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History & Traditions

Learn about the rich history and treasured traditions of Santa Clara University and its Alumni Association.

 

University History

Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California's oldest-operating institution of higher education. Learn more about the rich history of the past and events of the present day University.

Alumni Association History

The Santa Clara University Alumni Association was established on April 27, 1881. Since then, the Alumni Association has been fostering lifelong relationships between alumni and the University.

 

Donohoe Alumni House

Since 1975, the Donohoe Alumni House has provided a home for past and present Broncos to renew friendships, relive fond memories, and become acquainted with new campus developments.

SCU Fight Song

Varsity fight for Santa Clara, banners of red and white on high! Remember the lyrics, view several renditions, and download the ring tone today.

Milestone Celebrations

  • 50th Anniversary of Women

    In 1961, it was announced women would be admitted into the Santa Clara University undergraduate program. The rest is history. In 2011, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of women at SCU.

  • 50th Anniversary of Women's Athletics

    In 2014 we celebrated the golden anniversary of SCU women's athletics and honored all the athletes, coaches, and administrators who have contributed to the legacy.