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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California, United States
The University pursues its vision by creating an academic community that educates the whole person within the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, making student learning our central focus, continuously improving our curriculum and co-curriculum, strengthening our scholarship and creative work, and serving the communities of which we are a part in Silicon Valley and around the world.



Since opening our doors in 1851, SCU has evolved and grown in ways that would have been unimaginable to our founders. Through the years, however, we’ve remained faithful to the 475-year-old Jesuit tradition and to our core values.


We offer more than 50 majors, minors, and special programs for law, medicine, and teaching. Our graduate programs span business, engineering, education, counseling psychology, law, theology, and pastoral ministries.


You’ll have the opportunity to do graduate-level research right away. SCU undergrads work with faculty in a wide variety of research areas, gaining invaluable practical experience in the process.

Maybe you'll investigate the ethical implications of software development or join in impact research with social entrepreneurs in foreign countries. Maybe you’ll use virtual reality technology to alleviate anxiety disorder or analyze the food, economy, and society of Cuba firsthand. These are just four of the hundreds of research projects that SCU undergrads worked on last year.


Internships, jobs, resumes—the Career Center has so much to offer, don’t wait until senior year to reach out. What should you major in? Which career path best fits your skills and passions? Looking for an internship or job? They can help. And before you head out into the workforce, let them spiff up your resume and hone your networking skills.

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Student services

Drahmann Advising Center

Get answers to all academic-related questions. From how to meet your Core requirements while still taking interesting classes to what to do when you need a little help passing your midterm, Drahmann is the place to go for tutoring, advising, and other learning support.

International Student Services

ISS provides a wide range of services to SCU’s international student population, from events and social networking opportunities to assistance with immigration forms and policies.

Housing services

All first-years and most sophomores live in RLCs (Residential Learning Communities) housed in eight of our ten campus residence halls. Each RLC is built around one or two themes, like community service or contemporary world issues. Because the themes are broad, it's easy to find one that matches your interests.

Juniors and seniors can choose to live in the University Villas, a 128-unit townhouse-style complex, a few steps off the main campus. And for those interested in living in rentals off campus, there are many options, including some that are owned and managed by Santa Clara.

SCU provides both furnished and unfurnished on-campus housing options for law and graduate students.

Library services

The University Library at Santa Clara (aka the learning commons, which is easier to say than its full name: Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library) is an inspiring and groundbreaking place of research and learning.

ICT services

Information Technology supports the technology needs of the University Community.

  • Enterprise Applications Group
  • Infrastructure Technologies Group

Medical services

The Cowell Center provides healthcare services, urgent care, after-hours advice, and medical support.

Student Life

Sports facilities

Santa Clara competes in 20 Division I sports and 17 club sports. More than 4,500 students participate in intramurals every year. If you want to play, there’s a team for you at Santa Clara University.

Student clubs

Our student organizations give you the freedom to explore anything you’re interested in, and to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours:

  • If student-run media is your thing—writing, reporting, reviewing, publishing—there are lots of groups you might check out, like our campus radio station, the student newspaper, and our annual literary magazine.
  • If you like to exercise your body alongside your mind, you can find a recreational club or class that moves at your pace, whether you’re a varsity-level athlete or just a beginner.
  • Our Campus Ministry programs offer many opportunities for you to deepen your faith and connect with SCU’s spiritual community.


Santa Clara University, Center for Professional Development is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists, and maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Santa Clara, California, United States

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