- Santa Clara University
name =Santa Clara University
motto ="Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"(Latin,"To the Greater Glory of God")
tagline =The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley
Roman Catholic Society of Jesus
endowment =$697 million (
June 30, 2007)
faculty =488 (full-time) 268 (part-time)
president =Undetermined as of August 2008
students = [http://www.scu.edu/about/at_a_glance.cfm 8,377 (fall '06)]
undergrad = [http://www.scu.edu/about/at_a_glance.cfm 5,038 ]
postgrad = [http://www.scu.edu/about/at_a_glance.cfm 3,339 ]
city =Santa Clara
Suburban, 104 acres (0.4 km²)
colors =Red (PMS 202) and white
mascot =Bucky the Bronco
West Coast Conference
website = [http://www.scu.edu www.scu.edu]
Santa Clara University is a private, co-educational
Jesuit-affiliated universitylocated in Santa Clara, California. Chartered by the state of California and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it operates in collaboration with the Society of Jesus(Jesuits), whose members founded the school in 1851. Santa Clara is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the oldest Catholic university in the American West. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
About Santa Clara University
The university is situated in
Santa Clara, California(2006 est. population 108,518), adjacent to the city of San Jose, Californiain Santa Clara County(est. population 1.8 million), which anchors the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Also known by the abbreviation SCU, its students and 71,000 alumni are called “Santa Clarans” and its athletics teams are called the Broncos. In many of its informational and promotional publications the school is billed as "The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley."
Built around historic
Mission Santa Clara, the present university is home to a population of nearly 5,000 undergraduateand 3,500 masters, J.D., and Ph.D. students. The institution employs over 450 full time faculty members, who are divided between four professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, all of which are located on the 104 acre (0.4 km²) mission campus. For the 2007–2008 academic year, the university's operating budget was $293 million, and the university's endowment was over $697 million. [http://www.scu.edu/about/budget.cfm About Santa Clara University - Budget.] Accessed on April 22, 2008.] For the same period, undergraduate tuition and fees was $34,950 and the average cost of room and board was $11,067. [http://www.scu.edu/about/tuition.cfm About Santa Clara University - Tuition.] Accessed on April 22, 2008.]
Santa Clara is civilly chartered and governed by a board of trustees, which appoints the president. By internal statute, the president must be a member of the Jesuit order, although the membership of the board is primarily lay. About forty Jesuit priests and brothers are active teachers and administrators in various departments and centers. Jesuits comprise around seven percent of the permanent faculty and hold teaching positions in biology, computer engineering, counseling psychology, economics, English, history, law, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, and theater arts. They also serve in campus ministry and residence-hall ministry, and some act as faculty directors in residential learning communities.
SCU maintains its Catholic and Jesuit affiliation and supports numerous initiatives intended to further its religious mission. Students are invited to attend the Sunday evening student Masses in the mission church and encouraged to participate in campus ministry programs and lectures. All bachelor’s degrees require three religious studies courses as part of the academic core. An emphasis on
social justiceis furthered through the Pedro Arrupe Partnership and Kolvenbach Solidarity Programs, which offer service opportunities in the community and immersion opportunities throughout the world. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethicsand the Center for Science, Technology, and Societyalso have programs that serve the university's Catholic, Jesuit identity.
In 1777, the Blessed
Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan friar, had founded the Santa Clara church, as the eighth in the chain of Franciscan missions in Alta California, at the site of the future university.
In 1851, at the height of the
California Gold Rush, at the request of the Bishop of Monterey, the Dominican Joseph Sadoc Alemany, Italian Jesuits John Nobiliand Michael Accolti established the original Santa Clara College around Mission Santa Clara de Asís.
