Santa Clara University: Admission Statistics 2024

When embarking on the college search process, it’s essential to gather accurate and reliable information about prospective universities. One valuable resource for this purpose is the Common Data Set (CDS) but navigating through a college’s Common Data Set can be a time-consuming task. In this blog post, we have compiled the essential information from Santa Clara University’s latest admission statistics to allow you to grasp quickly and save time. 

Understanding the Common Data Set (CDS)

The Common Data Set is a standardized questionnaire that collects essential information about colleges and universities. It covers a wide range of areas, including admission statistics, enrollment figures, student demographics, financial aid, academic programs, and more. The CDS is collaboratively maintained by higher education institutions and is designed to provide accurate and comparable data for prospective students, parents, and researchers. It simplifies the college search process by providing standardized information in a consistent format, allowing for easier comparison and informed decision-making. 

Santa Clara Common Data Set 

Quick facts:

  • Location: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara
  • State: California
  • Institution: Private
  • Undergraduate Institution: Coeducational
  • Academic year calendar: Quarter (Undergraduate)
  • Retention Rate: 93.60%
  • Total Undergraduate Students Enrolled: 6,249
  • SAT and ACT Policies: Optional
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Factors in Admission Decisions


Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Class Rank
Standardized test scores


Very Important
Extracurricular Activities
Character/personal qualities
First Generation
Volunteer work
Work experience
Level of applicant’s interest
Alumni/ae Relation
Geographical Residence
State Residency
Religious affiliation/commitment

Admission Facts

  • Application Closing Date: January 7
  • Deferred Admission: Yes (1 year maximum unless serving required military service or mission work)
  • EA/ED: Yes (Early Decision and Early Action)
  • EA/ED Deadline: November 1
  • EA Plan: Not restrictive

Student Life Information

Student Diversity

Total Undergraduates (Both degree-seeking and non-degree seeking, including first-year)

  • 355 International (nonresidents) students
  • 857 Hispanic/Latino students
  • 147 Black or African American, non-Hispanic students
  • 1,791 White, non-Hispanic students
  • 2 American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic students
  • 1,003 Asian, non-Hispanic students
  • 11 Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic students 
  • 425 students with two or more races, non-Hispanic
  • 92 students with race and/or ethnicity unknown


$70 Application Fee

$60,639 Tuition Fee

$654 Required Fees

$19,893 Food and Housing (On campus)

Financial Aid

Total of Need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $73,089,697

Total of Non-need-based Scholarship/Grants Awarded: $37,149,604

The data presented here was collected from the Santa Clara University Common Data Set 2023-2024.

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