Undergraduate Admissions
International Students

Admission Requirements

  • Seattle University does not require the ACT or SAT of international freshman applicants. However, these scores do enhance an application, and sufficiently high critical reading and writing scores will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.  Please see our English proficiency section below for more information.

    Seattle University offers merit-based scholarships to international students. No separate application is required for scholarship consideration; determinations are based on the strength of your academic and extracurricular record. Please see our scholarship page  for more information. 

    International student applications should be submitted 6-9 months prior to the application quarter of entry to allow for international mail and visa processing.

    All applicants must satisfy the following requirements for admission to be granted:

    • Undergraduate applicants: should have the equivalent of a U.S. grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Provide official transcripts from each educational institution attended.
    • Demonstrate English proficiency as described below.

    English proficiency 

    Applicants for whom English is a not the first/native language must demonstrate English Proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or other English-speaking countries, or immigration status.
    Seattle University maintains the right to require English Proficiency testing when deemed necessary. The most recent demonstration of English Proficiency (i.e. test scores or course work, as per the policies described below) will be counted toward the English Proficiency requirement, regardless of whether previous scores are higher. Following the submission of English Proficiency score reports, requests for testing waivers will not be considered.

    English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

    ELS Language Center (US centers only) students who have completed level 112 with a 3.0 grade point average are considered to have the equivalent TOEFL score of 68/520 and will be considered for the undergraduate English Language and Culture Bridge (ELCB) program. For more information on the ELS program visit the ELS Language Center web site, or you can contact the Seattle center directly at (206) 623-1481; sea@els.edu.

    Students who complete the University of Washington Intensive English Program (UW-IEP) academic level 5 with an 80% and recommendation will be considered as having satisfied English proficiency at Seattle University. English assessment will still be required at Seattle University for proper course-level placement, but not TOEFL or IELTS necessary. For more information visit the UW-IEP web site, or you can call or email them directly at (206) 543-6242; uwelp@pce.uw.edu.

    The chart below outlines the English proficiency requirements for general admission as well as admission to the CLB program. The TOEFL exam has two different grading scales. The paper based TOEFL is still available with scores ranging from 310-677. For more information on what the TOEFL consists of and a list of official testing centers visit the ETS web site. Both score requirements are listed below.

      Undergrad General Admission Graduate General Admission Undergrad ELCB Graduate ELCB
    TOEFL (Internet) 92 92 68 86
    TOEFL (Paper) 580 580 520 567
    IELTS 7.0 7.0 6.0 6.5
    Pearson Test of English 63 63 47 58
    ELS Language Centers N/A N/A Level 112 with a 2.75 GPA N/A
    20 in English and Reading      N/A
    450 in Critical Reading and Writing

    * Some graduate programs are not able to accommodate ELCB students in the curriculum as designed, so admitted students would need to complete ELCB prior to starting their graduate studies.

    Students with TOEFL scores in the ELCB range will take a placement essay test upon arrival at Seattle University. Some students may have their ELCB requirement waived based upon the results of the placement essay test.

    Exceptions to the English Proficiency Requirement

    •   First-year applicants who complete their entire high school curriculum in the United States, parts of Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia or at American schools abroad, may have the English Proficiency requirement waived if their transcript does not include any ESL course work and the high school cumulative grade point average and four years of English composition/literature average of 3.0 or higher.

    •   Transfer applicants from U.S. colleges who meet the same criteria as first-year applicants above may have the English Proficiency requirement waived.

    •   Transfer applicants who have completed ESL courses at a college or university must fulfill the English Proficiency requirement regardless of prior history.

    •   Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants who have earned a bachelor or advanced degree at Seattle University or at a recognized college or university in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to submission of the application, will be considered to have met the English Proficiency requirement.