Santa Clara University's humble beginnings in 1851as the Santa Clara California College started at the height of the Gold Rush. The school, created by two Italian Jesuits who were given the mission and its land after promising to establish a college, was built around the historic Mission Santa Clara. The college received its charter in 1855 and awarded its first bachelor's degree to Thomas I. Bergin in 1857. The school inherited the grounds of the Mission Santa Clara de Asís, which included extensive art and library collections dating back to 1777 which are still found on campus today.
Santa Clara California College grew to include an engineering school and a law school and officially became a university in 1912. Women were allowed to attend the previously all-men's school for the first time in 1961, making it the first Catholic university to allow men and women to enroll. Over the past century, the school has expanded its campus by more than 100 acres. Recent additions include a renovated basketball arena and a Jesuit community residence.
Today campus facilities include Bellomy Field, used for sports and student use, Kids on Campus, a preschool established in 1969, Malley Fitness Center, used for recreational use and fitness classes, Saint Clare School, an elementary school serving grades K-8, Saint Clare Parish/St. Clare Parish Hall and the mission, still serving as the university's chapel.
The university remains a vital and active part of the Santa Clara community. Annual events include Family Weekend, bringing together students, parents, and family; Grand Reunion Weekend, with alumni returning to provide inspiration for current college students; and the President's Speaker Series, offering a wide selection of distinguished guest speakers. The campus includes a museum, open to the public that displays artifacts from the city's past. Many campus events are open to the general public and coincide with community events, celebrations, and festivals.
Location Santa Clara, California
School Colors Santa Clara Red and White
Size of Campus 106 Acres
Tuition and Fees $37,368
Room and Board $11,742 (Varies)
Total Operating Budget (2010-11) $346 million
University Endowment (June 30, 2010) $603.6 million
NCAA Division I
West Coast Conference
19 intercollegiate sports
Quarter system (Law School is on semester system)
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Commerce
Law (J.D., LL.M.)
Business (MBA, EMBA, MSIS)
Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
Counseling Psychology (M.A.)
Pastoral Ministries (M.A.)
Jesuit School of Theology (M.A., M.Div, Ph.D)
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053