First Year Students

Think SPU might be your perfect fit? Learn more about our application process.

Application Deadlines
November 15

Early Action Deadline if you want to start Autumn Quarter

Make sure to apply Early Action if you want priority on financial aid.

February 1

Regular Deadline if you want to start Autumn Quarter

March 1

If you want to start

Spring Quarter

November 15

If you want to start

Winter Quarter

Here’s what we need from you: 
  • Application. We use the Common Application. Make sure to fill out our member questions as well!
  • $50 application fee.
  • Essays. You’ll submit this with your Common Application. This is where we get to meet you! Have fun and be authentic.
  • Test scores. We accept both the ACT and the SAT. We recommend taking both tests, and then retaking the one where you scored the highest. To be official, the test agency needs to send us scores (this can take two to four weeks) or be listed on your official high school transcript.
    • SPU can review updated test scores post-application, but they must be received by our office by February 1. Please contact our office if you will submit new scores for review.
    • We will superscore your SAT (combining the highest scores received for the evidence-based reading and writing + math sections), but are unable to do so for the ACT.
  • Official high school transcript. Your high school counselor can upload an official transcript onto the Common Application, or they can mail an official transcript in a sealed envelope to our office. You can forward a sealed envelope to us as well, as long as you receive it from your high school.
  • Recommendations. Although letters of recommendation are not required to complete your application, they are strongly recommended. Your recommenders may submit an evaluation form via the Common Application, or they can write a free-form letter of recommendation and send it to us via email, fax, or postal mail. We consider the opinions of your teachers, mentors, and youth leaders. (If your teacher is a parent, please send us a recommendation from a non-family member as well.)

  • Interview. This is optional, but allows us to connect a face and personality with your admission file. A phone interview is also an option.

We consider your:
  • Mission fit. We look for students who are energized by our vision to engage the culture and change the world. We evaluate this by your essays, interview (optional), and recommendations.

  • Academic fit. We want to make sure that you’ll succeed in SPU’s challenging academic environment. For this, we look at test scores, essays, recommendations, and grades and grade trend. At the minimum, complete your high school graduation requirements. In order to be a competitive applicant, we recommend:

Recommended high school course sequence

4 years English

Learn more about the writing ("W") competency requirement, including what any AP, CLEP, IB exams, and college level writing courses can fulfill.

3 years math

3 years science

Including both lab & physical science.

2 years social science

1 year the arts

3 years foreign language

Students who enter with 3 years of a foreign language will have already completed the competency requirement needed for SPU graduation.

Ways to set yourself apart:
  • Take college-level and college prep classes, like Advanced Placement, IB and dual-credit programs like Running Start
  • Well-written, memorable essays that showcase your strengths, unique experiences and goals
  • Extracurricular involvement
  • Visit campus and meet us in person.