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About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a private, religious school in an suburban setting in Santa Clara, California. Santa Clara University was founded in 1851 and now enrolls around 8,616 students a year, including 5,608 undergrads.

Santa Clara University offers housing for up to 3,297 students.

Santa Clara University's endowment was valued at $1.034 billion in 2021. The institution spends around $18,978 for each full-time student enrolled. For each full-time professor, there are about 10.95 undergraduates enrolled at Santa Clara University.

2021 Santa Clara University Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 51%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 69%
Early Action Acceptance Rate 71%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 30
Mean SAT score 1351
Tuition $55,224

Santa Clara University Regular Decision Deadline 2022

The deadline to apply regular decision to Santa Clara University for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Santa Clara University Early Admission

Santa Clara University offers early decision and early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to Santa Clara University is on November 1, 2021, which is coming up soon!
Santa Clara University admits 71% of students that apply early action. 69% of applicants that applied early decision in 2021 got in to Santa Clara University.

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Santa Clara University Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Santa Clara University. Santa Clara University admitted 51% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 16,488 applications received in 2021, 8,362 students were offered admission.

Santa Clara University Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 2,749 applicants were waitlisted and 410 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

How Do I Get Into Santa Clara University?

Santa Clara University is considered very difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Santa Clara University, applicants must submit the following items.

Santa Clara University Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Santa Clara University

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Santa Clara University is 3.7 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1351. The mean ACT score for Santa Clara University students is 30.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Santa Clara University.

Does Santa Clara University Require the ACT or SAT?

Santa Clara University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 68% submitted the SAT. 39% submitted the ACT.

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Dorms at Santa Clara University

Yes! Santa Clara University provides on-campus housing for up to 3,297 students.

Santa Clara University students are active in the school's Multicultural Center, Associated Student Government and Santa Clara Community Action Program. Fall Concert, Global Village (multicultural event), and and Relay for Life are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Santa Clara University.

Financial Aid at Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University meets 85% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Santa Clara University full-time are awarded $36,816 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Santa Clara University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Santa Clara University

About 92% of students who start at Santa Clara University come back for their second year of college. Out of the 1,318 students who started at Santa Clara University as first-time freshman, 1,157 graduate within four years.

Around 92% of students who started at Santa Clara University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 85% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $67,012 a year. In 2020, students graduated with an average of $25,610 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Santa Clara University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Santa Clara University a good school for you?

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Where is Santa Clara University?

Santa Clara University is located in the suburban setting of Santa Clara, California, less than an hour from San Francisco and San Jose.

If you want to see Santa Clara University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 101 to Santa Clara, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Santa Clara University and Santa Clara are like without leaving home.

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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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Santa Clara University ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Santa Clara University is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Santa Clara University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Santa Clara University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1280 - 1430


Math SAT Range

640 - 750


Reading SAT Range

630 - 700

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1430 and Above


1280 to 1430


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Santa Clara University students is 1351. Applicants with SAT scores of 1430 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Santa Clara University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1280 to 1430 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1280 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Santa Clara University.

Santa Clara University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Santa Clara University is like? There are approximately 8,616 students enrolled at Santa Clara University, including 5,608 undergraduate students and 3,008 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 59% percent are from CA and 41% percent of students are from other states.


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