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 Class of 2015 Launch College Career at Santa Clara University

Monday, Sep. 19, 2011


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 19, 2011Santa Clara University’s campus is bustling with some 1,300 freshmen, who embarked on their college career today. For a fifth consecutive year, SCU received a record number of applicants—13,342, an increase of about 12 percent from the year before. Of the 1,275 students who were admitted, 61 percent are from California, 37 percent are from 37 states and 1.6 percent are international students, representing countries such as China, India, and Canada. Besides California, the next top 10 states with the most students are: Washington (123), Oregon (63), Colorado, (47), Hawaii (39), Illinois (25), Massachusetts (21), Arizona (20), Nevada (17), and Texas (15).
Here’s a look at how the numbers for the class of 2015 compare in recent years:


  Class of 2015 Class of 2014 Class of 2013
GPA 3.6 3.6 3.6
SAT (critical reading + math) 1256 1254 1220
ACT (composite) 28 28 27
Male/Female ratio 51%/49% 50%/50% 47%/53%
College of Arts & Sciences 58% 57% 59%
Leavey School of Business 29% 22% 27%
School of Engineering 14% 21% 14%
Californian 61% 60% 59%
International 1.6% 2.6% 1.9%
Jesuit high school graduate 12% 12% 11%
Other Catholic high school graduate 25% 24% 23%
Public high school 50% 48% 48%
Legacy (parent) 12% 10% 9%


The freshman students moved into their dorms on Sept. 17, while more than 400 upperclassmen moved into the university’s first eco-friendly student housing community, University Villas. Read more about the amenities and features in the building.
The 2011-12 academic year is the 50th anniversary since SCU began enrolling women. In the fall of 1961, SCU became the first coeducational Catholic university in California and enrolled 84 women: 63 freshmen, 15 sophomores, five juniors, and one senior. Their time on campus was a stark contrast from what campus life is like today. Back then, women weren’t allowed to sunbathe, play games in the campus gardens, or wear shorts and pants. They were required to follow a long list of strict rules or risk being disciplined or expelled. See more rules and regulations from 1961.
This an exciting time for students, faculty, and staff, as they mark the 100th anniversary of SCU’s School of Engineering. A series of celebrations and thought-provoking events will have industry leaders such as Intel’s President and CEO Paul Otellini and Apple’s Co-founder Steve Wozniak on campus. Read more about the School of Engineering’s centennial celebrations.
About Santa Clara University 
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see
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