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Undergraduate English Proficiency

Santa Clara requires a minimum level of English proficiency of all our applicants.

You are exempt from taking a proficiency exam if you are from a country whose official language is English or if you attended your entire high school career (4 years) at a school whose instruction is conducted in English.

To be considered for admission, we will accept the following English proficiency exams and respective score minimums. English courses at a community college or U.S. university do not fulfill this requirement. 

Please submit ONE of the following through the testing agency or your application status portal to demonstrate English Proficiency:

  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL (iBT): 90 *SCU does not use MyBest™ test in our review process. 
  • TOEFL (PBT): 575
  • Duolingo English Test: 115
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 630*
  • ACT Reading: 27 and ACT English: 27*

*Note: ACT or SAT test scores are no longer required for admission to Santa Clara University. If a student would like their SAT or ACT scores considered in our holistic admission review, they may also use them for demonstrating English Proficiency.

*SCU does not accept TOEFL ITP® Plus Test being offered in China.

First-Year International Student Interview Options

Due to increase in requests from students wishing to sit for an interview Santa Clara partners with InitialView and Vericant as third party video interview companies. We accept these interviews as an optional supplement to your application. Please register directly with InitialView or Vericant for your in-person or virtual interview. Unfortunately, given our limited counseling staff, SCU does not offer in-person interviews on or off campus.

Although the interview is not mandatory, we recommend you sit for an interview, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your language skills, interests, and professionalism to our admissions team. Our admission committee will review your InitialView or Vericant interview as part of our holistic evaluation process and see the additional effort of submitting an interview as part of demonstrating your interest in Santa Clara.