International Students Application Process
International students interested in pursuing an education at Seattle Pacific University should follow the procedures listed below.
Your potential for academic success at SPU is one of our highest considerations, and therefore students who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English proficiency.
You can establish your English proficiency by submitting the official results from one of the following tests:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
- IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English)
- EIKEN (for native Japanese speakers)
SPU does not offer ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, but you can complete the English program at the INTERLINK Language Center which is located on the SPU campus or at the Washington Academy of Languages (W.A.L.) which is located nearby in downtown Seattle.
If you choose this option, you must complete level 6 and receive a full recommendation from INTERLINK or W.A.L. You then will not be required to submit an English proficiency score.
Note to transfer applicants: SPU will waive the English proficiency test score requirement for students at a U.S. college or university who meet the following requirements:
- Completion of 90+ quarter credits (60+ semester credits) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Grades of a “B” (3.0 GPA) or higher in both English Composition I and II.
Note to post-baccalaureate applicants: SPU will waive the English proficiency test requirement for applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher froma regionally accredited/recognized college or university in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or Ireland.
SAT and ACT Tests
Seattle Pacific University does not require the SAT or ACT for international student applicants.
However, if you are a first-year applicant and have taken either exam, you are encouraged to submit your scores as additional evidence of your academic ability. Sufficiently high reading and writing scores may exempt you from the English proficiency test requirement. Please consult with the international admissions counselor for more information.
If you are a first-year applicant and a native speaker of English, you are strongly encouraged to submit SAT or ACT scores, because English proficiency test results are not required for you. SAT/ACT scores can have a positive impact on the review of your application.
Remember: To be considered official, your scores must be sent by the testing agency, or be included on an official high school transcript.
- When taking the SAT, you can identify your request to have your scores sent to SPU by including SPU’s test code 4694.
- When taking the ACT, the code for SPU is 4476.
Using SAT and ACT scores as an English proficiency alternative
SPU will consider the English proficiency met for students whose SAT or ACT scores meet the following standards:
- A minimum SAT evidence-based Reading and Writing score (EBRW) of 550.
- Or, a minimum ACT Reading and English scores of 20.
All academic records must have the official stamp or seal from the issuing institution and must be sent directly from the school or another authorized institution to SPU in a sealed envelope.
We recognize that every country has its own unique educational system. Please consult with the SPU international admissions counselor for country-specific requirements.
- Documents must be issued in English.*
- We cannot accept copies of records that were issued to the applicant.
- We cannot accept unofficial photocopies, faxes, or scanned/emailed documents.
*If your records have already been translated by the issuing school, or translated and notarized by a translation service, that translation is acceptable. If not, contact our international admissions counselor for assistance locating professional translating services. We cannot accept translations that have been done by you; the translator must be a trained and certified professional.
If you are a freshman applicant, please arrange to have your official transcripts sent to SPU from each high school or secondary school attended for grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 (if available), or the equivalent years in your country.
Include grade 9, even if it was part of middle school/junior high school in your country.
If you have completed secondary school exams (A levels, HKCEE, WAEC, SMA, etc.), please submit an official copy of your final exam certificate or diploma that shows all coursework completed and grades received.
If you are a transfer applicant, please arrange to have official transcripts sent to SPU from each college or university attended, both in the U.S. and outside the U.S. If you have completed 45 college-level/transferable quarter credits (30 semester credits) or more, you are not required to submit high school transcripts.