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Santa Clara University Quick Facts:

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 6000
  • Location: Santa Clara, CA (near San Francisco)
  • Acceptance rate: 52%

Recently, Galin counselors had the chance to speak with an admissions representative from Santa Clara University. Located in Santa Clara, California, this beautiful mid-sized campus values innovation and social consciousness and combines Jesuit values with access to the Silicon Valley. Read on to learn who might make a good Bronco!

Jesuit values:

SCU emphasizes service to and with others, a tradition taken from its Jesuit heritage. However, just half of students identify as Catholic, and while students are expected to be respectful of others’ faiths and backgrounds, all are welcome. Students of all identities build a strong sense of community and develop awareness of their own actions and social impact, both on-campus and beyond.  

Service in action:

Many signature Santa Clara programs are housed in the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. These Centers of Distinction are responsible for a variety of programs and involvement across SCU’s colleges, offering resources, scholarships, and opportunities for gaining hands-on knowledge. Embodying the Jesuit “posture of service,” they connect campus knowledge with community impact. 

Retention and graduation rates:

Santa Clara boasts 92% retention and 85% four-year graduation rates. SCU staff say these numbers are an indicator of students getting what they need to be successful, an important goal for the school. Student support is crucial, and programs such as Peer Educators, required first-year Residential Learning Communities, and a Princeton Review-recognized Career Center surround students with mentorship and opportunities.

Personal connections:

Relationships matter at SCU! Prospective students are encouraged to reach out to school representatives with any questions, including a rotating “Dean of the Day” on duty. Once on campus, the 10:1 student to faculty ratio and average class size of 23 students allows easy access to professors and many opportunities to connect. 

Merit awards:

Admitted students are evaluated for certain scholarships with their application. Merit scholarships are based on academics as well as various qualities such as community engagement and service. The Johnson Scholars Program selects emerging leaders, providing awards of up to full-tuition along with leadership development opportunities.

If you’re looking for a mid-sized university with a focus on service and a side of California sun, learn more about Santa Clara University today!

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