Applying as a First-Year Student

You are considered a first-year student if you have not yet graduated from high school or have not yet completed any college courses since high school graduation.

College credit earned while in high school — through Running Start, College in the High School, other accelerated programs, or coursework at a local college or university — does not place you in the “transfer student” category. First-year students follow the application procedures below:

  • Complete the Common Application’s First-Year application and submit it to Undergraduate Admissions along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee and the required SPU member section.
  • During the first semester of your senior year, arrange for an official transcript to be sent by your most recent high school and any high schools previously attended. If you choose to attend SPU, you must also request that a final transcript be sent to Undergraduate Admissions by August 1.
  • If you have completed college coursework while in high school and the coursework appears on your high school transcript, you are not required to submit official transcripts from the institutions of higher education when you apply for admission. However, in order to receive advanced standing credit and to be placed in the correct first-quarter classes, you should request that all colleges and universities you have attended send official transcripts to SPU Undergraduate Admissions.
  • Take either the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I) (SPU code 4694) or the American College Test (ACT) (SPU code 4476) and submit the scores to SPU.
  • You have the option to submit a Teacher Evaluation form through the Common Application. Additionally, your college counselor can add remarks to the School Report when submitting your transcript. Both forms are part of the First-Year Common Application.

Homeschooled Students

If you are a homeschooled student, submit application materials as stated for all first-year students. When applying to Seattle Pacific, you will:

  • Apply using the Common Application, including the school report, completed by your parent or homeschool teacher.
  • $50 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT test scores, sent by the testing agency.
  • High School transcript*, including all courses completed, a grade and number of credits for each course, a cumulative unweighted GPA (4.0 scale), signed by a parent or homeschool administrator.
  • Official college transcripts, if you’ve received dual credit toward high school from a college. 

*Some applicants may be asked to submit a summary of their homeschool curriculum and reading list.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

All students must have a good command of the English language to be academically successful at SPU. If both your primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. (other than Puerto Rico), you are considered a native English speaker.

Regardless of citizenship status, if you are not considered a native English speaker you may be required to demonstrate English proficiency through one of the means listed here. If demonstration of English proficiency is necessary, you will be notified by Undergraduate Admissions.

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Undergraduate Admissions

Do you have questions about admission to SPU — or want to visit campus? Contact Undergraduate Admissions at 800-366-3344 or admissions@spu.edu.

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Disability Support Services

SPU’s Disability Support Services works with undergraduate and graduate students to ensure equal access and to provide reasonable accommodations for those with documented disabilities.

Contact dss@spu.edu or 206-281-2475 to set up an appointment.