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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a private non-profit Jesuit university located in Santa Clara, California. It has 5,250 full-time undergraduate students, and 3,270 graduate students.


500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara
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Bucky The Bronco
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College History


The first two colleges in California were founded in 1851, at the height of the Gold Rush, both in the town of Santa Clara. Santa Clara College, forerunner of Santa Clara University, was first to open its doors to students and thus is the state's oldest operating institution of higher education. The Methodist-run California Wesleyan College opened shortly thereafter and was the first institution to receive an official state charter. Santa Clara's Jesuit founders eventually accumulated the endowment required for a charter, which was granted on April 28, 1855. Santa Clara bears the distinction of awarding California's first Bachelor's degree, given to Thomas I. Bergin in 1857, and its first graduate degree, two years later. California mission era Inheriting the grounds of Mission Santa Clara de As�s, Santa Clara University's campus, library holdings, art collection, and many of its defining traditions date back to 1777, almost 75 years before its founding. In January of that year, the Blessed Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar, established Mission Santa Clara as the eighth of 21 Alta California missions. Fray Tom�s de la Pe�a chose a site along the Guadalupe River for the future church, erecting a cross and celebrating the first Mass a few days later. Natural disasters forced early priests to relocate and rebuild the church on several occasions, moving it westward and away from the river. Built of wood, the first permanent structure quickly flooded and was replaced by a larger adobe building in 1784. This building suffered heavy damage in an 1818 earthquake and was replaced six years later by a new adobe edifice. Mission Santa Clara de Asis The mission flourished for more than 50 years despite these setbacks. Beginning in the 1830s, however, the mission lands were repossessed in conjunction with Mexico's secularization, and church buildings fell into disrepair. The Bishop of Monterey, Dominican Joseph Sadoc Alemany, offered the site to Italian Jesuits John Nobili and Michael Accolti in 1851 on condition that they found a college for California's growing Catholic population. Modern era 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 founded. Women were first admitted in 1961 to what had been an all-men's university. In 2012, Santa Clara University celebrated 50 years of having women attend Santa Clara University. 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 (USC), the University of Santa Clara, as it had been known since 1912, changed its name to Santa Clara University. Diplomas were printed with the new name beginning with the graduating class of 1986. In 2001 the School of Education and Counseling Psychology was formed to offer Master's level and other credential programs.

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The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to educate leaders of competence, conscience and compassion through a humanistic, Jesuit education in the liberal arts and sciences. To achieve this, the College provides core, major, and minor curricular programs in the arts, letters, sciences, and professions. In addition it sponsors a variety of other events, programs, and services to enrich the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and spiritual lives of individuals and of the community.



Suburban; 106 Acres (43�Ha)