First-Year Requirements and Deadlines
Ready to Apply?
Here’s what we need from you:
A completed SPU Application or the Common Application.
- $50 application fee
Essays. You’ll submit this with your 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 and ACT (combining the highest scores received for the evidence-based reading and writing + math sections).
Official high school transcript. Your high school counselor 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 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.