Applicants for whom English is not a first/native language must demonstrate English Proficiency regardless of English language studies, academic history, residence in the United States or other English-speaking countries, or immigration status.
Seattle University maintains the right to require English Proficiency testing when deemed necessary. The most recent demonstration of English Proficiency (i.e. test scores or course work, as per the policies described below) will be counted toward the English Proficiency requirement, regardless of whether previous scores are higher. Following the submission of English Proficiency score reports, requests for testing waivers will not be considered.
English proficiency may be met with the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
The chart below outlines the English proficiency requirements for general admission as well as admission to the ECLB program. The TOEFL exam has two different grading scales. The paper based TOEFL is still available with scores ranging from 310-677. For more information on what the TOEFL consists of and a list of official testing centers visit the ETS web site. Both score requirements are listed below.
|Required to Participate in |
|Exempt from English Language |
and Culture Bridge
|TOEFL||68 - 91 iBT or 520 - 579 PBT||92 iBT or 580 PBT|
|IELTS||6.0 - 6.5||7.0|
|ELS||Complete Level 112 with 3.0 GPA||N/A|
|PTE||48 - 62||63|
|SAT (up to 2015)||N/A||450+ in critical reading and writing|
|SAT (2016+)||500 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing|
|ACT||N/A||20+ in both reading and English|
*Transfer students required to complete the ELCB program to meet English proficiency requirements are not eligible for merit awards.
Nursing College applicants for whom English is not their first language must demonstrate English proficiency at non-ELCB level (meaning 92 on the iBT or 7.0 on the IELTS). Exceptions below may apply.
Students with TOEFL scores in the ELCB range will take a placement essay test upon arrival at Seattle University. Some students may have their ELCB requirement waived based upon the results of the placement essay test.
Seattle University offers paper-based TOEFL exams throughout the year for SU applicants. Results from the Seattle U Institutional TOEFL test will only be recognized at SU. Before registering for the TOEFL, please refer to the pilot program below to understand if the TOEFL test is necessary.
|Next Available SU TOEFL date:||Saturday, October 6, 2018|
|Time:||9:00 AM, registration begins at 8:45 AM|
|Location:||Seattle University Bannan Building, Room 501|
Please email Valerie Niemiec or call her at (206) 296-5802 to register for the Seattle University TOEFL exam.
Seattle University allows students to use college-level English composition I and II to satisfy English proficiency. To meet this requirement, students must meet the following criteria:
Seattle University reserves the ability to require English proficiency testing should it be deemed necessary.
Seattle University will provide a letter of conditional admission to undergraduate students who apply and are admitted to Seattle University, subject to the student successfully completing Level 6 of Seattle Central College's Bridge program, as well as any other conditions that are required to be met.
Seattle University will also accept and transfer approved college level courses that are taken as part of the Pathway Program and passed with the requisite GPA.
To learn more about this send an email to University Prep Pathway.
ELS Language Center (US centers only) students who have completed level 112 with a 3.0 grade point average are considered to have the equivalent TOEFL score of 68/520 and will be considered for the undergraduate English Language Learning Center. For more information on the ELS program visit English Language Learning Center , or you can contact the Seattle center directly at (206) 623-1481; Seattle Center.
Students who complete the University of Washington Intensive English Program (UW-IEP) the University Track with grades of a 3.0 or higher will be considered as having satisfied English proficiency at Seattle University. English assessment will still be required at Seattle University for proper course-level placement, but no TOEFL or IELTS is necessary. For more information visit the UW-IEP web site, or you can call or email them directly at (206) 543-6242; UW-IEP Email.