Choosing to go to college was a major decision. Now you’re deciding where to complete your degree. Seattle University offers distinct strengths, including small classes, personal attention, the Jesuit focus on learning through service, and a centralized location in the incomparable city of Seattle. We are thrilled you are thinking of joining the Seattle University community.
With the largest transfer student population of any private university in Washington State, Seattle University is an excellent option for completing your degree and preparing for postgraduate success.
For transfer students, we offer:
Below you will find all the nuts and bolts of how to apply, including admissions requirements, policies, timeline, and deadlines -- all the details you need to start your transfer to Seattle U.
To ensure a seamless transfer, we recommend you start planning early and utilize these helpful tools.
Many degrees require students to complete prerequisite coursework prior to transferring. We have transfer planning guides available for each major below, which include pre-requisites, suggested coursework, GPA information, and equivalency tools.
Visit the Advising Services website to access planning resources for your major, such as learning outcomes and "Typical Junior Transfer Programs" that outline the courses included in each degree plan.
Seattle University has a Transfer Equivalency Guide that allows students to view equivalent coursework from their institution. An official evaluation of transfer coursework is provided by Seattle University upon admission. Some courses not listed in the Transfer Equivalency Guide may still be transferable to SU.
For the courses not found in the Transfer Equivalency Guide website, find course descriptions with SU's Course Catalog for equivalent courses.
Find out more about course equivalencies with the Transfer Equivalency Guide
All students applying to Seattle University need to submit official transcripts from all institutions at which they have attempted college credit. Official transcripts will need to be received before an application can be reviewed.
Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the issuing institution. Official electronic transcripts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the issuing institution.
Students can also order official transcripts through Parchment or through the National Student Clearinghouse.
All students are required to submit any official Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate
or Cambridge/A Level examination scores to the Admissions Office.
Seattle University has dedicated Veteran Navigators, peer mentors and an active veterans community available to assist students. Seattle U is a Yellow Ribbon school and about 90 Yellow Ribbon scholarships are awarded each year.
If you have questions on benefits, please reach out to our School Certifying Officials. Our SCO's are our liaisons between Seattle University and the VA. They make sure students are appropriately certified to receive their VA educational benefits.
Financial assistance is available to finance your college costs.
A FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be filed for EACH YEAR a student wants to be considered for financial aid eligibility. A new FAFSA is available each year on October 1st and asks for financial data from two years ago.
Complete the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) and find out what you may be eligible for. Priority deadline is February 1st; students who file the WASFA after that date may still be considered based on available funding.
1-on-1 appointments are available in case students have specific questions, need guidance or support, or are interested in going over their financial aid award with a financial aid counselor.
Check out our Transfer Scholarships here.
Looking for some extra funding? Interested in learning more about scholarships but don't know where to start? Our Student Persistence Office offers support here.
There are also numerous outside scholarships available from a variety of sources. Students are encouraged to apply locally and nationally for scholarships. Check out our Exploring Outside Scholarships guide here: Outside Scholarships
Seattle University is committed to a thorough and holistic review of applicants for admission. Due to the need for advanced standing, college transcripts must first be evaluated by the Registrar's office, after which they are reviewed by an appropriate academic dean and members of the admissions staff.
Most transfers will receive an admissions decision 6 weeks following an acknowledgment that their applications are complete.
Heavily impacted programs, such as Diagnostic Ultrasound or Nursing, review applicants as a cohort. Therefore, they will operate with different notification dates. Here is a full listing of Deadlines. Students may also consult with the Admissions Office directly for more information.
Transfers may be asked to submit additional information, such as most recent college grades, or an explanation of activities since taking a hiatus from college coursework. These requests are opportunities for continued admissions consideration.
Merit scholarship awards are included in a student's acceptance packet and are available for Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.
Fall quarter transfer applicants are required to hold their acceptance with a deposit by May 1. Transfer students must submit confirmation deposits within 30 days from their decision notification. Winter, Spring and Summer quarter applicants are required to confirm enrollment within 30 days of their letter of acceptance, but a confirmation deposit is not required.
Offering students accredited, globally-focused semesters abroad designed to help students achieve a more rewarding first year of college. The Verto Education curriculum is based on the principles of experiential education to help students gain life experience and academic success as they explore the globe.
Verto Education partners with Seattle University to offer a credit-bearing semester abroad in one of many transformative destinations so that you can graduate on your four-year timeline. Through your first semester or year with Verto, you'll become a global leader, gain confidence, and make an impact when you arrive on campus.