2013-14 Highlights and Points of Excellence Grounded in a 450-year Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence, ethical awareness, and community engagement, Santa Clara University (SCU) pursues its mission to educate leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara regularly collaborates with corporations, research centers, and community organizations that are major actors in the U.S. economy. More than half of SCU’s 79,000 alumni reside and work in the Bay Area, driving the innovative and pioneering spirit essential to high technology, biotech, and sustainable energy industries. Established in 1851, Santa Clara has the distinction of being California’s first operating institution of higher learning. SCU offers rigorous undergraduate curricula in the arts and sciences, business, and engineering to over 5,000 students. Santa Clara enrolls close to 3,500 students in nationally recognized graduate and professional schools in business, law, engineering, education and counseling psychology, theology, and pastoral ministries. University: Rankings and Recognitions U.S. News and World Report ranked SCU #2 among master’s universities in the West for the 23rd consecutive year. Santa Clara has achieved the second-highest undergraduate graduation rate (86%) among master’s universities nationally. Santa Clara maintains the highest freshman retention rate (94%) of master’s universities in the West. Forbes Magazine recognized SCU among the top 75 of America’s Best Colleges, ranking it at #72. Kiplinger highlighted Santa Clara among its 2014 Top Values in Private Colleges, ranking it at #39 among 100 national institutions. Schools and Colleges: Rankings and Recognitions U.S. News and World Report listed SCU’s School of Law among the top 100 law schools in the country, and ranked its intellectual property program third nationally. Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Santa Clara’s undergraduate business program #38 in the nation. U.S. News and World Report ranked SCU’s undergraduate business program #58 in the nation. Santa Clara’s undergraduate engineering school ranked 10th nationally among programs that primarily grant baccalaureate and master’s degrees. SCU’s School of Engineering has the third-highest percentage of women on faculty among engineering programs nationally.