The year 1851 saw the foundation of California's first two colleges in the town of Santa Clara -- Santa Clara College and the Methodist-founded California Wesleyan College, now known as the University of the Pacific and located in
Stockton, California. Because Santa Clara College began instruction before the Methodist campus, the modern university calls itself the first institution of higher learning in the state. With its 1851 foundation, Santa Clara also became the first Catholic college west of St. Louis, Missouri, where the Jesuit Saint Louis Universitytraces its origins to 1818. For its part, California Wesleyan obtained its state charter in July 1851, and for that reason its successor, the University of the Pacific, legitimately claims to be "California's first chartered university".
Santa Clara's Jesuit founders eventually accumulated the endowment required for a charter, which was granted on
April 28 1855.
In 1857, Santa Clara awarded the first bachelor's degree given in California. The recipient was Thomas I. Bergin.
In 1925, the
Leavey School of Businesswas added and became one of the first business schools in the United States to receive national accreditation.
In 1961, women were admitted to what had been initially an all-men's school. 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, the University of Santa Clara, as it had been known since 1912, changed its name to Santa Clara University.
In 2001, the School of Education, Counseling Psychology, and Pastoral Ministries was formed to offer master's level and other credential programs.
Over the last century, the Santa Clara University campus, located along the famed El Camino Real in Santa Clara, California, has expanded to more than 104 acres (42 ha). Amid its many mission style academic and residential buildings are the historic mission gardens, rose garden, and palm trees.
The modern campus
In the 1950s, after the University constructed Walsh Hall and the
de Saisset Museumon two of the last remaining open spaces on the old College campus, Santa Clara began purchasing and annexing land from the surrounding community. The first addition, which occurred slightly earlier, brought space for football and baseball playing fields. Thereafter, particularly in the 1960s when women were admitted to the school, more land was acquired for the Benson Memorial Center, Toso Pavilion, Orradre Library, Kennedy Mall residence halls, and other facilities.
In 1989, the rerouting of The Alameda (
California State Route 82), a major thoroughfare that bisected the university - and the closure of several interior roads unified the Santa Clara University campus. In place of these streets emerged sparsely landscaped pedestrian malls and plazas. The current five year [http://184.108.40.206:81/pdfs/5yearplan.pdf campus plan] calls for a better integration of these areas with the gardens of the campus core. Already, the Saint Clare Garden, designed in the medievalstyle, works to this end.
The 1990s brought a number of important campus additions, including the Music and Dance Building, a new science wing, the Arts and Sciences Building, the
Malley Fitness Center, the Sobrato Residence Hall, and the first on-campus parking structure. Santa Clara also carried out all deferred maintenance, including the renovation of Kenna Hall, the Adobe Lodge, and many other historic buildings.
One unique feature of Santa Clara University's undergraduate education is the Residential Learning Community program. Eight Residential Learning Communities (RLCs), each with their own distinct themes, are charged with integrating the academic experience of the classroom and student communities in the residence halls.
Recently completed expansion projects include a new baseball field (
Stephen Schott Stadium, 2005), a renovated basketball arena ( Leavey Center, 2000), a Jesuit community residence (2006), a 194,000-square-foot (1.8 ha) state-of-the-art library (2008), and a new 85,000-square-foot (0.79 ha) building for the Leavey School of Business(2008).
anta Clara Island
May 24 2007, an article published in "The Santa Clara" (campus newspaper) reported that SCU IT specialist Michael Ballen was heading a project to digitize the SCU campus in the virtual world Second Life. Ballen purchased "Santa Clara Island" for $980 on a grant from the Technology Steering Committee. Digital models of de Saisset Museum, Mission Church, and the new library are the first buildings to be featured on the island. Ballen reported that student-created art will be featured in buildings and that, in time, he hopes students and staff will have opportunities to discuss courses offline and download pre-recorded lectures through the Second Life virtual world. Ballen stated that his "main emphasis [is] teaching and learning", and that: "It's a way to get to the people who like to game and get them exposed to educational material." [http://media.www.thesantaclara.com/media/storage/paper946/news/2007/05/24/Scene/Santa.Clara.Enters.Virtual.World.In.second.Life-2907420.shtml Santa Clara enters virtual world in 'Second Life'.] "The Santa Clara". Retrieved on 2007-06-04.] [http://virtualworlds.nmc.org/portfolio/santa-clara/ Virtual Worlds Case Study: Santa Clara Island.] "NMC Virtual Worlds". Retrieved on 2007-06-04.]
