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Campus Life

Santa Clara students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities as part of their total development. The primary educational objective in supporting student activities and organizations is to foster a community that is enriched by men and women of diverse backgrounds, wherein freedom of inquiry and expression enjoys high priority.

The following sections describe various aspects of student life and services.


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 ten full-time members, eleven resident ministers residing in residence halls, and sixteen 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.


KSCU: KSCU is a student-run, non-commercial radio station at 103.3 FM. The program format features primarily independent music, including indie rock, punk, ska, jazz, blues, and reggae. Students may get involved with the radio station as a staff member or as a volunteer disc jockey, office assistant, fundraiser, or sound technical staff. 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 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.

The Santa Clara: The Santa Clara is the University’s undergraduate weekly newspaper, 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.


Listed below are some of the service centers established to meet the needs of students. Each center provides a variety of programs to encourage personal growth.


Counseling and Psychological Services 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. Students are eligible for up to 10 individual counseling sessions per academic year. There is no charge for the first six sessions, a $20 charge for sessions 7–10, and $30 for sessions over 10. There is no charge for all group counseling and psycho-educational programs.


Student Health Services provides quality, accessible, and convenient medical care to Santa Clara students. The Health Services 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 Health Services 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.

All students must carry health insurance, either their own personal plan or the University-sponsored plan. Graduate students who use the Student Health Services must pay a health fee of $90 per quarter to be seen. Graduate students who purchase the University health insurance do not have to pay the $90 per quarter Student Health Services fee. Please call the insurance coordinator at 408-554-2379 for further information.