SCU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Santa Clara University
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
Applicants Submitting SAT62%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||630|
|SAT Math 25th||640|
|SAT Composite 25th||1270|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||740|
|SAT Composite 75th||1440|
|Average SAT Score||1360|
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. 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.
|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%|
SCU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT46%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||N/A|
|ACT Math 25th||N/A|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.66
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||15%||20%||17%|
What are the requirements for admission to Santa Clara University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Neither required nor recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.