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Santa Clara University Featured in the 2011 Edition of The Princeton Review

Monday, Aug. 9, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 9, 2010—Great academic program. Better-rounded students. And Catholic values. Those are some of the words used to describe Santa Clara University as one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education and a Best Western College, according to the 2011 edition of The Princeton Review's annual guidebook, The Best 373 Colleges.

Only the top 15 percent of America's 2,000 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book. It includes detailed information of the colleges with ratings in eight categories and 62 ranking lists of top 20 schools. The lists are based on its survey of 122,000 students (averaging about 325 per campus) at the 373 schools in the book. The online survey asked 80 questions to students about their school's academics, administration, campus life, student body, and themselves.

SCU students rave about the school's small size that “fosters an excellent community and strong access to and interaction with faculty.” They also praise the university's science, business, and engineering programs, pointing out how SCU's academic program “stresses the development of critical thinking” and uses “real-world application in classroom lessons.” The major plus, though, is the fact that all the classes are taught by faculty not teaching assistants. Students also love the extraordinary career opportunities they find in the Bay Area.

The Princeton Review also compiles ratings in eight areas: quality of life, fire safety, green, academic, professors interesting, professors accessible, admissions selectivity, and financial aid, which are based primarily on available institutional data collected during 2009-10 from school administrators. The Princeton Review gave SCU high marks, especially in quality of life, fire safety, and green.

The Princeton Review also recognized SCU as a Best Western College and a school that stood out within the region.

“Each of our 373 best colleges offers great academics and we salute them for that,” says Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's vice president of publishing and author of the guidebook. “However, they differ widely in their program offerings and campus culture. That's why we don’t rank them one through 373.”

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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 8,600 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

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