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October 2023

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Santa Clara University Graduates Top Lists for Post-Graduation Salaries 

SCU ranks No. 9 nationwide for alumni salary potential, measured by PayScale.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 16, 2023—Graduates of Santa Clara University have again ranked in the top 1 percent of undergraduate alumni nationwide, for the salaries they report in their early and mid-careers. 

That is the finding of the 2023 College Salary Report recently released by PayScale, a compensation-data company based in Seattle, Washington.

Overall, out of 1,559 schools offering bachelor’s degrees, Santa Clara University alumni ranked No. 9—in the top 1 percent—for average salaries reported. The median earnings for SCU alumni within their first five years post-graduation was $87,300. For those with a decade or more of professional experience, the median salary was $173,100. Santa Clara was among just three California colleges or universities to appear in the Top 10. 

“These results are a testament to many factors that distinguish a Santa Clara University education—our outstanding students and faculty, strong alumni network, and innovative location,” said President Julie Sullivan. “At the same time, we are just as proud that our graduates live out in their professions our Jesuit mission of being people for and with others.” 

The PayScale data also ranked the median salary attained by students according to their academic majors.

Santa Clara University placed in the top 1 percent for early and mid-career salaries for those who majored in business and communication, and within the top 2 to 10 percent for those majoring in engineering, humanities, social sciences, computer science, and art, according to PayScale.


  • All Bachelor’s Programs Overall: No. 9 (1,559/top 1 percent)
  • Communication and journalism majors: No. 2 in the country (438 schools/top 1 percent)
  • Business Majors: No. 8 (1,136/top 1 percent)
  • Engineering Majors: No. 5 (394/top 2 percent)
  • Social Science Majors: No. 16 (826/top 2 percent)
  • Humanities Majors: No. 13 (512/top 3 percent)
  • Science Majors: No. 29 (579/top 6 percent)
  • Art Majors: No. 37 (419/top 9 percent)

To determine its rankings, PayScale looks at the early and mid-career salary data from 3.5 million graduates of 2,400 colleges and universities across the country. More data on the methodology can be found on the company’s website.

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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