Transfer Students Admissions Process

Whether you transfer to SPU from a regionally accredited two- or four-year school, with or without an associate’s degree, SPU’s credit evaluators will ensure that your transfer work is appropriately applied toward SPU’s degree requirements. Our goal is to help you earn your bachelor’s degree as quickly and efficiently as possible.

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Associate Degree Transfers

If you intend to complete an associate’s degree before transferring to SPU, talk to an admissions or academic counselor to make sure that you choose the right degree for you.

Community College Transfers

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) Degrees
If you complete an approved DTA degree before you begin classes at Seattle Pacific, you will enter SPU with all Exploratory Curriculum and University Core requirements fulfilled, as well as the foreign language proficiency requirement. Generally, you will enter with 90 credits and junior standing, which exempts you from University Foundation 1000. All students entering with junior or senior standing must complete UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.

Reverse Transfer Agreement:
If you are within 15 credits of earning a DTA associate degree at a Washington state two-year school when you transfer to SPU, you may be eligible to participate in SPU’s Reverse Transfer Agreement. Students participating in this program complete their final courses at SPU and transfer them back to the community college. Once the degree at the community college is received, students receive the transfer benefits of the DTA degree. Contact your Undergraduate Academic Counselor to discuss this option.

Washington State Associate’s Degrees Designed for Specific Academic Programs

Associate of Science, Option I and II
If you complete an Option I or II* Associate of Science degree before you begin classes at Seattle Pacific, you will enter SPU with at least 15 credits applied toward arts, humanities and/or social sciences requirements. The AS-T degrees are desigend to help you complete lower-division courses in your major before transferring to SPU rather than to complete all general education requirements. Exploratory Curriculum and University Core requirements will be satisfied on a course-by-course basis. All students entering with junior or senior standing must complete UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.

*The Associate of Science, Option II is highly recommended for pre-engineering transfer applicants.

Associate of Applied Science-Transfer Degree
If you complete an Associate of Applied Science-Transfer degree before you begin classes at Seattle Pacific, you are eligible to apply for the Professional Studies program. Students in this program follow an alternative General Education curriculum. General Education requirements may be satisfied through transfer classes reviewed on a course-by-course basis. You will complete an academic minor at SPU and earn a “Professional Studies” major. Generally, you will enter SPU with 90 credits and junior standing, which exempts you from University Foundations 1000. All students entering with junior or senior standing must complete UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.

Out of State Transfer Students

Oregon

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree (AA/OT) or Associate of Science Oregon Transfer Degree-Business (AS/OT-B)
If you have earned one of these degrees before you begin classes at SPU, you will enter with all Exploratory Curriculum and University Core requirements fulfilled, as well as proficiency requirements in writing and foreign language. Generally, that means you will enter with 90 credits and junior standing, which exempts you from University Foundation 1000. All students entering with junior or senior standing must complete UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.

California

Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) plus Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences Degrees
If you complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences degree before you begin classes at Seattle Pacific, as well as the IGETC track, you will enter SPU with all Exploratory Curriculum and University Core requirements fulfilled, as well as proficiency requirements in writing and foreign language. Generally, that means you will enter with 90 credits and junior standing, which exempts you from University Foundation 1000. All students entering with junior or senior standing must complete UFDN 3001 and UFDN 3100.

Four-Year Transfers

If you are transferring from a four-year college or university, or from a community college in a state not listed below, your transcript will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis. Be sure to view our Transfer Equivalency Guide* for your college or university.

Four-Year Transfers

If you will have a completed bachelor’s degree before you enter SPU, you will follow the admission procedures as a post-baccalaureate student.

Application requirements:

  1. Transfer application: Apply using either the SPU Application or the Common Application
  2. Official college transcripts* from each college attended and the final transcript from the institution that granted the baccalaureate degree, showing the granted degree.
  3. $50 application fee.

You do not need to submit a Secondary School Report (a document completed by your high school counselor).

If you are a nursing student, you must provide additional application materials. Get all the details on what’s required from the School of Health Sciences.

Please note that students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree are ineligible for institutional merit scholarships or financial aid outside of student loans (maximum $12,500). This is a stipulation from the Department of Education.

