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Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

International Students

International Students

Apply and Visit Campus

Prospective students may apply for admission using the Common Application. If you are able to do so, we also welcome prospective students to talk to current students and recent alumni and visit our campus. The Visit Our Campus page has more information.

SCU Near You - Each Fall and Spring Santa Clara travels internationally. We look forward to meeting you if we come to your area!

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 appstatus@scu.edu.

Please note that this page is intended for undergraduate applicants. Click the following link for more information on Graduate Program Admissions.

Getting Started for International Students

Deadlines For First Year Applicants (Freshman)
Deadlines For Transfer Applicants

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

A Santa Clara education can take you places, regardless of what nation you call home. With a Jesuit education, you’ll learn to think critically, understand the needs of the world, and act for the good of society. You’ll be challenged to experience life beyond the classroom and become a contributing member of the global community.

International Student Application Requirements

Non-U.S. citizens in HIGH SCHOOL
Definition: At SCU, an international student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or already has entered, the United States on a non-immigrant visa.
Required Documents to submit:
  1. Complete Common Application
  2. Official high school transcripts (grade nine through the most recently completed term)
    1. If your official high school transcript is not provided in English, please submit original and an English translation.
  3. Official ACT or SAT test scores from testing agency
  4. One Academic Teacher Evaluation (through Common Application)
  5. Secondary School Report Form (through Common Application)
  6. Mid-Year Report due by the end of January (only Regular Decision applicants or candidates deferred from Early Action) (through Common Application)
  7. $55 application fee
  8. Certification of Finances form
  9. Proof of English Proficiency (You are exempt from this requirement if you are from a country whose official language is English or if you attended your entire high school career at a school whose instruction is conducted in English.)
U.S. permanent residents in HIGH SCHOOL (green card holders)
Definition: A student who has U.S. permanent resident status (green card holder) and has an Alien Registration Number. *For students in progress with applying for permanent residence status please note that you are considered an international student for Santa Clara’s process until we have a copy of your green card (back and front).
Required Documents to submit: 
  1. Complete Common Application
  2. Official high school transcripts (grade nine through the most recently completed term)
    1. If your official high school transcript is not provided in English, please submit original and an English translation.
  3. Official ACT or SAT test scores from testing agency
  4. One Academic Teacher Evaluation (through Common Application)
  5. Secondary School Report Form (through Common Application)
  6. Mid-Year Report due by the end of January (only Regular Decision applicants or candidates deferred from Early Action) (through Common Application)
  7. $55 application fee
U.S. citizens/ U.S. Dual citizens in HIGH SCHOOL anywhere outside the United States
Definition: A student who holds U.S. citizenship and attends school outside of the United States.
Required Documents to submit: 
  1. Complete Common Application
  2. Official high school transcripts (grade nine through the most recently completed term)
    1. If your official high school transcript is not provided in English, please submit original and an English translation.
  3. Official ACT or SAT test scores from testing agency
  4. One Academic Teacher Evaluation (through Common Application)
  5. Secondary School Report Form (through Common Application)
  6. Mid-Year Report due by the end of January (only Regular Decision applicants or candidates deferred from Early Action) (through Common Application)
  7. $55 application fee
International Transfer students
At SCU, an international transfer student is an individual of foreign nationality who will be entering, or already has entered, the United States on a non-immigrant visa and has enrolled in university level course work either in the United States or abroad.
Required Documents to submit: 
  1. Please review Transfer Student Admissions Recommendations
  2. Complete Common Application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    1. Students who attend a foreign university will need to submit an official course-by-course evaluation by an accredited evaluation agency of all your completed international coursework. We recommend using an agency from the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. No credit will be considered for transfer without this evaluation.
  4. Official copy of high school transcripts (grade nine through 12) a. If your official high school transcript is not provided in English, please submit original and an English translation.
  5. If few than 30 semester or 45 quarter unites completed at the time of application, Official ACT or SAT test scores from testing agency need to be submitted.
  6. One Academic Teacher Evaluation (through Common Application)
  7. Secondary School Report Form (through Common Application)
  8. Mid-Term Report (highly recommended for students attend college or university in the U.S.)
  9. $55 application fee
  10. Certification of Finances form
  11. Proof of English Proficiency (You are exempt from this requirement if you are from a country whose official language is English or if you attended your entire high school career at a school whose instruction is conducted in English.)
U.S. citizens/ U.S. Dual citizens in UNIVERSITY anywhere outside the United States
Definition: A student who holds U.S. citizenship and attends university outside of the United States.
Required Documents to submit: 
  1. Please review Transfer Student Admissions Recommendations
  2. Complete Common Application
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
    1. Students who attend a foreign university will need to submit an official course-by-course evaluation by an accredited evaluation agency of all your completed international coursework. We recommend using an agency from the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. No credit will be considered for transfer without this evaluation.
  4. Official copy of high school transcripts (grade nine through 12) a. If your official high school transcript is not provided in English, please submit original and an English translation.
  5. If few than 30 semester or 45 quarter unites completed at the time of application, Official ACT or SAT test scores from testing agency need to be submitted.
  6. One Academic Teacher Evaluation (through Common Application)
  7. Secondary School Report Form (through Common Application)
  8. Mid-Term Report (highly recommended for students attend college or university in the U.S.)
  9. $55 application fee
  10. Certification of Finances form
  11. Proof of English Proficiency (You are exempt from this requirement if you are from a country whose official language is English or if you attended your entire high school career at a school whose instruction is conducted in English.)

Financial Resource Statement

The International Student Financial Resource Statement form must be completed and the minimum assured support amount should cover the total cost of the first year of attendance. It is important the form includes the applicants name exactly as it appears on the application for admission. Our inability to match your financial documentation with your application may result in the closure of your file. A completed form includes additional documents. A stand-alone bank statement will not be considered. Please attach bank statements to the form.

Proof of English Proficiency

A minimum level of English proficiency is required to study at SCU. To be considered for admission, we will accept the following English proficiency exams and respective score minimums (English courses at a community college or U.S. university does not fulfill this requirement). You are exempt from this requirement if you are from a country whose official language is English or if you attended your entire high school career at a school whose instruction is conducted in English. 

Mailing Application Documents

Transcripts, exam results, TOEFL or IELTS, SAT or ACT scores will not be accepted by e-mail. Transcripts must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admission sealed in the original envelope provided by your institution. Records from secondary schools or universities must have an official school seal. 

All official documents should be mailed to: 

Santa Clara University
Office of Undergraduate Admission
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0513 

Questions about your application status can be sent to appstatus@scu.edu

Visa Information for Admitted International Students  

International students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa to attend SCU must first complete the I-20 form. Only students who are admitted and submitted an enrollment deposit will be eligible for an I-20. Students should review the I-20 preparation process for documentation requirements and anticipated timeline. All forms, including new and updated financial affidavits must be submitted directly to the International Student Services office (ISS). The Certificate of Finance or Financial Resources statement submitted with your admissions application are not valid for the I-20 process. If you have any questions please contact ISS at 408-551-7037 or email the office at iss@scu.edu.

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