Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University (SCU) is a Jesuit Catholic, medium-sized institution, with an ideal location, set in the heart of the Silicon Valley; the home of big ideas and innovation! At 5,500 undergraduates and 3,100 graduate students, Santa Clara is a national, comprehensive university that offers the intimate academic experience typical of a smaller liberal arts college.

Degree Pathways

This is a list of the undergraduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Santa Clara University.

Undergraduate Programs

  • Ancient Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Child Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Greek Language and Literature
  • History
  • Individual Studies
  • Latin and Greek
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Military Science
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Music
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Studio Art
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Women's and Gender Studies

About the School

Residency Options/Requirements

Transfer students are not required to live on-campus, but have access to on-campus living if they want it. We have nine Residential Learning Communities. SCU is a residential campus. This fall (2021) we are moving to a 2-year on-campus housing requirement for traditional first-year students.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees at Santa Clara University vary by degree program and by year. Mills students wishing to enroll at SCU should consult with our admissions representative and visit our Tuition and Fees web page for specific and up-to-date information.

Financial Aid

Santa Clara University is offering Mills students in good standing a $5,000 scholarship, renewable for up to three years. About 75% of SCU undergraduate students receive some type of funding. Transfers are only eligible for need-based aid, so the FAFSA is required for that consideration.

Transfer Requirements

As a transfer partner, SCU has established a set of minimum requirements that current Mills students must meet to be eligible to transfer.

Transfer Application

Santa Clara University will waive application fees for Mills undergraduate students applying to SCU.


Mills students must submit their Fast App to Santa Clara University by:

  • October 1 for a spring 2022 or 2023 start
  • April 15 for a fall 2022 or 2023 start

Mills students applying to SCU after October 1 for a spring semester start or after April 15 for a fall semester start will be required to complete the Common Application instead of the SCU Fast App.

Admission Application

Mills students applying to Santa Clara University will not be required to complete a full application for admission. Instead, they will be provided with a “Fast App” via Mills admissions personnel to gather the information necessary for the student’s transfer to Santa Clara University.

School Transcripts

Under the agreement between Mills and SCU, official transcripts from Mills must be used for the purposes of admission and program evaluation at Santa Clara University.

If your official Mills transcripts are required as part of the documentation process, the Mills Admissions Department can submit the transcript request for you. Transcript fees will be waived for requests submitted by the Office of Admissions or the Mills advising team only. Please note that, if you need to provide official transcripts from other schools, you will be responsible submitting and covering the costs for those requests.