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Santa Clara University
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam(Latin,"For the Greater Glory of God")
Established 1851
Type Private,
Roman Catholic
Society of Jesus
Endowment $528.9 million[1]
President Rev. Michael Engh, S.J. (as of Jan. 2009)
Faculty 488 (full-time) 268 (part-time)
Students 8,377 (fall '06)
Undergraduates 5,038
Postgraduates 3,339
Location Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.CaliforniaUnited States
Campus Suburban, 104 acres (0.4 km²)
Colors Red and White          
Nickname Broncos
Mascot Bucky the Bronco
Affiliations West Coast Conference

Santa Clara University is a private, co-educational Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California. Chartered by the state of California and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it operates in collaboration with the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), whose members founded the school in 1851. Santa Clara is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the oldest Catholic university in the American West. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.


About Santa Clara University

The Santa Clara Mission is a notable on-campus landmark.

The university is situated in Santa Clara, California (2006 est. population 108,518), adjacent to the city of San Jose, California in Santa Clara County (est. population 1.8 million), which anchors the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Also known by the abbreviation SCU, its students and 71,000 alumni are called “Santa Clarans” and its athletics teams are called the Broncos. In many of its informational and promotional publications the school is billed as "The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley."

Built around historic Mission Santa Clara, the present university is home to a population of nearly 5,000 undergraduate and 3,500 masters, J.D., and Ph.D. students. The institution employs over 450 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 (0.4 km²) mission campus. In July of 2009, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), formerly an independent school, legally merged with the university taking the name "Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University." Although a division of SCU, the school 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 seminary, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, completed a similar affiliation with Boston College in June 2008, becoming Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. [2]

For the 2008–2009 academic year, the university's operating budget was $311 million, and the university's endowment was over $697 million.[3] For the same period, undergraduate tuition and fees was $34,950 and the average cost of room and board was $11,067.[4]

Santa Clara 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 membership of the board is primarily lay. About forty Jesuit priests and brothers are active teachers and administrators in various departments and centers located on the main campus in Santa Clara. Additionally, fourteen Jesuits currently hold faculty positions at the university's Jesuit School of Theology located in Berkeley. In total, Jesuits comprise around seven percent 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, theology, and theater arts. They also serve in campus ministry and residence-hall ministry, and some act as faculty directors in residential learning communities.

SCU maintains its Catholic and Jesuit affiliation and supports numerous initiatives intended to further its religious mission. Students are invited 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 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society also have programs that serve the university's Catholic, Jesuit identity.


Mission Santa Clara de Asis in 1849

In 1777, the Blessed Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar, had founded the Santa Clara church, as the eighth in the chain of Franciscan missions in Alta California, at the site of the future university.

In 1851, at the height of the California Gold Rush, at the request of the Bishop of Monterey, the Dominican Joseph Sadoc Alemany, Italian Jesuits John Nobili and Michael Accolti established the original Santa Clara College around Mission Santa Clara de Asís.

The year 1851 saw the foundation of California's first two colleges in the town of Santa Clara -- Santa Clara College and the Methodist-founded California Wesleyan College, now known as the University of the Pacific and located in Stockton, California. Because Santa Clara College began instruction before the Methodist campus, Santa Clara calls itself the first institution of higher learning in the state. With its 1851 foundation, Santa Clara College also became the first Catholic college west of St. Louis, Missouri, where the Jesuit Saint Louis University traces its origins to 1818. For its part, California Wesleyan obtained its state charter in July 1851, and for that reason its successor, the University of the Pacific, legitimately claims to be "California's first chartered university".

Santa Clara's Jesuit founders eventually accumulated the endowment required for a charter, which was granted on April 28, 1855.

In 1857, Santa Clara awarded the first bachelor's degree given in California. The recipient was Thomas I. Bergin.

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 added and became one of the first business schools in the United States to receive national accreditation.

In 1961, women were admitted to what had been initially an all-men's school. 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, the University of Santa Clara, as it had been known since 1912, changed its name to Santa Clara University.

In 2001, the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries was formed to offer master's level and other credential programs.


Over the last century, the Santa Clara University campus, located along the famed El Camino Real in Santa Clara, California, has expanded to more than 104 acres (42 ha). Amid its many mission style academic and residential buildings are the historic mission gardens, rose garden, and palm trees.


