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IPEDS ID: 122931
OPE ID: 00132600
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Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, California 95053
General information:  (408) 554-4000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  8,770 (5,435 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Related Institutions:This is the parent institution of:
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty508336
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$37,368$39,048$40,572$42,1563.9%
Books and supplies$1,620$1,656$1,665$1,7102.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,742$11,997$12,276$12,5462.2%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,980$10,863$10,962$11,2682.8%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$53,709$55,797$57,681$59,5893.3%
Off Campus$53,865$55,626$57,357$59,3013.4%
Off Campus with Family$43,029$44,889$46,512$48,1413.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,06884%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,04082%$19,208,753$18,470
Federal grants15512%$726,875$4,690
Pell grants15212%$650,121$4,277
Other federal grants353%$76,754$2,193
State/local government grant or scholarships13611%$1,237,417$9,099
Institutional grants or scholarships1,04082%$17,244,461$16,581
Student loan aid52341%$3,544,572$6,777
Federal student loans51440%$2,667,063$5,189
Other student loans423%$877,509$20,893
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid14,02677%$76,749,636$19,063
Pell grants72914%$3,011,254$4,131
Federal student loans1,95637%$13,050,031$6,672
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$33,890$36,750$38,844
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$22,756$27,218$22,527
$30,001 – $48,000$22,019$23,965$23,109
$48,001 – $75,000$29,010$25,041$27,944
$75,001 – $110,000$32,627$37,614$35,717
$110,001 and more$38,935$42,464$42,262
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment8,770
Undergraduate enrollment5,435
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment146
Graduate enrollment3,335
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 98%
Part-time: 2%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 50%
Female: 50%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 14%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 17%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 48%
Two or more races: 7%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 8%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 98%
25 and over: 2%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 59%
Out-of-state: 38%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 57%
Part-time: 43%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $55
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012
Number of applicants14,3396,6027,737
Percent admitted51%51%51%
Percent admitted who enrolled17%20%15%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2012 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading590680
SAT Math610700
ACT Composite2731
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 95%
Part-time students: 100%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 88 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 84%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 77%
6-year: 85%
8-year: 86%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 83%
Female: 85%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 100%
Asian: 90%
Black or African American: 77%
Hispanic/Latino: 85%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 83%
Two or more races: 100%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 83%
Non-resident alien: 77%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other0---
Women's Studies0---
Category total0---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other---0
Biology/Biological Sciences, General52---
Category total64--0
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Business/Management11---
Business Administration and Management, General-314--
Business/Managerial Economics14---
Finance, General141---
Information Resources Management-31--
Management Information Systems, General8---
Marketing/Marketing Management, General83---
Organizational Behavior Studies12---
Category total360345-102
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric111---
Category total111---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design10---
Category total10---
Education, Other-32--
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs---1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-41-15
Elementary Education and Teaching-13-7
Secondary Education and Teaching-14-10
Special Education and Teaching, General-6-0
Category total-106-33
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering21---
Civil Engineering, General3014--
Computer Engineering, General308530
Computer Software Engineering-11--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering193020
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics4---
Engineering, General10--
Mechanical Engineering432100
Category total14816150
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician-8--
Engineering/Industrial Management-71--
Category total-79--
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General33---
Category total33---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General1---
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other0---
French Language and Literature0---
German Language and Literature0---
Italian Language and Literature0---
Latin Language and Literature0---
Spanish Language and Literature6---
Category total7---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Public Health, General26---
Category total26---
History, General26---
Category total26---
Legal Professions and Studies
International Law and Legal Studies-0--
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-8--
Programs for Foreign Lawyers-15--
Category total-23323-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies14---
Category total14---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General-12--
Mathematics, General23---
Category total2312--
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization0---
Mathematics and Computer Science8---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other1---
Category total9---
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science10---
Environmental Studies10---
Category total20---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Christian Studies-10--
Religion/Religious Studies0---
Category total1810--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General7---
Physics, General8---
Category total15---
Counseling Psychology-70--
Psychology, General81---
Category total8170--
Social Sciences
Economics, General44---
Political Science and Government, General69---
Category total155---
Theology and Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music-0--
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other-220-
Theology/Theological Studies-73-
Category total-463-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation7---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General15---
Fine/Studio Arts, General10---
Music, General3---
Category total35---
Grand total1,155852331135
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AAA MenWomen
Beach Volleyball16
Track and Field, Outdoor1820
Track and Field, X-Country1920
Water Polo2824
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities 2/28/1949 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1937 -  Accredited
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession020
Drug law violations012
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations012
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible401
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault721
Motor vehicle theft121
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible301
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault501
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate2.9%2.1%
Number in default3424
Number in repayment1,1701,135
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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