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Santa Clara, California (CA) Colleges and Universities

There are a few schools in Santa Clara and a total of 23 non-profit schools within 25 miles of the city. We'll be looking exclusively at public and private not-for-profit schools here, seeing how the nearby schools fare in several key areas to help you with your search.

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Become familiar with the graduation rates, net prices, population sizes, and distance from Santa Clara of several schools in the surrounding area. These statistics have been calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Santa Clara, California

Students will find a variety of schools not far from Santa Clara, with both private and public options close by. There are also several community colleges within a short distance. The closest colleges to downtown Santa Clara are:

  • Golden Gate University - Silicon Valley (0.2 miles from downtown)
  • Mission College (0.2 miles from downtown)
  • Santa Clara University (0.9 miles from downtown)
  • San Jose City College (2.8 miles from downtown)
  • CET-Sobrato (3.3 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Santa Clara, California

There are several fairly large schools around Santa Clara, the biggest one being San Jose State University, which has 32,773 students in attendance. This is one of the urban campus options on the list, with an even mix of schools in city and suburban settings nearby. The next largest colleges near Santa Clara are:

  • De Anza College (22,512 students)
  • Stanford University (16,980 students)
  • California State University-East Bay (15,528 students)
  • Foothill College (15,448 students)
  • Chabot College (13,457 students)

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Lowest Net Price

Net price is helpful when it comes time to determine the cost of college after financial aid is received. In this section, You'll find numbers that apply to full-time undergraduate students only based on the 2014-2015 school year. The college offering the lowest net price close to Santa Clara is the College of San Mateo, which boasts a net cost of 4,800. Other comparatively inexpensive schools nearby include:

  • Foothill College ($5,929)
  • Canada College ($6,165)
  • De Anza College ($6,506)
  • Chabot College ($6,811)
  • California State University-East Bay ($10,131)

Highest Graduation Rate

The rates given here are exclusive to undergraduate students enrolled full-time. They're based on the 2015 school year and 150% of the typical time needed for program completion. Several schools in the area boast solid graduation rates, with the highest belonging to the esteemed Stanford University, where 94% of students go on to graduate. The next highest rates are:

  • Santa Clara University (84%)
  • CET-Sobrato (86%)
  • De Anza College (62%)
  • Foothill College (62%)
  • San Jose State University (57%)

Students seeking colleges near Santa Clara have a good variety of public, private, and community college options to choose from, which can be compared based on factors like size and graduation rate.

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