Santa Clara University

SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY                                                         

Santa Clara, CA

Enrollment: 5,230 undergrads, 3,724 graduate students

Private, 4-year:               Coed        Calendar:  Quarter

Residential campus:  Suburban

Jesuit and Catholic University, but welcomes students of other faiths

Tour Impressions

The historic Santa Clara Mission sits at the center of this beautifully landscaped campus.  The grounds are clean and reflect the university’s commitment to recycling.  Facility upgrades include a renovation of the Benson Memorial Center with healthy places to eat and a late night venue appropriately named, The Bronco.  The new LEED certified Locatelli Student Activities Center provides large conference rooms as well as spaces for student organizations to meet.

The library is completely automated.  Students place an order for a book and then machines not only retrieve the publication, but also deliver it to the circulation desk.

The student body is comprised of hardworking, outgoing young men and women who have a love of learning and a sense of caring for each other.  Many bring high school leadership experience to this school community.

Academic Strengths

The Jesuit philosophy of educating the whole person attracts students who not only want to excel academically, but also want to give back to the community through service.  All undergraduates are required to complete three religious studies courses.  Students benefit from small classes and personal interaction with professors.


Santa Clara is well known for offering a dynamic business education through the Leavey School of Business.  During the first two years, business students complete both a liberal arts core of classes in addition to introductory business classes.  Upper division students take a common core of six business courses including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and operations management and information systems.

The alumni network is a key advantage for employment after graduation.  Students often shadow alums during the school year or summer to learn about different careers firsthand.  The University’s national reputation attracts world leaders to the SCU President’s Speaker Series.

Cutting Edge School of Engineering

Undergraduate Majors include:  bioengineering, civil engineering, computer science and engineering, electrical engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Web Design and Engineering.  Engineering students who have completed at least 30 quarter units at SCU are eligible to participate in a Cooperative Education program which involves alternating between quarters of classroom instruction with periods of work experience in industry.  Gaining practical training prepares SCU graduates to succeed in the workforce.


If you want to be a part of innovating new technology, then Santa Clara University’s location in the heart of Silicon Valley, 40 miles south of San Francisco, is the ideal spot.  From high tech pioneers such as HP, Apple, and Google, to new start-ups inventing the technology waves of the future, the opportunities are endless at Santa Clara University.


Undergraduate Admissions Office

de Saisset Museum

Walsh Hall


Benson Memorial Union

Fitness Center


New Residence Hall Under Construction

Leavey Center

Leavey Center

Bronco Stadium

Intramural Field

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