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’s oldest operating higher education institution that seeks to blend high-tech innovation with social consciousness rooted in the Jesuit educational tradition.

Fall 2020 Santa Clara University TAA

Important information including deadlines for course completion and the TAA application will be posted on this page as soon as confirmed. Please check back periodically. The information for Fall 2019 is provided for general reference only.

Santa Clara University TAA Overview

  • TAA's are only for the College of Arts and Sciences (excluding the Economics major).
  • TAA's are considered only for the Fall term.
  • 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. TAA's submitted with only one - or none - of the required subjects completed will be rejected.
  • minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA is required at the time of TAA submission. The GPA requirement is a cumulative GPA, for all classes, from all institutions attended.
  • Transcripts (unofficial are fine) must be submitted with the (DAC counselor) signed SCU TAA form. However, official transcripts are needed to complete the Common Application.
  • Admission is contingent upon satisfactory completion of any courses in progress.
  • TAA is available to International Student Applicants
    • Proof of English Proficiency: 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 result

College of Arts & Sciences: Required Coursework for TAA Applicants

Bachelor of Arts

Majors:  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)

***  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 or 17), 11, 12, 44
  • One natural science course with a lab (select from the following):
    • ANTH 1/1L, ASTR 4/15L, ASTR 10/15L
    • BIOL 6A, 6B, 6C, 10, 11, 13, 15, 26, 40A, 40B, 40C
    • CHEM 1A, 1B, 1C, 10, 12A, 12B, 12C, 25, 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 or 17), 11, 12
  • One natural science course with a lab (select from the following):
    • ANTH 1/1L, ASTR 4/15L, ASTR 10/15L
    • 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

NOTE:  Highlighted majors (listed above) do not require a second Math course; Statistics is recommended.

SCU TAA Filing Deadline: Fall 2020

  • Priority TAA deadline is February 1, 2020 (SCU must receive the TAA by this date so students must complete the TAA with a counselor by January 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m.)
  • Final TAA deadline for DAC students is March 23, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

February 1 is the TAA application priority submission date from DAC to SCU; TAA applicants may still wait until April 15 to apply, but admission decisions will not be provided by SCU until they have a completed application. Applicants are encouraged by SCU to apply by February 1.

SCU TAA Submission Procedure: Fall 2020

Step 1

  • Carefully review the SCU TAA criteria as listed above to determine TAA eligibility.

Step 2

  • If all SCU TAA stipulations are met, schedule an appointment with a DAC counselor (cannot be a DAC academic adviser) to write and submit the TAA. DAC will forward the signed TAA along with all college transcripts to Santa Clara University. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for TAA submission purposes.

    NOTE: Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended (excluding Foothill/De Anza) must be on file at DAC Admissions and Records Office or hand delivered during your counseling session. If transcripts are not on file or have not been evaluated, there may be a delay in submitting the TAA to Santa Clara University.

Step 3

  • Santa Clara University's TAA decision will be sent to you by email.

Step 4

  • Submit the Common Application for Santa Clara University as early as possible.
  • Final Fall 2020 undergraduate admission application deadline: April 15, 2020.
  • Santa Clara University has rolling admissions, so undergraduate admission applications are accepted from January 6 – April 15 every year. Applicants are notified of admission decisions between February and May.

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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