*Send your transcripts to
Seattle Pacific University
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 115
Seattle, WA 98119-1922

Post-Baccalaureate Application Deadlines
April 1

Early Action Autumn Quarter Deadline

July 1

Final Autumn Quarter Deadline

November 15

Winter Quarter Deadline

February 1

Spring Quarter Deadline

April 1

Summer Deadline

Nursing Transfers

Interested in transferring to Seattle Pacific’s Lydia Green Nursing Program? Read on to learn about key deadlines, requirements, and upcoming information sessions.

Application Requirements

To be considered a nursing transfer student, you must not have been enrolled at SPU in the past four quarters and must have completed either a direct transfer degree or 90 transferable credits by the end of June prior to the beginning of the nursing program. If you have questions about how your credits will transfer, see the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide or contact a SPU transfer admissions counselor.

You must have a minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA in the prerequisite courses, with no one course less than 2.0, and no more than two repeated prerequisites due to a grade of less than 2.0. Attainment of the minimum GPA does not guarantee admission to a major, however, as the total number of admissions is limited by capacity.

Transfer students must have completed and submitted official transcripts for the following prerequisite courses by the end of summer quarter to be eligible for admission:

  • Anatomy & Physiology – 10 quarter credits
  • General (Inorganic) Chemistry – 5 quarter credits
  • Biological (Organic) Chemistry – 5 quarter credits

With all 9 of the Nursing Prerequisites completed and final transcript submitted by September 1.

How to Apply

The School of Health Sciences is working on a plan to begin multiple admission dates for all currently enrolled and transfer applicants. Therefore, application due dates and admission quarters have changed. Please read carefully the updated application information:

Transfer students will apply to begin coursework for Winter 2019 or Autumn 2019. Only currently enrolled students are eligible to apply for the Autumn 2018 cohort and in reduced numbers. Our goal is to offer a minimum of two cohorts per year for all applicants. For the earliest entry date, transfer students apply by April 16 to begin coursework in January 2019.

To begin the application process submit the following:

  • An application to Seattle Pacific University.
  • An application* (PDF) to the Nursing Major including
    • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
    • Course descriptions for any prerequisite course that is not listed on Transfer Equivalency Guide
    • A professional recommendation
    • Prerequisite calculator/details page
    • Background Disclosure form
    • Work and volunteer hours

You will be notified by email in early May if you are selected for an interview. You will be notified of your admission or waitlist placement after spring quarter (June)

Acceptance is contingent on successful completion of all prerequisite courses by the end of summer quarter. All applicants must have achieved the minimum or higher prerequisite GPA at the time the application is submitted and when all prerequisite courses are complete.

*Adobe reader is required in order for the application to calculate correctly.

Nursing Information Sessions – Closed

Nursing information sessions are closed for the 2017–18 academic year and will resume in October 2018. At this time, individual counseling appointments are not available for transfer students seeking direct admission into the Nursing program. For more information regarding direct admission into the Nursing program, please first review our Nursing FAQ website. For answers to questions not listed on this website, email admissions@spu.edu.

When Nursing information sessions resume in the Fall, come learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Seattle Pacific University! One of our Transfer Admissions Counselors will provide information regarding the application process, prerequisite information, and what makes the Lydia Green Nursing Program distinct. If you cannot attend one of the information sessions listed below, feel free to contact us with questions.

Please note that these information sessions are specifically for transfer students who have completed college credit after graduating high school and plan to apply after completing an Associate’s Degree, 90 transferrable credits, or a Bachelor’s Degree. First-year applicants should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for first-year Nursing application information.

Nursing information sessions will be offered as follows; for space availability and to RSVP please call 206-281-2021

  • Monday, February 5th, 11–12pm
  • Wednesday, February 21st, 4–5pm
  • Wednesday, March 7th, 4–5pm
  • Friday, March 23rd, 11–12pm
  • Wednesday, April 4th, 4–5pm
  • Thursday, April 12th, 4–5pm

Please RSVP; due to space constraints, walk-ins unfortunately cannot be accommodated.

Please visit the Nursing Program website for detailed instructions on how to apply to the Nursing Program as a transfer student.

Direct Admission to Your Major

Do you already know what you want to major in at SPU? Good News! As a transfer student, you may be eligible for direct admission to a major at the time you submit an application to Seattle Pacific University.

Who’s Eligible?

You may be eligible to apply for direct admission into one of the following majors listed below. Your eligibility for direct admission will be evaluated based on your GPA and completion of the prerequisite coursework related to your major of interest.

If you have not completed the prerequisite coursework outlined below, you should apply for general admission to the University and will have the opportunity to apply to your major once you have completed classes at SPU.

