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College of Nursing

English Requirement

All applicants for whom English is a not the first/native language must demonstrate English Proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or other English-speaking countries, or immigration status.

Seattle University maintains the right to require English Proficiency testing when deemed necessary.

English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Please visit our policy page for more information.

TOEFL

BSN applicants must score a minimum of 92 (Internet) or 580 (Paper), no exceptions. Official test scores must be received by the Admissions Office by the application deadline

IELTS

BSN applicants must score a minimum of 7.0, no exceptions. Official test scores must be received by the Admissions Office by the application deadline. 

Exceptions to the English Proficiency Requirement

Visit our policy page for more information. 

Applicants from Select Community Colleges (Pilot Program) - Beginning Summer 2017

Seattle University is currently conducting a pilot program that allows for students who are enrolled in a Direct Transfer program (AA or AS-DTA) to use college-level English composition I and 2 to satisfy English proficiency. To meet this requirement, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete college-level English composition I and II with a 3.0 or higher (B) by the end of Fall Term 2017 (for fall 2018 applicants),
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Be enrolled in a Direct Transfer Program (AA or AS-DTA) at Bellevue College, Edmonds College, Green River College, North Seattle College, Seattle Central College or Shoreline Community College.

The Pilot Program will begin for students applying for Summer 2017 and beyond. Seattle University reserves the ability to require English proficiency testing should it be deemed necessary.