Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

Transfer Students

Transfer Students

Getting Started for Transfer Students

To be considered for admission as a transfer student, applicants must have received a high school diploma or equivalent and have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 8 semester units or 12 quarter units of transferable credit. Currently, the winter (January) and fall (September) academic quarters are open for transfer admission. Transfer students are an integral part of the SCU undergraduate student body.

For Winter 2015, however, we are unable to offer admission to applicants interested in the following majors:

Please note that we also have limited capacity for new enrollment in the following majors:

It is important that all applicants indicate major of interest in the admission application.

Transfer Student Admissions Recommendations

Priority is given to students who have satisfied the recommendations outlined below and decisions are contingent upon space availability within our programs and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Find your school/college and major below to determine what recommendations apply to you. 

College of Arts and Sciences—Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Art, Art History, Classics (Ancient Studies, Classical Languages and Literature), Communication, English, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, Dance)

Leavey School of Business—Bachelor of Science in Commerce
Majors: Accounting, Accounting and Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Management, Marketing, Operations Management & Information Systems

College of Arts and Sciences—Bachelor of Science
Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Science, Sociology

School of Engineering—Bachelor of Science
Majors: Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Web Design & Engineering

Transferring Credits to SCU 

Santa Clara is on the quarter system. Transfer students are allowed to transfer up to half of the total number of units required for their specific degree. Transfer coursework must be completed at an accredited institution. Santa Clara follows University of California guidelines on transferable courses, with some exceptions. For information about transferable courses, visit Transfer credit evaluations for individual students are completed after admission to SCU. Students attending one of the local community colleges may refer to the transfer guides to assist them in creating their transfer plans to SCU.

SCU Transferrable Units Grid

Important Deadlines

Prospective students may apply for transfer admission using the Common Application.

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

Application Required Documents 

Mission ChurchNote: We do not require the Secondary School Report or the College Report.

Mailing Application Documents 

If you are mailing your supporting documents, mail to: 

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

International Transfer Admission 

International transfer applicants must meet the admissions requirements listed above. In addition, applicants must also submit Certification of Finances, Proof of English Proficiency, and transcript evaluations. For more detailed information, please visit the International Students page.

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