Santa Clara University

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Santa Clara University is incredibly diverse. While the majority of students hail from California, approximately half aren’t Catholic, and 45 percent are students of color. Although attendance at religious services isn’t mandated, SCU’s commitment to Jesuit traditions runs deep. By striving to educate the whole person, SCU transforms students into leaders who will act for the good of society, incorporating social justice and ethics into their everyday lives. Even SCU’s Residential Learning Communities infuse the ideals of global citizenship, sustainability, and social responsibility into their missions. The University’s 5,400 undergraduates have a range of academic offerings available to them, with finance, marketing, psychology and communication being top draws. The School of Engineering features 7 majors and 6 minors, including accredited programs in civil engineering, computer science and mechanical engineering. And what better place to study these subjects than in the heart of the Silicon Valley, where innovators and entrepreneurs alike can find internships as well as jobs after graduation? The University’s career center does a terrific job preparing students for employment, too. Their 4-week career prep bootcamp provides students with the resources they need (including a personality assessment and a résumé lab) to successfully land that first job or internship.

Image Credit: Top, Photo by Majed Abolfazli, courtesy Santa Clara University


Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.