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First-Year Key Deadlines

Below are the key deadlines based on different admission tracks. 

These deadlines do not shift from year to year, however there are some instances where deadlines are extended on a case by case basis. Visit our unforeseen events page for the most up to date announcements and information.

Early Decision I
Early Decision II
  • December Last month to take standardized tests for Early Decision II applicants who wish to submit scores for consideration
  • January 7 Postmark deadline for Early Decision II application
  • January 15  Deadline to submit the  CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE for non-merit-based SCU institutional aid consideration.
  • February 1 Deadline to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Mid-February Early Decision II applicants notified of admission decision
  • Mid-February Admitted Early Decision II students notified of financial aid package
  • March 1 Deadline for enrollment deposit
  • March 2 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form (CA residents only)
Winter First-Year Students

NOTE: Santa Clara University has adopted a two-year “test optional” policy for first-year and transfer students seeking enrollment beginning in the Winter 2021 and Fall 2021 terms. See more information here.

Early Action
Regular Decision