Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University - Undergraduate Admission

First-Year Students


September ACT Scores

We have been made aware that ACT scores from the September test date will be delayed. We will make every effort to include September results in our evaluation for Early Decision and Early Action applications. For students sitting for the October ACT please designate Santa Clara University as a recipient of these results on or before the day you take the exam to ensure fast delivery. If in the event the scores do not arrive in time to be considered and are the only item missing in your application, you will be notified about the option to have your application considered under our Regular Decision review.

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

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:

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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:
  • 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.

Application Information

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

Required Documents

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