How to Apply

First-year applicants should submit:

  • Completed Common Application with Seattle University Member Supplement.
  • Official high school transcripts, as applicable. 
  • ACT or SAT reports (can be listed on your high school transcript or self-reported via the Common App). The SAT Essay and ACT Writing sections are NOT required.*
  • One teacher recommendation 
  • One counselor recommendation
  • School Report
  • Washington State Running Start students must also submit their official college transcripts. 
  • Home-schooled applicants should refer to our policy here for additional requirements.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $55. 
    • Seattle University will waive the application fee for the following students:
      • Students who have a sibling, parent, or grandparent who graduated from Seattle University
      • Students who attends or graduated from a Jesuit high school
      • Students who attends or graduated from a Catholic high school in Washington State.
      • Students who qualify for a NACAC fee waiver
      • Students who qualify for an SAT or ACT fee waiver
      • Students who attend Seattle University's summer College Planning Day event
      • Students who participate in the Rainier Scholars program
      • Students who qualify for a hardship fee waiver via the Common Application

More information can be found when completing your Common Application.

*Please note that official SAT or ACT scores will be required once you confirm your enrollment to Seattle University.

Essay Questions

Applicants submitting the Common Application to Seattle University will find a requirement to answer several SU-specific questions, including the following additional short answer reflections. 

Required of all first-year applicants:

  • Please elaborate on one of your favorite extracurricular activities or work experiences. (50-100 words)

Then, choose one of the following questions (100 - 250 words):

  • Seattleites are known for buying more books per capita than residents of any other major U.S. city. If you could recommend any book to your admissions counselor, what would it be and why?
  • Jimi Hendrix, Band of Horses, Nirvana, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Quincy Jones, Death Cab for Cutie…Seattle has a rich musical history and SU students are always finding new songs for their personal soundtrack in the city. Tell us five of your favorite songs, the musician(s) who play them, and why they made the list (two to three sentences for each song is appropriate).
  • Seattle University is one of the 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges and universities in the US. A hallmark of Jesuit education is the value it places on continual reflection and discernment as paths for discovering meaning in our lives. Take time to reflect on your college search and application process. What have you learned about yourself as you consider your future in college and beyond? Who do you feel called to be?

Questions regarding the essay questions or the application review process should be directed to the Admissions Office at (206) 220-8040 or