For priority review for direct admission into a major, please submit your application by the application deadline.

Direct Admission Program Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences: Fine and Performing Arts

Music

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0, audition on primary instrument, and completion of one year of music theory and aural skills.

Music Education

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0.

Theatre

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0, audition/interview, and completion of the following courses:

  • Stagecraft
  • Acting I

Visual Communication

Admission requires submission of a portfolio and completion of the following prerequisite coursework:

  • Art Foundations 1: Surface
  • Art Foundations 2: Space
  • Art Foundations 3: Time

For information on portfolio requirements and deadlines, visit the program’s admissions page.

College of Arts and Sciences: Humanities

Asian Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 with completion of 2 history courses (10 credits).

Classics

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.2 with:

  • Completion of first year Latin or Greek sequence with 3.0 GPA or
  • Completion of 10+ credits within the discipline with 3.2 GPA

Communication (including Journalism)

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 with completion of 3 communications courses (15 credits).

Film Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5, submission of writing samples and a short film, and completion of three of the following courses:

  • The Art of Film
  • Introduction to Film
  • Film History I: Beginnings – 1960
  • Film History II: 1960 – Present
  • Art Foundations III: Time

French and Francophone Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.2 with completion of first-year French sequence with GPA of 3.0.

History

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 with completion of 2 history courses (10 credits).

Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.2.

Philosophy

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.5 or college-level GPA of 3.0 in 45 credits immediately preceding application to the major.

Russian Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.2 with completion of first-year Russian sequence with GPA of 3.0.

Spanish Studies

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.2 with completion of first-year Spanish sequence with GPA of 3.0.

College of Arts and Sciences: STEM

Computer Engineering

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Physics for Science and Engineering I, II, and III
  • Data Structures I and II
  • At least one course in C++ language

Computer Science (BA)

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I OR Survey of Calculus/Business Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Three computing courses that apply to the major OR coursework equivalent to the following:
    • CSC 1230 (Problem Solving and Programming)
    • CSC 2430 (Data Structures I)
    • CSC 2431 (Data Structures II)
  • At least one programming course must be in the C++ language

Computer Science (BS)

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Three computing courses that apply to the major OR coursework equivalent to the following:
    • CSC 1230 (Problem Solving and Programming)
    • CSC 2430 (Data Structures I)
    • CSC 2431 (Data Structures II)
  • At least one programming course must be in the C++ language

Electrical Engineering

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Differential Equations
  • Vector Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Physics for Science and Engineering I, II, and III

General Engineering

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I, II, and III
  • Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Physics for Science and Engineering I, II, and III
  • Statics OR Mechanics of Materials

Information Systems

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0 with completion of the following courses:

  • Calculus I OR Survey of Calculus/Business Calculus
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Three computing courses that apply to the major OR coursework equivalent to the following:
    • CSC 1230 (Problem Solving and Programming)
    • CSC 2430 (Data Structures I)
    • CSC 2431 (Data Structures II)
  • At least one programming course must be in the C++ language

College of Arts and Sciences: Social Sciences

Sociology

Completion of associate’s degree (non-professional/technical) with completion of 10 credits of Sociology coursework and minimum college-level GPA of 3.0.

School of Business, Government, and Economics

Accounting

Completion of 90 college-level credits or an approved direct transfer degree with a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.3 in both general coursework and prerequisites, plus completion of at least three of the courses listed below:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Law

Business Administration

Completion of 90 college-level credits or an approved direct transfer degree with a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.3 in both general coursework and prerequisites, plus completion of at least three of the courses listed below:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Law

Economics

Completion of 90 college-level credits or an approved direct transfer degree with a minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.3 in both general coursework and prerequisites, plus completion of at least three of the courses listed below:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intro to Statistics
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Business Law

School of Education

Special Education

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 3.0.

School of Health Sciences

Nursing

Completion of 90 college-level credits or an approved direct transfer degree plus completion of the following nursing prerequisite courses with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (both courses must be completed at the same school)
  • General College Chemistry
  • Organic Biochemistry
  • General Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Microbiology
  • Statistics

If you intend to apply for the Nursing major, your application to SPU and to the Nursing major will be submitted by April 16. Nursing students will apply to be admitted for Winter or Autumn quarter 2019. Please refer to the nursing website for more information about the application process.

School of Psychology, Family, and Community

Psychology

Minimum cumulative college-level GPA of 2.7 with a minimum 2.7 in General Psychology.