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Study at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, or SCU, is a private, Jesuit-affiliated university located in Santa Clara, California that was founded 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 a member institution of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. SCU offers a variety of degrees and programs through several academic divisions, including:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Leavey School of Business
  • School of Education, Counselling Psychology and Pastoral Ministries
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Law
  • Summer School
The official mascot of SCU is Bucky the Bronco, and the university's sports teams are nicknamed the Broncos. They participate in the NCAA Division I, West Coast Conference, Pacific Coast Softball Conference and Western Water Polo Association.

Profile of Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is located in a medium-sized city, in Santa Clara, California. The school is officially a Roman Catholic school. Santa Clara University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degree levels at the school top out at the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students at Santa Clara University often study law, engineering, and business and management.

Santa Clara University Selectivity

The admissions department at the school does not accept all those who apply. Most students' verbal SAT scores were in the range of 550 to 650 in 2007. A quarter of students admitted in 2007 scored 670 or higher on the math SAT.


Students at the school benefit from the low student/teacher ratio. The school's tenure system is geared toward rewarding and keeping the most valuable professors. By paying its faculty better than most schools, the school tries to attract and retain a high quality teaching staff.

Student Enrolment

Santa Clara University offers classes to 8, 685 students (7, 415 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school serves primarily full-time students. Many students live in housing on or near campus. Students sports include formal participation in West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference competitions.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Santa Clara University UNIVERSITY MISSION Santa Clara University is a Catholic and Jesuit institution that makes student learning its central focus, promotes faculty and staff learning in its various forms, and exhibits organizational learning as it deals with the challenges facing it. Student learning takes place at the undergraduate and graduate level in an educational environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagination, reflective engagement with society, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world. As an academic community, we expand the boundaries of knowledge and insight through teaching, research, artistic expression, and other forms of scholarship. It is primarily through discovering, communicating, and applying knowledge that we exercise our institutional responsibility as a voice of reason and conscience in society. We offer challenging academic programs and demonstrate a commitment to the development of: Undergraduate students who seek an education with a strong humanistic orientation in a primarily residential setting. Graduate students, many of them working professionals in Silicon Valley, who seek advanced degree programs that prepare them to make significant contributions to their fields. In addition to these core programs, we also provide a variety of continuing education and professional development opportunities for nonmatriculated students. Santa Clara University Approved by the Board of Trustees February 20, 1998"

Santa Clara University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management750business management, accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, managerial economics, MIS, CIO training
Liberal Arts304political science, English, interdisciplinary studies, economics, history, sociology, Spanish language, liberal arts and sciences, . . .
Law291law, foreign lawyers, legal research, international law
Engineering221engineering management, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, engineering physics, engineering
Education and Teaching220elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, education courses, educational administration, special ed, early childhood special ed
Therapy and Counselling161psychology, Counselling psychology
Media94communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering71computer engineering, software engineering
Science60biology, chemistry, physics, biological and biomedical sciences
Religion and Philosophy36Christian studies, religion, philosophy, religious music
Fine Arts33fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts17drama
Mathematics14mathematics and computer science, mathematics, applied mathematics
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science, environmental studies

Contact: Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, California 95053

General Phone: (408) 554-4000


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