Apply and Visit Campus
Prospective students may apply for first-year admission using the Common Application. We also encourage prospective students to talk to current students and recent alumni and visit our campus to get a complete picture of SCU. The Visit Our Campus page has more information.
Checking Application Status
We will confirm receipt of your application by sending a notification to the email address in your application. All applicants will also be provided a unique ID and password to check their application status on our eCampus portal. Please check your email spam filters and settings to ensure your email box will allow email from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting Started for First-Year Students
Admission to SCU is competitive, and applicants undergo a comprehensive and holistic application evaluation that considers academic achievement, extracurricular accomplishments, and the potential for advancing the University’s mission. When we review your application we will consider several elements: the overall quality and rigor of your high school courses (ninth-12th grade), academic performance and grades, results of standardized testing, letters of recommendation, extracurricular involvement, and leadership experience. Please note that SCU does not conduct interviews as part of the admissions process.
Before applying, make sure you meet the minimum high school course requirements for admission:
- History and Social Science: 3 years
- English: 4 years
- Mathematics: 3 years required; 4 years recommended
- Laboratory Science: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
- Language Other Than English: 2 years required; 3 years recommended; 4 years preferred
- Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year recommended
Selecting a School/College and Major
When applying to Santa Clara, you will start by selecting one of our academic schools/colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business, or the School of Engineering. At this time, you may also choose to declare a major in your school/college or remain undeclared. While the selectivity between our schools and programs does not vary greatly, academic readiness for the program of interest will be gauged based on your expressed interest. For natural science, business, and engineering applicants, readiness at the level of calculus is expected.
Click here for a complete list of majors
Choosing an Admissions Program
Applicants should consult with their parents and high school counselor to decide which of Santa Clara's admissions programs is most suitable.
A Note to Applicants:
- Early Decision (ED) Deadline: Nov. 1
The Early Decision (ED) option is for applicants who have decided that Santa Clara University is their first choice and who are committed to enrolling at Santa Clara University if accepted. As many of our alumni's children and grandchildren apply, ED is a great option to showcase interest. Applicants with alumni ties will receive the most consideration for their affiliation with the University during the ED process.
Applications received under the ED plan are binding. The student, and their legal guardian, must sign an agreement where the student commits to withdraw all other applications from other colleges and universities should they be admitted to SCU. Therefore, a student may only apply to one institution through the ED process. If a student applies to multiple schools under ED, their application to SCU will be withdrawn, along with any offer of admission.
It is important to note that Early Decision applicants who are denied admission may not reapply for Regular Decision in the same academic year.
- Early Action (EA) Deadline: Nov. 1
For applicants who are not ready to commit to Santa Clara University, but would like to receive their admission decision earlier, we encourage application under our Early Action option. These applicants will have until the May 1 national enrollment deadline to decide if SCU is the right fit and may apply to other institutions through other Early Action and Regular Decision options. Candidates can be admitted, denied or deferred to our Regular Decision pool of applicants. Denied applicants are not reconsidered during Regular Decision.
- Regular Decision (RD) Deadline: Jan. 7
The Regular Decision program is a non-binding option for students who would like us to consider their first semester or second trimester senior-year grades in our evaluation. If any Regular Decision applicant to Santa Clara University is accepted by another school under a binding Early Decision agreement, the applicant must inform the Office of Undergraduate Admission and withdraw their application.
- Final decisions may be rendered even if all pieces of the application have not been received.
- If denied admission under any of our decision plans, the student may not apply again to any SCU undergraduate program for the same academic year.
An application will not be reviewed until all required documents are received. We prefer that all documentation be sent online through the Common Application portal. Documents sent via the U.S. Postal Service should addressed to:
Santa Clara University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0513
- Common Application
- Official high school transcript (Grade nine through the most recently completed term)
- College transcripts (if applicable)
- Official SAT or ACT test scores from testing agency. Applicants submitting SAT scores may provide scores from either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT (offered beginning spring 2016). We do not require the writing section of the new SAT.
- One Academic Teacher Evaluation
- Secondary School Report
- Mid-Year Report due by the end of January (Only Regular Decision applicants or candidates deferred from Early Action)
- $60 application fee or the following valid fee waivers: CommonApp fee waiver, NACAC fee waiver, or College Board fee waiver.