Santa Clara University (also referred to as Santa Clara) is a private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California. It has 5,435 full-time undergraduate students, and 3,335 graduate students. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California, and has remained in its original location for 165 years. The university’s campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis, which traces its founding to 1776. The campus mirrors the Mission’s architectural style, and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival Architecture.
The university offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees through its six colleges, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, and School of Law. Santa Clara has produced Rhodes Scholars and has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars.
Santa Clara’s sports teams are called the Broncos. Their colors are red and white. The Broncos compete at the NCAA Division I levels as members of the West Coast Conference in 19 sports. The Broncos own a long history of success on the national stage in a number of sports, including NCAA championships in both men’s and women’s soccer. Santa Clara’s student athletes have also achieved success after graduation, with 54 MLB, 24 NFL, and 12 NBA players having attended the school. Of Santa Clara’s Olympians, 14 have won gold medals.
The university is situated in Santa Clara, California, adjacent to the city of San Jose in Santa Clara County at the southern part of the Bay Area. It is commonly known by the abbreviation SCU; its students and 81,000 alumni, which live in all fifty states and around the world, are called “Santa Clarans” or “Broncos,” and its athletic teams are called the Broncos. The school is promoted as “the Jesuit university in Silicon Valley.”
Built around historic Mission Santa Clara, the present university is home to a population of approximately 5,435 undergraduate and 3,335 master’s, Juris Doctor, and PhD students. The institution employs 522 full-time faculty members, who are divided between four professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, all of which are located on the 106-acre (43 ha) mission campus. In July 2009 the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), formerly an independent institution, legally merged with the university, taking the name “Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.” Although a division of SCU, it retains its campus in Berkeley, California. JST is one of two Jesuit seminaries in the United States with ecclesiastical faculties approved by the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education. The other, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, completed a similar affiliation with Boston College in June 2008, becoming Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
For the 2013–2014 academic year, the university’s operating budget was $387 million, and its endowment was over $760 million. For the same period, undergraduate tuition and fees totaled $42,156 and the average cost of room and board was $12,546.
Santa Clara University is civilly chartered and governed by a board of trustees, which appoints the president. By internal statute, the president must be a member of the Jesuit order, although the members of the board are primarily non-Jesuits. About 42 Jesuit priests and brothers are active teachers and administrators in various departments and centers located on the main campus in Santa Clara. An additional 15 Jesuits currently hold faculty positions at the university’s Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Jesuits comprise around 7% of the permanent faculty and hold teaching positions in biology, computer engineering, counseling psychology, economics, English, history, law, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, and theater arts in addition to theology. They also serve in campus and residence-hall ministry, and some act as faculty directors in residential learning communities (RLC’s).
SCU maintains its Catholic and Jesuit affiliation and supports numerous initiatives intended to further its religious mission. Students are invited, but not required, to attend the Sunday evening student Masses in the mission church and encouraged to participate in campus ministry programs and lectures. All bachelor’s degrees require three religious studies courses as part of the academic core. An emphasis on social justice is furthered through the Pedro Arrupe Partnership and Kolvenbach Solidarity programs, which offer service opportunities in the community and immersion opportunities throughout the world.
The first two colleges in California were founded at the height of the Gold Rush in 1851, both in the small agricultural town of Santa Clara. Less than a year after California was granted statehood, Santa Clara College, forerunner of Santa Clara University, was the first to open its doors to students and thus is considered the state’s oldest operating institution of higher education. Shortly after Santa Clara began instruction, the Methodist-run California Wesleyan College received a charter from the State Superior Court on July 10, 1851—the first granted in California—and it began enrolling students in May of the following year. Santa Clara’s Jesuit founders lacked the $20,000 endowment required for a charter, which was eventually accumulated and a charter granted on April 28, 1855. Santa Clara bears the distinction of awarding California’s first bachelor’s degree, bestowed upon Thomas I. Bergin in 1857, as well as its first graduate degree granted two years later.
