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Transfer Admission Agreement

The Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA) is an agreement between the specific Community College, a student from that college, and Santa Clara University's Office of Undergraduate Admission, stipulating that if certain courses and academic subjects are met, with a required minimum GPA, and the student is in good standing with the current institution, then admission to SCU for the following fall is guaranteed.  


  1. TAA's are only for the College of Arts and Sciences (excluding Economics), and only for the fall term.
  2. As stated on the TAA form, at least two-thirds of the required subject areas must be completed at the time of submission. For example, English, Math, and Science are required, thus, two of those three areas must be complete at the time the TAA is submitted. The third subject area can be in progress at the time of submission.
  3. Unofficial or official transcripts must be submitted with the signed TAA. Keep in mind official transcripts are needed to complete the Common Application. The GPA requirement is a cumulative GPA, for all classes, from all institutions attended. 
  4. Feb 1 is the priority submission date from the community colleges to our office, with a recommended submission deadline of March 15; an approved TAA is a guarantee of admission, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Submission Procedure:

  1. The student submits a signed TAA form with all college transcripts to the designated counselor at the Community College.
  2. The Community College counselor reviews the transcripts to ensure all TAA requirements are met, signs the TAA and sends (electronically is preferred) the TAA and transcripts to SCU; to
  3. The TAA and transcript(s) are reviewed and either approved or denied. And that decision is communicated back to the designated counselor as promptly as possible.
  4. Students must still apply to the university via the Common Application, by the April 15 deadline. However, as stated previously, they should be encouraged to apply sooner for a quicker response.
  5. The student should email the SCU Transfer coordinator directly (ahowellwilliams@scu.eduonly after they have submitted the Common Application and app fee, indicating that they have done so and that they are a TAA applicant.

Transfers are eligible for need-based aid only. So submission of the FAFSA is required for such consideration; therefore, it is vital that we have that information on hand during the review, for financial aid award purposes.


Bay Area Community College Transfer Scholarship

This award is available to qualifying undergraduate students who transfer to Santa Clara University in the fall quarter from one of the Bay Area community colleges listed above. To be considered, students must have completed a minimum of 30 transferable semester units (or equivalent) when applying for admission and have a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average. 

SCU Admission Application Information: Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete an SCU Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA) by the TAA deadline of March  15. Students can apply for fall admission to Santa Clara University between January 7 and April 15 using the Common Application. In addition to a completed admission application accompanied by official transcripts for all completed college courses, students must also complete the FAFSA in tandem with their admission application in order to be eligible for the scholarship.

Guaranteed Admission & Transfer Scholarship: An approved transfer admission agreement (TAA) will guarantee admission for the fall term upon submission of an official SCU admission application. All students who have an approved Transfer Admission Agreement from the above listed bay area community colleges and complete an SCU transfer admission application by the admission application deadline will automatically be awarded the SCU Transfer Scholarship. Students must also complete the FAFSA in tandem with their admission application. 

If a TAA is not approved, students may still apply for admission to Santa Clara University and may qualify for this award and matching funds, if admitted. See additional information on the financial aid website.

Additional Matching Scholarships

Transfer students who have been selected for the SCU transfer scholarship and have been awarded scholarships from local Bay Area community-based organizations (CBOs, 501c3) will receive up to $5,000 in additional matching funds per academic year and are renewable for up to three (3) academic years in consecutive quarters (not including summer sessions), provided the student establishes and maintains good academic standing at Santa Clara University. Matching funds are set only in the first term of admission when proof of awards is provided by the student. Examples of local CBOs are Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, 100 Black Men of the Bay Area, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Gilroy Foundation, etc.