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Record numbers apply to Santa Clara University

Monday, May. 1, 2000

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 1, 2000 - A record number of high school students applied to Santa Clara University this winter for a spot in the class of 2004.

SCU admissions officials said the 5,940 applicants for the approximately 1,000 undergraduate spots is the highest number of applicants ever at the Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

High school seniors admitted to SCU for the 2000 fall semester have higher high school grade-point averages and higher standardized test scores than previous years, said Annette Schmeling, RSCJ, dean of admissions. May 1 is the deadline for admitted undergraduate students to inform SCU whether they intend to enroll in September.

The increased number of applicants, nearly 400 more than last year, also meant that SCU had to be more selective, accepting 59 percent of its applicants, compared to 69 percent last year, Schmeling said. Over the past decade, acceptance rates had varied between 65 percent and 75 percent, she said.

"It's not just a question of 'more,' but 'better,' " said Schmeling.

This year's successful SCU applicants had an average high school GPA of 3.69, compared to 3.55 a year ago, and had an average Scholastic Aptitude Test verbal score of 615, and a math score of 635, compared to 601 and 618, respectively, a year ago, she said.

To maintain its low 13-to-1 ratio of students to faculty, the University each year seeks to enroll a freshman class of approximately 1,000. Each year, fewer than 30 percent of those accepted actually enroll at SCU in the fall, a percentage that compares to other private universities in California where applicants apply to several schools. For that reason, 3,500 SCU applicants were accepted this spring.

Schmeling attributed the increased number of applicants to the growing reputation of the University's academic quality. "Our market research suggests that our target audiences give the highest ratings to the academic priorities of the University," she said. "The jump in applications suggests that our message resonates with prospective students."

For the 10th consecutive year, SCU in 1999 was ranked second among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Santa Clara University offers a rigorous undergraduate curriculum in the arts and sciences, business and engineering. It has nationally recognized graduate and professional schools in business, law, engineering, pastoral ministries and counseling psychology and education.

The 7,700-student university has a 150-year tradition of educating the whole person for a life of service and leadership. Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, SCU is California's oldest institution of higher learning.


For more information about Santa Clara University or to set up an interview with Annette Schmeling, call Barry Holtzclaw at 408-554-5126, email, or see

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