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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Undergraduate Admission

Admission Policy (Policy 2004-02)

Admission and other policies referenced here may be viewed online at

The Provost and the Dean of Admissions administer university admissions policy. All admission materials submitted by applicants are the property of Seattle University. Students should refer to specific school or departmental requirements in addition to the general admission requirements outlined in this section. This information is found in subsequent sections of this Catalog.

Seattle University seeks to enroll students who demonstrate noteworthy academic achievement; moral character; evidence of integrity and personal maturity; commitment to citizenship through public service and school activities; community involvement and leadership; and who represent a broad diversity of cultural, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. Personal qualities, including whether an applicant has confronted adversity and shows promise to positively contribute to the Seattle University community, are also considered in our holistic admissions review. 

An individual’s past conduct, particularly as it may relate to unlawful or criminal behavior, is relevant to the admission process. Seattle University reserves the right to deny admission or continued enrollment to individuals who have engaged in unlawful or criminal behavior. Each applicant and student is responsible to disclose in writing at the time of application any and all criminal convictions classified either as a felony or gross misdemeanor.

Students are expected to fully and truthfully respond to all questions on their admissions application and to update the Admissions Office in writing if any information changes between submission of the application and enrollment. False or misleading information or material omissions in connection with the application process may result in denial of admission, withdrawal of admission, dismissal, or other appropriate action in the judgment of the university. The Dean of Admissions reserves the right to deny acceptance or to withdraw admission for academic or other reasons relevant to the applicant’s qualifications to attend the university and positively contribute to the Seattle University community.

Undergraduate admission is available to qualified applicants for all four quarters of the academic year. Inquiries should be sent to or sent in writing to the Undergraduate Admissions Office, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, PO Box 222000, Seattle, WA 98122-1090.


Seattle University accepts the Common Applications for undergraduate admission and alternatively the Seattle University Transfer Application for transfer applicants. These can be accessed online through the Seattle University website,, or the Common Application group


First Time in College Admission Procedures and Timetable

Freshman Admission

Freshman applicants are required to submit a Common Application and the following materials:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT I score reports (these will be accepted if recorded on the official high school transcript.) Note: Seattle University will use the highest sub-scores from the SAT or ACT
  • Secondary School Report form completed by a school counselor (via the Common Application)
  • Second letter of recommendation (teacher recommendation)
  • Essay or personal statement
  • Non-refundable $55 application fee*

*The application fee is waived for students who have a sibling, parent or grandparent who graduated from Seattle University, graduates of a Jesuit High School or any Catholic High School in Washington State and for those that qualify for a NACAC or CollegeBoard fee waiver.  More information can be found when completing your Common Application.

The deadline for early action admission consideration is November 15; the deadline for priority consideration for regular fall quarter admission is January 15.

Notification for fall quarter for early action applicants is the end of December; regular admission notification occurs at the beginning of March. Admissions decision notification is sent by mail and can also be viewed online.

Fall quarter freshman applicants for admission should apply by January 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a space-available basis. All admission credentials should be received by January 15 for priority consideration for the fall quarter, and by the following deadlines for fall, winter, spring and summer quarters:

Winter quarter Nov. 1
Spring quarter Feb. 15
Summer quarter May 15


A non-refundable confirmation deposit of $200 is required of all enrolling new undergraduates for fall quarter admission and is applied towards the first quarter’s tuition. Deposits must be postmarked by May 1 or within 30 days of acceptance, whichever is later, for those accepted for fall quarter. Deposits are waived for those admitted in the winter, spring or summer quarters, however, students must inform the Admissions Office of their intent to enroll.

Appeals of admission decisions should be made in writing to the Dean of Admissions and will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Board. Appeals should indicate why the applicant believes the decision should be reconsidered. Such applicants are advised to include any new information about their academic records that will assist the admissions staff in its deliberations.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Seattle University is committed to a holistic admissions review process.

Primary consideration is given to an applicant’s course selection and performance. Preference is also given to entering freshmen who will complete a minimum of 16 secondary units in core (“gateway”) subjects. These prerequisites include:

  • Four years of high school English (not including English as a Second Language course work)
  • Three years of college preparatory mathematics, e.g. Algebra I and II and Geometry. Four units of college preparatory mathematics, including the equivalent of pre-Calculus, are required for entrance to College of Science and Engineering programs
  • Two years of laboratory science. Laboratory biology and chemistry are required for admission to the College of Nursing; laboratory chemistry and physics are required for entrance to engineering programs; laboratory chemistry and biology are required for entrance to the Bachelor of Science-Biology degree program
  • Three years (equivalent) of social science and/or history
  • Two years of a foreign language (the foreign language unit requirement may be waived if compensated with additional coursework in English, social studies, laboratory science and/or mathematics)
  • Two additional electives from the above listed subject areas


Special Consideration

Occasionally, students who show exceptional promise may be admitted to Seattle University without satisfying minimum admission requirements. The University’s Admissions Review Board and/or the Provost make admissions decisions in these cases.