Inheriting the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, Santa Clara University’s campus, library holdings, art collection, and many of its defining traditions date back to 1777, almost 75 years before its founding. In January of that year, Saint Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar, established Mission Santa Clara as the eighth of 21 Alta California missions. Fray Tomás de la Peña chose a site along the Guadalupe River for the future church, erecting a cross and celebrating the first Mass a few days later. Natural disasters forced early priests to relocate and rebuild the church on several occasions, moving it westward and away from the river. Built of wood, the first permanent structure quickly flooded and was replaced by a larger adobe building in 1784. This building suffered heavy damage in an 1818 earthquake and was replaced six years later by a new adobe edifice.
The mission flourished for more than 50 years despite these setbacks. Beginning in the 1830s, however, the mission lands were repossessed in conjunction with government policy implemented via the Mexico’s secularization, and church buildings fell into disrepair. The Bishop of Monterey, Dominican Joseph Sadoc Alemany, offered the site to Italian Jesuits John Nobili and Michael Accolti in 1851 on condition that they found a college for California’s growing Catholic population when it became part of the United States following the Mexican–American War (1846–48).
In 1912 Santa Clara College became the University of Santa Clara, with the addition of the School of Engineering and School of Law. In 1925 the Leavey School of Business was founded. Women were first admitted in 1961 to what had been an all-men’s university. In 2012, Santa Clara University celebrated 50 years of having women attend Santa Clara University. This step made Santa Clara University the first Catholic university in California to admit both men and women.
In 1985, in part to avoid confusion with the University of Southern California (USC), the University of Santa Clara, as it had been known since 1912, changed its name to Santa Clara University. Diplomas were printed with the new name beginning with the graduating class of 1986.
In 2001 the School of Education and Counseling Psychology was formed to offer Master’s level and other credential programs.
Over the last century and a half, the Santa Clara University campus, located in the heart of Silicon Valley along El Camino Real in Santa Clara has expanded to more than 106 acres (43 ha).
In the 1950s, after the University constructed Walsh Hall and the de Saisset Museum on two of the last remaining open spaces on the old college campus, Santa Clara began purchasing and annexing land from the surrounding community. The first addition, which occurred slightly earlier,
brought space for football and baseball playing fields. Thereafter, particularly in the 1960s when women were admitted to the school, more land was acquired for residence halls and other new buildings and facilities.
In 1989 the Santa Clara University campus was unified when the The Alameda (California State Route 82), a major thoroughfare that had bisected the university, was rerouted. Several interior roads were also closed and were replaced by sparsely landscaped pedestrian malls and plazas. The current five-year campus plan calls for integration of these areas with the gardens of the campus core.
The 1990s brought a number of campus additions, including the Music and Dance Building, a new science wing, the Arts and Sciences Building, the Malley Fitness Center, the Sobrato Residence Hall, and the first on-campus parking structure. Santa Clara carried out all deferred maintenance, including the renovation of Kenna Hall, the Adobe Lodge, and many other historic buildings. One unique feature of Santa Clara University’s undergraduate education is the Residential Learning Community program. Eight Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), each with a distinct theme, integrate the classroom and resident life experience.
Recently completed expansion projects include a new baseball field (Stephen Schott Stadium, 2005), a renovated basketball arena (Leavey Center, 2000), Kennedy Mall – the campus’ first “green building” (2005), a Jesuit community residence (2006), a 194,000-square-foot (1.8 ha) library (2008), a new 85,000-square-foot (0.79 ha) building for the Leavey School of Business (2008), a new residence hall, Graham (2012), and a new Admission and Enrollment Services building (2012).
Future changes include the new two-building complex for the school of law, consisting of a renovated Bannan Hall and replacement for the Heafey Law Library.
The main entrance to the campus, Palm Drive, is closed to automobiles in order to create a pedestrian mall that “highlight[s] the Mission Church as the centerpiece of the campus.” This effort will eventually create a new gateway to the Santa Clara campus.
