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. Santa Clara University has adopted a two-year “test optional” policy for first-year students. Scores on the SAT or ACT are not required for students applying to Santa Clara University for the Fall 2021 and Fall 2022 terms. You are welcome to review our Class of 2023 academic profile and if your test scores fit with SCU averages, you are encouraged to submit them. As a test-optional university, students still have the open option to take the SAT or ACT exams and submit a record of scores to Santa Clara University. Students without test scores will not be penalized or disadvantaged.
SAT or ACT test scores (Writing section not required)
Applicants may either submit self-reported test scores or send official scores directly from the testing agency. Test scores are not necessary to have your application reviewed.
Students have the option to take the SAT or ACT. Students who choose to take these exams much adhere to the deadlines of the Collegeboard and ACT.
In order to be considered, 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. Again, standardized test 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 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.
Students who choose to submit their test scores have the option to submit multiple scores. In previous years, we have superscored. There is no advantage or disadvantage by submitting exam scores.