Santa Clara University

Undergraduate Admission

Jesuit Education

Throughout the world, the Jesuit philosophy is synonymous with excellence in education and commitment to caring for the whole person–mind, body, and spirit.


For more than 450 years, a Jesuit education has been the model for academic excellence. Santa Clara University stands firmly in this Jesuit tradition and, in its Statement of Purpose, the University declares its goal is to prepare "students to assume leadership roles in society" through liberal, professional, and pre-professional education. The entire educational experience fosters the cultivation of intellectual, aesthetic, moral, and spiritual values through a disciplined and imaginative engagement with culture in its many manifestations.


In more recent years, Jesuits have elaborated the intrinsic connection between the pursuit of faith and the promotion of justice, especially toward the poor, the powerless, and those who suffer unjust discrimination. This justice extends beyond the student population to include the world at large and the belief that students have a responsibility to the wider community. Santa Clara is distinctive in making explicit its intention to evoke from students “a commitment to fashioning a more humane and just world.” It urges students to seek “to answer not only ‘what is?’ but ‘what should be?’”


At Santa Clara University, we embrace the Jesuit values in much of what we do both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, we encourage students to think critically. Our Core Curriculum integrates the ideas of solidarity and creating a humane and just world. Outside the classroom numerous activities and programs have been created to promote the study and implementation of  justice as part of the Jesuit educational experience. Some of these programs include international immersion trips, local outreach programs, and our global social benefits incubator.