Santa Clara University Transfer Admission Agreement (TAA)

Santa Clara University (SCU) is a private, comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in Santa Clara, CA that offers undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is recognized as California‚Äôs oldest operating higher education institution that seeks to blend high-tech innovation with social consciousness rooted in the Jesuit educational tradition.

Santa Clara University: Fall 2021 Guaranteed Admission & Transfer Scholarship

Important information including deadlines for course completion and the TAA application for Fall 2021 is available on the Santa Clara University TAA web page. You can also read about the new SCU Transfer Scholarship that is automatically awarded to all TAA students from De Anza College (DAC) and other local Bay Area community colleges who fulfill requirements outlined by SCU.

Santa Clara University TAA Requirements

  1. TAAs are only for the College of Arts and Sciences (excluding Economics).
  2. TAAs are considered only for the Fall term.
  3. As stated on the TAA form, at least two-thirds (2/3) of the required subject areas must be completed at the time of TAA submission. For example, English, Math, and Science are required, thus, two of those three areas must be complete at the time the TAA is submitted. The third subject area can be in progress at the time of submission.
  4. Unofficial or official transcripts must be submitted with the signed TAA. Keep in mind official transcripts are needed to complete the Common Application. The GPA requirement is a cumulative GPA, for all classes, from all institutions attended. minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA is required at the time of TAA submission. 
  5. February 1, 2021 is SCU's priority submission date, with a recommended application deadline of March 15 (TAA Priority Review Period is February 1-March 15); an approved TAA is a guarantee of admission, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. 

SCU TAA Submission Procedure: Fall 2021

Step 1

Step 2

  • Schedule an appointment with a DAC counselor (cannot be a DAC academic adviser) to write and submit a signed TAA form. DAC will forward the signed TAA along with all college transcripts to SCU.
    • IMPORTANT: Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (excluding Foothill/De Anza) must be on file with the DAC Admissions and Records Office prior to your counseling session. If transcripts are not on file or have not been evaluated, there may be a delay in submitting the TAA to SCU.

Step 3

  • TAA and transcript(s) are reviewed and either approved or denied. Santa Clara University's TAA decision will be sent to you by email as promptly as possible.

Step 4

  • You must still submit your Fall 2021 application to the SCU via the Common Application, no later than the April 15 deadline. However, students are encouraged to apply sooner for a quicker response.

Step 5

  • Students should email the SCU Transfer Coordinator directly at ahowellwilliams@scu.edu only after the Common Application and application fee have been submitted. Be sure to indicate your submission and that you are a TAA applicant in the email.

College of Arts & Sciences: Required Coursework for TAA Applicants

Bachelor of Arts

Majors:  Studio Art, Art History, Classics (Ancient Studies, Classical Languages and Literature), Communication, English, History, Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Spanish), Philosophy, Religious Studies, Performing Arts (Music, Theatre, Dance), Women's and Gender Studies

***  Comparable honors-designated courses on the list below are acceptable.  ***

  • Two English composition courses (select from the following):
    • COMM 9, EWRT 1A, EWRT 1B, EWRT 1C, EWRT 2, PHIL 3
  • One college-level mathematics course (select from the following):
    • MATH 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 10, 11, 12, 44
  • One natural science course with a lab (select from the following):
    • ANTH 1/1L, ASTR 4/15L
    • BIOL 6A, 6B, 6C, 10, 11, 13, 15, 26, 40A, 40B, 40C
    • CHEM 1A, 1B, 1C, 10, 12A, 12B, 12C, 30A, 30B
    • ESCI 1/1L, 19, 20, 21, 30
    • GEOL 10
    • MET 10 and (10L or 20L)
    • PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D
Bachelor of Science

Majors: Anthropology, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Child Studies, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health Science, and Sociology

  • Two English composition courses (select from the following):
    • COMM 9, EWRT 1A, EWRT 1B, EWRT 1C, EWRT 2, PHIL 3
  • Two college-level mathematics course (select from the following):
    • MATH 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 10, 11, 12
  • One natural science course with a lab (select from the following):
    • ANTH 1/1L, ASTR 4/15L
    • BIOL 6A, 6B, 6C, 10, 11, 13, 15, 26, 40A, 40B, 40C
    • CHEM 1A, 1B, 1C, 10, 12A, 12B, 12C, 30A, 30B
    • ESCI 1/1L, 19, 20, 21, 30
    • GEOL 10
    • MET 10 and (10L or 20L)
    • PHYS 2A, 2B, 2C, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D
  • Highlighted majors (listed above) do not require a second Math course. Statistics is recommended.
Proof of English Proficiency for International Applicants:
  • International applicants are only exempt from this requirement if they are from a country whose official language is English or if they attended their entire high school career at a school whose instruction is conducted in English.

    Required English Proficiency test minimums
    • IELTS: 6.5
    • iTEP: 4.5
    • SAT Critical Reading: 630
    • ACT Reading: 28 AND English: 28
    • TOEFL (iBT): 90, TOEFL (PBT): 575
    • Pearson: 61
    • Satisfactory Duolingo interview results

DISCLAIMER: The final responsibility for successful transfer rests with the student.  The information posted on this website is designed to assist students in obtaining the most accurate transfer-related information possible.  However, this information is subject to change without notice, which may subsequently impact admission to a transfer college or university.

Students are encouraged to meet as early as possible in their academic careers and periodically with a DAC counselor or academic adviser to develop a Student Education Plan and with a transfer college or university admissions representative to confirm their choice of classes.

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