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A Guide to Emailing Your Admission Counselor

Have questions? We’re here to help! As you begin the research process, you may be inclined to reach out to your admission counselor for advice. In this piece, learn the best steps to making a great first impression.
    How to Approach the SCU Supplemental Questions

    As part of the Santa Clara application, you will be asked to complete two supplemental short-answer essay questions that are specific to our university. We’re looking to see why you envision yourself as a part of our community. Learn how best to approach these questions from the counselors who read your application!

    Test-Optional: What does it mean at SCU?

    We are just as excited as you that Santa Clara is test-optional for at least the next two years. But, understanding these new policies can be confusing. Read more to understand what test-optional means for you at SCU!

    Soundtrack to the Essay-Writing Process of Your Dreams

    Writing your college essays isn’t always easy. To help ease the process (and make it a little more fun), we asked our SCU Ambassadors to reflect on their own experiences and share songs that helped inspire and push them through the challenge of writing their college application essays.

    Meet the Authors

    Welcome to the SCU Admission Blog! We are so excited to share our advice with you on this new platform and invite you behind the admission desk to learn more. To start, we want to introduce you to our incredible staff of admission counselors and blog authors who will read your applications and write the posts we share here.

    The 3 Schools at SCU: Choosing Your Academic Path

    What do you want to be when you grow up? You may remember this question from childhood, but the age-old axiom often resurfaces when you begin your college search process as well. While the question may seem unanswerable now, we’re here to help you examine your interests and pick a path that’s right for you!

    How To Use Social Media to Enhance Your College Search

    Researching colleges can be a daunting task. College rankings, websites, and comparison tools like Niche or Naviance are great, but how do you find a sense of a community through websites? Learn how to use social media to get a pulse on campus life throughout your college search process.

    Finding Your Fit: A Comprehensive Look at Four-Year Institutions

    There are thousands of four-year universities out there to choose from. Part of the research process is determining what type of institution is a good fit for you. We break down the thousands of schools into three succinct categories. Read more to figure out which works for you!

    9 Ways to Demonstrate Interest Virtually

    Demonstrated interest means pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Colleges and universities are tracking how much you, as a prospective student, demonstrate your interest in their school. They want to see students who are enthusiastic and curious about their school. Show them how much you care.

    FAFSA, CSS, EFC: Financial Aid Decoded

    Navigating financial aid can be tricky, unknown, and may include a steep learning curve. There’s so much new vocabulary to learn and tough conversations to have with your family. We want to empower you and your family to understand the process and feel confident that Santa Clara is worth the financial investment in your future.

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