The acceptance rate at SCU is 51%. It ranks #32 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. SCU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 8,362 out of 16,488 applicants were admitted.
The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent (SAT 1270/1450 ACT 28/32). Santa Clara University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.68. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
The SCU application fee is $75 and applications are due by Jan 7.
You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Santa Clara University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.
|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||750|
|SAT Composite 75th||1450|
|Average SAT Score||1360
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Santa Clara University?
Santa Clara University typically prefers 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. SCU ranks #11 in California and #73 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
|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
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 #12 in California and #77 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Santa Clara University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
What GPA do you need to get into Santa Clara University?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into SCU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Santa Clara University was 3.68 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #29 in California for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as SCU accepts 51% of students who apply.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.75 to 3.99||40.0%||Avg +|
|3.50 to 3.74||35.0%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.49||15.0%||Reach|
|3.00 to 3.24||4.0%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.99||1.0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.49||0%||Low|
|1.00 to 1.99||0%||Low|
|less than 1.00||0%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021
73% of Santa Clara University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||40%|
|Top 25% of class||73%|
|Top 50% of class||95%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||13%||18%||15%|
The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2022.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Santa Clara University is $75.
What are the requirements for admission to Santa Clara University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Considered but not required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|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.
62% of students submit their SAT scores to SCU. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
51% 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 1450. 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.