Santa Clara University is a private non-profit Jesuit university located in Silicon Valley in Santa Clara, California. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is the oldest operating institution of higher learning in California. The university is situated in Santa Clara, California, adjacent to the city of San Jose in Santa Clara County at the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. It is commonly known by the abbreviation SCU; its students and 81,000 alumni, which live in all fifty states and around the world are called 'Santa Clarans' or 'Broncos' and its highly ranked athletics teams are called the Broncos. The school is promoted as 'the Jesuit university in Silicon Valley.' Built around historic Mission Santa Clara, the present university is home to a population of nearly 5,200 undergraduate and 3,800 Master's, Juris Doctor, and PhD students.
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