High Marks

SCU’s making waves on U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings

High Marks
Students and faculty make SCU great. Here faculty participate in the inauguration of SCU's 29th president, Kevin O'Brien, S.J. / Image by Scott MacDonald

This year marks the first time Santa Clara set alongside the likes of Princeton and Pepperdine in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of colleges and universities.

And SCU did well—no surprise there—by placing No. 54, in the top 15 percent of nearly 400 national-level universities. Santa Clara’s reputation, graduation rates, class sizes, and the caliber of the student body powered its high ranking.

In 2018, U.S. News ranked SCU No. 1 in the West in its regional category, but a change in the classification system elevated SCU to the national university category.

“We are extremely gratified that the hard work of Santa Clara University’s faculty, staff, and students is being recognized through strong rankings in U.S. News and elsewhere,” says President Kevin O’Brien, S.J.

Forbes Magazine ranked SCU No. 51 of 650 top-tier American colleges and universities and the 10th best college in the Western U.S.

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