Essay requirements: Santa Clara University


Santa Clara


Santa Clara University 
San Francisco Bay Area

Admission Essay Help

A statement of purpose must be a clear and legible draft of 500-750 words (unless otherwise mentioned) focusing on the specific guidelines to the program and the chosen emphasis you are applying. All writing of the statement of purpose must be your own original work. Please limit your statement to two typed, double-spaced pages.

Every program has essay specific requirements.

Office of Admissions Contacts

Office of Undergraduate Admission
Building: Patricia A. & Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services
Front Desk: 408-554-4700
Fax: 408-554-5255

Career Counselors
Elspeth Rossetti
Rose Nakamoto

How this university ranks
From LinkedIn University Rankings

for Accounting ProfessionalsUndergraduate #8

Santa Clara University  statistics (Alumni data based)


Where they live

San Francisco Bay Area - 35,121
Greater Los Angeles Area - 2,287
Greater Seattle Area - 1,693
Sacramento, California Area - 1,405
Portland, Oregon Area - 1,162

Where they work

Cisco - 790
Apple - 492
Google - 396
Oracle - 390
Lockheed Martin - 314

What they do

Engineering - 6,499
Sales - 4,567
Education - 4,040
Operations - 3,817
Entrepreneurship - 3,728
Finance - 3,458
Marketing - 3,231
Information Technology - 3,161

What they studied

Finance, General - 4,313
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - 4,186
Marketing - 4,137
Computer Engineering - 3,392
Economics - 3,218
Psychology - 3,165
Computer Science - 2,993
Business Administration and Management, General - 2,975

What they’re skilled at

Management - 11,485
Leadership - 11,213
Microsoft Office - 9,255
Microsoft Excel - 8,154
Public Speaking - 8,023
Project Management - 7,111
Social Media - 7,107
Customer Service - 6,980

Notable alumni

Julie Parrish

Julie Chief Marketing Officer at Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.

Sr. Director, Americas Marketing at 3Com
Vice President, Marketing at Nokia
Channel Program Manager at Hewlett-Packard
BSC, Decision Information Science 1980 – 1984


Gavin Newsom

GavinLieutenant Governor at State of California

Author at Penguin Books
Member, Board of Supervisors at City and County of San Francisco
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science 1989



Pat Gelsinger

PatCEO VMware

President and COO at EMC
Sr. VP & GM, Digital Enterprise Group at Intel Corporation
CTO at Intel
BSEE, Electrical Engineering 1980 – 1983



Vishal Gurbuxani

Vishal Investor/Advisor/Mentor/Co-Founder

Co-Founder at Team in Residence
Manager at Accenture
Co-Founder at Mobclix
Master's degree, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering 2002 – 2003



Santa Clara University 
Recommendations to apply


SCU stays with you
I think about my time at Santa Clara often. I didn't know what kind of college experience to expect (who does?). I knew it as a pretty campus with a Jesuit mission and that my uncle had gotten kicked out back in the 1960's for probably having way too much fun. SCU introduced me to the value I now place on: Small class sizes and personal relationships with professors. Social justice (I had no idea what this meant or looked like in practice until seeing the impact that SCCAP has on students and the community). Ethical decision-making (The Markkula Center opened while I was a student and if you want to get students' up a new building and start holding conversations around campus). Lifelong friendships. Self-awareness. The journey of finding your place in the global family (even though I "only" went to DC for a semester, I loved seeing my friends' lives change through study abroad opportunities). 

Alison Peters Alison
Principal at Community Attributes
Principal at Community Attributes
1991 – 1995, BS

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