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SCU Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

48.3%
Admission Difficulty for Santa Clara University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into SCU? The school has a 48% acceptance rate. Last year, 7,648 out of 15,834 applicants were admitted making SCU a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent. Santa Clara University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1270-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
50%
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1450
SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Santa Clara University?

Santa Clara University typically requires applicants to be in the top 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1180. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Santa Clara University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >61%
1360 to 1450 Avg + 48%-61%
1270 to 1360 Avg - 35%-48%
1180 to 1270 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 1180 Low <24%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Santa Clara University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Santa Clara University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th 32
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SCU?

Admission data indicates that SCU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Santa Clara University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Santa Clara University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >61%
30 to 32 Avg + 48%-61%
28 to 30 Avg - 35%-48%
26 to 28 Reach 24%-35%
Less than 26 Low <24%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.66
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Santa Clara University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Santa Clara University was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SCU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Santa Clara University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 42% Good
3.50 to 3.75 36% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 6% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

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Admission Statistics

Santa Clara University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,455 7,379 15,834
Accepted 4,271 3,377 7,648
Acceptance Rate 51% 46% 48%
Enrolled 667 650 1,317
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 19% 17%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 7, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Santa Clara University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Santa Clara University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Santa Clara University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122931 IPEDS survey data for Santa Clara University.