Santa Clara University Transfers: 2020 Requirements, Dates, GPAs & More

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This is the complete guide for transferring to SCU. We suggest you read until the end...

I get it - transferring colleges can be confusing, time-consuming and overwhelming. You are not alone. In fact, more than 700,000 students transfer colleges every year.

What are the transfer requirements for SCU?

SCU requires a number of completed documents for consideration. The table below summarizes the most important pieces of information:

Admission Item Required?
High School Transcript Required of All
College Transcript Required of All
Essay or Personal Statement Required of All
Interview Not Required
Standardized Test Scores Required of Some
Statement of Good Standing from Prior Institution Required of Some

In addition to the above requirements, SCU also requires a minimum number of credits completed to apply to be a transfer student.

SCU requires a minimum of 12 credits.

What are Santa Clara University’s Transfer Deadlines?

Many universities accept transfer applications during each semester. For this reason, we break down SCU transfer deadline by fall, winter, spring and summer.

Closing Date Reported Deadline
Fall Transfer Deadline April 15
Winter Transfer Deadline October 1
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Waiting until the last minute to finalize your application could result in a silly mistake.

We recommend you complete your application at least 1 week before the required deadline.

In fact, take a full 2 day break from looking at anything related to your application and then come back to look for errors. I bet you’ll find a few 😉

When are decision dates for Santa Clara University transfer applicants?

If you applied to transfer to SCU on or before the reported deadlines then you should have your decision date by the notification dates in the below table.

Deadline Notification Dates
Fall Transfer Deadline rolling
Winter Transfer Deadline rolling
Spring Transfer Deadline -
Summer Transfer Deadline -

Note this data is current as of 2019 and to the best of our knowledge this hasn’t changed.

What is Santa Clara University’s transfer acceptance rate?

In 2019, SCU received 820 transfer applicants.

The school accepted 374 students. Therefore, the transfer acceptance rate for SCU is 45.61%.

This indicates how hard it is to transfer into SCU...

Additionally, of the 374 accepted transfer students, 148 students enrolled - that means the yield was 39.57%.

SCU accepts 46 out of every 100 transfer applicants.

What are the Santa Clara University transfer GPA requirements?

SCU requires a minimum college GPA of 3.71 - this is on a 4.33 point scale.

Will you enjoy transferring to SCU?

There are a lot of reasons to transfer to SCU. Maybe your plan has always been to attend community college, and then move to a four year college to save money while completing your degree.

Maybe you had a bad experience at your first school - don’t worry this is more common than you think.

Or perhaps you’re drawn to Santa Clara...

Regardless of your reason for transferring, you’re already enrolled at another college or university so you know that the most important element in your college experience is the people and community

Finding success at SCU is dependent on feeling comfortable - will you be able to find a place to find home and grow?

These are the questions that numbers and data cannot answer, but CampusReel can.

If you’re considering transferring to SCU then I highly recommend that you watch the school’s videos on CampusReel. These are real students with real stories.

Final Verdict: How to transfer into SCU

Let’s wrap up everything we’ve learned.
SCU accepts 45.61% transfer applicants, which is competitive.

To have a shot at transferring into SCU, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.71 - ideally you’re GPA will be around 3.86. In addition, you will need to submit standardized test scores.

The below tables show the SAT and ACT breakdown of SCU students.

25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
SAT Math 610 720 665
SAT Reading 590 680 635
2018 Total SAT Score 1200 1400 1300
25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
ACT Math - - 0
ACT Reading - - 0
2018 Total ACT Score 0 0

Santa Clara University’s average SAT score is 1300. To be a competitive applicant for Santa Clara University your SAT score should come close to the average - for the ACT you should be aiming for the equivalent.

If you’re considering transferring to SCU, you may also want to consider the schools:

Transfering to Chapman University
Transfering to Loyola Marymount University