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.
This is a list of the undergraduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Santa Clara University.
Santa Clara University has an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 23 students. Despite being a medium-sized school, the academic experience is typical of what you would find at most smaller, liberal arts colleges. Located within minutes to each of the Bay Area's three major cities, not to mention 40 minutes from Santa Cruz Beach, SCU students can pursue whatever interests they may have in their free time. And being in the heart of the Silicon Valley means that our students have unparalleled access to internships, research, and job opportunities—as 80% of our students graduate with at least one internship, and our graduates are in the top 1% of salaries at the start of and throughout their careers.
For demographic information on our most recent incoming class, visit our Class Profile web page.
We are a Jesuit Catholic institution, so we are grounded in these ideals. We have an Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and a new VP level staff/faculty member dedicated to work in these areas. There are numerous initiatives addressing these issues across campus, and plenty of opportunities for students to engage in these areas.
For more information, visit our Diversity web page.
Santa Clara offers hundreds of opportunities to pursue your interests and encounter new perspectives. There are over 150 social and cultural clubs on campus, so whether you are a Division I athlete or a Frisbee enthusiast, an urban farmer or a singer, or an idealist who wants to change the world, you’ll find your place at SCU. Learn more on our Campus Life web page.
Our campus is in the heart of Silicon Valley and spans 106 lush acres with world-renowned gardens and state-of-the-art facilities all surrounding our iconic Mission. But our campus is just the beginning of the story.
Santa Clara is located at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay. We’re adjacent to San Jose, the 10th largest city in the U.S., and just two miles from San Jose International Airport. Did we mention we enjoy nearly 300 days of sunshine a year? Learn more about our campus and what’s nearby on our website.
We have 20 Division I sports teams, several club teams, and plenty of intramural offerings.
Students can always reach out to our coaching staff for more information and to learn which sports hold try-outs.
We have one of the highest 4-year graduation rates in the nation at 85%. Our 6-year grad rate is even higher, and our retention rate is 95% (also one of the highest in the nation). Our LEAD Scholars, a program for first-generation students, has an 88% 4-year graduation rate; the highest for any cohort.
Santa Clara is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the State of California. California became a state in 1850, SCU was founded in 1851. We are in the process of growing; with completion of a $300 million dollar STEM facility slated for fall 2021. SCU will be around for a very long time.
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 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.
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.
Mills students seeking financial aid will be required to complete one or more of the following:
Students seeking to renew their financial aid award will be required to:
Meet all requirements outlined in SCU’s Financial Aid SAP policy
Following the agreement between Mills and SCU:
Upon admission, a $5,000 scholarship per academic year, which is renewable for up to three consecutive years (not including summer) provided the student establishes and maintains good academic standing.
As a transfer partner, SCU has established a set of minimum requirements that current Mills students must meet to be eligible to transfer.
Mills College students will be admitted to undergraduate study at Santa Clara University as long as they meet the minimum entry requirements of:
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:
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.
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.
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.