Santa Clara University

Graduate School of Engineering



Adobe Lodge is the oldest building on campus. Restored in 1981 to its 1822 decor, the lodge contains a presidential dining room, as well as central and private dining facilities for faculty and staff.


Eight acres of well-lighted grassy field space accommodates intramural, club, and some intercollegiate practices for softball, flag football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, and baseball.


The Robert F. Benson Memorial Center is the hub of campus life. The Benson Center is designed to meet the various needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests, and to provide an environment for the education of the whole person that continues outside the classroom. Among the many services and facilities available are The Bronco (SCU’s late-night food and social venue), the Information Desk, Market Square, Mission Bakery and Terrace Cafe, Shapell Lounge, meeting rooms, Mission City Federal Credit Union, the Campus Bookstore, and the post office. In addition, the office of Campus Ministry, a number of student services, and the offices for undergraduate student government and various student organizations are housed in the center.


Nine classroom buildings house more than 71 classrooms plus numerous administrative offices. Mayer Theatre and three Fine Arts buildings provide special classroom, rehearsal, and performance facilities.


All registered students are provided with University networking and email accounts when they arrive, and they may use any of the computing resources. General public computing facilities found in the Harrington Learning Commons.

Beyond the Learning Commons, personal computer facilities that are discipline specific are located in over 40 labs and classrooms around campus. These are a mixture of Windows and Mac systems. Standard “office” software, as well as discipline specific applications can be found on these lab and classroom systems. Most classrooms are equipped with presentation software and network connectivity for faculty to use in their classes.

In addition to all university systems being attached to a high speed wired network, the campus is almost fully covered by a wireless networks. Students with their own computing devices can connect to wireless network most everywhere.

The University is connected to the Internet by a 1 Gigabit link. The connection is openly accessible to all students, faculty, and staff. The library provides a full online catalog of its collections and access to many online databases.


The Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are located in the Cowell Center. Diagnosing illnesses/injuries, i.e. primary care issues, orthopedic, dermatologic, etc. Some of the services offered to undergraduate and law students are physical examinations, men’s and women’s health issue exams, immunizations, medical equipment and supplies, and limited in-house pharmacy.


Since its founding, the de Saisset’s collection has expanded to include more than 11,400 objects collected in six main areas: California history, mission-era liturgical vestments, decorative arts, works on paper, painting and sculpture, and new media. The collection includes prints form the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, 19th century, and Modernist periods. The museum has an extensive collection of contemporary works on paper, with a special emphasis on artists from the San Francisco Bay Area.


The Patricia A. & Stephen C. Schott Admission & Enrollment Service Building is a place for visitors on campus to find an exciting gateway to Santa Clara. Students enjoy convenient centralized services to accommodate their nonacademic needs, such as checking the status of their financial aid, registering for classes, paying their bills, holding large group presentations, and more. The green-certified structure includes technology-infused exhibits that illustrate our Jesuit mission as well as reflect the dynamic region served by the University.


Kids on Campus is the University childcare and preschool center for children between six weeks and 5 years old. Children of faculty, staff, and students are eligible for enrollment. The center is a cooperative under the supervision of a volunteer committee of a parent board with a small staff of paid employees and University students. It is also used occasionally for practicum experiences by students in psychology and education courses. The preschoolers benefit from a program that provides a safe, loving, and creative learning environment that enhances the physical, mental, social, and spiritual growth of each child. Because space is limited, it is recommended that applicants sign up on the waiting list as soon as possible.


The University library provides library and information services in support of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The library is located in the Learning Commons and Library facility, which combines the services, resources, and staffs of the University library, Information Technology, and Media Services.

The library’s collection includes more than 786,000 books and bound periodicals, almost 600,000 government documents, and more than 841,000 microform units. OSCAR, the online library system, is available via the campus network or the Web. Through Link+, SCU students may quickly obtain books owned by a number of other California colleges and universities. Bronco Express, the library’s interlibrary loan/document delivery service, is designed to quickly supply books and copies of articles that are not owned by Santa Clara University or available through Link+. SCU students can make requests for both of these services electronically, using OSCAR.

Students can obtain basic information about the library by visiting, or by using the many helpful printed publications and guides that are available in the library. Library staff can also provide information, answer questions, and assist students in locating and using resources. For more in-depth research advising, individual students or project teams can make advance appointments with a librarian. Instruction in finding, using, and evaluating library and information resources is also incorporated into a number of regularly scheduled classes. In addition, the library provides training on popular computer software programs for students and other members of the University community.

During the academic year, the library is open seven days a week for a total of 116 hours. Most books may be checked out to undergraduates for 21 days and to graduate students for 42 days. Course reserve materials are often made available electronically through ERes. Circulation periods for printed reserve materials are limited to two hours, one day (24 hours), three days, or seven days. A student’s current University ID (ACCESS card) serves as a library card and must be presented to borrow materials.


The Leavey Center is a popular multiuse facility that features a 5,000-seat arena. The Leavey Center is named after the founder of Farmers Insurance, the late Thomas E. Leavey, who graduated from Santa Clara University in 1922. The center is the home to the SCU Broncos men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball teams.


