Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

Admission Counselors

Mike Sexton
Vice President for Enrollment Management

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Eva Blanco
Dean of Undergraduate Admission

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Sandra Hayes
Special Assistant to Vice President for Enrollment Management

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Undergraduate Admission

Please feel free to contact any of our admission counselors and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also contact our office at 408-554-4700. Read more »

Detwarn Buntun
Senior Associate Director

A seasoned college admission professional that thrives to increase college access to all students. As an advocate for diversity, I aim to relieve the stress of the college admissions process for all students and families I have the pleasure of working with. I hail from Stockton, Ca; graduating with my B.A. in psychology from the University of the Pacific, going on to earn my M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University, and going back to the University of the Pacific to earn an M.A. in Education Administration & Leadership. Read more »

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Denise Castillo Chavez
Assistant Director

As a recent alumna from Santa Clara University, I am eternally grateful for the opportunities, resources, relationships, experiences, and support that I have had here at SCU, so I hope to contribute to my SCU community through this role. I'm here to answer your questions and concerns about the application process, as well as share with you my powerful experience as an SCU undergrad. Read more »

Lorenzo Gamboa
Senior Associate Director

I am a proud first generation graduate of Santa Clara University class of 2003. I married an SCU alumna with whom I share an amazing family. I earned a BS in Economics from SCU and an MS in Mexican American Studies from the University of Arizona. My passion is Immigration and Education. I look forward to working with you. Read more »

Paola Garcia-Vega
Assistant Director

I am a Santa Clara alumna with a bachelor's of science in Sociology and minors in Spanish, Communication Studies and Political Science. I enjoy reading and learning new information, which is why I cannot wait to read your application. Having grown up in the bay area, I also love diversity and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. Read more »

Grace Hartman
Senior Associate Director

Applying to college can sometimes be a frightening process and it tends to be different for every student and family, so I recommend that you focus on what YOU can do to be the best, most competitive applicant that YOU can be, and concern yourself less with what others may be doing. Read more »

Becky Konowicz
Director of International Admission

Having lived abroad for my childhood and traveling to over 50 countries, my enjoyment in working with international students at the secondary and university levels is natural, energizing and a part of whom I am. As Santa Clara seeks to offer our students a deeper understanding of global affairs in their work and life, I see my role in international admissions as a vehicle for talented students from abroad to consider joining our efforts. Read more »

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Megan Red Shirt-Shaw
Assistant Director

Despite a passion for Broncos and Jesuit education, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English (Creative Writing) and consider it to have been the most impactful years of my formation thus far. I love living in the Bay Area, projects for Indigenous youth and the idea that a college education opportunity can change one's trajectory forever. I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux tribe. Read more »

Rosalie Saladzius
Assistant Director

Originally from upstate New York, it's safe to assume that no one is more enthusiastic about the beauty and quality of life Santa Clara, California offers. As a product of a Jesuit education, I believe in the value of developing individuals who are self-aware leaders capable of considering different perspectives, providing constructive feedback, and contributing to a positive workplace culture. I'm proud to be a member of the SCU family and look forward to working with you! Read more »

Danielle Wenzel
Senior Associate Director

I'm originally from the Napa Valley area of California. I attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a BSc in marketing and then later with an MBA in Leading People and Organizations and Food and Agribusiness. I have been working for the Undergraduate Admission Office since 2006 and look forward to working with you. Read more »

AJ Williams
Senior Associate Director

A veteran of the college admission field, A.J. enjoys demystifying the college search and selection process for today's applicants. He aims to educate, as much as possible, each and every individual he comes into contact with, in regards to the options in front of them. Read more »