Mission Santa Clara de Asís
Welcome to the spiritual and historic heart of Santa Clara University
Historic Mission Santa Clara is a beautiful icon that sits at the center of our campus. First established in 1777, the Franciscan Order handed the Mission over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, who then started Santa Clara College, the first institution of higher education in California. Today, the Mission serves as the student chapel for Santa Clara University.