Santa Clara University Joins National Effort to Expand College Access and Success
Santa Clara University (SCU) is proud to join the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a collective whose members aim to enroll 50,000 additional talented low- and moderate-income students at colleges and universities with strong graduation rates by 2025.
SCU joins the work of more than 130 top-tier private and public institutions from across the nation - including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, fellow Jesuit institutions Fordham and Georgetown, and the entire University of California system - in accelerating opportunity and expanding access and success for talented students from lower-income backgrounds. As a member of ATI, SCU will develop strategies to attract and enroll students in college and support them through and after graduation. SCU will also collaborate with other ATI members and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities expand opportunity.
"I believe it is imperative that we embrace our responsibility as a Jesuit, Catholic university to make a greater contribution to social and economic mobility in our society," said Santa Clara University President Julie Sullivan, who participated in ATI when she was president of University of St. Thomas as well. "Becoming a member of ATI is a vital step forward in Santa Clara's commitment to being a community of learners that attracts more first-generation and low- and moderate-income students and truly reflects the socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the world in which we live."
SCU has joined its fellow members in pledging publically to an aspirational goal to increase lower-income student enrollment in the coming years. To realize this pledge, the University will establish specific goals and strategies to recruit more students from economically diverse backgrounds, increase investments in need-based financial aid, create more equitable student experiences, and ultimately minimize equity-based gaps in retention and graduation rates.
"Santa Clara University is proud to be a member of ATI. This initiative furthers our goal to make education accessible to talented students who will become leaders for a more humane, just, and sustainable world," said Eva Blanco Masias, vice president for enrollment management. "The University is looking forward to working with our ATI partners to ensure students have an opportunity to attend college, gain their degrees, and realize their full potential."
SCU, which has a six-year graduation rate approaching 92 percent, has a number of programs that help students-especially those from first-generation families and low- and modeate-income backgrounds-attend the university and succeed.
About Santa Clara University
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley-the world's most innovative and entrepreneurial region. The University's stunningly landscaped 106-acre campus is home to the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís. SCU has among the best four-year graduation rates in the nation and is rated by PayScale in the top 1 percent of universities with the highest-paid graduates. SCU has produced elite levels of Fulbright Scholars as well as four Rhodes Scholars. With undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, and graduate programs in six disciplines, the curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness grounded in the tradition of Jesuit, Catholic education. For more information see www.scu.edu.
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