Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, or SCU, is a private, Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California that was founded in 1851. Santa Clara is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California, and the oldest Catholic university in the American West. It is a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. SCU offers a variety of degrees and programs through several academic divisions, including:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Leavey School of Business
  • School of Education, Counseling Psychology & Pastoral Ministries
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • Summer School

The official mascot of SCU is Bucky the Bronco, and the university's sports teams are nicknamed the Broncos. They participate in the NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference, Pacific Coast Softball Conference and Western Water Polo Association.

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Contacting Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara , CA 95053
General Phone: (408) 554-4000

Santa Clara University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management876business management, accounting, accounting and management, managerial economics, finance, organizational behavior, MIS, CIO training, marketing ...
Liberal Arts329women's studies, German language, French language, Italian language, Spanish language, Classical languages, Latin language, Classical languages and literature, English, ...
Law305law, foreign lawyers, international law, legal research
Engineering204engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, mechanical engineering, engineering management
Therapy and Counseling161psychology, counseling psychology
Education and Teaching154educational administration, special ed, early childhood special ed, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, education courses
Media85communication studies
Science80biology, biochemistry, biological and biomedical sciences, chemistry, physics
Computer Science and Engineering53computer engineering, software engineering
Religion and Philosophy40philosophy, religion, Christian studies, religious music
Drama and Performing Arts25drama
Fine Arts24fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics17mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Conservation and Resource Management10environmental studies, environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Santa Clara University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,31646
Postbaccalaureate certificate757
Master's degree67719
Doctor's degree13
First-professional degree2971

Santa Clara University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Santa Clara University had a total enrollment of 8,685 students (7,094 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 57%
Graduate 32%
First Professional 11%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 45%
Black 3%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 20%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 14%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 27%
22-24 12%
25-29 14%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%
New York1%
New Jersey1%

Santa Clara University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %

Santa Clara University Room and Board (2007)

Santa Clara University offers campus housing for 2,450 of its 7,094 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Santa Clara, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Santa Clara University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540650
SAT Math570670
ACT Composite2429

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT40%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Santa Clara University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 34,950
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 34,950
Room and board $ 11,070
Books and supplies $ 1,566
Other expenses $ 2,970

Financial Aid:
Santa Clara University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 132600)

Santa Clara University Faculty

Santa Clara University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track3337
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7792

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*0*
Lecturercalendar year0*1*
No academic rankcalendar year2*6$87,547
All faculty totalcalendar year4$113,7398$111,638

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year101$140,39535$136,905
Associate professoracademic year82$99,28859$94,831
Assistant professoracademic year31$77,80334$82,546
Lectureracademic year64$56,35976$55,050
No academic rankacademic year11$68,0917$68,378
All faculty totalacademic year289$100,655211$84,624

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Santa Clara University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball West Coast Conference
Baseball West Coast Conference
Track West Coast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports5373126

Santa Clara University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Business/Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, Other
Education/Teaching Individuals - Early Childhood Spec Ed Pgms
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Engineering/Industrial Management
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

International Law and Legal Studies (LLM, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, Other
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Italian Language and Literature
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Christian Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General

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