Santa Clara University (SCU) is located in the heart of the ‘Silicon Valley’—Santa Clara, California.  With a picturesque campus spanning over 105 acres, and some of the best educational infrastructures in the US, the university offers world-class education to its students. SCU was established in the year 1777.  However, it attained the status of a university only in 1912 after the addition of its Engineering and Law schools. The School of Business was established in 1926 and was the first business school to be nationally accredited. 

SCU’s sprawling campus has around 50 buildings that house a well-stocked library, fully-equipped research laboratories, and a television studio, among other facilities. The university also offers extensive facilities for sports activities such as basketball, golf, tennis, and many others. 

The Santa Clara University ranking was #1 in Sierra Magazine’s list of “Cool Schools”  in 2021. This title is awarded to universities that prioritize sustainability and make dedicated efforts toward the preservation of the environment. In this article, you will learn more about the courses offered at SCU, its admissions process, and much more.


Over 50 majors and minor degrees across a wide range of disciplines such as Law, Medicine, and Education, among others, are offered at Santa Clara University. We have listed some of the most sought-after undergraduate and graduate programs at the university below: 

Undergraduate Programs 

  • College of Arts and Science – Ancient Studies, Biology, English, Ethnic Studies, Environmental Studies, Latin and Greek.
  • School of Engineering – Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
  • Leavey School of Business – Accounting, Economics, Finance, Marketing

Graduate Programs 

The Graduate programs offered include degrees in Education, Engineering, Law, Business, and Counselling psychology, among others.

  • Leavey School of Business – Executive MBA, M.S Finance and Analytics, M.S Information Systems
  • School of Engineering – M.S (Aerospace Engineering, Bioengineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering among others).
  • School of Education and Counselling Psychology – M.A (Counselling), M.A (Educational Leadership).
  • School of Law  – LL.M ( Intellectual Property), LL.M (United States Law).
  • Jesuit College of Theology – Master of Theology (Th.M), Master of Divinity (M.Div)


There are over 50 primary and minor programs to choose from, and the admissions process for both graduate and undergraduate degree programs is as follows :

Undergraduate Admission 

The application process and requirements for admissions to an undergraduate degree program are : 

  • Complete the online application form on the ‘Common Application Portal’ (a platform that allows students to apply to the university of their choice anywhere in the US).
  • Submit your high school transcripts.
  • You must also submit your secondary school report along with the mid-year report.
  • Additionally, you must also acquire and submit one academic teacher evaluation.
  • International students must submit their English proficiency test scores. The scores sought for different schools are available on the university’s official website.
  • ACT and SAT scores are no longer accepted as part of the admissions process at Santa Clara. However, you can submit them in order to add weightage to your overall profile. 
  • International students are required to attend interviews either online or in person. You must register directly through third-party video interview platforms such as  Vericant, InitialView, or Duolingo.

Graduate Admissions

Admission requisites for graduate courses vary depending on the school you are applying to. For example, the application requirements at Leavey School of Business for an MBA program are as follows : 

  • Santa Clara university fees for Application (nonrefundable)
  • Resume/CV – You can use a one-page resume template which is available on the university’s website.
  • GMAT/GRE test scores
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores
  • Academic records or transcripts 
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Professional work experience
  • A personal statement and 3 Business essays ( the questions for the essays are available on the university website).

Campus Life, Fees, and Scholarships

Based on your interests, there are several extra-curricular options that one can pick from and pursue at Santa Clara. You can take an active part in the campus radio station, contribute to the student newspaper or take part in the annual literary magazine. There are plenty of recreational activities as well and you can part take in the sport of your choice. Students also have access to world-class facilities on campus such as the Sullivan Aquatic Centre and the 45000 square foot Malley fitness center.  

The tuition fee is unit based: US $1580 per unit. One unit is equal to one hour of in-class instruction and two hours of out-of-class work per week. Every international student mandatorily requires 8 units or more during every academic quarter. The undergraduate annual tuition fee is $56,880. Much like the admission requirements, fees for graduate courses are also specific to the school applied. For example, the graduate tuition fee at the Leavey School of Business is US $22,343 per term. 

There are several financial aids available such as Academic scholarships, Federal Grants, and University Grants, among others, that students can avail of in order to finance their education at the university.  We hope that this article has answered your queries about Santa Clara University and given you a basic overview of the college. Good Luck!


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