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Colleges / Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a private, religious university in the suburb of Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara University was founded in 1851. The college enrolls around 9,178 students a year, including 6,135 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Santa Clara University

It is very difficult to get into Santa Clara University. Santa Clara University admitted 52% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 16,650 students applied to Santa Clara University and 8,677 were admitted.

Santa Clara University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 81%
Average GPA 3.7
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 81%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 34%

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Santa Clara University is located in the town of Santa Clara, California, near San Francisco and San Jose.

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College Info

500 El Camino Real Santa Clara, CA 95053

Campus Setting: Suburban

Santa Clara University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 7

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Santa Clara University is Jan 7.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Santa Clara University is Apr 15.

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Santa Clara University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1300 - 1470


Math SAT Range

650 - 760


Reading SAT Range

640 - 720

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1470 and Above


1300 to 1470


1300 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Santa Clara University students is 1364. Applicants with SAT scores of 1470 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Santa Clara University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1300 to 1470 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1300 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Santa Clara University.

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Santa Clara University is like? There are approximately 9,178 students enrolled at Santa Clara University, including 6,135 undergraduate students and 3,043 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 56% percent are from CA and 44% percent of students are from other states.


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