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2016 Undergraduate Tuition
4% growth from 2015
After Financial Aid
2014 Student Loan
Default Rate
2016 Acceptance Rate
15,834 Applicants
2016 Enrolled Students
85.3% full-time
2016 Graduation Rate
1,148 Graduates

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


The median tuition at Santa Clara University is $47,112, which is $14,902 more than the national median tuition of $32,210.

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $37,657.

In 2016, 71% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 30% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

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Santa Clara University received 15,834 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 6.28% annual growth. Out of those 15,834 applicants, 7,648 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 48.3% acceptance rate.

There were 8,422 students enrolled at Santa Clara University in 2016, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Santa Clara University has an overall enrollment yield of 17.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

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Santa Clara University has a total enrollment of 8,422 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Clara University is 7,185 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,237. This means that 85.3% of students enrolled at Santa Clara University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Santa Clara University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 41.8% White, 16.9% Asian, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, 5.6% Two or More Races, 2.85% Black or African American, 0.19% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.08% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Santa Clara University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (16.5%), followed by White Female (14.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.84%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (3.17%), followed by White Male (3.03%) and Asian Female (1.61%).

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In 2016, 50 fewer women than men graduated from Santa Clara University. The majority of students graduating from Santa Clara University are White. These 1,124 graduates mean that there were 2.44 times more White graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 460 graduates.

The most common Bachelor's Degree awarded at Santa Clara University is General Finance with 140 graduates, followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric with 129 graduates and General Political Science & Government with 109 graduates.

The most specialized major across all degree types at Santa Clara University, meaning they have significantly more graduates than the national average across all institutions, is Legal, with 245 graduates, followed by Engineering with 626 graduates and Theology with 60 graduates.


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Santa Clara University has an endowment valued at nearly $884M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $25.2M (2.85%), compared to the 1.44% average return ($414,206 on $28.9M) across all Master's Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Santa Clara University had a total expenditure of $326M. Of that $326M, they spent $145M on salaries and $44.5M on benefits.

Santa Clara University employs 153 Professors, 147 Lecturers, and 143 Associate professors. Most academics at Santa Clara University are Male Professors (102), Female Lecturers (95), and Male Associate professors (84).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Clara University are: Management, with 300 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 194 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 117 employees.



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