Santa Clara University is a private corporation owned and governed by a privately appointed Board of Trustees composed of 44 members.
The University’s administration consists of a president, a provost, an executive assistant to the president, a University General Counsel, vice presidents for the University’s various departments, as well as vice provosts, assistant vice presidents, associate vice presidents, Executive Directors, Directors, Deans, a Chief Investment Officer, a University Registrar, a University Librarian, and an Athletic Director. The current president is Michael Engh, S.J., who became president January 2009.
Santa Clara University is organized into six professional schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, SCU Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, and the School of Law. The University’s professional schools are all led by an academic dean.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ancient Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies
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, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Physics, English, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, Individual Studies, Latin and Greek, Latin Language and Literature, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Modern Languages in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre and Dance, and Women’s and Gender Studies.
The Leavey School of Business was founded in 1923 and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business thirty years later. Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS).
Drew Starbird has been Dean of the school since 2010. Starbird is to be replaced by Caryn Beck-Dudley starting in the 2015–16 school year.
The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries was created in fall 2001, bringing together graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, Education, and Pastoral Ministries. Approximately 800 graduate students are enrolled in the school, with 200 studying psychology, 400 studying education
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, and the remainder studying pastoral ministries.
The School of Engineering was founded and began offering bachelor’s degrees in 1912. Over the next century, the school added Master’s and doctoral programs designed to meet Silicon Valley’s growing need for expert engineers. Today, the Valley provides opportunities for the school’s students and faculty, particularly those in electrical engineering and information technology, to work closely with high-tech companies and government institutions. This ranges from individual internships to larger partnerships with projects such as O/OREOS.
The Jesuit School of Theology is a Divinity School of Santa Clara University located in Berkeley, California, and one of the member colleges of the Graduate Theological Union. The school was founded in 1934 and merged with Santa Clara University in 2009. Prior to its merger with Santa Clara University, it was known as the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.
The School of Law was founded in 1911. The school offers the Juris Doctor degree. It also offers several double degree programs, including JD/Master of Business Administration and JD/Master of Science in Information Systems offered in conjunction with Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. The school offers Master of Laws degrees in Intellectual Property, which is ranked 6th in the nation, Law Firms Rank Schools ranked 96th, Part-time Law ranked 48th, International and Comparative Law, and U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. Santa Clara Law features specialized curricular programs in High Tech and Intellectual Property law, International Law, and Public Interest and Social Justice law.
Santa Clara University School Profile:
As of Fall 2012, Santa Clara had an enrollment of 5,250 undergraduate and 3,269 graduate and professional students (total of 8,519 students). Men make up 52.3% of the total student population; women 47.7%.
Santa Clara offers undergraduates the opportunity to pursue 45 majors in its three undergraduate schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the Leavey School of Business. Santa Clara University also has six graduate and professional schools, including the School of Law, School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the Jesuit School of Theology (campus located in Berkeley, California).
The student to faculty ratio is 12:1 with 71% of all classes being fewer than 30 students.
The 2013 annual ranking of U.S. News & World Report categorizes it as ‘more selective’. For the Class of 2018 (enrolled fall 2014), Santa Clara received 14,985 applications and accepted 7,395 (49.3%). Of those accepted, 1,328 enrolled, a yield rate (the percentage of accepted students who choose to attend the university) of 17.4%. SCU’s freshman retention rate is 95%, with 86% going on to graduate within six years.
The enrolled first-year class of 2018 had the following standardized test scores: the middle 50% range (25th percentile-75th percentile) of SAT scores was 590-680 for SAT Critical Reading and 620-700 for SAT Math, while the middle 50% range of ACT scores was 27-32. The average grade point average (GPA) was 3.67 (unweighted 4 point scale).
For SCU’s 2011–2012 school year, undergraduate tuition and fees were $37,368, room and board cost $11,742, and books estimated at $5,000, totaling $54,110.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Santa Clara as a master’s level university. In U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of master’s universities (West) for 2016, Santa Clara University ranks 2nd overall, and is tied for 3rd for best undergraduate teaching.
