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How hard is it to get into SCU and can I get accepted? The school has a 49% acceptance rate ranking it #33 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,958 out of 16,300 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 13 percent. Santa Clara University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
You must 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 the COVID-19 pandemic.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||630|
|SAT Math 25th||650|
|SAT Composite 25th||1280|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||700|
|SAT Math 75th||740|
|SAT Composite 75th||1440|
|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 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1200. 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.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1440 and Above||Good||>62%|
|1360 to 1440||Avg +||49%-62%|
|1280 to 1360||Avg -||36%-49%|
|1200 to 1280||Reach||25%-36%|
|Less than 1200||Low||<25%|
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|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 #13 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Santa Clara University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|32 and Above||Good||>62%|
|30 to 32||Avg +||49%-62%|
|28 to 30||Avg -||36%-49%|
|26 to 28||Reach||25%-36%|
|Less than 26||Low||<25%|
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 3.66 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
80% 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||50%|
|Top 25% of class||80%|
|Top 50% of class||97%|
|Bottom 50% of class||3%|
|Bottom 25% of class||1%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||16%||19%||17%|
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 $60.
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.
49% 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 1280 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.