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 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 athletic teams are called the Broncos.
The mission flourished for more than 50 years despite these setbacks.
In July 2009 the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JST), formerly an independent institution, legally merged with the university, taking the name "Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University." Although a division of SCU, it retains its campus in Berkeley, California.Fray Tomás de la Peña chose a site along the Guadalupe River for the future church, erecting a cross and celebrating the first Mass a few days later.Natural disasters forced early priests to relocate and rebuild the church on several occasions, moving it westward and away from the river.Santa Clara has produced four Rhodes Scholars Santa Clara's alumni have made their presence felt on the national and international stage.Among Santa Clara's alumni are governors, congressmen, mayors, senators, and presidential cabinet members.
The campus mirrors the Mission's architectural style, and provides a fine early example of Mission Revival Architecture.