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Higher Education

Offering world-class education in the Jesuit tradition, each of the three universities operating in the California Province has a distinctive identity, rooted in the unique cities—Los Angeles, Santa Clara, San Francisco—where they are located. To learn more about each university, click on the links below:

Proudly Ignatian in their approach, these universities are also in the mainstream of Catholic education. At Santa Clara University (SCU) and the University of San Francisco (USF), students can minor in Catholic Studies; Loyola Marymount University (LMU) is preparing to launch a program “designed to encourage study of the Catholic faith, its intellectual tradition, and contribution to American culture.”

University of San Francisco students participating in Habitat for Humanity

Complementing its Catholic identity, SCU maintains the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Through various programs and services, this Center of Distinction ensures that the Jesuit/Catholic character of SCU is central to every activity. SCU demonstrates its commitment to educating the whole person for a lifetime with intellectually challenging and spiritually engaging non-credit offerings available to adults, ages 55 and better, through its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (

Educators throughout the Province can benefit from USF’s Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, which offers academic programs and school community services. USF’s Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought sponsors lectures intended to encourage and enrich academic and public discourse on Catholic and contemporary social concerns.

For more information on these programs, visit:

Faith in action

Priest talking with college student

In addition to service learning programs, each university encourages faculty, staff, and students to expand their awareness of underserved communities or apply their talents, such as computer technology skills, to enhance the lives and opportunities for the people of those communities. One example is LMU’s annual Into the Streets.

All three universities serve the Church. Examples include SCU’s Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries; diverse programs related to religion and spirituality, faith, and justice at the LMU Center for Religion and Spirituality; and USF’s workshops for dioceses and service opportunities at St. Boniface Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district.

"Basically, to be a Jesuit Catholic University is to evangelize culture…[this means] engaging contemporary culture in a conversation that allows us to hear whatever is 'gospel' in our culture..."
Robert Caro, S.J.