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March 2018

Santa Clara University Sends Admissions Decisions to the Class of 2022

Admitted students represent 49 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and 55 countries.

Santa Clara University received a record 16,233 applications for the Class of 2022, a 7.8 percent increase from last year and the first time SCU received more than 16,000 applications. Students who applied through the Regular Decision option received their notifications by email March 13. Santa Clara will enroll a class of 1,360 first-year students this fall.

 This year, Santa Clara’s acceptance rate decreased to 49 percent. Other notable characteristics of the admitted class include:

  • An average unweighted GPA of 3.8
  • SAT average composite score of 1407
  • ACT average composite of 31.3
  • 48 percent are students of color
  • 26 percent are from Catholic high schools
  • 52 percent are from public schools.  
  • Admitted students represent 49 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and 55 countries.

We spend months reviewing applications and reading essays. It’s a privilege to offer admission to the diverse and very talented group of students who would like to call Santa Clara University their home for the next four years,” said Eva Blanco Masias, Santa Clara University’s dean of admission.

It is anticipated that approximately 2,500 students will visit campus for Preview Days, the annual visitation program for admitted students on April 14 and April 15. “Admitted students will be able to experience our vibrant campus in the heart of Silicon Valley, learn about our many amazing programs, and meet students and faculty,” said Blanco Masias.

Also, on April 12 and 13, SCU will welcome students to its diversity overnight program, Unity Night. The keynote address at the Unity Luncheon will be given by Marcela Davison Avilés, Latino cultural advisor for the Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation, and recent lead cultural consultant for Pixar’s Oscar-winning movie Coco.

 “Santa Clara is on the cusp of monumental changes on campus. From building Finn Residence Hall which incorporates student designs, to the construction of the state of the art Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation, the Mission Campus will allow students to experience the vitality of Silicon Valley while exploring their academic interests,” said Blanco Masias.  

Santa Clara University will host regional admissions receptions throughout the US including: Honolulu, Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Boston, and the Tri-state New York Region.

 Admitted students have until May 1 to accept Santa Clara’s admission offer.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 9,000 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering doctoral degrees. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see

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