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Santa Clara University again ranked No.2 among all western regional universities by U.S. News & World Report

Friday, Sep. 1, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept.1, 2000 - Santa Clara University, for the 11th consecutive year, today was ranked second among all public and private regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report magazine.

In its annual ranking of the "Best Colleges" in the U.S. released today, the magazine gave the Catholic Jesuit university in Santa Clara an overall score that ranked it seventh among all 504 U.S. public and private regional universities - comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs as well as master's degrees.

SCU had the highest average graduation rate - 81 percent - and the highest freshman retention rate - 91 percent - among all western regional universities. Its retention rate was the third highest in the entire country, and its graduation rate was the nation's 5th best among regional universities.

Nationally, the retention rate - the percent of freshmen who enroll in their sophomore years - is approximately 75 percent. The graduation rate is the percent of freshmen who complete their degree in six years.

For the 2000 fall term that begins Sept. 18, the Santa Clara University received 5,940 applicants for the approximately 1,000 undergraduate spots, the highest number of applicants ever.

In a new ranking this year of undergraduate business programs, US News ranked SCU's Leavey School of Business 57th (of 134 ranked), which was good enough for the No.3 spot among all California universities, behind the University of Southern California and UC/Berkeley, and for a Top 10 ranking among the 26 western undergraduate business programs ranked by the magazine.

Santa Clara University, the oldest institution of higher education in California, is a private Catholic Jesuit university with approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 3,200 graduate students. Home to the Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the university celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year.

Other Bay Area colleges also were ranked.

Among national universities - institutions that offer doctoral programs - Stanford University ranked sixth, University of California at Berkeley 20th, and the University of San Francisco was listed in the top 115.

Among the 112 public and private regional universities in the West, St. Mary's College of California was ranked ninth, and San Jose State University, while not in the top 25 among all schools, was ranked 9th among public regional universities in the West.

The magazine's rankings relied on: academic reputation, graduation rates, class size, retention of students, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

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


The "Best Colleges" rankings are on the U.S. News Web site, For more information about Santa Clara University and its programs, see

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