Academics and rankings
Carnegie Corporationclassifies Santa Clara as a master's level university, which denotes that the institution offers only a few, if any, PhD programs. In " U.S. News & World Report"'s collegiate rankings of 123 (as of 2007) master's universities on the West Coast, Santa Clara consistently ranks second. [http://www.scu.edu/news/releases/release.cfm?month=0806&story=rankings Santa Clara University Press Release - SCU gets high marks in US News & World Report rankings.] Accessed on April 22, 2008.] The same publication ranks its part-time MBA program 13th and its executive MBA program 19th in the nation. [http://www.scu.edu/news/releases/release.cfm?month=0408&story=USNews-business Santa Clara University Press Release - Santa Clara University's part-time MBA program ranked No 13 in the nation.] Accessed on April 22, 2008.] The undergraduate business program of the Leavey School of Businesswas ranked 27th in the nation by Business Week in 2007. [http://www.scu.edu/news/releases/release.cfm?month=0307&story=BWranking_businessschool Santa Clara University Press Release - Undergraduate business program makes Business Week debut at No. 27.] Accessed on April 22, 2008.] Santa Clara also participates in the NAICU's University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN).
The university offers three types of
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science(includes engineering degrees)
* Bachelor of Science in Commerce
The university offers graduate study in the following areas:
* Law (J.D., L.L.M)
* Business (MBA, MSIS)
* Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
* Counseling Psychology (M.A.)
* Education (M.A.)
* Pastoral Ministries (M.A.)
Centers of distinction
* The "
Markkula Center for Applied Ethics" at Santa Clara University provides a nationally preeminent academic forum for research and dialogue concerning all areas of applied ethics. The center engages faculty, students, and members of the community as well as its own staff and fellows in ethical discussions in a number of focus areas, including business, health careand biotechnology, character education, government, global leadership, technology, and emerging issues in ethics.
* The "
Center for Science, Technology, and Society" at Santa Clara University "examines the interrelationship of human systems with rapid scientific and technological change" on a global scale. The center focuses on developing and publicizing technology with a potential to benefit humanity and solve current world-wide challenges, particularly in the Global South. Santa Clara University, through this center, gives out the [http://techawards.thetech.org/ Tech Museum Awards] , which honor innovators who use technology to help humanity.
* The "Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education" at Santa Clara University is the result of a 2005 merger between the Bannan Center for Jesuit Education and the
Pedro ArrupeCenter for Community-based Learning. In addition to maintaining the functions of these two programs, the Center has added Kolvenbach Solidarity Programs, which focus on student immersion trips to developing countries.
