Santa Clara University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$52,998
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$48,284
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
0.778%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
50.7%
16,488 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
8,616
86.2% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
91.9%
1,210 Graduates

About

Santa Clara University is a higher education institution located in Santa Clara County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Santa Clara University were General Finance (149 degrees awarded), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (122 degrees), and General Psychology (105 degrees).

In 2020, 2,839 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Santa Clara University. 54.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 45.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,119 degrees), 2.25 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (497 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Santa Clara University is $52,998, which is $30,468 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

About the photo: One of the university buildings, visible from the mission gardens.

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Santa Clara University is $52,998, which is $30,468 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $48,284.

In 2020, 72% of undergraduate students attending Santa Clara University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 26% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,998
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Santa Clara University was $52,998. The cost of tuition at Santa Clara University is $30,468 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$48,284
2020 Value
14.7%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Santa Clara University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $48,284. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Santa Clara University grew by 14.7%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,296
Room and Board
$1,971
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Santa Clara University was of $15,296 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,971. The cost of room and board increased by 6.63% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.82% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
26%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Santa Clara University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 4.35% with respect to 2019, when 69% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.778%
2018 Default Rate
8
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Santa Clara University was 0.778%, which represents 8 out of the 1028 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Santa Clara University received 16,488 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 1.15% annual growth. Out of those 16,488 applicants, 8,362 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 50.7% acceptance rate.

There were 8,616 students enrolled at Santa Clara University in 2020, and 68% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Santa Clara University has an overall enrollment yield of 15.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

50.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
8,362
Accepted Out of 16,488

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Santa Clara University was 50.7% (8,362 admissions from 16,488 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 48.8%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants grew by 1.15%, while admissions grew by 5.08%.

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SAT Scores

68%
Submission Percentage
858
Scores Submitted

68% of enrolled first-time students at Santa Clara University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Santa Clara University has a total enrollment of 8,616 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Clara University is 7,431 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,185. This means that 86.2% of students enrolled at Santa Clara University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Santa Clara University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39.2% White, 19.9% Asian, 17.4% Hispanic or Latino, 7.21% Two or More Races, 2.54% Black or African American, 0.267% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0232% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Santa Clara University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (22.8%), followed by White Female (21.4%) and Asian Male (10.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (15.2%), followed by White Male (14.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Santa Clara University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,616 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Clara University is 7,431 and the part-time enrollment is 1,185. This means that 86.2% of students enrolled at Santa Clara University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

93%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Santa Clara University was 93%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Santa Clara University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,376
  2. Asian
    1,715
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    1,499

The enrolled student population at Santa Clara University is 39.2% White, 19.9% Asian, 17.4% Hispanic or Latino, 7.21% Two or More Races, 2.54% Black or African American, 0.267% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0232% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 187 students (2.17%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 243 more women than men received degrees from Santa Clara University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Santa Clara University is white (1,119 degrees awarded). There were 2.25 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (497 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Santa Clara University is General Finance (149 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (122 degrees) and General Psychology (105 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Santa Clara University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (534 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (38 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Software developers (356,781 people), Other managers (318,973 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (314,335 people), Civil engineers (247,458 people), and Mechanical engineers (180,835 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (534 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (38 degrees), Theology (57 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Surgeons, Aerospace engineers, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (534 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (38 degrees), Theology (57 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Architectural, engineering & related services (410,770 people), Computer Systems Design (402,095 people), Construction (270,090 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (207,721 people), and Aircraft & parts manufacturing (141,828 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (218 degrees awarded), Engineering (534 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (38 degrees), Theology (57 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (41 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Santa Clara University.
Most Common
  1. 149 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 122 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 105 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Santa Clara University was General Finance with 149 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,298
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
1,541
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 1,298 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Clara University, which is 0.842 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,541).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 212 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Clara University in General Computer Engineering, which is 1.86 times more than the 114 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 119 degrees were awarded to women at Santa Clara University in Law, which is 1.35 times more than the 88 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

84%
100% Completion Time
91%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 84% of students graduating from Santa Clara University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 91% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 91% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Santa Clara University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.56% of graduates (31 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,119 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    497 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    445 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Santa Clara University is white (1,119 degrees awarded). There were 2.25 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (497 degrees).

1.69% of degree recipients (48 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    583 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    536 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    285 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Santa Clara University is white female (583 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (536 degrees).

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Operations

Santa Clara University has an endowment valued at nearly $1.03B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $44.1M (4.27%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Santa Clara University had a total salary expenditure of $406M. Santa Clara University employs 185 Lecturers, 151 Associate professors, and 146 Professors. Most academics at Santa Clara University are Female Lecturers (102), Male Associate professors(90), and Male Professors (89).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Clara University are: Management, with 282 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 154 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 118 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.03B
2020 Endowment
1.41%
growth from 2019

Santa Clara University has an endowment valued at about $1.03B, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Santa Clara University grew 1.41% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $995M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.97M - Federal
  2. $568k - State
  3. $1.2M - Local

As of 2020, Santa Clara University received $2.97M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $568k from state grants and contracts, and $1.2M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$178M
2020 Salaries
5.12%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Santa Clara University paid a median of $178M in salaries, which represents 43.9% of their overall expenditure ($406M) and a 5.12% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.69% growth from 2018 and a 3.03% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$68.4M
Instructional Salaries
585
Number of Employees

In 2020, Santa Clara University paid a total of $68.4M to 585 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
185 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
282 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Santa Clara University were Lecturer with 185 employees; Associate professor with 151 employees; and Associate professor with 146 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Clara University were Management with 282 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 154 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Santa Clara University was Female Lecturer with 102 employees, Male Associate professor with 90 employees, and Male Professor with 89 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Santa Clara University.

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