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Jesuit Catholic Tradition

The Jesuit tradition and the vision of Santa Clara University is to educate the whole person—mind, body, and soul—and prepare students to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

In pursuit of that vision, Santa Clara University’s mission is to create an academic community that educates the whole person within the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, making student learning our central focus, continuously improving our curriculum and co-curriculum, strengthening our scholarship and creative work, and serving the communities of which we are a part in Silicon Valley and around the world.

What does that mean? It means above all else, a Jesuit education is an invitation to fully develop every dimension of your humanity. We welcome people of every faith and background to join the SCU family, which continues to grow and evolve in ways that enrich us all.



Navigate here to SCU's Jesuit Catholic Tradition

A Jesuit education is a complete education. It is about educating the whole person—mind, body, and soul—and preparing students to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Navigate here to Jesuit Catholic Tradition FAQs

Who are the Jesuits? What is the focus of Jesuit Education? Is it important to be Catholic at a Jesuit University? Find out what it means to uphold the Jesuit Catholic Tradition at Santa Clara University.

Navigate here to Mission Priority Examen

In 2019, Santa Clara University, along with all 28 of the U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities, embarked on an important self-study to reflect on who we are and who we want to become as a Jesuit and Catholic university.

Navigate here to Ignatian Worldview

The Ignatian Worldview involves ways of viewing reality, of understanding the human person, and responding to the world’s needs and to God’s invitation. Ignatian spirituality provides tools for living with greater authenticity and internal freedom.

Navigate here to 2021 - The Ignatian Year

May 20, 2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of St. Ignatius’ enormous change of life — that fateful day when Ignatius the soldier, struck by a cannonball, began his transformation into Ignatius the pilgrim.

Navigate here to Mission Mondays

The mission of any institution is important to its vitality and role in the wider world. This email series serves as an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the mission and tradition that unites our campus and the wider Jesuit network.



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Navigate here to Universal Apostolic Preferences - To Love and Serve in All Things
Ignacio Ellacuría on the commencement ceremony stage
Navigate here to 1982 Santa Clara University Commencement Address - Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ
Peter Hans Kolvenbach
Navigate here to The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice - Peter Hans Kolvenbach, SJ