First-Year Applicants

Freshmen Admissions 101

Deciding where to go to college is one of the most important choices you will make in your lifetime. We are excited that you are considering joining us.

When you apply to Seattle University, you will be considered as a whole person. We will evaluate your academic record, your life experience and the strengths you might bring to our educational community. We offer generous financial aid to help make our distinctive kind of education possible for all eligible students.

Below you will find all the nuts and bolts of how to apply, including admissions requirements, policies, timeline, and deadlines -- all the details you need to start your college adventure here at Seattle U.

Early Action

This is a non-binding option, and those accepted will still be free to apply to other universities and compare financial aid offers. Those accepted through Early Action will not be required to commit prior to the National Candidates' Reply Date of May 1. Applicants for Seattle University's Sullivan Leadership Award must apply via Early Action to be eligible for Sullivan consideration.

Early Action candidates must check the early action option on the Common Application and submit all required credentials by November 15. Those applying for Early Action will be mailed admissions notification on December 23. Students applying via Early Action and not offered admission will be placed in consideration for regular admission.

Regular Decision

Freshmen seeking regular admission consideration for fall quarter that have met our January 15 deadline will be mailed an admissions decision on March 1.

Often, applicants receive requests for additional information, such as seventh-semester high school grades, most- recent ACT or SAT scores or results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language. These requests should be regarded as an opportunity for continued consideration for admission. Once the requested documents are received, applicants are sent a decision by the end of March.

Verto Education

Offering students accredited, globally-focused semesters abroad designed to help students achieve a more rewarding first year of college. The Verto Education curriculum is based on the principles of experiential education to help students gain life experience and academic success as they explore the globe.

Verto Education partners with Seattle University to offer a credit-bearing semester abroad in one of many transformative destinations so that you can graduate on your four-year timeline. Through your first semester or year with Verto, you'll become a global leader, gain confidence, and make an impact when you arrive on campus.

Learn more here on the Verto Education website.


Seattle University Institutional Merit Scholarship determinations will be made and mailed to accepted applicants at the time of admissions notification.

Financial aid

Full financial aid packages, reflecting both need-based and merit-based Seattle University institutional aid, are mailed to all accepted applicants by the end of March. This provides students, and their families time to consider whether to confirm their attendance by the National Candidates Reply Date of May 1.

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