Santa Clara University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$47,112

4% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$37,657

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

0.997%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

48.3%

15,834 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

8,422

85.3% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

88.6%

1,148 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 (140 degrees awarded), Speech Communication & Rhetoric (129 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (109 degrees).

In 2016, 3,000 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Santa Clara University. 49.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.8% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (1,124 degrees), 2.44 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (460 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Santa Clara University is $47,112, which is $26,952 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Santa Clara University is $47,112, which is $26,952 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$47,112

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Santa Clara University was $47,112. The cost of tuition at Santa Clara University is $26,952 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$37,657

2016 Value

1.23%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Santa Clara University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $37,657. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Santa Clara University grew by 1.23%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,698

Room and Board

$1,764

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Santa Clara University was of $12,698 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,764. The cost of room and board increased by 4.02% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.03% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

71%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

30%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

71% of undergraduate students at Santa Clara University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a decline of 1.39% with respect to 2015, when 72% 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.

0.997%

2015 Default Rate

14

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Santa Clara University was 0.997%, which represents 14 out of the 1404 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 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.

Acceptance Rate

48.3%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

7,648

Accepted Out of 15,834

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Santa Clara University was 48.3% (7,648 admissions from 15,834 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 48.8%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 6.28%, while admissions grew by 5.2%.

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SAT Scores

50%

Submission Percentage

662

Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at Santa Clara University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

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 0.0831% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Santa Clara University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (25.9%), followed by White Female (22.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (9.19%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (14.6%), followed by White Male (13.9%) and Asian Female (7.42%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

85.3%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Santa Clara University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 8,422 students. The full-time enrollment at Santa Clara University is 7,185 and the part-time enrollment is 1,237. This means that 85.3% of students enrolled at Santa Clara University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%

2016 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 96%. 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

    3,524

  2. Asian

    1,422

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,304

The enrolled student population at Santa Clara University 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 0.0831% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 330 students (3.92%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 50 fewer women than men received degrees from Santa Clara University. The majority of degree recipients at Santa Clara University are white (1,124 degrees awarded). There were 2.44 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (460 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Santa Clara University is General Finance (140 degrees awarded), followed by Speech Communication & Rhetoric (129 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (109 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 (245 degrees awarded), Engineering (626 degrees), and Theology (60 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 Miscellaneous managers (387,369 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (341,061 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (298,555 people), Civil engineers (230,674 people), and Mechanical engineers (150,819 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (245 degrees awarded), Engineering (626 degrees), Theology (60 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (44 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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Sales representatives, wholesale & manufacturing, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (245 degrees awarded), Engineering (626 degrees), Theology (60 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (44 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 (405,538 people), Computer Systems Design (382,679 people), Construction (253,229 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (203,348 people), and Electronic component & product manufacturing, n.e.c. (139,348 people).

The most specialized majors at Santa Clara University are Legal (245 degrees awarded), Engineering (626 degrees), Theology (60 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (28 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (44 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. 140 degrees awarded

  2. 129 degrees awarded

  3. 109 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Santa Clara University was General Finance with 140 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 1,525

  2. 1,475

In 2016, 1,525 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Clara University, which is 1.03 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,475).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 210 degrees were awarded to men at Santa Clara University in General Computer Engineering, which is 1.59 times more than the 132 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 132 degrees were awarded to women at Santa Clara University in General Computer Engineering, which is 0.629 times less than the 210 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

78%

100% Completion Time

85%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 78% of students graduating from Santa Clara University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 85% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% 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 Gender

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 (67.2%).

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, 7.06% of graduates (81 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,124 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    460 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    410 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Santa Clara University is white (1,124 degrees awarded). There were 2.44 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (460 degrees).

8.07% of degree recipients (242 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    575 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    549 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Male

    242 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Santa Clara University is white male (575 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (549 degrees).

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Operations

Santa Clara University has an endowment valued at nearly $885M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $25.2M (2.85%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Santa Clara University had a total expenditure of $327M. Of that $327M, they spent $153M on salaries and $327M on benefits.

Santa Clara University employs 153 Professors, 150 Lecturers, and 149 Associate professors. Most academics at Santa Clara University are Male Professors (100), Female Lecturers(91), and Male Associate professors (87).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Clara University are: Management, with 311 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 202 employees, and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 97 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$885M

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

Santa Clara University has an endowment valued at about $885M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Santa Clara University grew 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $856M 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. $2.92M - Federal

  2. $179k - State

  3. $220k - Local

As of 2015, Santa Clara University received $2.92M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $179k from state grants and contracts, and $220k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$153M

Salary Expenditure

$327M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Santa Clara University had a total expenditure of $327M. Of that $327M, they spent $153M on salaries and $327M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Santa Clara University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$153M

2015 Salaries

3.74%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Santa Clara University paid a median of $153M in salaries, which represents 46.8% of their overall expenditure ($327M) and a 3.74% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.32% growth from 2013 and a 4.55% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$58.8M

Instructional Salaries

536

Number of Employees

In 2015, Santa Clara University paid a total of $58.8M to 536 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

153 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

311 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Santa Clara University were Professor with 153 employees; Lecturer with 150 employees; and Lecturer with 149 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Santa Clara University were Management with 311 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 202 employees; and Computer, Engineering, and Science with 97 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Lecturer

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Santa Clara University was Male Professor with 100 employees, Female Lecturer with 91 employees, and Male Associate professor with 87 employees.

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

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