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Santa Clara University, Santa Clara

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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 and has remained in its original location since its establishment. The university's campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asís which traces its founding to 1776. The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival architecture. The university is classified as a "Doctoral/Professional" university by Carnegie Classification.
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, and presidential cabinet members. Santa Clara alumni founded Nvidia and Farmer's Insurance, and created JavaScript. Santa Clara's alumni have won a number of honors, including 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, DC. 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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  • Visiting the campus with my nephew. It is on his wish list. The campus is empty, however it was nice and relaxing to enjoy the well maintained campus and enjoy the natures and admire the architecture.  more »
  • We visited with friends at the very nice Santa Clara University Campus. Its a very pretty campus with a Jesuit Mission. There is the academic buildings, museums, sports fields, and visitor...  more »
  • Beautiful campus. Can't wait to see how my daughter blossoms on this next step in life in this beautiful school!
  • Very good ambiance, vast area, excellent play ground, Indian grocery stores in walkable distance, railway station at opposite end and above all local job markets for students from this University are bright with big names in software domain in the vicinity.
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