#3 Best Colleges in Washington

Seattle U Admission Requirements

Seattle, Washington

 1 Reviews

Chances of getting into Seattle University


Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Seattle University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into Seattle U and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Seattle U is 83%.  It ranks #9 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Seattle University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 6,587 out of 7,914 applicants were admitted.

The school has very high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 32 percent (SAT 1130/1330 ACT 24/30). Seattle University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.63. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 12% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Seattle U application fee is $55 and applications are due by Jun 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Seattle University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 75% of students submitted SAT scores and 39% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Seattle U SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Seattle University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Seattle University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 670
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Seattle University?

Seattle University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1030. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. Seattle U ranks #5 in Washington and #202 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 75 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Seattle University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1330 and Above Good >89%
1230 to 1330 Avg + 83%-89%
1130 to 1230 Avg - 74%-83%
1030 to 1130 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 1030 Low <63%
Calculate My Chances 
Connect with Seattle U

Engage with counselors on a personal level to demonstrate your interest in their school and get answers to all of your admissions-related questions.

Sponsored by CollegeVine

Seattle U ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Seattle University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 23
ACT Math 25th 23
ACT Composite 25th 24
ACT Scores for Seattle University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 30
Average ACT Score 27

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Seattle U?

Admission data indicates that Seattle U regularly accepts students with ACT's of 24 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 27 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 21 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 27 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 30 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Washington and #204 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Seattle University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Seattle University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
30 and Above Good >89%
27 to 30 Avg + 83%-89%
24 to 27 Avg - 74%-83%
21 to 24 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 21 Low <63%
Calculate My Chances 

Seattle U GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Seattle University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Seattle U. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Seattle University was 3.63 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.63 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Seattle U accepts 83% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Seattle University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 16.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 28.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 11.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 4.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

Similar Requirements

High School Class Rank

55% of Seattle University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Seattle University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 24%
Top 25% of class 55%
Top 50% of class 91%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Seattle University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,124 2,790 7,914
Accepted 4,244 2,343 6,587
Acceptance Rate 83% 84% 83%
Enrolled 496 309 805
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 13% 12%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jun 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Jun 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Seattle University is $55.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Seattle University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Seattle University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Seattle University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236595 IPEDS survey data for Seattle University.


Does Seattle University prefer SAT or ACT?

75% of students submit their SAT scores to Seattle U. 39% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Seattle University?

83% of those who apply are granted admission to Seattle U. Admission competition is and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Seattle University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1130 and 1330. 75% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Seattle University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 24 and 30. 39% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.