Santa Clara University is a private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California. It has 5,250 full-time undergraduate students, and 3,270 graduate students. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California,and has remained in its original location for 162 years. The University's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis, which traces its founding to 1776. The Campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style, and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival Architecture.
The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its six colleges, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, SCU Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, and the School of Law.
Santa Clara's sports teams are called the Broncos. Their colors are red and white. The Broncos compete at the NCAA Division I levels as members of the West Coast Conference in 19 sports. The school is renowned for its successful men's and women's soccer programs in addition to historically successful men's basketball teams.
School of Law
Main article: Santa Clara University School of Law
The School of Law was founded in 1911. The Jesuit affiliation of the university is manifested in a concern with ethics, social justice, and community service.The school offers the Juris Doctor degree. It also offers several joint degree programs, including JD/Master of Business Administration and JD/Master of Science in Information Systems offered in conjunction with Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. The school offers Master of Laws degrees in Intellectual Property, which is ranked 6th in the nation, Law Firms Rank Schools ranked 96th, Part-time Law ranked 48th, International and Comparative Law, and U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. Santa Clara Law features specialized curricular programs in High Tech and Intellectual Property law, International Law, and Public Interest and Social Justice law.
Santa Clara University School Profile:
As of Fall 2012, Santa Clara had an enrollment of 5,250 undergraduate and 3,269 graduate and professional students (total of 8,519 students).Men make up 52.3% of the total student population; women 47.7%.
Santa Clara offers undergraduates the opportunity to pursue 45 majors in its three undergraduate schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the Leavey School of Business. Santa Clara University also has six graduate and professional schools, including the School of Law, School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the Jesuit School of Theology (campus located in Berkeley, California).
The student to faculty ratio is 12:1 with 71% of all classes being fewer than 30 students.
The 2013 annual ranking of U.S. News & World Report categorizes it as 'more selective'.For the Class of 2016 (enrolled fall 2012), Santa Clara received 14,339 applications and accepted 7,344 (51.2%).Of those accepted, 1,278 enrolled,a yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the university) of 17.4%. SCU's freshman retention rate is 95%, with 86% going on to graduate within six years.
The enrolled first-year class of 2016 had the following standardized test scores: the middle 50% range (25th percentile-75th percentile) of SAT scores was 590-680 for SAT Critical Reading and 610-700 for SAT Math, while the middle 50% range of ACT scores was 27-31.The average Grade Point Average (GPA) was 3.64 (unweighted 4 point scale).
For SCU's 2011-2012 school year, undergraduate tuition and fees were $37,368, room and board cost $11,742, and books estimated at $5,000, totaling $54,110.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Santa Clara as a master's level university.In U.S. News & World Report's 2013 rankings of master's universities (West), Santa Clara University ranks 2nd overall, and 12th in Best Value Schools.
In 2013 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Leavey School of Business graduate program No. 101, with its Part-Time MBA program 50th in the nation, the Executive MBA 15th and Entrepreneurial studies 24th.The undergraduate business program in 2012 was ranked 55th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2012 and 38th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013.
The School of Engineering was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 14th in 2012 for engineering schools with focus on undergraduate and Master's engineering programs.Computer Engineering at Santa Clara ranked 91st and Electrical/Electronic/Communications ranked 102nd.
Santa Clara's School of Law was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2013 as No. 96 in the nation, with its Intellectual Property Law program recognized as 6th nationally.
In 2009 U.S. News & World Report named Santa Clara University one of 80 colleges and universities known for a strong commitment to teaching undergraduates.
In 2013 Forbes ranked Santa Clara University No. 72 out of the 650 best private and public colleges and universities in America.In 2008, the first year of the list, Santa Clara was ranked No. 318 out of 569.
The Princeton Review named Santa Clara University one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in its 2012 annual guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges.
In its 2012 ranking of alumni financial success, intellectual development, and career preparation, "The Alumni Factor" listed Santa Clara 43rd out of the top 177 colleges and universities.
PayScale in 2012 ranked Santa Clara 17th in the nation out of 606 schools in the category "Mid-Career Salary Rank for Private Schools", 28th out of 1,248 in "Overall College ROI Rank," and 23rd out of 458 in "ROI Rank for Private Universities."In 2010 Santa Clara University was ranked No. 4 in California in the 2011 report on Graduate Salary Potential.
Santa Clara University was named to the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service programs and student involvement.
Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked SCU No. 33 on the 2012-2013 Best Values in Private Universities list, and 4th in California.
Santa Clara University made About.com's list of the top 23 Catholic Colleges and universities in the country Newsweek in 2012 ranked Santa Clara University as the second most beautiful college in America.
SCU has the 3rd highest undergraduate graduation rate nationally (85 percent) among 626 national master's level universities.