook Facebook

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Twitter Twitter

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YouTube YouTube

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Instagram Instagram

Santa Clara University's official Instagram page

LinkedIn LinkedIn

Santa Clara University's main LinkedIn profile

TikTok TikTok

Santa Clara University's official TikTok channel

Online Courses

Open Education Global Open Education Global

This higher education institution is not a member of the Open Education Global (OEGlobal) organization that is developing, implementing and supporting free open education.

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