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SCU named one of the fittest universities in America

Santa Clara, Calif. Oct. 3, 2006.   Santa Clara University has been named one of the “Fittest Colleges in America,” according to a survey done by Men’s Fitness magazine. The survey of nearly 12,500 students at more than 110 schools is published in the October issue of the magazine. SCU is No. 16 on the magazine's “fit list,” which includes 25 of the fittest colleges and universities in the country. Other California schools include: UC Santa Cruz (13) and California Institute of Technology (20).

SCU has a strong fitness and recreation program with more than 450 students, faculty, and staff participating in fitness classes this quarter. “Educating the whole person is a priority at Santa Clara University and that includes teaching students the importance of  keeping a healthy mind and body,”   said Janice DeMonsi, director of recreation at SCU.

On a daily basis, about 1,200 members of the campus community use the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center. Each year, 13 intramural sports are offered, including flag football, volleyball, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee. This fall, flag football alone has 60 teams. Read more about the rankings.

The nation’s 25 fittest colleges, according to Men’s Fitness magazine:

1. Dickinson College (Pa.)

2. Colgate University (N.Y.)

3. Boston College (Mass.)

4. Wheaton College (Ill.)

5. University of Vermont

6. Gustavus Adolphus College (Minn.)

7. Grove City College (Pa.)

8. Texas Christian University

9. Baylor University

10. University of Richmond (Va.)

11. University of Virginia

12. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse

13. University of California, Santa Cruz

14. Washington & Jefferson College (Pa.)

15. Albertston College of Idaho

16. Santa Clara University (Calif.)

17. Lafayette College (Pa.)

18. Georgetown University.

19. Roanoke College (Va.)

20. California Institute of Technology

21. Virginia Tech

22. University of Denver

23. Ithaca College (N.Y.)

24. University of Mary Washington (Va.)

25. Gonzaga University (Wash.)

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 8,397 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the second-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. More information is online at


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