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February 2020

Santa Clara Shines in Rankings for Outcomes, Value

Two national rankings place SCU in the upper echelons for outcomes and value to students.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020—Two recent national rankings have placed Santa Clara University in the upper echelons of private colleges in the Western U.S., and among the best values in U.S institutions of higher education.

The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education (WSJ/THE) ranked Santa Clara University as the 9th best private university in the West. The annual ranking measures universities based on 15 factors including graduate salaries and debt burdens; campus academic resources; student engagement; and diversity. Santa Clara ranked No. 62 among all private universities in the nation, and No. 87—in the top 11 percentile—among all the 801 universities ranked by WSJ/THE.

The Princeton Review also ranked Santa Clara University as one of the Best Value Colleges for 2020, out of 656 colleges and universities reviewed by the college admission-services company. The schools on this list are recommended for offering the best return on investment for tuition dollar, based on 40 data points in the areas of academics, affordability, and career preparation.

“We are very proud of Santa Clara’s strong showing in national rankings, reflecting our commitment to accessible, high-quality education that engages our students and empowers them with the skills and values most needed in today’s workforce and world, ” said Eva Blanco Masias, dean of undergraduate admissions at SCU.

About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley—the world’s most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University’s stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. Ranked among the top 15 percent of national universities by U.S. News & World Report, SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see

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