Santa Clara University

Located 40 miles south of San Francisco, California, in the heart of high-tech Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum in the arts and sciences, business, and engineering. Santa Clara’s nationally recognized graduate and professional schools include programs in business, engineering, law, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministries, and theology.

Based upon more than 450 years of educational tradition, the Jesuits founded Santa Clara University in 1851. It is California’s oldest institution of higher education. Santa Clara’s small class sizes encourage the exchange of ideas between students and teacher, and the nearly 900 faculty members include award-winning scientists, economists, artists, and writers. Students gain valuable hands-on research experience in state-of-the-art facilities.

On-campus support includes an international student center, internship and career advising, computer labs, recreation, wellness, and health services. The campus is in a safe, beautifully maintained, and well-established Santa Clara neighborhood, with numerous housing and dining options available to students.

Student Demographics

Undergraduates, Fall 2011
Total undergraduate enrollment 5,229
Freshmen to sophomore retention rate 94%
Undergraduate graduation rate 85%
Average class size 23
Student to faculty ratio 13:1
Live in residence halls  
   Freshmen 94%
   All undergraduates 50%
Freshman, Fall 2011 Application Summary
Applied 13,342
Accepted 7,263
Enrolled 1.283
Enrolled Profile  
Middle 50% scores  
   GPA (4.0 unweighted scale) 3.4-3.8
   ACT Composite 17-31
   SAT Critical Reading 570-680
   SAT Math 600-690
Men/Women 50%/50%
   African-American/Black 3%
   Asian 11%
   Caucasian 53%
   Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander <1%
   Hispanic/Latino 9%
   Multiethnic 15%
   Native American/Alaska Native <1%
   Not Reported 9%
From California 60%
From other states and countries 40%
Number of states 38
Number of foreign countries 15
Transfers, Fall 2011  
Applied 889
Accepted 443
Enrolled 207
Mean academic GPA (admitted) 3.61
English Proficiency Tests and Minimum Scores One of the following
TOEFL (iBT) 90
iTEP 4.5
Pearson 61
SAT Critical Reading 630

Admission Requirements

Click here to learn about Freshman Admission Requirements.
Click here
to learn about Transfer Admission Requirements.

International Student Visas Issued

F1 and J1

Cost of Attendance 2012-13 Undergraduate

  On Campus Off Campus Commuter
Tuition 40,572 40,572 40,572
Room/Board 12,276 10,962 4,401
Books/Supplies 1,665 1,665 1,665
Transportation 891 1,314 1,170
Personal 2,277 2,844 3,105
Loan Fees 312 312 312
Total 57,993 57,669 51,225

Financial Assistance

An international applicant is eligible for academic merit award consideration.  Awards range from $6,000-$18,000.

ESL Program and/or Support Services

Prospective students have conditional admission opportunities through EC English program (external services). For more information, please click here (

Student Housing Options

To learn about the school’s student housing options, residence halls, and costs, please click here.