Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

santa clara, california
Founded in 1851

With a 150-year history, Santa Clara University (SCU) is California’s oldest higher education institution. SCU is number two in the ‘US News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2011’, Regional Colleges (West).

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Bachelor's degrees

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SCU offers rigorous undergraduate, graduate and professional curriculums in a variety of disciplines. Small class sizes encourage a vibrant exchange of ideas, and students can gain valuable hands-on research experience in state-of-the-art facilities.

The University’s nearly 900 faculty members include award-winning scientists, economists, artists and writers. SCU’s beautiful, modern campus is located 40 miles south of San Francisco, in the heart of high-tech Silicon Valley. Three miles away is San José, the nation’s 10th largest city, boasting 300 days of sunshine each year.

Entry Requirements

  • Conditional acceptance: undergraduate programs
  • No TOEFL score required
  • Track required: Undergraduate Track and recommendation of the academic department

Accommodation Options

A variety of housing options are available, including co-ed residences, with 94% of freshmen living on campus.

Ranking Accreditation

SCU is ranked second on the Regional Universities (West), and its School of Engineering is number 17 among Engineering Schools by US News & World Report. Princeton Review named SCU as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in the 2011 annual guidebook.

In 2011 SCU jumped to number 67 in Forbes’ America’s Top Colleges list and ranked number 33 in the US for Return on Investment.