Santa Clara University

Past and Present

Santa Clara is California's oldest-operating institution of higher education, with more than 150 years of history. Learn more about our illustrious past, dynamic campus, and prominent alumni.


The 1962 Broncos pitched, ran, and swatted their way to being the top-ranked team in the nation and to the College World Series. Then they battled it out in a grueling 15-inning title cruncher that was one for the record books.

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    Santa Clara's History

    From a Franciscan mission to a 21st-century learning community, Santa Clara is constantly growing and changing. Read more about the Mission campus, yesterday and today. Visit the site »
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    Mission Santa Clara de Asis

    At the heart of Santa Clara University is the historic Mission Santa Clara de Asis. Instituted in 1777, it is the eighth oldest of the original 21 California missions. Visit the site »
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    University Archives

    Dedicated to preserving the past and present of the Mission, the University, and the surrounding areas to educate and influence the future. Visit the site »
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    Adobe Lodge

    The Adobe Lodge, currently serving as the Santa Clara University Faculty and Staff Club, was built in 1822 and is the only adobe brick building remaining from the original Santa Clara Mission establishment. The Adobe Lodge was completely restored in 1981. Visit the site »
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    St. Clare Garden

    This garden is a memorial to St. Clare of Assisi (c. 1193-1253), religious mystic and follower of apostolic poverty, spiritual friend of St. Francis, and the first woman in Western Europe to compose a rule of religious life for women. The garden contains plants arranged in five main groups to portray the stages of Clare's life. Visit the site »
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    Notable Alumni

    There are more than 72,000 alumni all over the world, and these are just a few whom we're proud to call Broncos. Visit the site »