In 2016 U.S. News & World Report ranked the Leavey School of Business’ Part-Time MBA program tied for 37th best in the nation. The undergraduate business program was ranked 62nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for 2015 and 43rd in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2014.
The School of Engineering was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as 14th in 2015 for engineering schools with focus on undergraduate and Master’s engineering programs.
Santa Clara’s School of Law was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2016 as tied for 94th in the nation, with its Intellectual Property Law program recognized as tied for 4th nationally.
In 2016 Forbes ranked Santa Clara University 88th out of 660 rated private and public colleges and universities in America. In 2008, the first year of the list, Santa Clara was ranked No. 318 out of 569.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked SCU 38th on the 2015 Best Values in Private Universities list, and 4th in California.
The Princeton Review named Santa Clara University one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education in its 2012 annual guidebook, The Best 376 Colleges.
PayScale in 2012 ranked Santa Clara 17th in the nation out of 606 schools in the category “Mid-Career Salary Rank for Private Schools”, 28th out of 1,248 in “Overall College ROI Rank,” and 23rd out of 458 in “ROI Rank for Private Universities.”
Santa Clara University was named to the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service programs and student involvement.
Santa Clara University made About.com’s list of the top 23 Catholic Colleges and universities in the country
Newsweek in 2012 ranked Santa Clara University as the second most beautiful college in America.
SCU has the 3rd highest undergraduate graduation rate nationally (85 percent) among 626 national master’s level universities.
Three Centers of Distinction:
Students have the option of living on campus in the residence halls. There are 9 residence halls, each part of one of the eight Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), encompassing a particular ideal, issue, or cultural theme.
Graduate students have the option of living in graduate campus residence halls and university sponsored housing, which includes:
Santa Clara offer its students the opportunity to engage in over 125 registered student organizations (or clubs). RSO’s are partially funded by the University via the student government, ASG. These Organizations span from Athletic/Recreational, Careers/Pre-professional, Community Service, Ethnic/Cultural, Business Fraternities, Health/Counseling, Media/Publications, Music/Dance/Creative Arts, Political/Social Awareness to Religious/Philosophical.
RSO groups include (but are not limited to):
SCU also has nine Chartered Student Organizations (CSO’s), including:
Finally, SCU has several organizations that are not linked to the RSO or CSO structure, including:
In 2014, Santa Clara University received the by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). In 2015, Santa Clara University ranked No.19 on the Princeton Review’s new “” list and is also featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges.
In 2013, the was established to advance academic and public understanding of the ways in which social justice and sustainability intersect by integrating principles of social, environmental, and economic sustainability into campus operations, academic and student life, and outreach programs.
Santa Clara University is a member of The Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system. In the fall of 2011, Paul Locatelli, S. J. Student Activities Center was certified LEED Gold. In addition, Schott Admission and Enrollment Services, Donohoe Alumni House, and Graham Residence Hall have all been designed to LEED gold standards and are pending certification. All new buildings are designed with the Sustainable Building Policy, adopted in May 2014.
The University created the interdisciplinary through the department as a program for students to experience the aspects of sustainability through different lenses. This holistic approach to the study of sustainability will allow students of all academic backgrounds to learn not only about the environmental dimensions of sustainability, but also the societal and economic impacts. The minor also requires students to participate in a project-based action learning class designed to apply their classroom lessons to real sustainability issues.
The Center for Sustainability hosts the Sustainability Liaison Network. The Network consists of over 150 Sustainability Liaisons that act as peer educators for sustainability and experts on how sustainability interplays with their respective groups. The Network is a resource and collaborative space for people who are interested in working/living more sustainably in their life on and off campus.
At the start of the 2015 academic year, Santa Clara University announced the creation of the as a revolving green fund to support sustainability projects on the SCU campus. With the University’s goal of climate-neutrality by 2020, the CSIF is an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty of SCU to contribute their own ideas to reduce carbon emissions. Similar green funds at other college campuses have netted projects like installing motion-sense lights in classrooms or information campaigns to encourage the use of re-usable water bottles.