The modern campus

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 the Benson Memorial Center, Toso Pavilion, Orradre Library, Kennedy Mall residence halls, and other facilities.

In 1989, the rerouting of The Alameda (California State Route 82), a major thoroughfare that bisected the university - and the closure of several interior roads unified the Santa Clara University campus. In place of these streets emerged sparsely landscaped pedestrian malls and plazas. The current five year campus plan calls for a better integration of these areas with the gardens of the campus core. Already, the Saint Clare Garden, designed in the medieval style, works to this end.

The 1990s brought a number of important 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 also 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 their own distinct themes, are charged with integrating the academic experience of the classroom and student communities in the residence halls.

Contemporary changes

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)[5], a Jesuit community residence (2006), a 194,000-square-foot (1.8 ha) state-of-the-art library (2008), and a new 85,000-square-foot (0.79 ha) building for the Leavey School of Business (2008).

Santa Clara Island

On May 24, 2007, an article published in The Santa Clara (campus newspaper) 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, Mission Church, and the new library are the first buildings to be featured on the island. Ballen reported that student-created art will be featured in buildings and that, in time, he hopes students and staff will have opportunities to discuss courses offline and download pre-recorded lectures through the Second Life virtual world. 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."[6][7]


Academics and rankings

The The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Santa Clara as a master's level university, which denotes that the institution offers only a few, if any, PhD programs.


The university's different academic programs are split into six different school located on two separate campuses in Santa Clara, California and Berkeley, California.

College of Arts & Sciences

Degrees in Anthropology, Sociology, Studio Art, Art History, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Ancient Studies, Classical Studies, Latin Lang/Lit, Latin and Greek, Combined Sciences, Communication, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, History, Individual Studies, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Computer Science, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Engineering Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theatre and Dance, and Women's and Gender Studies

Leavey School of Business

The school was founded in 1923 and accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business thirty years later. It offers a Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Master of Business Administration, Executive Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS). On July 1, 2009, Dr. Drew Starbird became the Acting Dean of the Leavey School, following the departure of Barry Posner who had served as Dean for 12 years and returned to the Management faculty. [8]

Education, Counseling Psychology & Pastoral Ministries (ECPPM)

The School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries was created in the fall of 2001 and brought 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, and the remainder studying pastoral ministries.

School of Engineering

The school was founded and began offering bachelor degrees in 1912. Over the next century, as the Santa Clara Valley transformed from a largely agricultural area to an industrial center, the school added master and doctoral programs designed to meet the area's growing need for expert engineers. Today, the Silicon Valley provides an ideal setting for the school's programs, particularly those in electrical engineering and information technology.

Jesuit School of Theology

The Jesuit School of Theology is a Jesuit Seminary that is a school of Santa Clara University. It is located in Berkeley, California and one of the member colleges of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). 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 (JSTB).

School of Law

The School of Law was founded in 1911. The Jesuit affiliation of the university is manifested in a concern with ethics, social justice, and community service. The school offers the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree. It also offers several joint degree programs, including JD/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA) and JD/Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) offered in conjunction with Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. In addition, the school offers Master of Laws (LL.M) degrees in Intellectual Property,International and Comparative Law, and in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers. Santa Clara Law also features specialized curricular programs in High Tech and Intellectual Property law, International Law, and Public Interest and Social Justice law.


University rankings (overall)

Forbes[9] 318

In U.S. News & World Report's 2010 collegiate rankings master's universities (West), Santa Clara ranks second.[10] The same publication for 2010 ranks its part-time MBA program 10th and its executive MBA program 15th in the nation.[11] The undergraduate business program of the Leavey School of Business was ranked 32nd in the nation by Business Week in 2009.[12] Santa Clara also participates in the NAICU's University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).

Centers of distinction

  • The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University provides a nationally preeminent academic forum for research and dialogue concerning all areas of applied ethics. The center engages faculty, students, and members of the community as well as its own staff and fellows in ethical discussions in a number of focus areas, including business, health care and biotechnology, character education, government, global leadership, technology, and emerging issues in ethics.
  • The Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University "examines the interrelationship of human systems with rapid scientific and technological change" on a global scale. The center focuses on developing and publicizing technology with a potential to benefit humanity and solve current worldwide challenges, particularly in the Global South. Santa Clara University, through this center, gives out the Tech Museum Awards, which honor innovators who use technology to help humanity.
  • The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University is the result of a 2005 merger between the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education and the Pedro Arrupe Center for Community-based Learning. In addition to maintaining the functions of these two programs, the Center has added Kolvenbach Solidarity Programs, which focus on student immersion trips to developing countries.


