SPU waives ACT/SAT requirements for 2020 and 2021 applicants

Due to the difficulty of taking college entrance exams and meeting high school graduation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, Seattle Pacific University announced several changes to its regular application process for high school and transfer students. SPU is waiving the ACT and SAT requirements for undergraduate students seeking admission in autumn 2020, or winter, spring, or autumn 2021. These students will still receive full consideration for most merit scholarships.

For high school students applying for autumn 2020, Seattle Pacific will recognize high school diplomas even if credits were waived by the school district. No changes will be made to admission or scholarship decisions as a result of a school district granting a waiver. Applicants submitting high school transcripts with pass/fail grades will also be reviewed for admission, and the pass/fail grades will not be included in the overall GPA calculation. The application deadline for Autumn Quarter is August 1 for both first-year and transfer students.

“We recognize this is an unprecedented time for students seeking to go to college,” said Nate Mouttet, vice president for enrollment management and marketing. “We are trying to ease the stress not only for entering first-year and transfer students, but for junior high school students as well.”

Students who have already been admitted to SPU will now have until June 1 to make their final decision, a one month extension from the previous May 1 deadline.

SPU is also offering virtual tours and events for students and their families who can’t make it to campus. A recent “SPU Comes to You” Week of virtual experiences and online Zoom events for admitted students and their families attracted more than 200 visitors, similar to on-campus events in previous years.

Posted: Friday, May 8, 2020