May 2016

Statue in Mission Gardens

Statue in Mission Gardens

College Choice Ranks Santa Clara University 6th among 75 Catholic U.S. Universities

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 16, 2016 ­– Santa Clara University has been ranked sixth among 75 Catholic U.S. Universities by the independent online college-information company, College Choice.

College Choice said it compiled its ranking using criteria important to college freshman, such as college reputation, net cost, financial aid packages, and average graduate salary. The data was pulled from publicly available sources that include school websites, the National Center for Educational Statistics, US News and World Report, and

Santa Clara University is regularly rated highly in’s “Return on Investment” report, which estimates the additional salary over 20 years that a graduating student would earn above that of a high-school graduate, after subtracting the cost of four years of college. For 2016, SCU was listed among the top 10 percent of universities, with an estimated $609,000 net cumulative ROI after 20 years.

SCU rankings are also regularly boosted by its low student-teacher ratio of 12:1 and the fact that 46 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students.

Santa Clara University also receives widespread recognition for its sustainability and social justice programs. In 2014, Santa Clara University received the STARS gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and in 2015 was ranked 19th on the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” list. The majority of the University’s campus is irrigated with recycled water, and in the last decade the campus has avoided use of over 487.5 million gallons of freshwater.

The full College Choice ranking can be found at

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 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; 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

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