In May 2007, an article published in the campus newspaper, The Santa Clara, reported that SCU IT specialist Michael Ballen was heading a project to digitize the SCU campus in the virtual world Second Life. Ballen purchased Santa Clara Island for $980 on a grant from the Technology Steering Committee. Digital models of de Saisset Museum
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, Mission Church, and the library were the first buildings to be featured on the island. Ballen stated that his “main emphasis [is] teaching and learning”, and that “It’s a way to get to the people who like to game and get them exposed to educational material.”
The Associated Student Government of Santa Clara University (ASGSCU) is Santa Clara University’s student government, an elected representative body for undergraduate students. The Associated Student Government is made up of the Executive Board, the Senate, Community Development, and the Judicial Branch.
The Santa Clara US Army ROTC Battalion was established in 1861 due to the outbreak of the American Civil War. The unit was known as the Senior Company of Cadets. On September 10, 1863, Leland Stanford, then Governor of California, presented the Corps of Cadets with forty Springfield rifles, Model 1839. Today, the rifles are preserved in the University Museum. In return for his generosity, an armory was built in his honor in 1936. The armory was located southwest of the athletic field with the pistol range located below the stage of the auditorium.
Fr. Paul Locatelli, S.J., (former) President of Santa Clara, was a cadet at the university prior to his military service and his entrance into the Jesuit Order. Two Jesuits from Santa Clara, Fr. McKinnon and Fr. McQuaide, volunteered as chaplains in the Spanish–American War. Both were part of Theodore Roosevelt’s American Expeditionary Force that attacked San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898.
On February 2, 2010, the Santa Clara University ROTC “Bronco Battalion” won the MacArthur Award granted by the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command and the General Douglas MacArthur Foundation. In 2011 the Santa Clara ROTC once again won the MacArthur Award. The award, named after late General Douglas MacArthur, is granted to the year’s most excellent Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program among 33 battalions in the West Coast 8th Brigade. The award takes into consideration factors such as the battalion’s physical fitness, navigation skills, leadership, and success in commissioning officers after ROTC.
Santa Clara participates in NCAA’s Division I and is a member of the West Coast Conference. It also participates in the West Water Polo Association for both men’s and women’s waterpolo. Santa Clara has 19 varsity sports (10 female, 9 male) and 18 club sports. The school colors are Santa Clara red and white (the school’s football team uniforms featured gold trim) and the team mascot is the “Bronco,” in past illustrations depicted as a “bucking bronco.” The school is renowned for its successful men’s and women’s soccer programs in addition to historically successful men’s basketball teams.
On February 2, 1993, Santa Clara president Paul Locatelli, S.J. announced the discontinuation of football at the university. For many years, Santa Clara participated in NCAA Division II in football, including reaching the NCAA Division II Championship semi-finals in 1980, because of an NCAA bylaw that allowed Division I schools to participate in lower divisions in football; however, the rule was changed in the mid-1990s, and the program forced to move into Division I-AA (now FCS). Other teams were Division I, including the men’s and women’s soccer teams, both of which are past NCAA Division I National Champions. The basketball teams have made regular appearances in NCAA Division I playoffs.
Sports include boxing, cycling, equestrian, paintball, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s rugby, women’s rugby, men’s Ultimate, women’s Ultimate, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, men’s ice hockey, sailing, Shotokan karate, swimming, triathlon, and women’s field hockey.
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Mission Santa Clara gardens
The Santa Clara Mission is a campus landmark.
St. Joseph’s Hall, housing the departments of English, Management, and Marketing
SCU Law School’s Bergin Hall
Leavey School of Business Lucas Hall
Saint Ignatius statue sits on the Kenna Lawn
Nobili Hall, named after founder and first president of Santa Clara College, Italian Jesuit Gian Nobili
De Saisset Museum
Santa Clara University observatory
Leavey Activities Center, a major venue for on-campus events