Santa Clara University has selective admissions, and well over a third of all applicants will be rejected. Accepted students tend to have GPAs and standardized test scores that are well above average. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who got in. You can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school GPAs of 3.5 orhigher, combined SAT scores of about 1800 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. The higher those grades and test scores, the better your chances are of receiving good news from Santa Clara. You'll notice that many applicants had solid "A" averages in high school.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Many students with grades and test scores that were on target for Santa Clara were not admitted. At the same time, you'll see that some students were admitted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Santa Clara's admissions process isn't just quantitative. The university uses The Common Application exclusively, and like all Common Application members, the school has holistic admissions. The admissions folks take into consideration the rigor of your high school courses, your application essay, extracurricular activities, and letters of recommendation. Also, students who apply to Santa Clara's Leavey School of Business or School of Engineering will need to demonstrate a higher level of math readiness than students who apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.
To learn more about Santa Clara University, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Santa Clara University Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?