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SCU gets high marks in US News & World Report rankings

Friday, Aug. 18, 2006

SANTA CLARA, Calif.Aug. 18, 2006 — For the 17th year in a row, Santa Clara University was ranked second overall among 123 master’s universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. SCU’s average undergraduate graduation rate, 84 percent, was the second highest in the country among 557 national master’s level universities.

In its annual ranking, America’s Best Colleges 2007, the magazine compared SCU to other similar comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs and master’s degrees, but few doctoral programs. The Western region includes master’s level colleges and universities from Colorado to the West Coast, including Texas.

Additional highlights from the U.S. News rankings include:

  • SCU had the highest average freshman retention rate –92 percent--of master’s universities in the West. (The freshman retention rate reflects the percentage of freshmen who enroll in their sophomore year.)
  • SCU had the second highest peer assessment score – 3.9 ­– of master’s universities in the West.
  • SCU’s school of engineering is among the top 50 engineering schools in the country.

The magazine's rankings relied on: academic reputation, graduation rates, class size, percent of full-time faculty, student/faculty ratios, retention of students, student test scores and grades, student selectivity, financial resource, and alumni giving.

The “Best Colleges” rankings are on the U.S. News Web site,

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,397 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master ’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is available at





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