Principal accreditations include:

The Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB - International Association for Management Education (Accredited in Business and Accounting)

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (Accredited in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering)

The American Bar Association and the State Bar of California

Noted Santa Clarans



The school colors are 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."

Noted programs

On February 2, 1993, Santa Clara president Paul Locatelli, S.J. announced the discontinuation of football at the university, a move that stunned and saddened alumni and fans of the Bronco program. Since that day, a small group of alumni and friends of the program have sought the appropriate forum to make their case that football has a place at Santa Clara. The issue has been a constant source of controversy with many people related to the university.

Football holds a proud and distinguished place in the history and tradition of Santa Clara and Bay Area athletics. One cannot speak about Charley Graham and the Seals, the Forty-Niners, Lefty O'Doul, The Big Game, Slip Madigan or the Wow Boys and the Wonder Team without prominently mentioning Santa Clara football. As past generations of Santa Clarans are aware, it is the story of great games, players, and coaches, the legendary rivalry with Saint Mary's, major upsets, national rankings, and the three Sugar and Orange Bowl victories. It was tiny Santa Clara, the perennial underdog, overcoming all odds to compete with and defeat their college "betters" which embodied the Spirit of Santa Clara athletics and set an example for all to follow. Thirty-four years of the "modern era" (1959-1992) did not diminish this storied tradition. With few resources, scholarships, and little administration encouragement, Santa Clara continued to favorably compete on the field. Under Pat Malley, and later Terry Malley, Santa Clara became a small college football power with numerous national rankings, Little All Americans, and a post-season playoff appearance. Under Pat Malley's leadership the Little Big Game again became a marquis contest for both colleges. Its student athletes were a credit to the program and Santa Clara's stated purpose of educating the student athlete.

Santa Clara University has excellent programs in soccer and volleyball that are consistently ranked among the top ten or twenty teams nationally. One year after winning the national title in 2001, the women's soccer program was mentioned several times in Bend It Like Beckham, a hit British film.

The men's soccer team has reached the championship match of the College Cup three times. In 1989, they faced the University of Virginia and played to a 1-1 tie that was called due to darkness after 2 overtimes, earning both Santa Clara and Virginia a share of the National Championship. In 1991 they again faced Virginia and again tied after regulation, this time 0-0, but lost to the Cavaliers on penalty kicks. In 1999, they lost to Indiana University, 0-1.

The 1992-1993 Santa Clara men's basketball team (led by future NBA MVP Steve Nash) was one of 4 #15 seeds to defeat a #2 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.

On February 12, 2007, the men's basketball team snapped Gonzaga's 50 game home winning streak. At the time, it was the longest ongoing home winning streak in the NCAA.

Noted Club Sports Programs

In 2008, the Santa Clara Men's rugby club made it to National playoffs which were held that year in Orem, Utah. They ousted a powerful Western Washington club before falling to eventual division champion Utah Valley State. The Santa Clara University Touring Side (SCUTS) have built upon that success and followed with a strong 2009 campaign.[13]

In 2008, the Santa Clara Paintball Team made it to the final rounds of the NCPA competition in Florida.


