Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

Sports and Bronco Spirit

Sports and Bronco Spirit

Bronco Nation

We Broncos field 19 Division I athletic teams, numerous club sports, and lots of intramurals. Our Ruff Riders will fire you up with their booster-club expertise, but at Santa Clara, we are more than just a big bundle of school spirit: we’re a whole Bronco Nation—that stays intact long after graduation.

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Intercollegiate Athletics, Division I

Bronco sports teams boast a tradition of excellence, both on and off the field. SCU routinely posts student-athlete graduation rates that are among the highest in NCAA Division I.

Ruff Riders

Ruff Riders

The Ruff Riders are the official student booster club of Santa Clara University Athletics and the largest student organization on campus, boasting more than 3,700 members.

Badminton Players


The Intramural Sports program at Santa Clara University is one of the most popular with an average of more than 4,500 student participants per year. Intramural Sports encourages sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, physical fitness, and student involvement. There are structured leagues in a variety of activities for beginners to skilled players. Leagues are organized for minimal time commitment.


Club Sports

SCU has 17 club sports, which compete with other universities: boxing, cycling, equestrian, women's field hockey, men's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rugby, sailing, Shotokan karate, swim, triathlon, men's and women's ultimate Frisbee, and men's and women's club volleyball.