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September 2017

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Santa Clara University Graduates Rank Among Top 10 California Schools for Salary

SCU alumni salaries ranked high by PayScale survey

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sep 8, 2017—Recent graduates of Santa Clara University earn upwards of $63,000 early in their careers and an estimated $135,000 after 10 years in the workforce. PayScale’s 2017 College Salary Report ranks Santa Clara University among the top 25 universities in the country for earning potential.

Other schools ranked in the top 25 included Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Harvey Mudd, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Santa Clara University ranked No.21 on the bachelor’s–degree-only list out of 1,509 institutions, with 44 percent of alumni saying that their work makes the world a better place.

PayScale, Inc., a compensation-data company based in Seattle, Wash., collected salary information from 2.3 million graduates of more than 2,700 schools across the country via an online survey.

“Santa Clara's goals of bringing the Silicon Valley into the classroom and providing their students a holistic education has been a huge asset in my career,” said Nicole Pal, ’14, alumna of SCU’s School of Engineering. “By bringing in professors with rich industry experience and giving me project opportunities an order of magnitude larger than my peers, my education at Santa Clara has allowed me to thrive in the fast-paced world of consulting.”

Rose Nakamoto, director of the Career Center at Santa Clara University said, “Our goal as a Jesuit higher education institution is to shape the next generation of ethical and socially conscientious leaders and global thinkers. Given the changing dynamics and expectations around the role of education, SCU’s recent PayScale ranking, putting us among the top 10 California schools for salary, demonstrates an important value proposition.” 

See PayScale’s Report on Santa Clara University.

The full report can be found at PayScale’s site.

More information on the survey and methodology can be found online.

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 doctoral degrees. 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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