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). Please note, submitting test scores is optional and if you choose to submit test scores, the SAT Essay and ACT Writing sections are NOT required.*
  • One teacher recommendation 
  • One counselor recommendation
  • School Report
  • Washington State Running Start students or students with college credit earned in high school should submit their official college transcripts
  • Home-schooled applicants should refer to our policy here for additional requirements.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $60. 
    • 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 attend or graduated from a Jesuit high school
      • Students who attend or graduated from a Catholic high school
      • Students who qualify for a NACAC fee waiver
      • Students who qualify for an SAT or ACT fee waiver
      • Students who attend Seattle University's Redhawk SUmmer Friday 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.

Essay Question

Applicants submitting the Common Application to Seattle University will find a requirement to answer one SU-specific essay questions:

  • Located in one of the world's top cities for technology and innovation and deeply rooted in 500 years of Jesuit tradition, a Seattle University education is progressive, global and holistic. We encourage students to challenge preconceived notions, reflect before they react, and strive for the greater good. What is it that drew you to apply to Seattle University? Where do you hope a Seattle University education will take you?

Required Essay for Nursing Applicants

The Nursing program at Seattle University is a competitive program that admits students directly to the four-year Nursing cohort. The College of Nursing’s mission is to educate and inspire leaders to transform healthcare for a just and humane world. Why are you applying to the Nursing program at Seattle University and what aspects of the profession uniquely excite you? Please limit your response to 250 words or less.

Required Essay for Business and Law Applicants

The Business and Law program at Seattle University is a competitive dual degree in which students can earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Juris Doctor (law) degree in a six-year span (instead of the traditional seven). Why are you applying to the Business and Law program at Seattle University and what experiences have prepared you to be successful for the rigor and accelerated pace of the program? You may highlight prior influences or internship experience as well as future career goals and aspirations. Please limit your response to 500 words. 



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