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Address: 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0001
Phone Number: 408-554-4000

The oldest private institution for higher learning in the state boasts...

The oldest private institution for higher learning in the state boasts modern and historic architecture.

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Lovely campus with good landscaping for bike tour.

Be sure to see a piece of the original wall of the old CA mission preserved on the campus. It is located near the center.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Santa Clara, California
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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to see a piece of the original wall of the old CA mission preserved on the campus. It is located near the center.

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Morgan Hill, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

This is a lovely university campus and worth a stroll when visiting the area. Make sure you have time to visit the beautiful Mission as well ... beautiful space with great acoustics.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016

Founded by the Jesuits as a college over 150 years ago Amazingly beautiful and peaceful campus with lots of green There's is something about a space like the university of Santa Clara campus that makes me wanna be a student again. It has a great atmosphere and vibe. Something intangible. I could feel the intellectual and academic energy Came on... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

Went to santa clara baseball stadium to watch son play against them for umass lowell. Beautiful stadium great concessions Supposed to play four games,use their facilities as they are staying to play u of san Fransisco But after a contentious game 3 of which we won to take 2of 3 they cancelled fourth game and refused to allow us the... More 

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Santa Clara, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

SCU is rated one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, and is worth a visit. I enjoyed strolling through the serene mission gardens, visiting the historic Mission Santa Clara church, taking in exhibits at the de Saisset Museum and Gallery and walking around the attractive campus.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

Good for visit on weekends. Very green, surrounded by big trrees & beautiful gardens/plants. the church nearby is very beautiful. Overall good for couple of hours visit. You can also visit the art-museum in the campus & spend a very calm half-day in this beautiful campus.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Very nice place to be in, calm place with an old Church in it's premises. Surrounded by houses and the Silicon valley all the Major IT firms have their offices in this locality. It was a pleasure visiting Santa Clara. Easily approachable by road from SFO. The architecture of the houses is mesmerizing. There are some very old houses in... More 

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Santa Clara, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

This is the place to go. Such a peaceful campus. Love to go to the bookstore to buy gifts for guests. We love to take exchange students from Sister Cities to the campus and talk about it's history.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Its a great campus to visit, and does not feel like a school ! The mission church is a real treat and its a mix of old and new buildings, which makes it fascinating !

Thank ajlaut
Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

It's nice to walk the campus, visiting St. Claire's herb garden, the rose garden, and the marker to an early SCU student who built and flew one of San Jose's first airplanes worked.

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