The Locatelli Center is a two-level facility that features space for student clubs and organizations, and is a flexible place for students to schedule events such as catered dinners, dances, rock shows, movies, and career day. This building is green, with an energy performance 25 percent more efficient than California’s Title 24 building standard code. Central skylight shafts run through the second floor to the ground floor, increasing natural sunlight penetration to the center of the building on both floors. Recycled water is used for landscape irrigation.


Santa Clara University’s Lucas Hall facility gives its Leavey School of Business students firsthand experience with leading-edge, 21st-century technology. The three-story, 86,000 square-foot building, named after Silicon Valley venture capitalist Donald L. Lucas, opened in September 2008 and is two-and-a-half times the size of the former business school. Lucas Hall contains 12 classrooms, six executive-style conference rooms, and 16 team project rooms. All are wirelessly connected and most are high-definition, teleconferencing-ready. This Cisco-based networking and telecommunications infrastructure makes enterprise-class technology available to students, faculty, and staff.

The high-definition video and voice technology has made SCU’s business school headquarters one of the most technologically advanced in the world. It enables professors to bring top national and global business leaders into the classroom through crisp, vivid virtual connections and facilitate collaboration with other universities worldwide.

Reflecting Santa Clara University’s commitment to green and sustainable building, Lucas Hall was built using national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines to reduce energy consumption, and features dozens of energy-efficiency measures.


The Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center opened in September 1999 to provide a gathering place for campus fitness enthusiasts of all levels and interests. The 44,000-square-foot Malley Center includes a 9,500-square-foot weight room equipped with state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines, free weights, and weight machines. There are three courts for basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Additional space includes a multipurpose room for aerobic and martial art classes, locker/shower rooms with a dry heat sauna, Campus Recreation offices, and the Wellness Program Office. A valid ACCESS card or VIP card is required for use of all recreational facilities.


The 500-seat Louis B. Mayer Theatre is designed to provide the traditional proscenium stage common to most theatres, as well as an orchestra pit and thrust elevators that can be raised or lowered electrically. In a remarkably simple procedure, a wall is moved, a few seats are relocated, and the main theatre is reoriented to a new dramatic form that extends the stage into the auditorium so that the audience surrounds the action on three sides.

Mayer Theatre also has a special floor constructed for dance, as well as a large movie screen and film projector.

The Fess Parker Studio Theatre, housed within the Mayer Theatre complex, has no fixed stage or seating. Its black-box design, complete with movable catwalks, provides superb flexibility in an experimental setting.


Media Services, which is located in the Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Technology Center, and Orradre Library, facilitates the application of media technology and nonprint media resources to support and enhance teaching, learning, scholarship, and administrative services, as well as other campus activities and events.

Media Services offers a broad range of audio, video, and computer services. It provides instructional technology such as audio-visual or computer projection equipment to the classroom, creates PowerPoint slides, or loans digital cameras (both still and video) for a class project. All faculty, students, and staff have access to equipment and services for class use, class-related projects, and co-curricular use.

The Multimedia Lab in the Harrington Learning Commons is equipped for faculty and students to create interactive multimedia projects. Equipment includes an LCD projector, networked laser printer, color scanners, video capture, CD-ROM and DVD burners, and removable storage options (ZIP drives). Software, including Director, Authorware, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, Premiere, iMovie, Fireworks and Firewire, Freehand, and Hyperstudio, is available to support a variety of creative multimedia projects.

Web publishing at Santa Clara University is supported by the Office of Communications and Marketing, Information Services, the University webmaster and Web applications

developer in the Media Services department, and system and network administrators in the Information Technology department.


The handsomely rebuilt Mission Santa Clara, the sixth mission to be constructed, recaptures the appearance of the 1825 church and marks the historic heart of the University. The fifth mission church burned down in 1926, although some of the art and artifacts were preserved. Adjacent to the beautiful Mission Gardens, the church holds regular liturgical and sacramental services, and provides an open place for quiet reflection and prayer.


The music and dance facility has a 250-seat recital hall where students, faculty, and guest artists offer a variety of choral and chamber music performances. The music area of the building holds a large rehearsal hall; electronic media lab; a library of recordings and scores; and seminar, conference, and practice rooms.

The dance area of the building contains two dance studios for classes, student rehearsals, and performances, as well as dressing rooms and conference spaces.


The Schott Stadium is the newest addition to Santa Clara University’s athletic facilities. It is named after Stephen Schott, former co-owner of the Oakland A’s and founder of Citation Homes. Schott, who played baseball for the University as a student, graduated in 1960. Home to the Santa Clara baseball team, the stadium has a seating capacity of 1,500.


Originally built in 1962 for Santa Clara’s varsity football and baseball programs, the stadium is home to the men’s and women’s soccer programs. The surrounding fields are used as practice facilities for the soccer programs. The stadium regularly hosts NCAA postseason events and was the site of the 1996 NCAA women’s soccer championships.

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