The University is located on a 106-acre campus in the city of Santa Clara near the southern end of the San Francisco Bay in one of the world’s great cultural centers. More than 50 buildings on campus house 15 student residences, a main library, a law library, two student centers, the de Saisset Museum, extensive performing arts and athletic facilities, and a recreation and fitness center.
Santa Clara’s campus has the advantage of being located in Silicon Valley—a region known for its extraordinary visionaries, who have designed and created some of the most significant scientific and technological advances of our age. More than a place, Silicon Valley is a mindset—home to more than 2 million residents and 6,600 science- and technology-related companies. And that does not include San Francisco, which is just an hour away.
Santa Clara’s campus is well known for its beauty and mission-style architecture. Newly opened in 2013, the brick-paved Abby Sobrato Mall leads visitors from the University’s main entrance to the heart of campus—the Mission Santa Clara de Asís. The roses and palm and olive trees of the Mission Gardens surround the historic Mission Church, which was restored in 1928. The adjacent Adobe Lodge is the oldest building on campus. In 1981, it was restored to its 1822 decor.
Amid all this beauty and history are modern, world-class academic facilities. Students study and thrive in places such as the Joanne E. Harrington Learning Commons, Sobrato Family Technology Center, and Orradre Library. Individuals and groups alike enjoy studying in its inviting, light-filled, and open environment. Notably, the library features an Automated Retrieval System, a high-density storage area where up to 900,000 books and other publications can be stored and retrieved using robotic-assisted technology.
Another example of Santa Clara’s excellent academic facilities is Lucas Hall, home of the Leavey School of Business. This modern 85,000-square-foot building houses classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, study spaces, and a café. Classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment as well as a multiplatform system to record faculty lectures for later review by students. The Arts and Sciences Building adjacent to Lucas Hall is home to the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics as well as academic departments, classrooms, and a 2,200-square-foot digital television studio—among the best found on any campus nationwide.
Also nearby is the Patricia A. and Stephen C. Schott Admission and Enrollment Services Building, a welcome center for campus visitors and home to several University departments. Opened in 2012, the lobby of this green-certified structure includes technology-infused exhibits that illustrate Santa Clara’s Jesuit mission. Among other green features on campus are two solar-powered homes built in 2007 and 2009 for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Both now serve as laboratories for solar and sustainability technologies.
Santa Clara has 10 on-campus residence halls, most with traditional double rooms and large common bathrooms, others with suite arrangements conducive to more informal living. Juniors and seniors can apply for townhouse-style living in the 138-unit University Villas across from the main campus. Opened in 2012, Graham Hall is Santa Clara’s newest residence hall. The environmentally friendly building boasts 96 mini-suites, lounges, full kitchens, and laundry facilities for every eight-room “neighborhood.” In addition, the residence hall has two classrooms, a small theater, outdoor barbecue and picnic areas, and a large courtyard.
The Robert F. Benson Memorial Center serves as a hub for campus life. The Benson Center offers dining services and houses the campus bookstore, post office, and meeting rooms. The University’s main dining hall there, Marketplace, resembles an upscale food court with numerous stations and options. For a more informal experience, The Bronco is the Benson Center’s late-night venue, serving beverages and pub-style food.
Another hot-spot for student life, the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., Student Activity Center includes a 6,000-square-foot gathering hall with a high ceiling that can accommodate dances and concerts as well as pre- and post-game activities. Designed with environmental sensitivity, the building is energy efficient and has daytime lighting controls and motion sensors to maximize use of natural light. For fitness-minded students, the Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center features a 9,500-square-foot weight training and cardiovascular exercise room, three basketball courts, a swimming pool, and other facilities to support the recreational and fitness needs of the campus community.
The campus features many locations for quiet reflection as well. One such place is the St. Clare Garden, which features plants and flowers arranged into five groups to portray the stages of the saint’s life. For campus members who want a more hands-on relationship with nature, the Forge Garden, SCU’s half-acre organic garden, serves as a campus space for course research, service learning, and sustainable food production.
Athletics and The Arts
Athletics are an important part of the University, and Bronco spirit is evident everywhere on campus. Among the newest additions to Santa Clara’s athletics facilities is Stephen Schott Stadium, home field for the men’s baseball team. The stadium features batting cages, a clubhouse, concessions stands, and seating for 1,500 fans. Across the street is Bellomy Field—eight acres of well-lit, grassy field space used for club and intramural sports like rugby and field hockey. Adjacent to Bellomy Field is the well-appointed women’s softball field, which opened in 2013. Other athletic venues on campus include the 6,400-seat Buck Shaw Stadium, home to the men’s and women’s soccer programs, and the Leavey Event Center, the University’s premier basketball facility. Over the years, it has hosted nine West Coast Conference Basketball Championships.
The arts, an equally important part of life at Santa Clara University, are on vibrant display at the de Saisset Museum, the University’s accredited museum of art and history. The de Saisset presents changing art exhibitions throughout the year and serves as the caretaker of the University’s California History Collection, which includes artifacts from the Native American, Mission, and early Santa Clara College periods.
SCU Presents represents the performing arts on campus, including the Louis B. Mayer Theatre, the Fess Parker Studio Theatre, and the Music Recital Hall. Mayer Theatre is Santa Clara University’s premier theatrical venue, housing 500 intimate seats in either a flexible proscenium or thrust stage setting. The Fess Parker Studio Theatre has no fixed stage or seating. Its black-box design, complete with movable catwalks, provides superb flexibility in an experimental setting. The 250-seat Music Recital Hall provides a contemporary setting where students, faculty, and guest artists offer a variety of performances.