First-Year Requirements and Deadlines

Apply for free by November 1st!

Here’s what we need from you:

  • A completed SPU Application or the Common Application.
  • $50 application fee waiver. Here's how to get your $50 fee waiver.
    • In the SPU Application, go to the "Program Information" tab.
      • Within the fee waiver question, the "SPUGift" waiver code will automatically load if you apply by November 1st.
    • In the Common Application, go to the "My Colleges" section.
      • Navigate to Seattle Pacific University and click on "Questions".
      • Within the fee waiver question, select "Institutional Fee Waiver" from the drop-down menu.
      • Type in the code "SPUGift".
  • Essays. You’ll submit this with your application. This is where we get to meet you! Have fun and be authentic.
  • Test scores: We are test optional. That means applicants for Fall 2021 can choose whether or not to submit ACT or SAT scores. Please see the test score policy.
    • SPU can review updated test scores post-application, but they must be received 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. They can submit electronically through the application or they can email the official copy directly to 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 short, free-form letter of recommendation and send it to us via the application, email, or 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.

Application Deadlines

Apply by:

November 1

Early Action Deadline if you want to start

Autumn Quarter

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

May 1

Decision Deadline if you want to start

Autumn Quarter

January 1

Regular Application Deadline if you want to start

Autumn Quarter

November 15

If you want to start

Winter Quarter

February 1

If you want to start

Spring Quarter