Graduate Business Student Life

Outside the classroom, graduate business students can develop new interests and broaden their network of SCU students and alumni by participating in student life activities. The Graduate Business Programs Student Life team provides a richer graduate business experience for the student body by organizing quarterly signature events, professional development programs, and social networking opportunities. Additionally, the Student Life staff is responsible for supporting the programming efforts of the graduate business student clubs.

Graduate Business students can take advantage of all of the Graduate Business student life activities, which include but are not limited to:

  • Student and alumni networking events

  • Resource fairs

  • Social events

  • Career management seminars

  • Career counseling

  • Academic awards and recognitions

Leadership Opportunities

GBP Student Clubs

The purpose of Santa Clara University Graduate Business student organizations is to:

  • Promote, coordinate, and implement student activities

  • Enrich the co-curricular and extracurricular aspects of student life in the Graduate Business Programs

  • Develop and enhance the leadership skills of organization leaders and participants.

GBP student organizations accomplish this by offering graduate business students a variety of opportunities to network with classmates, alumni, and industry professionals through panels and presentations. Students create and lead the clubs with the support, guidance, and direction of the GBP Student Life team. Clubs hold events once a quarter (e.g. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer) and members are expected to attend at least three of four events during the academic year. All graduate business students are eligible to participate as members in any student club.

Current active student organizations include:

All graduate business students are encouraged to join at least one club in order to maximize their experience at Santa Clara University. If you do not see a club that meets your needs, students are encouraged to start their own clubs. For more information, contact the GBP Student Life team at:

New Student Orientation Program

The Graduate Business Programs Office offers orientation programs designed to acquaint graduate students with the resources and tools they need to succeed while attending Santa Clara University. These workshops are held in fall, and spring quarters for MBA, MSBA, MSFA, Online MSBA, and Online MSFA students; fall and winter quarters for MSIS students; and fall, winter, spring and summer for Online MBA students. New MBA and M.S. students participate in sessions that prepare them for graduate programs. These sessions educate and sensitize students to the overall structure of their respective curricula and its rigors and demands. The sessions also provide overviews of general administrative procedures for each program.

During these workshops, new MBA and M.S. candidates have an opportunity to learn about academic and co-curricular activities within the Leavey School of Business.

Health and Wellness Resources

Student Health Services

Cowell Health Center provides quality, accessible, and convenient medical care to Santa Clara students. The center provides primary medical care, physicals, diagnosis of illness and injuries, immunizations, gynecological examinations, limited in-house pharmacy, and referral to specialists when needed. The Health Services staff includes a physician, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and medical assistants. In addition, a psychiatrist, registered dietician, and physical therapy assistant are each available on a part-time basis.

The Student Health Services charge nominal fees for visits, laboratory work, medications, medical equipment, and other specialized services. Students are seen on an appointment basis and usually can be seen the same day, if an appointment is requested in the morning. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when classes are in session. When the center is closed, there is an advice nurse available by phone and volunteer student emergency medical technicians who can visit students on campus. The center is closed from mid-June to mid-August. Services can be accessed via Cowell Health Center (

All students must carry health insurance, either their own personal plan or the University-sponsored plan. Please call the insurance coordinator at 408-554-2379 for further information.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers mental health services to all students. The mission of the services is to support the developmental growth of students in ways that enable them to become more effective in their personal, academic, and social functioning. Counseling helps students address psychological issues that may affect their successful participation in the learning community. Among the psychosocial and developmental issues that students work on with their counselors are depression, anxiety, interpersonal problems, disturbed sleep or eating behaviors, acculturation, academic motivation, homesickness, family concerns, intimacy, and sexuality. The services are confidential and include individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, and psycho-educational programs. Services can be accessed via Cowell Health Center (

SCU Culture of Care

As a Jesuit institution, one of our leading values is cura personalis, a Latin phrase meaning "care for the whole person". Caring for the personal development of the entire person (emotional, mental, spiritual, physical) is a community effort including support from families, peers, faculty, and staff. As such, when there are indicators that a student may be struggling, it is important that the community come together for aid. SCU CARES embodies the University's commitment to supporting our students by helping them find the resources to build resilience and overcome challenges.

Students can access all of the SCU CARE'S resources via their webpage.

Students may use the Office of Student Life Student of Concern form to notify staff if they or a fellow student are in need of support and/or resources. These forms can be submitted confidentially.

Campus Life

Office of Student Life

Student Success is the central focus for the Office of Student Life (OSL). This focus is accomplished by serving as an advocate for students and fostering their holistic development. OSL's approach to student life reflects the Ignatian Values of SCU: respecting our students as individuals and working with them to maximize their personal development and academic pursuits. Additionally, OSL responds to the welfare needs and conduct issues of our students. OSL is a multifunctional department that provides services to students through various offices including Off-Campus Living and the Wellness Center.

Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center (MCC) is the multicultural programming body and racial/ethnic advocacy voice for the campus community. The MCC also supports 14 cultural registered student organizations. The Center for Student Involvement is invested in accompanying students to find their place by providing a space to cultivate personal values, opinions, and beliefs. They inspire the development of courage, character, and understanding of others.

Rainbow Center

As a part of the Office for Multicultural Learning, the Rainbow Resource Center (RRC) educates, empowers, and celebrates the experiences and identities of the LGBTQ+ community at Santa Clara University. The RRC maintains an affirming, inclusive, and welcoming environment for people of all identities. In addition, we advocate for those who self-identify within the wide spectrum of sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions and educate the whole person within the context of Jesuit values.

Library Resources

The Library is an educational partner that actively guides and supports students in their academic journey, as they engage with scholarship, increase capacity for information literacy, develop critical thinking skills, and excel in their field of study. They engage the campus community and the community at large in an ongoing process of learning --- generating, applying, and sharing knowledge for the betterment of society.

The Library staffs subject librarians dedicated to the support of specific academic areas, including business. Amongst their many resources, the library provides a Guide for Graduate Business Students.

Performing Arts

SCU•Presents fosters opportunities on the Santa Clara University campus to teach students, engage audiences, and promote understanding through the performing arts. Created to facilitate artistic exchange between artists in the fields of dance, music, and theatre, SCU•Presents encompasses programming from the Department of Theatre and Dance, the Department of Music, and Arts for Social Justice Initiative, as well as select Visiting Artists Series programming. In addition to presenting the works of these university programs, SCU•Presents serves an important role within the local community by offering affordable venues to Bay Area arts organizations and educators.


Malley Campus Recreation Center

The 45,000 square foot Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center (Malley Center) opened in the Fall of 1999 and offers the university community an opportunity to participate in a variety of fitness, leisure, educational, and recreational activities. It is designed to be a gathering place for members of the campus community interested in physical activity. All individuals, regardless of ability level, are encouraged to utilize this campus resource to improve personal health and well-being. Both the building layout and facility amenities are intended to create a welcoming, user-friendly environment. Graduate Business Students have access to the following facilities and services:

  • Gym equipment and locker room facilities

  • Group exercise classes

  • Intramural and club sports teams

  • Rental sports equipment

  • and more...

Varsity Sports

Santa Clara University supports 17 men's and women's varsity sports teams. Entry into all home athletics events is available to all Santa Clara University students by showing their valid access ID card (physical or mobile credential). Admission into the venues is subject to capacity on a first-come, first-serve basis. For team and game information, visit the Santa Clara Broncos sports webpage.

Campus Ministry

Fostering the University's mission to develop the whole person, Campus Ministry offers a variety of programs and opportunities where faith may be explored, discovered, and developed. The Campus Ministry team is committed to supporting the spiritual and personal growth of all students, regardless of faith tradition, if any, and a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

The team consists of full-time members, resident ministers residing in residence halls, and student interns. Campus Ministry offers the University community a variety of programs: liturgies, other sacramental celebrations, retreats, discussion groups, Christian Life Communities (CLCs), Bible study, ecumenical and interfaith gatherings, social justice events, counseling and spiritual direction. Campus Ministry also supports religiously-affiliated student clubs, including those for Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, and Orthodox students.

Please visit our website or stop by our office in Benson Center.

Student Media



KSCU 103.3 FM continues a long tradition of radio broadcasting at Santa Clara University dating back to 1948 when Fr. Ferdinand J. Spieler, S.J., created KVSC, "The Kampus Voice of Santa Clara." Reflecting the mission and goals of Santa Clara University, the station has a proud history as a forum for the debate of issues, ideas, and concerns on campus and in the surrounding community, and it offers an eclectic selection of non-commercial music, sports, and public affairs programming. The staff of KSCU operates all aspects of an FM radio station in accordance with SCU's mission and goals, and Federal Communications Commission regulations.

The Redwood

SCU's yearbook strives to maintain proper journalistic guidelines while producing an accurate and quality book for the University community. Entirely student run, with the aid of a faculty advisor, The Redwood offers paid and volunteer positions in writing, design, and photography. Students at-large are encouraged to participate by contributing to the yearbook.

Santa Clara Review

A 150 year old student-edited literary magazine that publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art, the Santa Clara Review is published biannually, drawing on submissions from SCU students, faculty, staff, and writers outside of SCU. The Santa Clara Review is committed to the development of student literary talent, in both editorial knowledge and creative writing skills. Students may get involved with the magazine in several staff positions and with opportunities to volunteer in the areas of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and management.

Santa Clara Magazine

The Santa Clara is the University's monthly magazine, serving as an informative and entertaining student-run campus publication. Students may get involved in a staff position or as a volunteer writer, photographer, or member of the business staff.

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