September 2018

Photo of the orb at the entrance of Schott Admissions

Photo of the orb at the entrance of Schott Admissions

New “Early Decision ll” Admission Option Coming Soon

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018—Starting this fall, students applying to Santa Clara University will have an additional avenue for early admission to the private Jesuit, Catholic university located in Silicon Valley.

Early Decision II will be available to students planning to join the Class of 2023.

Students who participate in Early Decision II will be able to apply until January 7 for consideration for early admission to SCU. That is two months later than the traditional Early Decision I application due date, which will continue to be November 1. Like Early Decision I, Early Decision II is binding, and most appropriate for students who have determined SCU to be their first choice and are ready to commit if they are accepted.  

Students who apply Early Decision II will receive their admission decision by February 15—earlier than those who apply Regular Decision.

“Every year, we have a group of exceptional students who learn a bit later in the process that SCU is their strong first choice, and who need time between November and January to make that binding commitment,” said Eva Blanco Masias, dean of admission at Santa Clara University. “This new option gives them a new window of time to do that.”

Students seeking to join the Class of 2023 via Early Decision II will need to submit their application by January 7, 2019 using the Common Application®.

Some additional information to consider for those interested in Early Decision II:


• Applicants must sign a binding contract at the time of application, acknowledging that if admitted, they would attend SCU. 

• Final admission decisions for Early Decision II applicants will be released by February 15.

• Those who are deferred under the November 1 Early Decision I or Early Action (which is non-binding) will have the option to consider Early Decision II. 

• Those seeking financial aid must submit their FAFSA and CSS Profile by January 15.  

• Enrollment deposits for those accepted under the Early Decision II plan will be due March 1. 


More information on Early Decision II can be found online

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, and engineering; master’s degrees in business, education, counseling psychology, pastoral ministry, and theology; 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 www.scu.edu.

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