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Why Choose SCU?

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We’ll challenge you to think critically, take risks, and take charge. And we’ll prepare you for that dream internship, job, or graduate program. Working with professors directly with our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratioyou’ll flourish at Santa Clara no matter what your major.

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Silicon Valley Location

Being in the heart of Silicon Valley means you’re down the street from some of the most innovative and successful businesses in the world. Companies like Google, Apple, NVIDIA, and Cisco recruit heavily from our campus. Plus there’s 300+ days of sunshine per year and the exciting San Francisco Bay Area at our doorstep.

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Bronco Community

First-year students like their SCU experience so much, 93% come back for their second year—one of the best retention rates in the country. And it’s because of the people. With campus clubs and student organizations and a strong alumni network, you’ll feel a part of the Bronco family from Day 1.

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Many faculty at SCU are engaged in ongoing, innovative research projects, and are committed to providing undergraduate students with opportunities to gain first-hand research experiences.  Unlike larger institutions, students at SCU get hands-on advisors and meaningful research opportunities at the undergraduate level.


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Spiritual Exploration

We welcome all faith traditions and encourage exploration of faith. As part of our 500-year Jesuit heritage, our core values help form our education, emphasizing ethics, social justice, and giving back in order to build a more humane, gentle, and sustainable world. We form top students in mind, body and spirit and educate the whole person to make a difference in the world after graduating.

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Post-graduation Outcomes

Get ready to take advantage of professional and social networking opportunities with an ever-growing list of influential Bronco alumni and well-connected faculty. Travel up and down Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for internships, mentoring, jobs, and volunteer opportunities. The return on investment on your education is key—88% of our recent graduates say SCU provided good to excellent preparation for their careers.

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Global Engagement

Prepare to impact the world by exploring your place in it. High-impact learning experiences such as study abroad, internships, immersion trips and research programs offer students from all majors the chance to expand their perspectives by traveling to Africa, the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, or Latin America.

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National Ranking and Global Reputation

Santa Clara is consistently recognized as one of the top universities in the nation, including top 10% and top 15% of universities (respectively) by Forbes and US News and World Report. Our focus on undergraduate teaching landed us #14 in this category (US News). In addition, our graduates is rank #8 among U.S. colleges on the "Best Universities for a Bachelor's Degree" list.