Stay Connected and Updated on COVID-19 Developments

Seattle University has been addressing and responding to the rapidly changing circumstances with the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic both globally and in our region. Our thoughts are with everyone affected, and we hope that you stay safe.

We know you have questions so we have compiled relevant admissions information during this extraordinary time. While you will not find us on campus these days, we are working remotely and remain available to help. Please continue to monitor this page for additional updates in the coming weeks and months.

Prospective Students

Campus visits

  • In-person tours are suspended until further notice. As this option returns, we will make sure to update this site.
  • In the meantime, visit campus using our Virtual Tour

Connect with advisors

  • Connect with your admission counselor:
    • Troy Sterk, sterkt@seattleu.edu, 206-296-5998 
      Specialist in programs in: College of Education, College of Nursing, and College of Science and Engineering
    • Victoria Olive, olivev@seattleu.edu, 206-296-2217
      Specialist in programs in: Albers School of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, and School of Theology and Ministry
  • Calls, emails and Zoom meetings with advisors remain available so work with your counselor so we can connect in ways that work best for you.

Information sessions

Applicants

Application Fee

Good news! Since every bit helps, we are now waiving the $55 application fee for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applications.

Academic Credentials

We recognize that many universities in areas impacted by COVID-19 are currently closed and students may be unable to obtain transcripts and other academic credentials at this time. Currently, we can review and make admissions decisions with unofficial copies of transcripts. Attach scanned copies with your application or email to grad-admissions@seattleu.edu if you have already submitted an application.

  • For Summer and Fall applicants admitted with unofficial documents, official documents and degree-posted documents are required during your first term. Recognizing the difficulty obtaining official credentials at this time, we may be postponing the required date and we will post updates as needed.

Admission Processes

  • Processing applications continues. You will be assigned a unique status page so you can check on outstanding materials or status updates. Of course, you can connect with Graduate Admissions staff as needed.
  • Many admission interviews will continue using tools like Zoom or Skype. Contact program staff if you have questions about interview accommodations.

International Students

  • Applicants with overseas course work who cannot obtain an agency evaluation because official transcripts are unavailable should email Graduate Admissions to determine whether an alternative is possible.
  • For recent updates on changes to our English proficiency policy please consult our apply page for international students. Changes to English proficiency testing are highlighted below:
    • TOEFL
      • TOEFL launched the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in most areas except in mainland China and Iran. Plans are currently being made to expand to mainland China and Iran. This will be a proctored online version of the test that is administered in a test user’s home. Additional information about this new test option and updates on testing center closures, postponements, and rescheduling are available on the ETS Website
    • IELTS
      • IELTS is providing updates regarding testing centers on the IELTS website
    • Duolingo
      • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we will be accepting the Duolingo English Test. The minimum required score for regular admission is 110. Applicants with a score between 95-105 qualify for entry through our English Language Cultural Bridge program. Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test taken on-demand for a fee. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which is shared with Seattle University when you request your results to be sent. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.

Testing

For prospective students navigating graduate application requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE and GMAT testing requirements are now considered optional as of April 9 for anyone applying to a non-law graduate program that begins in the 2020-21 academic year. (Summer 2020 through Spring 2021). Two exceptions remain in place. A test will still be required if you have a bachelor's degree from a non-graded institution or you have earned the equivalent of a 3-year bachelor's degree overseas.

Choosing to include a GMAT or GRE score may make your application more competitive in some situations. The Graduate Admissions team will be auditing its files and reaching out to impacted applicants regarding the change and your options. Prospective students are invited to contact Graduate Admissions anytime at grad-admissions@seattleu.edu or 206-220-8010 to discuss this new policy.

Testing agencies have worked to provide alternatives to site-based tests that are unavailable currently. The latest information is noted below and we will update as we learn more.

  • GRE
    • ETS launched the GRE General Test at home test in most areas except mainland China and Iran. Plans are currently being made to expand to mainland China and Iran. The GRE will be a proctored online version of the test that is administered in a test user’s home. Additional information about this new test option and updates on testing center closures, postponements, and rescheduling are available on the ETS website.
  • GMAT
    • GMAC has launched an online proctored alternative to the GMAT exam in selected regions. Additional information about this new test option and updates on testing center closures, postponements, and rescheduling are available on the GMAC website.

Admitted Students

Consult the Admitted Student site for more information about campus resources.

Summer Quarter 2020

  • A determination has been made that all classes for the term will be held virtually.
  • You should be receiving an invitation to our online orientation through Canvas by mid-May. This invitation will be sent to the email address you used to apply online. Other university communication will be sent to your Seattle University email account.

Fall Quarter 2020

  • The university intends to reopen campus in the fall to students with a likely mix on in-person and virtual classes. More information will be forthcoming as events develop.

Connect with Student Financial Services

Do not hesitate to contact our Student Financial Services Office today at 206-220-8020 or financialservices@seattleu.edu with any financial aid questions. Information regarding your financial aid award will be communicated through your Seattle University email account.

Orientations and Advising

You will receive an invitation to participate in a University orientation for either Summer or Fall 2020. Contact your program for more information about department orientations and advising.

International students

  • Our International Student Center staff can assist you with visa and status questions as we navigate the on-going immigration policy changes.
  • Visa documents
    • We are aware the U.S. Consulates have temporarily suspended F-1 Student Visa interview scheduling in some areas impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. However, as international applicants are approved for admission, we will continue to issue I-20 visa eligibility documents for the upcoming Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 quarters to allow applicants to schedule visa interviews as soon as possible after the U.S. Consulates re-open.
    • Some U.S. Consulate/Embassies are now allowing F-1 visa applications without an in-person appointment. Contact our International Student Center for the latest information.

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