An emphasis on and Michael Accolti established the original Santa Clara College around Mission Santa Clara de Asís.
The year 1851 saw the foundation of California's first two colleges in the town of Santa Clara -- Santa Clara College and the Methodist-founded California Wesleyan College, now known as the University of the Pacific and located in .
Because Santa Clara College began instruction before the Methodist campus, the modern university calls itself the first institution of higher learning in the state.
SCU maintains its Catholic and Jesuit affiliation and supports numerous initiatives intended to further its religious mission.
Students are invited to attend the Sunday evening student Masses in the mission church and encouraged to participate in campus ministry programs and lectures.
All bachelor’s degrees require three religious studies courses as part of the academic core.
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY Volume XI Winter 2011 With this issue, The Anthropologist introduces a new section.
We have asked our faculty to contribute short papers dealing with aspects of their research. Gregory Gullette, who has embarked on relatively new re- search in Thailand.
This article relates to economic and political issues relevant to his work on migration, politics, urbanization and the environment.
Infobox_Universityname =Santa Clara Universityimage_size =140pxmotto ="Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam"(Latin,"To the Greater Glory of God")tagline =The Jesuit University in Silicon Valleyestablished =1851type =Private, (Jesuits), whose members founded the school in 1851. The institution employs over 450 full time faculty members, who are divided between four professional schools and the College of Arts and Sciences, all of which are located on the 104 acre (0.4 km²) mission campus.
Santa Clara is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California and the oldest Catholic university in the American West. Also known by the abbreviation SCU, its students and 71,000 alumni are called “Santa Clarans” and its athletics teams are called the Broncos. For the 2007–2008 academic year, the university's operating budget was 3 million, and the university's endowment was over 7 million..] Santa Clara is civilly chartered and governed by a board of trustees, which appoints the president.
In many of its informational and promotional publications the school is billed as "The Jesuit University in and 3,500 masters, J. By internal statute, the president must be a member of the Jesuit order, although the membership of the board is primarily lay.
About forty Jesuit priests and brothers are active teachers and administrators in various departments and centers.
Jesuits comprise around seven percent of the permanent faculty and hold teaching positions in biology, computer engineering, counseling psychology, economics, English, history, law, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, and theater arts.