See what students say:


Located “in the heart of Silicon Valley,” Santa Clara University is a mid-size Jesuit school that blends “the Jesuit philosophy of social justice” with access to the “the tech capital of the world.” That proximity means “job opportunities are neverending,” and that students have easy access to a “great alumni network.” Overall, undergrads note that “academics are challenging but not unbearable,” mentioning popular majors in retail studies, business, art, and engineering. Taking advantage of its prime location, the school offers opportunities outside the classroom as well—“Students … get involved on all levels, whether it be on campus, domestically, or internationally.” This is achieved through “clubs, immersion trips, fellowship programs, … and study abroad” programs. These initiatives serve to offer a “holistic curriculum [that] encompasses all aspects of knowledge,” one undergrad says. Faculty members take the same approach, and one student notes that professors “are caring about not just the students’ learning, but their lives outside of the classroom.” A few students comment that some professors are “only teaching because they have to in order to do research,” but the general impression is one of “qualified and knowledgeable” industry professionals who are “leaders in their fields.” One student offers a summation of praise: “Good academics, great professors, beautiful campus.”

Student Body

Santa Clara Broncos say their peers are “collaborative,” “caring,” and “helpful.” Many comment on the “strong sense of community” created by students who are “willing to work and help each other accomplish success in their areas of study.” And while “the academic scene is very competitive,” the majority of people “here are interested in helping others and working together to create positive change in the world.” Many “students come from the Bay Area” and are “mostly upper-class people from private schools,” and while the consensus is that SCU’s student body is “not diverse, … [it is] generally very positive and welcoming.” It is “a warm and inclusive atmosphere,” one undergrad says. Politically, “the school is fairly liberal but also has a big conservative base to it.”

Campus Life

The Santa Clara campus is always buzzing with activity because “students are highly involved in at least one aspect of university life, whether it be academic commitment, extracurricular activities, career development, or social networking.” Fitness is a popular focus of choice: Most days you’ll “see people packing the gym” because Broncos “love to work out.” Of course, this is if they find the extra time— students are often “engaged in internships” or “studying in the library, socializing in the student center, or hanging out in their … residence halls.” And because “the weather here is absolutely amazing,” people “are usually outside … for studying, reading, [or] relaxing.” They also manage to squeeze in Greek Life: “Sorority and fraternity culture is prevalent (but not dominating), and that involves a lot of partying,” one student says. Others add, “there are a lot of parties going on throughout the week,” but say it is balanced with “non-drinking on-campus alternatives.” Beyond campus, “SCU is a stone’s throw away from [the mountains and beach in] Santa Cruz, San Francisco, [and] Lake Tahoe.” It’s a “great local area [with] so much to do,” declares one happy student.

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Undergraduate Admissions
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

(408) 554-4700

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Historic Mission Church; Mission Gardens
Leavey Center
Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center and Orradre Library
Benson Memorial Student Center
Dowd Art and Art History Building
Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University sits in the heart of Silicon Valley?the hub of the world?s most innovative environment. Here lines are blurred between where our campus ends and the vibrant entrepreneurial environment of San Francisco and the South Bay begins. Curriculum blends high-tech innovation with social consciousness that is grounded in the tradition of Jesuit education. The stunning 106-acre urban campus surrounds the historic Mission Santa Clara de As?s, and is landscaped with expansive lawns, towering palms, and roses.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
SAP Center; home of the San Jose Sharks and the 2019 NHL All-Star Game
Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco; a vibrant and diverse city
Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Beaches
Santana Row Shopping and Dining Destination
Levi's Stadium, home to the SF 49ers
Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite are popular weekend trip destinations (a few hours drive). Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, a bit farther south, are also popular excursions.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

(408) 554-4700

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits & Overnight Stays - timing varies and only for admitted students via their student portal, we generally ask for 1-2 weeks advance notice

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Accepted students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
San Jose International Airport is a 3-mile drive from campus. A free shuttle (VTA public bus #10) drops off visitors at campus entrance. Rental cars and taxis, are also available for the trip from airport to campus. San Francisco International Airport is 45 miles north of campus. From there, Airport Connection Shuttles take visitors to the San Jose airport; call 800-AIRPORT (from out of state) or 415-877-0903 (in California) for shuttle timetables and reservations. Amtrak trains serve San Jose; call 800-USA-RAIL for information. Greyhound buses also serve San Jose.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From U.S. 101 (Bayshore Freeway), take the Santa Clara/De La Cruz Blvd. exit. Proceed south 2 miles. As the road forks, keep to the right and follow the signs to the university. From I-880, take the Alameda/Santa Clara exit. Travel north one mile to campus. From I-280, proceed to the interchange with I-880. Take I-880 N. toward Oakland and take the Alameda/Santa Clara exit. The university is 1 mile north of the exit.

Local Accommodations
The Candlewood Suites (481 El Camino Real, Santa Clara; 408-241-9305) is located directly across the street from the University. Days Inn Santa Clara (859 El Camino Real; 408-244-2840) is located 5 blocks from the university. Fairmont Hotel, (170 South Market St., San Jose; 408-998-1900), a 15-minute drive from campus. San Jose Hilton and Towers, (300 Almaden Blvd., San Jose; 408-287-2100), a 12-minute drive from campus.


Applicants: 16,242
Acceptance Rate: 50%
Average HS GPA: 3.71



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