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Santa Clara, California

SCU Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Santa Clara University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
53.6%
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 54% acceptance rate ranking it #45 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 8,067 out of 15,061 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 11 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.

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SCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1330-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
47%
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 660
SAT Composite 25th 1330
SAT Scores for Santa Clara University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 720
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Average SAT Score 1410

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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 10 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1330 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 1250. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 47 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Santa Clara University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1480 and Above Good >67%
1405 to 1480 Avg + 54%-67%
1330 to 1405 Avg - 41%-54%
1255 to 1330 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 1255 Low <29%
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SCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
65%
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 for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 65 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 >67%
30 to 32 Avg + 54%-67%
28 to 30 Avg - 41%-54%
26 to 28 Reach 29%-41%
Less than 26 Low <29%
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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 #19 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 54% 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 Admission Chances
3.75+ 42% Good
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

High School Class Rank

80% 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 50%
Top 25% of class 80%
Top 50% of class 97%
Bottom 50% of class 3%
Bottom 25% of class 1%

Admission Statistics

Santa Clara University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,896 7,165 15,061
Accepted 4,370 3,697 8,067
Acceptance Rate 55% 52% 54%
Enrolled 699 705 1,404
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 19% 17%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 7, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2019.

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.