Santa Clara University

Transfer Student Resources

Students who transfer to Santa Clara University should consult Chapters 7 and 8 in the Undergraduate Bulletin as well as the chapters relevant to their school or college.  

The following Core requirements must be satisfied at Santa Clara University: Civic Engagement; Science, Technology & Society; Advanced Writing; Experiential Learning for Social Justice; Pathways. (For the Religion, Theology & Culture requirements, see below.)

Usually the Critical Thinking & Writing (CTW) and Cultures & Ideas (C&I) requirements will be satisfied before transfer students matriculate.  Transfer credit for CTW may include exemptions granted at other schools and credit granted through Advanced placement and International Baccalaureate test scores.  Information about possible substitutions for CTW and C&I courses is available in the Registrar's Office.  

Transfer students who enter the University with fewer than 44 units must take all three Religion, Theology & Culture courses in the required sequence.  Transfer students matriculating with 44 or more units of transferable college credit, which does not include any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test credit, must complete two courses from any two of the following three categories: Religion, Theology & Culture 1, 2 or 3.

Transfer students will declare their Pathways by the end of their third quarter at SCU.  Transfer students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Leavey School of Business who matriculate with fewer than 44 units will take four courses to fulfill the Pathways requirement.  Transfer students in the College of Arts & Sciences and Leavey School of Business who matriculate with more than 44 units will take three courses to fulfill the Pathways requirement. All transfer students in the School of Engineering will take three courses to fulfill the Pathways requirement.  Please see the Pathways website for more information.

Graduation requires 60 units of upper division credit.