SCU is nationally recognized as a top comprehensive university, with a challenging academic environment and student-centered curricula. Undergraduates have the chance to work alongside outstanding professors who are active scholars and engaging teachers; this foundation for success allows Santa Clara graduates to go on to great jobs and top graduate programs.
Olga Kuskova '04 went from SCU to Stanford Law School. Taking advantage of SCU's flexible programs and balancing different kinds of work -- from peer advising to children's theatre and translations of "Hamlet" -- were invaluable in preparing for law school. Continue reading.
Centers of DistinctionThese centers of academic engagement were created as an expression of Santa Clara's Jesuit values, to encourage excellence in every way with consideration for the greater good of all humanity.
- Santa Clara's five schools and colleges demonstrate a commitment to undergraduate and graduate learning that encompass the values of competence, conscience, and compassion.
- In 2007, for the 18th consecutive year, Santa Clara University was ranked second overall among 127 master's universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. Visit the site »
- Santa Clara offers more than 45 undergraduate majors in arts, sciences, business, and engineering, plus interdisciplinary majors, minors, and special programs. Visit the site »
- Collaborating in the Catholic, Jesuit educational tradition, the University Honors Program fosters intellectual excellence, an appreciation of ethical context, and an awareness of the spiritual and religious dimensions of human existence. Visit the site »
- The new Learning Commons, Technology Center, and Library is at the physical and intellectual center of campus, a 21st-century work space that meets the needs of both private study/research and group collaboration. Visit the site »
- Approximately one-third of SCU students study abroad, with program opportunities in more than 40 countries. Visit the site »
- Mark Ravizza, S.J., places SCU in a sobering global context to explore the mission of Santa Clara University as a Catholic Jesuit university in a globalizing world. Visit the site »
- The principles that guide us to become the university we aspire to be and close gaps between this goal and our present achievements. Visit the site »
- These nine goals, based on the University's Statement of Purpose, are intended to focus the efforts of the entire University community toward achieving distinction and distinctiveness. Visit the site »
- To ensure ongoing improvement in what we do, the University constantly evaluates programs and concentrates our resources to advance our vision, mission, and values. Visit the site »
- An examination of Santa Clara's distinct teaching scholar model for faculty, and the mandate to provide excellent teaching, encourage deep learning, and engage in serious and socially conscious scholarship. Visit the site »
- Professors Meir Statman and Hersh Shefrin wrote the first article in a finance journal on behavioral finance more than 20 years ago; Santa Clara brought them together and supported their interdisciplinary work. Visit the site »
- Dragoslav Siljak has studied complex systems and taught at Santa Clara for more than 40 years. What he likes about SCU's School of Engineering: "You can take your time and develop answers to the fundamental questions." Visit the site »