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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nearly the entire school is involved from playing their sports, to organizing events, or just being a fan. Anyone can use the athletic facilities and they are of very good quality.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have sports teams but no one really goes to their events.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The fields and facilities are nice. They could update and expand the recreation gym that all students use.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I play for the Men's Soccer team and we have some great facilities and resources. Everything we need is provided right there for us. As well as in other sports at the school.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is no football team, but the other sporting events draw crowds. The athletic center is beautiful.


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Though Santa Clara is a Division I school, sports aren't very central to campus life. Most students come out for the big sporting events (like men's basketball versus Gonzaga University), but most other games attract only a small percentage of the student body. While few students regularly attend sporting events, many belong to Ruff Riders, the student-run sports booster club. To increase school spirit and attract more students to games, Ruff Riders offer members free entry to all games and events like raffle drawings and pre-game barbecues.  

While the athletic program isn't huge on campus, most students are very physically active. In tune with its mission to educate the "mind, body, and spirit," Santa Clara provides tons of ways for students to get involved athletically. Intramural and club sports are popular for students who don't want the stress of playing on Division I teams, and "Lifetime Rec" classes, such as yoga or kickboxing, are pretty well attended, too. The athletic facilities are generally clean and up-to-date, though some are nicer than others. The student gym isn't much to brag about, but the pool was recently renovated, and most students agree that the athletic facilities on campus fit the needs of both athletes and non-athletes alike.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AAA
Athletic Conferences
Football: N/A
Basketball: West Coast Conference
School Colors
Red and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
164 - 7%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
167 - 7%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Boxing
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Paintball
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Shotokan karate
  • Swimming
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's and women's)
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Buck Shaw Stadium
  • Degheri Tennis Center
  • Golf courses
  • Leavey Center
  • Marsalli Park
  • Pat Malley Fitness and Recreation Center
  • The Santa Clara Boat House at Lexington Reservoir
  • Stephen Schott Stadium
  • Sullivan Aquatic Center
Most Popular Sports
Basketball and soccer are two of the most popular sports on campus.
Most Overlooked Teams
Most students agree that baseball, women's soccer, and men's water polo tend to be the most overlooked sports at Santa Clara.
School Spirit
Santa Clara students have a fair amount of school spirit, though they choose when to show it. More than half of the student body belongs to Ruff Riders, the student-run booster club, but few members regularly attend games. Most students save up their school spirit for the big events against rival teams like Saint Mary's and Gonzaga.
Getting Tickets
Getting tickets is a breeze if you belong to Ruff Riders, though you may have to fight harder for tickets to more popular games like men's basketball versus Gonzaga.
Best Place to Take a Walk
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden and surrounding neighborhoods are popular places for students to take walks.
Did You Know?
Men's Fitness magazine ranked Santa Clara as one of the nation's "25 fittest colleges" in the country.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 118 responses

  • 3% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 24% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 8% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 117 responses

  • 44% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 27% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 28% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 1% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 115 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 64% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 3% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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