Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply to SPU?
You are encouraged to apply online using the Common Application. It's quick, easy, and secure.
Note: the Common Application asks students to either submit the application, supplement and payment (or fee waiver) online, or submit all application material by mail.
Can you explain the application requirements?
$50 Application Fee: This is a non-refundable fee that can be paid online when you submit your application, or by sending in a check. In some cases a fee waiver may be granted, please contact the Office of Admissions for further information.
The Common Application: The Common Application offers students the opportunity to complete one application and submit it to a number of different schools.
Secondary Report: This is a document completed by your high school counselor and includes an official high school transcript. These documents can be sent to SPU in an envelope sealed by your high school counselor or submitted digitally through the Common Application. This document is only required for freshman applicants.
Teacher or Instructor Evaluation: This document is completed by a high school or college instructor who can recommend you to colleges based on observing you in an academic setting. The evaluation can be sent to SPU by mail or submitted digitally through the Common Application.
Official SAT or ACT Scores: All students who have taken fewer than 45 college level quarter credits (30 semester) after high school graduation are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores. In order to be considered official these 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 send to SPU by including SPU’s test code 4694, for the ACT it is 4476.
Final High School Transcript: This is an enrollment requirement for all accepted freshmen prior to attending SPU. Also, this is required of all transfer applicants who have completed fewer than 45 college level quarter credits (30 semester) after high school graduation.
Official College Transcripts: Transfer and Post- Baccalaureate applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all institutions where they have taken college level coursework. In order to be considered official, the documents must arrive on official transcript paper, and in an envelope sealed by the institution.
What makes a good essay?
What do you look at when you read my application?
We look at your GPA and test scores, and then we read between the lines. What kind of classes did you take? Are your grades getting better, declining, or are they consistent? We read your essays, and we read your recommendation letters. We also look at your activities to see what you are doing with your time. All of this information paints a picture of who you are and whether you are prepared for Seattle Pacific University.
When will I hear of my admission standing?
Students who apply Early Action (Nov. 15) and complete their files should hear sometime in January. Students applying for regular admission will likely hear in March. If you have any questions about your application, feel free to call or email the Admissions office at email@example.com or 800-366-3344.
Who can I talk to about my application?
Should I interview?
An interview is a great idea if you can make it happen. It’s always better to "speak for yourself" in person. If you live far away and can’t visit campus, schedule an interview over the phone with your admissions counselor.
What if I am homeschooled? Who should fill out my Academic Recommendation?
What if I am denied admission to SPU?
Should I take the SAT or the ACT?
We accept either test. We recommend that you take at least two tests (two SATs, two ACTs, or one of each). We’ll take your top score.
What kind of SAT or ACT scores are you looking for?
You may have read that the middle 50 percent of our incoming freshmen class has an SAT score (CR+M) range of 1050-1230, or an ACT score range of 23 to 28. If you are in this range, you are doing well. Students with scores below the middle 50 percent should know that this is not a minimum. Remember, we take your test scores in context with your entire application.