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September 2014

Class of 2018 Launch College Careers at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University welcomes members of the Class of 2018 and returning students, as classes begin for the 2014-2015 academic year.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep. 22, 2014 --Members of  Santa Clara University’s Class of 2018 launched their college careers with the start of classes for the 2014-2015 academic year today.

The campus is bustling with more than 5,000 students, including more than 1,300 freshmen. Of the freshman enrolled this year, 57 percent are from California, 40 percent from out-of-state and nearly 3 percent are international students. The class is evenly split between male and female.

The majority of the undergraduate class of 2018 is enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences (54 percent), followed by the Leavey School of Business (25 percent) and the School of Engineering (21 percent). The School of Engineering has seen a spike in enrollment compared to the Class of 2015 graduating this year, up 7 percentage points from freshman four years ago (14 percent). 

The majority of students from the class of 2018 were born in 1996 when Steve Jobs returned to Apple;  Bill Gates graced the cover of Time magazine after releasing Internet Explorer 3; E.R. and Seinfeld were the two most popular TV shows; and Pope John Paul II made international headlines by declaring evolution and creationism could coexist.

Class of 2018 by the numbers:

Average GPA:  3.7
Average SAT (CR+M): 1303
Average ACT:  29
Male/Female ratio:  50/50
Arts & Sciences enrollment: 54 percent
Business school: 25 percent
Engineering:  21 percent
Californian: 57 percent
International: 2.9 percent
Jesuit school graduates: 14 percent
Catholic school graduates:  23 percent
Public school graduates: 45 percent
Legacy (parent who also attended SCU): 10 percent

About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see