SCU Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into SCU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,270 out of 14,899 applicants or 49% were admitted making SCU a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Santa Clara University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 17% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 7,972 6,927 14,899
Accepted 4,107 3,163 7,270
Acceptance Rate 52% 46% 49%
Enrolled 604 657 1,261
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 15% 21% 17%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Santa Clara University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1195. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1365 out of 1600. 57 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1280 1450
SAT Reading 640 710
SAT Math 640 740
ACT Composite 27 32
ACT English N/A N/A
ACT Math N/A N/A

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >62%
1365 to 1450 Avg + 49%-62%
1280 to 1365 Avg - 36%-49%
1195 to 1280 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 1195 Low <25%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Santa Clara University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Santa Clara University was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to SCU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 42% Good
3.50 to 3.75 36% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 16% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 6% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 0% Low
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 7, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Santa Clara University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=122931 IPEDS survey data for Santa Clara University.

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