First Year Students

Think Seattle Pacific might be your perfect fit? Go through our application checklist. Apply to SPU and we’ll waive your $50 application fee. See instructions below.

Here’s what we need from you: 

  • A completed SPU Application or the Common Application.
  • $50 application fee waiver. See the instructions above to claim your waiver.
  • 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 can choose whether or not to submit ACT or SAT scores. Please see the test score policy.
  • Official high school transcript. Your high school counselor can upload an official transcript onto the Common Application, or they 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 may submit an evaluation form via the Common Application, or they 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.

We consider your:

  • Academic fit. We want to make sure that you’ll succeed in SPU’s challenging academic environment. For this, we look at your essays, transcript grades and grade trend, optional test scores, and optional recommendation letters.
  • Mission fit. We look for students who are energized by our vision to engage the culture and change the world. We evaluate this by your essays, interview (optional), and recommendations.

Here’s an idea of the middle 50 percent of our current freshman class.

High School GPA: 3.32–3.84
SAT Score (CR+M): 1040–1230
ACT Score: 22–28

First Year Application Deadlines
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.

January 15

Regular Deadline if you want to start Autumn Quarter

March 1

If you want to start

Spring Quarter

November 15

If you want to start

Winter Quarter