Principal accreditations include:
The [http://www.wascsenior.org/wasc/ Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities] of the
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
The [http://www.aacsb.edu/ Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB - International Association for Management Education] (Accredited in Business and Accounting)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology(Accredited in Civil, Computer, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering)
American Bar Associationand the State Bar of California
Noted Santa Clarans
Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, former director, United States Office of Management and Budget, former U.S. Congressman, 17th District
Dee Dee Myers, author, political commentator, former Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton
Gavin Newsom, mayor of San Francisco, California
Jerry Brown, California state Attorney General, former mayor of Oakland, California, former governor of California
Paul Laxalt, former governor and U.S. Senator, Nevada
Janet Napolitano, governor of Arizona
Richard Riordan, former mayor of Los Angeles, California, former California state Secretary of Education
Tom McEnery, author, former mayor of San Jose, California
Everett Alvarez, author, deputy Peace Corpsdirector, U.S. Navy commander and prisoner of war in Vietnam
Zoe Lofgren, U.S. Congresswoman (16th District)
Mike Espy, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, former U.S. Congressman
George Reyes, CFO,
Chris Malachowsky, co-founder, NVIDIA
Stephen Schott, businessman, former owner, Oakland Athletics
John A. Sobrato, billionaire owner, Sobrato Development Companies
*John Fry, co-founder and president,
Brandi Chastain, former soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and World Cup champion
Dennis Awtrey, former National Basketball Associationplayer
Steve Nash, player, Phoenix Suns, twice the NBA's Most Valuable Player
Ken Sears, former player, New York Knicksand San Francisco Warriors, the first basketball player to appear on the cover of Sports Illustratedmagazine
Kurt Rambis, former player and coach, Los Angeles Lakers
Randy Winn, player, San Francisco Giants
Dan Pastorini, former player, Houston Oilersand Oakland Raiders
Brent Jones, former player, San Francisco 49ers, member of three Super Bowlchampionship teams, four times named to the NFL's Pro Bowl
Doug Cosbie, former player, Dallas Cowboys
National Football Leaguereferee and founder of Seirus Innovation
Duane Larson, scout for the Atlanta Braves
Shemar Moore, African-Americanactor and model
Andy Ackerman, TV writer and producer, best known for his work on Seinfeldand Curb Your Enthusiasm
Max Baer, Jr., television actor, producer
Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist for the band Jefferson Airplane
Reza Aslan, religious scholar and author of " No god but God"
Khaled Hosseini, author of " The Kite Runner" and " A Thousand Splendid Suns"
*Teri Okita, reporter,
The school colors are red and white and the team mascot is the bronco.
University athletic memberships
NCAA Division I
West Coast Conference
* [http://pacificcoastsoftball.com/ Pacific Coast Softball Conference]
Western Water Polo Association
* The school mascot is Bucky the Bronco
The university is also home to 18 student-run club sports, including rugby, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, lacrosse, field hockey, and volleyball. These clubs are self-funded, competitive and regularly compete in regionals and nationals. [ [http://scu.edu/recreation/club/currentclubs.cfm Santa Clara University - Current Club Sports ] ]
Santa Clara University has excellent programs in
soccerand volleyballthat are consistently ranked among the top ten or twenty teams nationally. One year after winning the national title in 2001, the women's soccer program was mentioned several times in " Bend It Like Beckham", a hit British film.
The men's soccer team has reached the championship match of the
College Cupthree times. In 1989, they faced the University of Virginiaand played to a 1-1 tie that was called due to darkness after 2 overtimes, earning both Santa Clara and Virginia a share of the National Championship. In 1991 they again faced Virginia and again tied after regulation, this time 0-0, but lost to the Cavaliers on penalty kicks. In 1999, they lost to Indiana University, 0-1.
The 1992-1993 Santa Clara men's basketball team (led by future NBA MVP
Steve Nash) was one of 4 #15 seeds to defeat a #2 seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.
February 12, 2007, the men's basketball team snapped Gonzaga's 50 game home winning streak. At the time, it was the longest ongoing home winning streak in the NCAA.
Buck Shaw Stadium: A 6,800 permanent seat stadium and the longtime home of Bronco football and baseball, "Buck Shaw" is now entirely dedicated to SCU's nationally ranked soccer programs. Buck Shaw Stadium undertook drastic changes after the 2007 season as it is expanded to seat 10,300 as well as the pitch and stadium facilities being modernised and improved. This was all due to the stadium becoming the temporary home for Major League Soccerteam, the San Jose Earthquakes, who began their return to the league in April, 2008. Although no concrete plan is in place for a soccer specific stadium, the move is expected to last between two and three years.
*Bellomy Field: Bellomy is used for intramural sports and for casual student use.
Malley Fitness Center: Malley is open to the university community for recreational sports, indoor intramurals, weightlifting, and fitness classes.
Kids on Campus: Santa Clara University's child care and preschool center since 1969. Serves children of SCU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The program accommodates infants six weeks old to children age 6.
