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Santa Clara University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 90 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

48% Women
52% Men


NCAA Division I-AAA

West Coast Conference

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $122,347)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $86,285)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 17 14 - Yes
Golf 9 6 - -
Rowing 18 27 - -
Soccer 29 29 - Yes
Softball - 17 - Yes
Tennis 7 10 - Yes
Track and Field, Outdoor 25 21 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 21 20 - -
Volleyball - 14 Yes Yes
Water Polo 24 29 - -
All Track Combined - - Yes -
Badminton - - - Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Swimming and Diving - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 20.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.1%
Hispanic 10.8%
Non-resident alien 10.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 16.2%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 38.8%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Model United Nations
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 4
Property Crime 12

Notable Alumni

  • Brandi Chastain, two-time Olympic gold medalist (soccer)
  • Brendan Eich, computer designer and programmer of JavaScript
  • Jeff Brazil, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
  • Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner"
  • Ron Lagomarsino, movie director
  • Andy Ackerman, TV writer and producer ("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The New Adventures of Old Christine")
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Raymond from San Jose, CA
  • 5
  • at scu, we don't have dorms, we have residential learning communities (rlcs) because each building is a community in itself. every rlc has its own values, special events, and atmosphere…

  • Feb-12-2012 Read More
  • Brendan from Danville, CA
  • 5
  • Dorm life at Santa Clara is awesome! I truly have felt at home while I have been here. Everyone is always friendly and it truly makes the transition from high…

  • Jan-22-2013 Read More
  • Amanda from Wilton, CA
  • 5
  • I live in McLaughlin and everyone said that I was going to have it the worse. However, my room has a sink and two mirrors and is plenty big for…

  • May-11-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Kelly from Denver
  • Sep-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Bon Appetit makes the best food for students daily with the best ingredients possible. A lot of people complain that it gets old, but people obviously have never visited other schools with cafeterias. We have Benson and a legitimate catering service with an entire French pastry chef and his team making all the baked goods in house.

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  • 5
  • Maria
  • Jul-29-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    I have been to the Benson center where the dining hall is, and I was amazed by how many options there are! They have a salad bar, a deli, a taqueria, and a late night diner-type restaurant. The food is reasonably priced and delicious.

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  • 5
  • Brendan from Danville, CA
  • Jan-22-2013 I am a current student here

    The main dining hall is great! The variety truly is amazing and I have yet to get sick of the food. From daily specials to Mexican food, you can truly find anything to sooth your appetite. Food is available early in the morning until late at night, making it accessible for any person with a strange schedule.

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  • 4
  • TJ
  • Jan-14-2013 I am a current student here

    The dining hall provides great food to the entire campus. We have many different options to choose from such as burgers, pizza, Mexican food, pasta, and a salad bar. The food is delicious and is a good deal.

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  • 5
  • John from Santa Clara
  • Jan-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Catered by BonAppetit, the dining services at Santa Clara University are some of the best in the nation. This is the same dining organization that caters for companies like Google and Yahoo, and they pride themselves on supporting local farmers and organic produce. Besides that, the food options are numerous, from Asian Fusion to Mexican, to a Pasta/Salad bar, to a Deli and more, and they are all delicious. The quality and availability of the food at Santa Clara is exceptional compared to most other universities in the country. They were also just the second university to integrate Tapingo, a dining services organization that utilizes a smartphone app and website to allow students to order their food from mobile devices so that it is ready to pick up when they arrive.

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  • 3
  • Kelsey
  • Dec-19-2012 I am a current student here

    On campus dining is pretty average. The food is good but gets old after a while. There are many options surrounding campus, but with the immense amount of meal points few students will need to eat out using their own money often.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Maria
  • Jul-29-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Sororities and Fraternities are not supported by the University, but are still part of campus life at SCU. They have houses right next to the campus, and are a pretty big part of social life there.

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  • 0
  • Alex from San Diego, CA
  • Mar-28-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is awesome at SCU. It is not affiliated with the school. It is a great way to make friends and socialize, but you don't have to be apart of greek life to have fun at SCU.

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  • 0
  • TJ
  • Jan-14-2013 I am a current student here

    Fraternities and Sororities are not recognized by the school. We do have Greek Life but only about 20% of the student population participates.

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  • 0
  • Kelsey
  • Dec-19-2012 I am a current student here

    While far less than a majority of students are part of the Greek system, Greek life is very prevalent among the student body and around campus. The sororities and fraternities are not recognized by the university, but there are still houses off campus and a large amount of parties throughout the year are hosted at the fraternities.

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  • 0
  • Nicole
  • Aug-23-2012 I am a current student here

    Although the Greek Life at SCU is not officially tied to the school, we still have 5 wonderful sororities and 4 great fraternities. Wonderful way to find your place, make friends and get involved!

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  • 0
  • Margaret from Scottsdale, AZ
  • Aug-10-2012 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Greek Life is semi popular at SCU, but it's not make it or break it. The sororities and fraternities aren't affiliated with the school, but they are still tons of fun and a great way to get involved. However, if Greek Life isn't for you, don't worry. You don't need to participate in Greek Life to have a social life, or to be friends with the people who are in Greek Life!

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  • 0
  • Drake from Portsmouth, RI
  • Jul-30-2012 I am a current student here

    Although the school does not officially recognize Greek life, there are a few sororities and fraternities off campus, and while it is not necessary to join the greek system, many who do find it an extremely rewarding experience.

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  • 0
  • Amanda from Wilton, CA
  • May-11-2012 I am a current student here

    About 20% of our students are involved in Greek life. Technically Santa Clara does not have Greek Life but that just means that the school itself is not funding the institutions.

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