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Santa Clara University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

$54,073 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
54% Acceptance Rate

Where Is Santa Clara University?


Contact details for SCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
Phone: 408-554-4000

How Do I Get Into SCU?

You can apply to SCU online at:

Admission Requirements for SCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Required
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SCU?

54% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
23% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 54%, SCU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 50%, and the acceptance rate for women is 57%.

Average Test Scores

About 23% of students accepted to SCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 720. Math scores were between 680 and 770.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 680 to 770 )
SCU received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Santa Clara University  ( 30 to 33 )

Can I Afford Santa Clara University?

$54,073 Net Price
25% Take Out Loans
0.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SCU is $54,073. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SCU, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $7,300 a year. That adds up to $29,200 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SCU is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Santa Clara University Undergraduate Student Diversity

5,779 Full-Time Undergraduates
48% Women
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 5,895 undergraduate students at SCU, with 5,779 being full-time and 116 being part-time.


There are also 3,023 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 5,779 full-time undergraduates at SCU, 52% are male and 48% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Santa Clara University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,179
Black or African American 153
Hispanic or Latino 1,039
White 2,419
International Students 329
Other Races/Ethnicities 660

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Santa Clara University. At this time, 40 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 81 countries are represented at SCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Taiwan.

Online Learning at Santa Clara University

417 Took All Classes Online
417 Took At Least One Class Online
460.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 417 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SCU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of SCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Santa Clara University was 460.1%. This is the #101 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SCU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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