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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University (SCU) is a private non-profit Jesuit university located in Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California.

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. While built around historic Mission Santa Clara, the present university is home to a population of about 5,200 undergraduate and 3,800 Master's and PhD students. Over 450 full-time faculty members work in this university, and are divided between four professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. All the schools are located on the 106-acre mission campus.

The Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), formerly an independent institution, legally merged with the university in July 2009. It then took the name "Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University." Even though it is a division of Santa Clara University, it still retains its campus in Berkeley, California.

SCU maintains its Catholic and Jesuit affiliation and supports numerous initiatives intended to further its religious mission. Santa Clara's schools and colleges demonstrate commitment to undergraduate and graduate learning.

The first two colleges in California were founded in 1851. Both of them were located in the town of Santa Clara. First to open its doors to students was Santa Clara College which was the forerunner of Santa Clara University. It is the state's oldest operating institution of higher education. The California Wesleyan College opened shortly thereafter and was the first institution to receive an official state charter. Santa Clara bears the distinction of awarding California's first Bachelor's degree and the first graduate degree, two years later.

Santa Clara University is divided into several schools and colleges:

• School of Education and Counseling Psychology
• Leavey School of Business
• School of Engineering
• Jesuit School of Theology
• School of Law
• Summer School
• College of Arts & Sciences

Santa Clara University offers a great college experience for its students. Day-to-day life is more than classes and homework. Students can engage with the community in campus in many ways. They can join a club, share a meal with friends on campus, or connect with faculty and students in an RLC.

The Student Life Office supports the whole mission of the University. It plays a significant role in educating the whole student body in preparation for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service in a diverse and global society. Student Life encourages students to exercise good judgment. There are more than 100 official student clubs and groups. They are sponsored by the Center for Student Leadership, for professional, social, athletic, service, and creative interests.

The University Honors Program leads to intellectual excellence, an appreciation of ethical context, and an awareness of the religious dimensions of human existence. The University Honors Programs provides Santa Clara's most able students with many different intellectual opportunities. The students are put in small, seminar-style classes, with no more than 17 students each. These seminars emphasize analytical rigor, effective expression, and interaction among professors and students. Students at Santa Clara University enjoy a level of collaboration exceptional even at Santa Clara. The Honors Program students are able to participate fully in campus life. They enroll in many regular-session classes, live in the residence halls, and join in co-curricular and service activities. Students from diverse geographic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds are also welcome in the University Honors Program.

Santa Clara University has a long history of welcoming international students to its academic community. Its International Student Services Center promotes the development of international students. That enables them to achieve excellence in their academic goals and encourages the understanding of diverse cultures and ideas throughout the whole university.


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