First-Year Students

We'll be honest: admission to Santa Clara is competitive. So we look carefully at all applications to determine if you're the right fit for SCU (and vice versa).

When we review your application we will consider several elements, from your academic performance and grades to test results, recommendations, activities outside the classroom, and life experiences. Our goal is to gain a sense of who you are as a person and as a scholar.

Before Applying

You should meet our minimum high school course requirements:

  • History and Social Science: 3 years
  • English: 4 years
  • Mathematics: 3 years required; 4 years recommended
  • Laboratory Science: 2 years required; 3 years recommended
  • Language Other Than English: 2 years required; 3 years recommended; 4 years preferred
  • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year recommended

Selecting a School

When applying, 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. Once you've chosen a school, you can declare a major 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.

Early Decision I or II, Early Action, or Regular Decision?

Next, you'll choose an application track: Early Decision I or II (binding), Early Action (non-binding), or Regular Decision. Please review our key deadlines and submit everything on time.

The Application

SCU uses the Common Application® for all first-year applicants. In addition to the Application itself, we require the following materials:

  • Official high school transcript (Grade nine through the most recently completed term)
    • College transcripts (if applicable)
  • SAT or ACT test scores. We do not require the writing section of the new SAT. Self-reported test scores can be submitted through the student's application via Common Application® or through the student's SCU application status portal. Official scores need to be received by your deposit deadline.
  • One Academic Teacher Evaluation
  • Secondary School Report
  • Mid-Year Report due by the end of January (Only Regular Decision applicants or candidates deferred from Early Action)
  • $60 non-refundable application fee or the following valid fee waivers: Common App fee waiver, NACAC fee waiver, or College Board fee waiver.

We prefer that all documentation be sent online via the Common Application® portal. If for some reason you must mail supplemental information, see our contact page for the mailing address.

Checking Your 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 application status portal. Please check your email spam filters and settings to ensure your email box will allow email from appstatus@scu.edu.