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Santa Clara University remains one of the country's best values in private universities.

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009

Santa Clara, Calif., Jan. 14, 2009 -- Santa Clara University remains one of the country's best values in private universities, according to the latest ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine. In its annual report, the magazine named Santa Clara University 43rd in best value among private universities nationwide.

Released this month the annual survey, "2009 Best Values in Private Colleges," ranks the top 50 private universities and the top 50 liberal arts colleges by reviewing more than 600 private institutions and measuring academic quality and affordability. Santa Clara, one of seven Jesuit schools named, is in good company with Boston College, Georgetown,  Gonzaga, Loyola College of Maryland, Marquette University, and Xavier University.  Ranked first in 2009 is the California Institute of Technology, followed by Yale, Princeton, Rice, Duke, and Harvard.

"We're pleased to be recognized by Kiplinger's as one of the country's best values in higher education," said Richard Toomey, associate vice-provost for enrollment management at Santa Clara University. "In spite of the new economic realities of 2009, financial aid remains one of our top priorities," he added.

The rankings are based on such factors as admission rates, freshman retention rates, and graduation rates, as well as tuition costs, financial aid, and the average debt a student accumulates before graduation. To view the complete article, visit Rankings, methodology, and other specifics are available at

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 8,685 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, 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.


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