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Santa Clara University Achieves High Marks from U.S. News & World Report

Sept. 13, 2002

  • Santa Clara University

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara University retains more freshmen and graduates more of them than 99 percent of similar universities in the U.S., according to a report released today by U.S. News & World Report.

    The report ranked SCU second among all 134 public and private "master's universities" in the West for the 13th consecutive year.

    It also rated the 7,400-student Jesuit, Catholic University as the third-best value in the West among "great schools at great prices."

    In its annual ranking of the "Best Colleges" in the U.S., the magazine compared the University to all other comprehensive universities that offer a range of undergraduate programs and master's degrees, but few doctoral programs.

    U.S. News also reported today that of these 572 master's universities in the entire U.S.:

  • Only four had a higher academic reputation than Santa Clara University among the nation's college presidents and deans.
  • Only three had a graduation rate higher than SCU's 81 percent - the percent of freshmen who complete their degree in six years.
  • Only one had a higher freshman retention rate than SCU, where 93 percent of freshmen advance to their sophomore year. The national average is about 75 percent.

    In addition, the magazine also reported that:

  • SCU's 12-to-1 ratio of students to faculty was bettered by only 10 other master's universities in the western region, which includes colleges and universities in all states from the Rockies to the Pacific, plus Texas and Oklahoma.

  • The Leavey School of Business at SCU is the 11th best undergraduate business program in the West, among all universities and colleges, and in the top 50 in the U.S. The SCU undergraduate business program was ranked third in California behind the Haas School at UC/Berkeley and the Marshall School at the University of Southern California.

  • The Leavey School's undergraduate program in Management narrowly missed a top-20 ranking among all universities and colleges, ranked 21st.

  • The Universities' new Residential Learning Communities were recognized with 24 similar programs, as "Programs that really work."

    To determine which colleges and universities offer the best value, the magazine used a formula that related a school's academic quality to the net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of financial aid.

    The magazine's overall rankings relied on: academic reputation, graduation rates, class size, percent of full-time faculty, student/faculty ratios, retention of students, student test scores and grades, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

    The "Best Colleges" rankings are on the U.S. News Web site,

    About Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

    About Santa Clara University Intercollegiate Athletics
    The Santa Clara University Department of Athletics and Recreation sponsors 17 intercollegiate athletics teams and competes as a Division I member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the West Coast Conference (WCC), the Western Intercollegiate Softball League (WISL) and the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA). The department enjoyed a successful 2001-2002 season, winning the school's first-ever NCAA women's soccer championship, four conference titles and finishing second in the WCC's annual all-sports competition. The Broncos also had six all-Americans, six national academic award winners, four conference coaches of the year, 48 all-conference performers and 14 academic all-conference award winners.