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As a four-year, sequenced course of study, the University Scholars program is open only to those entering SPU as first-year students.

Entrance to the program is based upon academic potential, writing ability, and interest. After a student has been accepted to SPU, he or she is eligible to respond to an invitation to join University Scholars. A limited number of high school seniors will be invited to apply to enter the program based on grade-point average and college-entrance exam scores.

Having proved themselves after a quarter at SPU, however, first-year students with lower test scores who are highly motivated or who are gifted in a particular field are also encouraged to apply at the end of Autumn Quarter. Space in the program is limited to 40 students a year.

How to Apply
You must be accepted into Seattle Pacific University in order to receive an invitation to join the University Scholars Program. Once you have received an invitation, you are encouraged to complete the application, which consists of three parts:

  1. The cover sheet (Application Form) submitted separately.
  2. Send a letter to UScholars Director Jeff Keuss (admissions@spu.edu) explaining why you want to enter the program and why you think you will succeed in it.
  3. Send a writing sample to Jeff Keuss (admissions@spu.edu).

You are welcome to send both the letter and your writing sample as attachments in the same email.