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Testing Requirements

Testing

At Santa Clara University, we review applications holistically, meaning that we will review your application individually taking into account your academic credentials as well as your personal qualities. Standardized testing is one component, in conjunction with other academic and non-academic factors, for us to gain more insight to the academic preparation of our applicants.

There is not a minimum test score required to apply, nor is there a score that will guarantee admission to any of our schools.

Required Testing

SAT or ACT test scores (Writing section not required).

Santa Clara University does not have a preference if you take the SAT or ACT.

Applicants may either submit self-reported test scores or send official scores directly from the testing agency. Official scores are not necessary to have your application reviewed.

Our school code for SAT is 4851; our school code for ACT is 0468.

Transfers students do not need to submit a test score unless you are applying with less than 30 semester credit or 45 quarter credit.

Testing Deadlines

We recommend planning early and taking SAT and ACT tests well in advance. It is unlikely that testing taken after the appropriate application deadline will be received in time for review. We are unable to guarantee that tests results sent after the application deadline will be reviewed

Tests must be taken by the appropriate application deadline:

  Early Action & Early Decision I Regular Decision & Early Decision II
Common Application & Supplement Deadline November 1 January 7
Last Accepted SAT Test Date October December
Last Accepted ACT Test Date September* December

 *We cannot ensure October ACT test results will reach our office in time for Early Action and Early Decision I review.

Reporting Test Scores

Applicants may either submit self-reported test scores or send official scores directly from the testing agency. Official scores are not necessary to have your application reviewed.

We accept the following options to complete the test scores requirement by the application deadline:

  • Self-report your scores in the testing section of the Common Application
  • Self-report your scores in the Self-Reported Test Score form in the Application Status Portal
  • Send your official test scores from the testing agency

If you receive updated test results after submitting the Self-Reported Test Scores form, you can self-report these newer scores by filling out the form again.

If you are offered admission to Santa Clara University and choose to enroll, official test scores that match your self-reported scores will need to be received by your deposit deadline. In order for test scores to be considered official, they must be sent directly from College Board or ACT.

Santa Clara University reserves the right to revoke admission if an applicant’s self-reported scores do not match their official score report.

Superscoring

We encourage students to submit their entire testing history for both SAT and ACT exams; however it is your option on which test results you choose to share with us. SCU will always accept your highest test result on either the SAT or the ACT you have achieved as long as your scores are submitted to us by the application deadline.

We superscore both the SAT and the ACT. If you should take the SAT or the ACT more than once, we will take the highest sub-section from all test sittings.