Santa Clara University: Narrative Description

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500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Tel: (408)554-4000
Admissions: (408)554-4700
Fax: (408)554-5255
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Roman Catholic (Jesuit), university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's and first professional certificates. Founded 1851. Setting: 104-acre suburban campus with easy access to San Francisco and San Jose. Endowment: $449.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $1.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,924 per student. Total enrollment: 7,908. Faculty: 710 (423 full-time, 287 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 12:1. 7,649 applied, 57% were admitted. 37% from top 10% of their high school class, 72% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 2 National Merit Scholars, 40 valedictorians, 149 student government officers. Full-time: 4,316 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 118 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 11 other countries, 32% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 13% Hispanic, 3% black, 19% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 4% international, 3% 25 or older, 44% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early action, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/1 for early action. Notification: continuous until 4/1, 12/31 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $55. Comprehensive fee: $36,828 includes full-time tuition ($27,135) and college room and board ($9693). Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 86 open to all. Most popular organizations: Community Action Program, Associated Students, Activities Programming Board, Multicultural Programming Board, Residence Hall Association. Major annual events: Bronco Blowout, Global Village, Star Search. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 2,159 college housing spaces available; 2,075 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. Orradre Library plus 1 other with 1.2 million books, 1.7 million microform titles, 8,795 serials, 14,605 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.9 million. 800 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Santa Clara is known as the "Mission City." It has an ideal climate, with a mean temperature of 71 degrees. Buses, trains and airlines serve the area. Community facilities include churches, a community symphony orchestra and an art gallery. Santa Clara is in the heart of "Silicon Valley," a dynamic center of high technology and progressive businesses. There are numerous part-time work opportunities. Recreational facilities include miles of beaches within a 30-minute drive of the university. San Francisco is 50 miles to the north.

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