Applicants with Disabilities

Seattle University policy aims to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act regarding students and applicants with disabilities. Under these laws, no qualified individual with a disability will be denied access or participation in services, programs and activities at the university. The university’s Equal Opportunity Officer is designated as the ADA/Section 504 compliance officer. For information about services on campus for students with disabilities, visit

Applicants are not required to disclose a disability on their admissions application. Students may choose to identify or reference physical, learning, psychological or other disabilities in their application, and disclosure will not be used to discriminate against the applicant. All information supplied by an applicant to the university regarding any disability will be treated confidentially.

If a student is admitted and does have a disability, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Disability Services Office as soon as possible if they require special services or accommodations.

For assistance contact Disabilities Services at (206) 296-5740;

Non-discrimination in Admissions

Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program. Inquiries about the non-discrimination policy may be directed to the university’s Equal Opportunity Officer and Title IX coordinator at (206) 296-8515.


Home Schooled Freshman Applicants (Policy 2004-03)


Seattle University welcomes applicants who have received their education through home schooling experiences. We recognize that traditional high school may not be ideal for every student, thus, in order to maintain consistency in how we read applications from all students, home school students must supply the additional information noted in this policy. Seattle University Admissions requires the following application requirements in order to thoroughly evaluate whether home school applicants have met the necessary foundation of skills and academic credentials to be successful students at Seattle University. All freshmen applicants, regardless of home school status, are required to submit the following:  Completed Common Application with essay, application fee and writing supplements

  • Official transcripts for all completed or in-progress coursework
  • Official SAT or ACT scores
  • One teacher recommendation
  • One counselor recommendation/secondary school report


In addition to the general application requirements listed above, freshman home school applicants are also required to submit the following additional information by the application deadline in order to have the application considered complete:


  1. The Home School questions on the School Report form of the Common Application completed by the home school supervisor (person responsible for education plan and overseeing instruction).
  2. All official transcripts, including a detailed official home school transcript signed by the home school supervisor. The home school transcript should include: detailed course descriptions, texts used, and minimum number of hours per week of instruction. Official transcripts are also required for any additional coursework completed or in progress in a non-home school setting, including traditional secondary schools, colleges, universities, or any other type of school where credit was or will be received. Transcripts of all completed or in-progress coursework are required from all original school sources even if the home school transcript includes them. For example, if college coursework has been taken, the official transcript from the college or university is required in addition to seeing it on the home school transcript.
    *Note: Please note the minimum secondary school course requirements for all freshman applicants, found under “Admission Requirements” on the UndergraduateAdmissions website.
  3. One additional letter of recommendation from a non-relative (including requirements for all freshman applicants). This is a total of two letters from non-relatives and one School Report from the counselor. Preferably this additional recommendation will be from a teacher who has taught the student within the last three years in an academic subject. If the home school supervisor is the only teacher and counselor, two letters of recommendation are still required from non-relative sources familiar with the student’s academic quality, work-ethic, and/or character.
  4. Home school applicants are required to show additional non-home-school-setting assessments in three academic areas: English, mathematics and laboratory science. The following options are the methods through which these assessments may be displayed based on which standardized test (SAT or ACT) was taken as part of the general freshman requirements.

a.  If the student took the SAT as part of the standard freshman admissions requirements, he or she must show additional assessments in English, mathematics, and laboratory science. Laboratory science constitutes natural sciences such as biology or chemistry but does not include social sciences such as psychology. This can be completed through one of these options:

                               i. ACT results (writing portion recommended).

                               ii.AP test results in math, lab science and either English literature or English language.

                               iii. IB test results in math, lab science, and English.

                               iv. SAT Subject Test results in math, lab science, and English literature.

                               v. CLEP exam results in math, lab science and either English literature or English composition.

                              vi. At least one course in each area - math, lab science, and English - completed with an official transcript from a traditional, accredited secondary school.

                              vii. At least one course in each area - math, lab science, and English - completed with official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university (includes Running Start credits at Washington State community colleges).

                              viii. A sufficient combination of options i-vii showing assessments in English, math, and lab science. For example, an appropriate display of assessments could include: an AP test score in English Language, an SAT Subject Test score in Mathematics Level 1, and an official college transcript with credits in a 100-level Biology course.


