Chances of getting into Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
49.9%
Admission Difficulty for Santa Clara University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into SCU and can I get accepted? The school has a 50% acceptance rate ranking it #37 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,107 out of 16,242 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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SCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1270-1440
Applicants Submitting SAT
62%
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 630
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 700
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1440
Average SAT Score 1360

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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. The school ranks #12 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Santa Clara University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1440 and Above Good >63%
1355 to 1440 Avg + 50%-63%
1270 to 1355 Avg - 37%-50%
1185 to 1270 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 1185 Low <26%
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SCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
46%
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
Average ACT Score 30

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. The school ranks #13 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 46 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 >63%
30 to 32 Avg + 50%-63%
28 to 30 Avg - 37%-50%
26 to 28 Reach 26%-37%
Less than 26 Low <26%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #25 in California for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SCU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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Admission Statistics

Santa Clara University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,435 7,807 16,242
Accepted 4,400 3,707 8,107
Acceptance Rate 52% 47% 50%
Enrolled 662 729 1,391
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 20% 17%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

62% of students submit their SAT scores to SCU. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

50% of those who apply are granted admission to SCU. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1270 and 1440. 62% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 28 and 32. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.