Leavey Center: Santa Clara's 6,000 seat arena provides space for basketball and volleyball teams. The Leavey Center is also used as a concert venue and a hall for large lectures and speeches. Adjacent to the arena, and also a part of the center, is the university's pool. Leavy Center's Max Capacity is 4,500 persons
*Marsalli Park: Located nearby the university campus, Marsalli provides a softball diamond used by the SCU softball team.
Mission Santa Clara de Asís: University Chapel and historical mission dating back to 1777. Current location is the third site. Built in 1828. Destroyed by Fire in 1925. Rebuilt in 1929.
Saint Clare School: The mission's first elementary school (K-8). Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1856. Located behind Nobili Hall at Lafayette and Lexington street.
Saint Clare Parish& St. Clare Parish Hall: In 1926 St Clare's Parish was built 1 block behind the Mission Santa Clara to take over the parish functions of the Mission church after its fire in 1925.
Stephen Schott Stadium: Built in 2005 for $8.6 million, Schott stadium is home to SCU baseball.
*Degheri Tennis Center: The tennis center opened in 1999 at a cost of $2.5 million and includes nine courts and seats for 750 spectators.
The Santa Clara
US Army ROTCBattalion and SCUs military history dates back to the American Civil War. An official organization of the basic military unit was established in 1861 due to the outbreak of the war. The unit was known as the Senior Company of Cadets. As with the rest of the nation, the Civil War brought on strong feelings for the students and their families. As a result, parents who sympathized with the Confederacy withdrew their sons from school, while other young men left Santa Clara to join the Union forces. By 26 November 1862, the Junior Company of Cadets, consisting of younger classmen, was established. However, the Junior Division was short lived.
10 September 1863, Leland Stanford, the Governor of California at the time, presented the Corps of Cadets with forty Springfield rifles, Model 1839. In return for his generosity, an armory was built in his honor. In 1936, the armory was located southwest of the athletic field with the pistol range located below the stage of the auditorium. Today, the rifles are preserved in the University Museum.
The Jesuits greatly support the battalion. Fr.
Paul Locatelli, S.J., the President of Santa Clara, was a cadet at the university prior to his military service and his entrance into the Jesuit Order. Also, it is known that two Jesuits from Santa Clara, Fr.'s W. D. McKinnon and J. P. McQuaide volunteered as Chaplains in the Spanish-American War. Both men were part of the American Expeditionary Force that was with Theodore Rooseveltwhen he made his attack at San Juan Hill on 1 July 1898. [http://rotc.scu.edu/Pages/Bronco%20Battalion%20History.htm]
Giacomini, George F., Jr., and McKevitt, Gerald, S.J. "Serving the Intellect, Touching the Heart: A Portrait of Santa Clara University, 1851-2000". Santa Clara: Santa Clara University, 2000.
McKevitt, Gerald. "The University of Santa Clara : A History, 1851-1977". Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1979.
Corporate Authorship. "University of Santa Clara: A History, From the Founding of Santa Clara Mission in 1777 to the beginning of the University in 1912". Santa Clara: University Press, 1912.
Corporate Authorship. "Souvenir of Santa Clara College". Santa Clara: University Press, 1901.
Corporate Authorship. "Santa Clara College Prospectus". Santa Clara, 1906.
* [http://www.scu.edu Santa Clara University web site]
* [http://santaclarabroncos.cstv.com Official Santa Clara Broncos site]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Santa+Clara+University,+CA&ll=37.348718,-121.937621&spn=0.010254,0.014473&t=k&hl=en Interactive satellite view]
* [http://techawards.thetech.org/ Tech Museum Awards]
The Santa Clara, SCU's weekly student newspaper
* On-campus radio station [http://www.kscu.org KSCU 103.3 fm] "The Underground Sound"
* [http://www.santaclarareview.com/ Santa Clara Review Literary Magazine]
* [http://californialegacy.org/ The California Legacy Project]
* [http://www.mccscu.org/ The Multicultural Center of Santa Clara University]
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