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The Mission Gardens is one of the most beautiful spots on campus. The gardens contain olive trees from the late-Mission period, a wisteria arbor, and more than 400 rose bushes. View the Campus Slideshow
Santa Clara's beautiful 106-acre campus is located in Santa Clara, Calif., at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay, approximately 45 miles south of San Francisco. The University enjoys a moderate climate year-round; the sun shines approximately 300 days a year.
Santa Clara University, founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus as "Santa Clara College," is California's oldest institution of higher learning. It was established on the site of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of the original 21 California missions.
The Mission lies at the center of the campus and is surrounded by the roses and palm trees of the historic Mission Gardens. The more than 50 buildings on campus include 10 residence halls, two libraries, a student center, and extensive athletic facilities.
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