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Santa Clara University called one of 'great schools at great prices' by U.S. News

Thursday, Sep. 6, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 6, 2001 - A high academic reputation combined with small classes, and high freshmen retention and graduation rates make Santa Clara University a "great school at a great price," according to the latest rankings by U.S. News & World Report, released today.

For the 12th consecutive year, SCU today was ranked second among all 127 public and private "master's level" universities in the West by the national news magazine.

In its annual ranking of the "Best Colleges" in the U.S., the magazine gave the 7,300-student Jesuit, Catholic university in Santa Clara top marks in several categories among the nation's 573 similar private and public universities. The University was compared to similar comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees, but few doctoral programs.

And, in a new supplemental ranking listing "great schools at great prices" in four regions, U.S. News ranked Santa Clara University third in the West, tied with St. Mary's College of California. To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value, the magazine used a formula that related a school's academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid.

Here are some other highlights from the national report:

· SCU not only had the second highest overall score of 94 (out of 100) in the West, but it also had the second highest academic reputation among presidents and deans in the West, 4.0 out of a possible 5.0.

· SCU had the highest average graduation rate - 81 percent - and the highest freshman retention rate - 92 percent - among all western master's universities.

· Its 92 percent average freshman retention rate -- the percent of freshmen who enroll in their sophomore years - is the second highest in the entire country among all master's universities. Nationally, the average is about 75 percent.

· Its 81 percent average graduation rate -- the percent of freshmen who complete their degree in six years - is the third highest nationally among similar private and public universities.

· SCU's 12-to-1 ratio of students to faculty was the fourth lowest ratio in the magazine's western region, which included colleges and universities in all states from the Rockies to the Pacific, plus Texas.

· The University's alumni giving rate of 27 percent was the fourth highest in the West last year. More than half of SCU's 60,000 alumni live in the Bay Area.

· In another criterion in the magazine's ranking, the percentage of full-time faculty, SCU's 86 percent rate was the 11th highest among western master's universities.

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 resources and alumni giving.


About Santa Clara University:

Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university with 4,300 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students offering a rigorous undergraduate curriculum and nationally recognized business, engineering and law schools, plus interdisciplinary centers that promote ethics, social justice, and explore the impact of technology.


Other Bay Area colleges also were ranked. Among the public and private master's universities in the West, St. Mary's College of California was ranked ninth, and San Jose State University was tied for 32nd. Nine other colleges and universities in the state were ranked in the top 33 in the West, including Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, tied for third with another Jesuit school, Gonzaga University in Washington.

Texas was again included in the western region by the magazine, and Trinity University in Texas was again ranked first among the master's universities in the West.

The "Best Colleges" rankings are on the U.S. News Web site, These include rankings of national universities, such as Stanford, and liberal arts colleges.

For more information about Santa Clara University and its programs, see

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