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Spotlight on Santa Clara University

By December 9, 2009

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A couple weeks ago Mike Sexton, the Vice President of Enrollment Management at Santa Clara University, offered us 5 tips for a college applicant and 5 tips for a college applicant's parents. The advice was excellent, and it also got me taking a closer look at Santa Clara University. The school is definitely worth a spotlight.

Santa Clara is a Jesuit, Catholic university that ranks among the top master's universities in the country. The university wins high marks for its community service programs, alumni salaries, and sustainability efforts. The school also has pleasingly high retention and graduation rates. The 78% four-year graduation rate is three or four times higher than many of California's public universities, a factor that prospective students should keep in mind when calculating the cost of college.

Other notable features of Santa Clara University include the well-regarded Leavey School of Business, and an athletic program that competes in the NCAA Division I West Coast Conference. The university's attractive campus is located on the grounds of an 18th-century mission. You can see some of the sites in this photo tour of Santa Clara University.

If you'd like to learn more about Santa Clara University and what it takes to get accepted, visit the SCU Admissions Profile and the university's official website. If you have visited or attended the Santa Clara University, please share your experiences below.

Every week I spotlight a great college that might be off the radar of college applicants. If there's a college you'd like to see featured here, please post your recommendation in the College Admissions Forum.

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