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Phil Kesten (physics) was named the California Professor of the Year in 2005 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Education.
During the 2005-06 academic year, SCU faculty received almost $2.5 million in grants and awards for academic research and programs.
Edward Schaefer (mathematics and computer science) was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to develop a graduate cryptography program at Mzuzu University in Malawi. He used a portion of the grant to pay for two SCU seniors to accompany him and work abroad with the program.
Santa Clara's undergraduate graduation rate is second highest in the nation among master's level universities. Among SCU students, 82 percent graduate in four years; 83 percent graduate in five years, and 85 percent graduate in six years.
SCU graduate Catherine Kilbane '05 (environmental studies and Spanish) won a Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 to go to Peru to study environmental science; her project is about Monitoring Debt-for-Nature Transactions.
The University's freshman retention rate is 92 percent, and has been above 90 percent for the past 16 years.
Of the Class of 2005, 89 percent of students who applied for full-time graduate study were admitted to at least one graduate program; 98 percent of those attending graduate school indicated that their SCU education provided them with excellent or good preparation for graduate study.
For the 17th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2007" ranked Santa Clara University second overall among the 123 master's universities in the West.
Santa Clara University School of Law was named one of the top 100 law schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report in 2006. The magazine also noted that the law school was one of the 10 most diverse schools nationally, and the intellectual property law program was recognized as one the top 5 in the country.
According to U.S. News & World Report, the MBA program at the Leavey School of Business is ranked No. 12 among part-time MBA programs and is the 15th largest in the nation in 2006. The Executive MBA program ranked at No. 21 nationally. The business school's full-time graduate student body was also among the top 20 most diverse.
In 2006, U.S. News & World Report placed SCU's school of engineering as No. 29 of the top engineering schools in the country.
Santa Clara University remains one of The Princeton Review's Best 361 Colleges.
Thanks to generous contributions to the Campaign for Santa Clara, construction on a new Jesuit residence was completed; ground was broken for the new Learning Commons and Library on the site of the old Orradre Library, and plans for the new Leavey School of Business facility have been approved.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching chose SCU as a pilot site for a new category within the foundation's Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: institutions committed to community engagement.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the University waived tuition and fees for 46 students from Loyola University New Orleans, Tulane University, and Xavier University for the fall quarter.
Paul Locatelli, S.J., received the Silicon Valley Leadership Group's Spirit of Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award in October 2005.
The first Mexican presidential debate in Northern California was held in the Louis B. Mayer Theatre in January 2006. Representatives from the country's major political parties attended to present their candidates' views and answer questions from the attendees.
Five freshmen shared their first-year experiences online at BlogSCU. These authentic, real-time blogs were updated regularly with pictures and stories from college life.
The Bronco women's volleyball team reached the NCAA national semifinals in December.
The Bronco women's sports teams earned the West Coast Conference's All-Sports Award for the 2005-06 season.
For four straight years, an NCAA report showed that student-athletes at SCU graduate at the highest rate (76 percent) in the WCC and the second highest among Division I institutions in California.
Men's soccer player Mehdi Ballouchy, a First-Team All-American and semi-finalist for national player of the year, was named the WCC Player of the Year.
In July 2006, the New York Times named SCU one of 20 colleges worth a visit, calling it "the Georgetown of the West Coast."
The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor sent reporters to cover the Ethics Camp for government officials, run by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.
The Los Angeles Times featured the Alumni Association's "Life After SCU" programs for graduating seniors in a story that also ran in newspapers across the country.
Class of 2009 - Freshman Class Profile, Fall 2005