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Chances of getting into Santa Clara University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
51%
Admission Difficulty for Santa Clara University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into SCU and can I get accepted?

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.

Testing Requirements

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.

SCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1270-1450
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 750
SAT Composite 75th 1450
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 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

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 >66%
1360 to 1450 Avg + 51%-66%
1270 to 1360 Avg - 35%-51%
1180 to 1270 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 1180 Low <22%
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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 #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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Santa Clara University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >66%
30 to 32 Avg + 51%-66%
28 to 30 Avg - 35%-51%
26 to 28 Reach 22%-35%
Less than 26 Low <22%
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SCU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.68
Typical High School Grades 
B+

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Santa Clara University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 5.0% Good
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

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High School Class Rank

73% of Santa Clara University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Santa Clara University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 40%
Top 25% of class 73%
Top 50% of class 95%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Santa Clara University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 8,541 7,947 16,488
Accepted 4,452 3,910 8,362
Acceptance Rate 52% 49% 51%
Enrolled 559 700 1,259
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 18% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 7, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Santa Clara University is $75.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Santa Clara University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Santa Clara University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
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.

FAQs

Does Santa Clara University prefer SAT or ACT?

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

What is my chance of getting into Santa Clara University?

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.

What SAT score is required for Santa Clara University?

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.

What ACT score is required for Santa Clara University?

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.