Early Action

For those who have identified Seattle University as one of their college choices, Early Action enables students to apply for admission and receive their admission decision notification early.

This is a non-binding option admissions plan and those accepted through Early Action are able to apply to other universities. Those accepted through Early Action are not required to commit prior to the National Candidates’ Reply Date of May 1.

Early Action candidates must check the Early Action option on the Common Application and submit all required credentials (official transcript, essay, letters of recommendation, ACT or SAT scores) by Nov. 15. Those applying for Early Action will be mailed admissions notification in late December.

Early Admission

High school students with a grade point average of 3.3 or above (on a 4.0 scale) that are both recommended by their secondary school principal and their school counselor may be considered for enrollment after completing their junior year in secondary school. Results from the ACT or the SAT I and an admissions interview are required.

Placement Examinations

The respective departments administer optional placement tests in mathematics and modern languages. Entering freshmen have the opportunity to show the extent of their preparation, so that the departments can determine the correct level at which entering freshmen begin their college work.


Running Start Program (Policy 92-1)

Freshmen applicants who have completed college coursework in high school-including Washington State Running Start-must submit official college transcripts, in addition to final high school transcripts, after confirming their enrollment at SU. Transfer credits will be evaluated according to usual guidelines. (See Academic Regulations ) Freshmen applicants with college coursework must fulfill all other freshman application requirements, including the submission of either ACT or SAT scores.

The university classifies first-time freshmen as : a) all students who graduated from high school in the current year regardless of the number of transfer credits; and b) students attending college for the first time after high school graduation, regardless of when they graduated from high school.

Freshman transfers are those who have accrued one to 44 college credits, not including summer coursework immediately following high school graduation. Freshman Running Start students expecting to receive a direct transfer associate of arts or associate of science degree from a Washington state community college-especially applicants pursing Nursing or degrees in the College of Science and Engineering-should consult the Admissions Office directly to plan their transfer of credits accordingly.

Admission from Another Post-Secondary Institution
(Policies 77-1 and 79-1)

A student who has established a satisfactory record at another accredited college or university, and is in good standing at the last institution attended, may apply for admission with advanced standing at SU. Applicants for transfer admission must:

  1. Submit an application for admission, and an application fee of $55. (This fee is waived for applicants who have or will receive a direct transfer associate of arts or science degree from a Washington state community college immediately prior to intended enrollment at the university.)

Completed transfer admissions applications should be received by the following deadlines in order to receive priority consideration for the desired term of entry:

  Fall quarter March 1 priority deadline/up to Aug. 15 on space available basis
  Winter quarter Nov. 1
  Spring quarter Feb. 1
  Summer quarter May 15

Nursing and Diagnostic Ultrasound have earlier deadlines, so applicants should consult the Admissions Office directly to plan accordingly. Applicants must submit official copies of transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended. When applying for admission or readmission, failure to furnish all records from all postsecondary institutions attended, regardless of whether attempted course work was completed, places students under penalty of withdrawal of admission or immediate dismissal. The university has the option to declare credits not presented at the time of application as non-transferable.

  1. Transfer applicants who have completed less than 36 quarter or 24 semester hours of transferable credit at other postsecondary institutions must fulfill the secondary school unit requirements for freshman admission. In such cases, an official secondary school transcript must also be submitted.

Transfer students suspended or dismissed for behavioral or social reasons at other institutions must provide a statement of explanation and also a letter from the Dean of Students at the previous institution explaining the circumstances for the suspension or dismissal.

When assessing records for admission, grades in non-credit courses are not counted.

Other Admission Standings/Requirements

Special requirements apply for the following applicants:

International Students (Policy 76-6)

Specific admission requirements and procedures for international students are outlined in the university’s undergraduate international student application materials. These criteria differ from those applied to citizens of the United States.

Non-matriculated Students (Policies 82-2 and 92-2)

Admission as a non-matriculated student is allowed for the purpose of post-secondary or post-baccalaureate study that is not intended to culminate in a degree. Students must be in good standing at regionally accredited colleges or universities. Students are required to complete a Seattle University non-matriculated student application and submit a $55 application fee. Non-matriculated students do not qualify for financial aid or academic counseling. Applicants initially denied admission are not eligible to reapply for non-matriculated student status.

Not all courses are open to non-matriculates. During the fall, winter and spring quarters non-matriculated students will be admitted to courses on a space-available basis after all matriculated students have had the opportunity to register (typically, two weeks prior to the start of classes). During the summer term, non-matriculated students may register when registration opens for the term.