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Santa Clara University to Welcome Class of 2014

Thursday, Sep. 16, 2010

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Sept. 16, 2010 – They’re young, smart, and diverse, and they’re ready to begin the next challenging chapter of their lives. On Sept. 20, some 1,300 freshman students will begin their college career at Santa Clara University, one of the top universities in the country, according U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Forbes.

For the fourth year in a row, SCU experienced a record number of applications totaling 11,788, an increase of 15 percent from the year before. Of the applicants, 7,100 came from California alone.

SCU’s Class of 2014 come from diverse backgrounds and a strong academic standing. Of the 1,316 students who were admitted, 60 percent are from California and 37.4 percent are from 36 states, including Hawaii, New York, and Texas. International students make 2.6 percent and come from China, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe to name a few.

The class has an average grade point average of 3.6, with 87 students holding a perfect 4.0 GPA. The class also has an average SAT (critical reading and math) score of 1243 and an ACT composite score of 27.7, both higher than the last year’s freshman class.

In addition to the increase in applicants, the most unexpected increase happened in SCU’s School of Engineering with 277 students or 21 percent admitted, the largest number in five years. The College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Leavey School of Business continue to attract their usual enrollment levels, representing 65 percent and 22 percent respectively.

Here’s how the numbers for Class of 2014 compare to the Class of 2013:

  Class of 2014 Class of 2013
GPA (unweighted) 3.60 3.55
SAT (critical reading + math) 1243 1220
ACT (composite) 27.7 27.3
Male/Female ratio 50%/50% 47%/53%
College of Arts & Sciences 57% 59%
Leavey School of Business 22% 27%
School of Engineering 21% 14%
Californian 60% 59%
International 2.6% 1.9%
Jesuit HS graduate 12% 11%
Other Catholic HS graduate 24% 23%
Public HS 48% 48%
Legacy (parent) 10% 9%

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 8,800 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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