Undocumented Students

Who is Undocumented?

The following definition was pulled from Immigrants Rising.

"Undocumented” is broadly defined to include all immigrants who reside in the United States without legal status. This includes those who either:

  • entered the United States without inspection or with fraudulent documents; 
  • entered legally as a nonimmigrant but then violated the terms of their status and remained in the United States without authorization (as defined by the National Immigration Law Center);
  • have Deferred Action Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) status or has previously had DACA;
  • are otherwise currently in the process of legalizing; or
  • have an immigration status that is in ‘limbo’ or puts them ‘at-risk’ for being targeted by immigration enforcement. 

Most college-bound undocumented students:

  • have lived in the United States most of their lives
  • have been brought to the United States by their parents at a young age
  • have learned English - have attended elementary, middle, and high school in the United States
  • have excelled academically in high school and want to pursue a college education
  • currently lack a way to become legal residents or citizens in the United States.

Recognizing that undocumented students make important contributions to the intellectual and social life of the campus, Seattle University admits and enrolls students regardless of citizenship.