25 Facts About Santa Clara University


Santa Clara University is a private Jesuit university in Santa Clara, California.

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Santa Clara alumni founded Nvidia and Farmer's Insurance, and created JavaScript.

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Santa Clara College, forerunner of Santa Clara University, was the first to open its doors to students and is the state's oldest operating institution of higher education.

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Shortly after Santa Clara began instruction, the Methodist-run California Wesleyan College received a charter from the State Superior Court on July 10,1851—the first granted in California—and it began enrolling students in May of the following year.

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In 1912, the College of Santa Clara became the University of Santa Clara, with the addition of the School of Engineering and School of Law.

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In 1989 the Santa Clara University campus was unified when The Alameda, a major thoroughfare that had bisected the university, was rerouted.

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Santa Clara carried out all deferred maintenance, including the renovation of Kenna Hall, the Adobe Lodge, and many other historic buildings.

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Santa Clara University is constructing a new STEM campus and plans to complete it on 2022.

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In 2014, Santa Clara University received the STARS Gold Rating by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

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In 2015, Santa Clara University ranked No 19 on the Princeton Review's new “Top 50 Green Colleges” list and is featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges.

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Santa Clara University is a member of The Green Building Council, the overseeing body of the LEED rating system.

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Santa Clara University is a private corporation owned and governed by a privately appointed board of trustees composed of 44 members.

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Santa Clara University is civilly chartered and governed by a board of trustees, which appoints the president.

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Santa Clara University was formerly the president of the University of St Thomas in Minnesota.

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Santa Clara University is organized into six professional schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, SCU Leavey School of Business, School of Engineering, Jesuit School of Theology, and the School of Law.

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Jesuit School of Theology is a Divinity School of Santa Clara University located in Berkeley, California, and one of the member colleges of the Graduate Theological Union.

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Santa Clara offers undergraduates the opportunity to pursue 45 majors in its three undergraduate schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Science, the School of Engineering, and the Leavey School of Business.

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Santa Clara University has six graduate and professional schools, including the School of Law, School of Engineering, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, and the Jesuit School of Theology.

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Santa Clara University was named to the 2009,2010,2011,2012,2013 and 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for community service programs and student involvement.

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Santa Clara offers its students the opportunity to engage in over 125 registered student organizations.

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At the start of the 2015 academic year, Santa Clara University announced the creation of the Campus Sustainability Investment Fund as a revolving green fund to support sustainability projects on the SCU campus.

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Paul Locatelli, president of Santa Clara, was a cadet at the university prior to his military service and his entrance into the Jesuit Order.

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Santa Clara participates in NCAA's Division I and is a member of the West Coast Conference.

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Santa Clara athletes have participated in 12 different Olympic Games.

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For many years, Santa Clara participated in NCAA Division II in football, including reaching the NCAA Division II Championship semi-finals in 1980, because of an NCAA bylaw that allowed Division I schools to participate in lower divisions in football; however, the rule was changed in the mid-1990s, and the program was forced to move into Division I-AA.

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