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Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California. Established in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. The university's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís which traces its founding to 1777. The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style and is one of the finest groupings of Mission Revival architecture and other Spanish Colonial Revival styles. The university is classified as a "Doctoral/Professional" university.
The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees through its six colleges, the College 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. It enrolls about 5,400 undergraduate students and about 3,300 postgraduate students.

Among Santa Clara's alumni are governors, congressmen, mayors, senators, presidential cabinet members, and one Catholic cardinal. Santa Clara alumni founded Nvidia and Farmer's Insurance, and created JavaScript. Santa Clara's alumni have won a number of honors and nominations, including Oscars, Grammys, Pulitzer Prizes, the NBA MVP Award, and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santa Clara alumni have served as mayors of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, and Washington, D.C. The two most recent Governors of California attended Santa Clara.

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. Broncos have won NCAA championships in both men's and women's soccer. Santa Clara's student athletes include current or former 58 MLB, 40 NFL, and 12 NBA players and 13 Olympic gold medalists.
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  • Amazing campus and better university. It is the best campus I have seen in my life although I have been to +100 campuses across the nation. 
    Amazing campus and better university. It is the best campus I have seen in my life although I have been to +100 campuses across the nation.  more »
  • As this is Tripadvisor and not a college counseling site, I will just talk about the tourist aspecs of SCU. The campus is very pretty, well worth a walk around. Be sure to look in the Santa Clara... 
    As this is Tripadvisor and not a college counseling site, I will just talk about the tourist aspecs of SCU. The campus is very pretty, well worth a walk around. Be sure to look in the Santa Clara...  more »
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  • Gorgeous campus, I come walking here every day. Gardens and flower beds are immaculate. Love it. There’s bathrooms by the parking lot on Lafayette as well as next to the science building. They’ve been mostly locked over Covid and distance learning. Security guards on campus are usually patrolling around, it’s well lit with emergency phones. Don’t use the vending machine by the science building, it’s been faulty for years lol. There’s a Safeway close by but you can’t bring a picnic and linger if you’re not a student. You can walk around and use the benches etc and take photos. If you use a professional photographer they’ll ask for a permit. The art museum is free and worth a visit. It’s been closed with Covid though.
  • A quite and peaceful university There is a church located at the heart of the university Heard that a lot of couples will have their wedding ceremony in this church “Mission Santa Clara de Asís” You can find a lot of flowers, trees and squirrels in this university 🐿️😆 The squirrels are so cute! Some will even walk toward you 😂

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