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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.

Attention: The Leavey School of Business is now accepting applications for Winter 2016

Attention: The Winter 2016 application deadline has been extended to October 9

For Winter 2016, however, we are unable to offer admission to applicants interested 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is there a specific counselor I need to speak to regarding transferring to SCU?
  1. Every business day there is a "Dean of the Day" available to give the Admission Information Session presentations, as well as meet with any walk-ins. Should the Dean of the Day not be available when you call or come in, any available counselor can assist you.You can reach the Undergraduate Admission office at (408) 554-4700.
2) When can I apply as a transfer student and what are the deadlines?
  1. Post high school graduation and full-time enrollment at an accredited institution, applicants can apply to transfer at any time. Please note however, that priority in the admission review process goes to those applicants that have completed, or have in progress, the recommended course work for the academic division to which they are applying. We admit students for the Fall and Winter quarters, and those application deadlines can be found under the "Important Deadlines" section above.
3) Are interviews required?
  1. No. Interviews are not a part of the admission review.
4) How do I know which of my units are transferrable and which are not, and when would I know this?
  1. The Transfer Guides or General Transfer guide to the SCU Core are your best resource to get a sense of the type of academic course work that is transferrable to SCU. Students will be made aware of the amount of transferrable units they would bring to Santa Clara at the time of admission.
5) Are the listed GPA’s for the three divisions required?
  1. No, the listed GPA's are not technically required. It is highly advised however, that an applicant be at or above the listed GPA.
6) If admitted, when would I find out how long it will take me to graduate from SCU?
  1. Students are made aware of the amount of transferrable units they will be bringing into SCU at the time of admission, via their ecampus account. The admission packet and Admitted Student website (accessible via ecampus) will also detail opportunities to schedule and attend Transfer Workshops, with the Drahman Advising center, our academic advising hub. All admitted transfers are invited to attend the Transfer Admit Day event at the end of May. And finally, once deposited, students will attend Transfer Orientation over the summer, and will register for Fall classes at that time. All of this happens in a much shorter timeframe for Winter applicants.
7) Is it preferable to transfer from a 4-year school or a Community College?
  1. There is no preference given to applicants from either type of institution. We review an applicant's overall competitiveness in the applicant pool based on their progress in completing the preferred course work for the respective division to which they are applying, their overall academic and personal attributes, and finally, consideration must be given to any capacity concerns for a given program.
8) What Financial Aid is available for transfer students?
  1. Transfer students are eligible for Need-Based aid only. It is important that applicants submit the FAFSA in a timely fashion if they wish to be considered for such funding.
9) Are there additional application requirements for International Transfer students?
  1. You will find this information on the International Students website. Please pay close attention to the drop-down menus to find the category that pertains to your particular situation.
  2. Students on a non-immigrant visa attending a community college or 4-year university in California or the U.S. are considered an international transfer student at SCU.
  3. Non-native English speakers will need to submit proof of English proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS exam) regardless of their completion of a college level English course. SCU does not grant waivers based upon English courses taken.
10) Does SCU accept second-degree seeking students?
  1. At Santa Clara, priority in the admission process is given to first-degree seeking students. That said, we do accept second-degree seeking students. However, our policy is that the second degree must be in a completely unrelated division at SCU. For example, a student with a Business degree could only then apply to a major within the College of Arts & Sciences or the Engineering school, and vice versa.
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