Aug. 20, 2004
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - For the 15th year in a row, Santa Clara University was ranked second among 124 master's universities in the West by the U.S. News and World Report. In an additional ranking listing "great schools at great prices" in four regions across the country, U.S. News ranked SCU second in the Western region. Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) ranked third, Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.) was fourth, followed by California Polytechnic (San Luis Obispo). To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value, the magazine uses a formula that relates a school's academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid. In its annual ranking, "Best Colleges 2005," the magazine compared SCU to other similar comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees, but few doctoral programs. The Western region includes all colleges and universities from Colorado to the West Coast, including Texas. Additional highlights from the 2005 U.S. News rankings of master's universities in the West include:
Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,047 students' rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among U.S. masters' universities across the country, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at www.scu.edu.