  • Buck Shaw Stadium: Named for Lawrence T."Buck" Shaw, the school's most successful football coach (1936-1942) and who later coached at the University of California and with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles, the stadium was the longtime home of Bronco football and baseball. "Buck Shaw" is now entirely dedicated to SCU's nationally ranked soccer programs. Buck Shaw Stadium undertook drastic changes after the 2007 season as it is expanded to seat 10,300 as well as the pitch and stadium facilities being modernized and improved. This was all due to the stadium becoming the temporary home for Major League Soccer team, the San Jose Earthquakes, who began their return to the league in April, 2008. Although no concrete plan is in place for a soccer specific stadium, the move is expected to last between two and three years.
  • Bellomy Field: Bellomy is used for intramural sports and for casual student use.
  • Malley Fitness Center: Malley is open to the university community for recreational sports, indoor intramurals, weightlifting, and fitness classes.
  • Kids on Campus: Santa Clara University's child care and preschool center since 1969. Serves children of SCU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The program accommodates infants six weeks old to children age 6.
  • Leavey Center: Santa Clara's arena provides space for basketball and volleyball teams. The Leavey Center is also used as a concert venue and a hall for large lectures and speeches. Adjacent to the arena, and also a part of the center, is the university's pool. Leavy Center's Max Capacity is 4,500 persons
  • Marsalli Park: Located nearby the university campus, Marsalli provides a softball diamond used by the SCU softball team.
  • Mission Santa Clara de Asís: University Chapel and historical mission dating back to 1777. Current location is the third site. Built in 1828. Destroyed by Fire in 1925. Rebuilt in 1929.
  • Saint Clare School: The mission's first elementary school (K-8). Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1856. Located behind Nobili Hall at Lafayette and Lexington street.
  • Saint Clare Parish & St. Clare Parish Hall: In 1926 St Clare's Parish was built 1 block behind the Mission Santa Clara to take over the parish functions of the Mission church after its fire in 1925.
  • Stephen Schott Stadium: Built in 2005 for $8.6 million, Schott stadium is home to SCU baseball.
  • Degheri Tennis Center: The tennis center opened in 1999 at a cost of $2.5 million and includes nine courts and seats for 750 spectators
  • The Sullivan Aquatic Center Home to Santa Clara's Men's and Women's water polo teams opened in late 2008


The Santa Clara US Army ROTC Battalion and SCUs military history dates back to the American Civil War. An official organization of the basic military unit was established in 1861 due to the outbreak of the war. The unit was known as the Senior Company of Cadets. As with the rest of the nation, the Civil War brought on strong feelings for the students and their families. As a result, parents who sympathized with the Confederacy withdrew their sons from school, while other young men left Santa Clara to join the Union forces. By 26 November 1862, the Junior Company of Cadets, consisting of younger classmen, was established. However, the Junior Division was short lived.

Meanwhile, on 10 September 1863, Leland Stanford, the Governor of California at the time, presented the Corps of Cadets with forty Springfield rifles, Model 1839. 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. Today, the rifles are preserved in the University Museum.

The Jesuits greatly support the battalion. 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. Also, it is known that two Jesuits from Santa Clara, Fr.'s W. D. McKinnon and J. P. McQuaide volunteered as Chaplains in the Spanish-American War. Both men were part of the American Expeditionary Force that was with Theodore Roosevelt when he made his attack at San Juan Hill on 1 July 1898. [1]


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Accessed on February 23rd, 2009.
  3. ^ About Santa Clara University - Budget. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  4. ^ About Santa Clara University - Tuition. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  5. ^ San Jose Mercury News.Commons at Kennedy Mall." Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  6. ^ Santa Clara enters virtual world in 'Second Life'. The Santa Clara. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  7. ^ Virtual Worlds Case Study: Santa Clara Island. NMC Virtual Worlds. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  8. ^ Meet Drew Starbird - Leavey School Web Site. Accessed on November 25, 2009.
  9. ^ "America's Best Colleges". Forbes. 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  10. ^ Santa Clara University Press Release - SCU gets high marks in US News & World Report rankings. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  11. ^ Santa Clara University Press Release - Santa Clara University's part-time MBA program ranked No 13 in the nation. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  12. ^ Santa Clara University Press Release - Undergraduate business program makes Business Week debut at No. 27. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  13. ^ Santa Clara University - Current Club Sports

Giacomini, George F., Jr., and McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart: A Portrait of Santa Clara University, 1851-2000. Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2000.

McKevitt, Gerald. The University of Santa Clara : A History, 1851-1977. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1979.

Corporate Authorship. University of Santa Clara: A History, From the Founding of Santa Clara Mission in 1777 to the beginning of the University in 1912. Santa Clara: University Press, 1912.

Corporate Authorship. Souvenir of Santa Clara College. Santa Clara: University Press, 1901.

Corporate Authorship. Santa Clara College Prospectus. Santa Clara, 1906.

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Coordinates: 37°20′57″N 121°56′17″W / 37.34917°N 121.93806°W / 37.34917; -121.93806


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