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Thank you for your interest in Santa Clara University. 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.
Priority is given to students who have satisfied the recommendations outlined below and decisions are contingent upon the space availability within our programs and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Please select the College of Arts and Sciences, the Leavey School of Business or the School of Engineering to understand which recommendations apply to you.
Bachelors of Arts in College of Arts and Sciences Admission Recommendations:
Bachelors of Science in College of Arts and Sciences Admission Recommendations:
Bachelor of Science in Commerce in the Leavey School of Business Admission Recommendations:
Bachelors of Science in the School of Engineering Admission Recommendations:
Application Required Documents
Note: We do not require the Secondary School Report or the College Report.
Mailing Application Documents
If you are mailing supporting documents, mail to:
Santa Clara University
International Transfer Admission
International transfer applicants must meet the admission 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 our International Admission page.
Santa Clara University 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 University (SCU) follows University of California guidelines on transferable courses. For further information about transferable courses, visit www.assist.org. Transfer credit evaluations for individual students are completed after admission to SCU. However, the following information will help students evaluate their own course work.
Grades must be C or higher to count for transfer credit. In addition, SCU does not allow the following types of courses to transfer for credit: remedial, internships, professional development, independent study, workshop, seminar, physical education, criminal/administration justice.
Core Curriculum Transfer Guide
The Santa Clara Core (General Education) requirements are structured in three parts: Foundations, Explorations, and Integrations. The Core Curriculum Transfer Guide indicates which requirements 1) should be completed before enrollment, 2) may be completed before enrollment at SCU, and 3) cannot be completed before enrollment.
Note that the Core requirements are in bold and followed by the recommended type of courses transfer students should seek at their current institution. Please use the asterisks at the bottom of the guide to differentiate the recommendations.
Community College Transfer GuidesStudents attending one of the local community colleges may refer to the Transfer Guides to assist them in creating their transfer plans to SCU.