International Undergraduate Admissions

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In order to facilitate a seamless application process, we've provided detailed information regarding important dates to keep your application on schedule, along with step-by-step guidance to help navigate the admissions and immigration process. Additionally, you'll discover a valuable two-year roadmap to aid in your preparation.

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Review the Admissions Requirements

Applications are reviewed holistically to consider many factors. For specific program requirements, please review the program’s admissions requirements. Competitive applicants typically have the equivalent of a 3.0 grade-point average or higher on a U.S.-based 4.0 scale.

Transfer applicants from other colleges or universities may have specific prerequisite requirements. Check your program’s transfer requirements for more details.

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All applicants must provide official transcripts from each educational institution attended, with the institution’s official stamp or seal included. Certified English language translations of all transcripts are also required, if necessary.

Official transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution; learn more about submitting your transcripts.

Submit a dated International Student Declaration of Finances form signed by your sponsor and verified by the bank of deposit.

Seattle University does not require the ACT or SAT of international first-year applicants. Sufficiently high critical reading and writing scores (500+ for the SAT and 20+ for the ACT) can enhance an application and will be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL to demonstrate English proficiency.

Applicants for whom English is not a 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.

How to Meet English Proficiency Requirement

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.

Exam Options

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

The chart below outlines the English proficiency requirements for general admission as well as admission to the English Language Culture Bridge (ELCB) program. For more information on the TOEFL and a list of official testing centers, visit the ETS website. Both score requirements are listed below.

  Required to Participate ELCB Exempt from ELCB
TOEFL 68 - 85 iBT 86 iBT
IELTS minimum 6.0 6.5
ELS Not applicable Complete Level 112 with 3.0 GPA
PTE 48 - 62 63
Duolingo 105-115 120
SAT (2016+)   500 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
ACT Not applicable 20+ in both reading and English

College of Nursing and Business and Law applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate English proficiency at non-ELCB level (meaning 86 on the iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS). Exceptions below may apply.

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 on the results of the placement essay test.

Applicants who require a TOEFL should plan to complete the exam at a local testing center.

Applicants Transferring from a Regionally Accredited College or University

Seattle University allows applicants to use college-level English composition I to satisfy English proficiency. To meet this requirement, you must meet the following criteria:

  • 45 quarter credits (or equivalent) completed from a regionally accredited US college or university complete at the time of application.
  • Complete college-level English composition with a 3.0 of higher grade (B)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Seattle University reserves the ability to require English proficiency testing should it be deemed necessary.

The Seattle Central College Pathway Program

Seattle University will provide a letter of conditional admission to undergraduate students who apply and are admitted to Seattle University, subject to the student successfully completing Level 6 of Seattle Central College's Bridge program, as well as any other conditions that are required to be met.

Seattle University will also accept and transfer approved college-level courses that are taken as part of the Pathway Program and passed with the requisite GPA. To learn more about this, send an email to

ELS Language Centers

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 86 and will be exempt from the undergraduate English Language Learning Center. For more information on the ELS program, visit or call 1-866-748-9780.

Additional Options to Meet English Proficiency Requirements

First-year applicants who complete their entire high school curriculum in the United States, parts of Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Bahamas, Jamaica, Kenya, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Belize 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.

Post-baccalaureate applicants who have earned a bachelor's 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.

Application Process for Your Bachelor’s Degree

Begin Online Application

First-year students apply using the Common Application. In addition to the Common Application Personal Statement, students are asked to provide a few short answer responses.

Apply using the Common Application

Students transferring from another college or university complete the Seattle University Transfer Application.

Apply using the Transfer Application

Application Deadlines 

International student applications should be submitted 6 to 9 months the quarter you wish to enroll in to allow for international mail and visa processing.  

See specific deadlines per quarter for both First-Year and Transfer students.

See Application Checklist and Request Transcripts

In addition to an admissions application, the following materials are required:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, including certified English language translations of each transcript.
  • Official external mark sheets should be submitted as part of the evaluation process in the educational system attended. Transcripts must have the official seal or stamp from the issuing institution.
  • Students who have completed the Ordinary and/or Advanced Levels, or the International Baccalaureate must have the results sent directly from the testing agency.
  • Transfer students who have completed more than 45 quarter hours of transferable college credit are not required to submit secondary school transcripts.
  • Documents for first-year applicants may also be uploaded via the Common Application. Secure digital transfer formats (such as Parchment or eScript) are also accepted. 
  • A dated International Student Declaration of Finances form signed by your sponsor and verified by the bank of deposit.
  • The International Pre-Financial Information Form for international students living outside the U.S.
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Students with government sponsorship should submit embassy letters confirming the sponsorship.

Submitting Education Records & Transcripts

Official transcripts should be sent directly from the issuing institution, either by mail or by email. Transcripts must have the official seal or stamp from the issuing institution.

Mailing address:

Seattle University
Admissions Office
901 12th Ave
PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Submit Application and $60 Fee

When your application is complete, you can officially apply to Seattle University.

Undergraduate applicants have a one-time, non-refundable application fee of $60. The fee is waived for those updating applications for subsequent quarters, or who have taken an academic hiatus and are applying for readmission.

Transfer students from Washington State, Oregon, California, or Arizona who are receiving their associate degrees and transferring directly to Seattle University will have their application fee waived.

See Where Your Application is in the Review Process

After you submit your application to Seattle University, you’ll receive access to the Redhawk Admissions Portal, where you can view a personalized checklist of required admissions items.

We consider your application complete and ready for review when we receive all required materials from your portal checklist, and we’ll reach out if we need additional information.

See Dates to Keep Your Application on Track

Submit your completed application by the following deadline:

Fall Quarter Deadlines

Classes start in September

  • First-Year Early Action: November 15
    • You’ll hear back in mid-December.
  • First-Year Regular Decision: January 15
    • You’ll hear back in early March.
  • Transfer Nursing Admission: December 1
  • Transfer Diagnostic Ultrasound Admission: February 1
  • Transfer Priority Admission (all other majors): March 1

Fall Quarter applications submitted after March 1 will be considered on a rolling basis.

The following majors are only available for a Fall Quarter start date:

  • Nursing
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Business and Law
  • Humanities
  • Humanities for Teaching

Winter Quarter Deadline

Classes start in early January

  • September 1—recommended deadline for international students
  • November 1—final deadline

Spring Quarter Deadline

Classes start in late March/early April

  • December 1—recommended deadline for international students
  • February 15—final deadline

Summer Quarter Deadline

Classes start in June

  • February 1—recommended deadline for international students
  • May 15—final deadline

To see more information regarding deadlines, visit our First-Year or Transfer Admissions pages.

First-Year Deadlines and Timeline

Transfer Deadlines and Timeline

Next Steps After Admission

Information for Immigration Next Steps 

International students are eligible for their Seattle University issued I-20s after admission. Please allow for at least two weeks for processing your I-20 after admission and all required documents received (check your Redhawk Admissions Portal checklist).

Admitted international students currently enrolled at US schools will need to request a SEVIS/I-20 transfer from the institution they are departing. Access the International Student School Transfer Eligibility Form or contact the International Student Center with questions.

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International Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 1-206-220-8040
Toll-free: 1-800-426-7123