Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the Ruff Riders?

The Ruff Riders are the official student booster club of Santa Clara University Athletics and the largest student organization on campus boasting more than 3,700 members in 2009-10.

In its ninth year, the Ruff Riders look to accomplish the following goals:

  • Increase student spirit on campus and at all Bronco athletic events
  • Create a fun, exciting and positive atmosphere for club members and all Bronco fans that will solidify home court/field advantage
  • Provide an excellent social opportunity to meet tons of new people through an interest in athletics
  • Serve as ambassadors of Santa Clara University and act with integrity and sportsmanship

Who can join the Ruff Riders?

Only Santa Clara University students may join the Ruff Riders. This includes students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

  • Freshmen: $50
  • Sophomores: $45
  • Juniors: $35
  • Seniors: $25
  • Graduate Students: $35
  • NCAA Varsity Athletes: $20

Why join the Ruff Riders?

Once a Ruff Rider, always a Ruff Rider. Join just one time and your Ruff Rider experience begins. Here's what Ruff Riders receive:

  • FREE admission to all SCU regular season home athletic events for your SCU academic career* (due to space considerations, some restrictions may apply)
  • FREE Ruff Rider t-shirt each year for your SCU academic career*
  • EXCLUSIVE opportunity to purchase student tickets for the WCC Men's Basketball Championships.
  • PREMIUM courtside seating at men's basketball games.
  • FREE coupons to on & off campus merchants.
  • FREE athletic posters and pocket schedules.
  • FREE email newsletter with Ruff Rider highlights.
  • EXCLUSIVE access to Ruff Rider parties and roadtrips.
  • A LIFETIME filled with great memories
  • FREE invitation to special young alumni promotions upon graduation.

*SCU Academic Career: Equal to a maximum of FOUR consecutive undergraduate years (freshman, sophomore, junior & senior) or FOUR consecutive graduate years (full or part-time graduate students are eligible).

How do students join the Ruff Riders?

  • EASIEST Way... CLICK the Online Membership button.
  • OR
  • Visit the Ruff Rider Table in BENSON
  • VISIT us at - Welcome Weekend or stop by the Ruff Rider tent outside the Bookstore during summer orientation.

RUFF RIDERS accepts:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Flex
  • Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard)

What are Ruff Riders Rewards?

  • Ruff Riders Rewards is a program that provides perks to those members who attend the most Bronco sporting events. Each time a Ruff Rider swipes his/her ACCESS card to enter a Santa Clara athletic event, they receive points that accumulate during the academic year.


Call Bronco Athletic Marketing at 408-554-5536.