Admitted Student FAQs

How do I apply for financial aid?

Admitted students are automatically considered for merit based scholarships and are notified of scholarship eligibility in their acceptance packets. To apply for need-based financial aid, students should file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid by February 1, 2019. Students who file a FAFSA will be notified via email when their award is available (typically by late March for students who meet the February 1 priority deadline). Contact Student Financial Services at (206) 220-8040 or for additional information regarding financial aid.

Do you have events specifically for admitted students?

Yes! Admitted first-year students are invited to attend an Open House on Sunday, April 7th or Saturday, April 13th. Additionally, Admissions Counselors will be hosting Accepted Student Regional Receptions in select cities. Please check our Campus Visits page for additional visit opportunities.

How do I apply for the Seattle University Honors Program?

Visit the Honors Program website for details. The priority deadline for the Honors Program is January 15th. Students who apply after January 15th will be considered on a space-available basis.

Honors program applicants who meet the January 15th deadline will receive their decisions in early March, and students who applied after January 15th will be notified on a rolling basis. Students admitted to the Honors Program will receive an additional $1,800 scholarship in addition to any merit scholarship received.

How do I change my major?

Please note that some programs of study have minimum test score or course requirements. Contact your Admissions Counselor to find out your options.

Does Seattle University give credit for Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams?

Yes. Visit our AP and IB Exams webpage for more information. Students should submit AP or IB exam scores to Seattle University by July 15th to receive credit.

What do I need to do to confirm my enrollment?

Visit the “Confirm Your Enrollment” page for instructions. Fall Quarter enrollment deposits are due by the National Candidate Reply deadline of May 1. 

How to do I submit my housing preferences?

Students who confirm their enrollment by May 1 will be able to submit their housing and roommate preferences via an Online Welcome Tutorial beginning in early May. In the meantime, visit the Housing and Residence Life website to learn more about housing options on campus. All first and second year students are required to live on campus, unless living with a parent or guardian off-campus.

What is Summer in Seattle orientation?

Summer in Seattle is a two-day orientation program that all first-year students attend; registration will become available in early May. Four sessions are available in July, and a concurrent family program is offered as well. 

What if I am unable to attend a Summer in Seattle orientation?

If you are unable to attend a Summer in Seattle session, contact Orientation programs for information about make up dates: or (206) 296-2525.

How do I register for classes?

Our New Student Registration office registers all new first-year students for their first quarter here at SU, and students receive their schedule while meeting with an advisor at their Summer in Seattle orientation session. Students are registered for classes based on the preferences they select on the Online Welcome Tutorial. The registration preferences form will become available in early May.

I’m interested in taking a gap year/deferring my enrollment. What should I do?

Accepted first-year students may request to postpone their enrollment from one fall quarter to the next fall quarter for meaningful work, service, and travel opportunities. For more details, please review our Gap Year Policy. After you have reviewed the policy, you may contact the admissions office to take your next steps.

I have made a change in my schedule/my grades have dropped since applying. What should I do?

As stated in your acceptance letter, initial admission is provisional and contingent upon the successful completion of any coursework in progress. Please notify the Admissions Office if you plan to drop a class or make a change to your schedule.

Additionally, note that if your academic performance declines following acceptance, bringing your cumulative GPA below an acceptable level; if you drop or fail coursework in which you were enrolled at the time of acceptance; or if you fail to graduate, Seattle University reserves the right to withdraw acceptance. It is essential that you confer with Admissions Office personnel promptly if you experience any of these academic difficulties following your initial acceptance.


Didn't find the answer to your question here? Please contact your Admissions Counselor (or the main Admissions Office) and we will be happy to help you!