Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

Catherine Waite

Assistant Director

In 2004, I packed my bags, headed north from San Diego, and embarked on my near ten year adventure at SCU as an undergraduate studying Management and Spanish Studies, a Master of Education, and now as an Assistant Director of Admission. In my experience, the best part of SCU has been the people, the Jesuit tradition, and the wisteria in bloom in the Mission Gardens.

Catherine helps freshmen and transfer students from the following territories by state: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, Ohio, and Wisconsin. CA Counties: Butte, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Merced, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, San Francisco, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehana, Trinity, Yuba

1. How do you define a great application?
A great application is one that depicts who a student actually is: what he is passionate about, how he is involved in his community, what challenges he has overcome, what life lessons he has learned. Of course there is a lot more to each student than space allows in an application, but typically the better the picture portrayed, the better the application.

2. What inspires your work?
I am inspired by the opportunity to share an incredible university with students and families near and far. I have been a part of the Santa Clara community since 2004 and I am grateful for the outstanding education I have received and the lasting friendships I have made. Reflecting upon my own growth during my time at Santa Clara, I am inspired to give students the opportunity to blossom as I did.

3. What do you do in your spare time?
I love to travel. Some favorite trips include backpacking throughout Guatemala, exploring the Inca ruins in Peru, dancing at a bluegrass festival in Australia, whitewater rafting on the Rogue River in Oregon, and snowboarding in Whistler, Canada. During my travels I love meeting new people, experiencing different ways of life, trying new foods, and participating in all things high-adventure.

4. What is your favorite song?
My dad raised me listening to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and John Lennon. If I had to choose just one song, I'd probably say, "Forever Young" by Dylan.