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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:

50% Women
50% 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 18.9%
Black/non-Hispanic 3.0%
Hispanic 18.9%
Non-resident alien Less than 0.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.0%
Two or more races 6.0%
White/non-Hispanic 51.6%
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…

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  • 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…

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  • 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…

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  • Kelly from Denver
  • 4
  • The residential learning community program clusters residents to attend certain core classes together and helps foster community on campus. This is pretty unique to Santa Clara and can create lasting…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Andrew
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Two cafeterias with a wide selection of great food.

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  • 5
  • Andrea from Taiwan-Province Of China
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    As many may know, SCU places pretty highly in terms of the food that it offers. The dining halls at SCU seem fantastic, even though I did not get the chance to try them myself.

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  • 3
  • Rachel from Scotts Valley, CA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    There are lots of different food options for vegans,vegetarians,and omnivorous foodies. There isn't a cafeteria, but instead there is a Marketplace. I don't think there are meal plans. Students have cards with points that act as dollars to buy however much food they want/need.

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  • 4
  • Emily from Sammamish, WA
  • I am a current student here

    Only one main dining hall, called Benson. Great quality food and a lot of options, but a little pricey and has weird weekend hours.

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  • 3
  • Logan from CA
  • I am a current student here

    The food served on campus is not great, but it is pretty good. There is a decent amount of variety in the form of customizable stir fry dishes, classic cafeteria food, fresh salad bar, brick oven pizza, Mexican food, Italian food, and bakery. Nightly dinner lunch and dinner specials keep your choices open.

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  • 4
  • Bob
  • I am a current student here

    Benson is awesome! The Benson Memorial Center is staffed by Bon Appetit Staff members that offer specials every day. There is a mexican restaurant, a mongolian inspired Saute, a deli, a hamburger and pizza place, and the Mission Bakery.

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  • 5
  • Kelly from Denver
  • 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
  • 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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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Emily from Sammamish, WA
  • I am a current student here

    We do have Greek life, but it's technically not associated with the school. All houses are off-campus and are not your traditional sorority mansions or giant frat houses. They are normal houses, and the frats almost always have more than one. As of Winter 2015, we have 6 fraternities and 5 sororities. Everyone you talk to will have different opinions on Greek life, so take what you hear with a grain of salt.

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  • 0
  • Logan from CA
  • I am a current student here

    There is an active Greek life at Santa Clara with both chartered fraternities and sororities.

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  • 0
  • Maria
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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