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 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 $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 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 (100 - 250 words):

  • 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?

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

  • What is a community that you belong to and a positive change you would like to affect within that community?
  • Seattle is one of the best music cities on earth and SU students love discovering new Seattle music. Please share one song that reflects who you are today and another that reflects who you want to be. Share the songs, artists and why you chose each one.
  • Seattle has a dynamic, global food scene that has been shaped by the many communities that call Seattle home. Share a food dish that has helped to inform and shape your identity.

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