Q: Is my application complete?
Your freshman application is complete when we have received the
application with essay, SAT/ACT scores, guidance counselor report,
teacher recommendation and your high school transcript. Starting in
mid-late November freshman students are able to check the status of
their applications online to determine what materials we have received.
After we receive the application form, you will receive an e-mail which
provides you a username and password so you can login and check the
status of your application.
Your transfer application is complete when we have received your
application and transcripts from all colleges you have attended.
If you have less than 24 credits, you must also submit your high school
transcripts and SAT/ACT scores. Currently transfer students cannot
check the status of their application online but this is coming
Q: Do you accept the Common Application?
Seton Hall accepts the Common Application. In order to submit your
Common Application to Seton Hall you must complete the Common
Q: When will I receive an admission decision?
It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for an admissions decision to be made
once your application is complete. If you applied Early Action I
and submitted all of your application materials before November 15, you
will receive a decision by December 30. All early action
applications are given priority in the application review process.
Q: Are interviews required?
Interviews are not required and are only recommended for students who
whose grades and test scores may be lower than our middle 50 percent
(generally below a 950 SAT and 3.0 GPA). If you wish to schedule an
interview, call the Office of Admissions at 1-800-THE-HALL (843-4255)
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Do you require the SAT II?
No we do not require the SAT II and there is no need to have them sent
to Seton Hall as they are not factored into admission or course
Q: How many letters of recommendations do I need?
Seton Hall requires two letters of recommendation — one from a guidance
counselor and one from a teacher. If you would like to submit
additional recommendations you may; but it will not affect your
application standing. Transfer students with more than 24 credits do
not need to submit letters of recommendation.
Q: How much is the application fee?
Seton Hall's undergraduate application fee is $55 for both Seton Hall's
application and the Common Application.
Q: Can my application fee be waived?
If your guidance counselor determines that you have an economic
hardship, he/she can submit a College Board fee waiver request which
will be accepted. In addition you can consult the Office of Admissions
at email@example.com or 1-800-THE-HALL
(843-4255) to see if we can provide you with a waiver.
Q: Can my application fee be refunded?
Unfortunately, we are unable to refund application fees once they have
Q: Is early action binding?
Early action is not binding. Early Action means that you are indicating
to the University that we are among your top choices. It also means
that your application will be among the first to be reviewed for
admission and scholarship. Early Action I applicants who have submitted
all required application materials by November 15 will receive a
decision by December 30.
Q: What standardized tests does SHU accept?
Seton Hall accepts both the SAT and the ACT. We will take the highest
of the two tests and have no preference in regards to which you submit.
We only use the critical reading and math section of the SAT and we
will combine your highest scores from multiple sittings. Our average
two-part SAT score is a 1100 and our average ACT score is 24.
Q: How do I get my test scores to SHU?
Contact the College Board for SAT scores or
ACT and have them send your
scores to our office. Seton Hall cannot accept copies of the
scores you receive. Seton Hall will accept your scores if they
are located on your official high school transcript. Seton Hall's
codes are 2811 for SAT and 2606 for ACT.
Q: I graduated a few years ago; do I still need to submit my
Students that have graduated at least five or more years ago are not
required to submit their SAT or ACT scores. Also any student that has
attained 24 or more credits from a college or university will not be
required to submit standardized test scores.
Q: What do I need to do if I’ve been home schooled?
Home schooled students are welcome at Seton Hall. We will need you to
submit your SAT scores, recommendation forms and essays as well as a
copy of your transcript or home school record. If a home school
record/transcript is not available a GED may be submitted instead.
Q: When am I considered a transfer student?
A transfer student is any student who has attempted at least 6 college
credits after high school graduation.
Q: What are the admission criteria for the Dual Law
In order to be admitted to the Dual Law program, students must have a
minimum of a 3.5 GPA, a 29 ACT or a 1300 on the two-part SAT (CR&M)
and not less than 650 on the critical reading section.
Q: How do I apply for the University Honors
The University Honors Program requires a separate application and
admission to the program is offered to those students who show
exemplary grades, test scores and leadership in high school. Generally
a minimum of a 3.3 GPA and a 27 on the ACT or 1200 on the critical
reasoning and math sections of the SAT are required for admission.
Learn more or apply to the University Honors Program by visiting the
Honors Program website.
Q: How many students apply to Seton Hall, how many are
We receive about 14,000 applications a year and admit about 8,000
students. In general, we enroll an incoming class of about 1250
Q: Can I have more than one major at Seton Hall?
Absolutely, many students at Seton Hall have a double major and a minor
or two. Our curriculum is designed with many elective courses to allow
you to pursue multiple interests. We offer over 80 academic programs to
enrich your academic experience.
Q: When can I visit Seton Hall?
We offer open house events throughout the year which will allow you to
meet with faculty, tour campus and learn about admission and financial
aid. In addition, we offer campus tours through the year. Click here to
learn more or register for a tour or an open house.
Q: How can I request information?
To request information, complete this
form or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your first name,
last name, address, phone number, e-mail address, date of birth,
current high school, date of high school graduation and intended major
to receive information, or you can call 1-800-THE-HALL
Q: Can I have a car on campus?
Only seniors and commuters can have a car on campus, other exceptions
are made on a case by case basis for students with off campus
practicums or internships. Seton Hall provides regular shuttle service
throughout the day around campus and into town and also offers trips to
the mall, Target, Best Buy and Whole Foods on the weekends. In
addition, we provide van service outside of this route to student who
would like a safe ride back to campus in the evenings.
Q: Is housing guaranteed?
Housing is not guaranteed, but historically all freshmen who apply and
pay the $375 deposit by the May 1 deadline have always receive housing.
Priority is given to freshmen who file by the deadline. Upper class
students must reapply for housing each year and can strengthen their
spot on the housing list by earning points. Points are earned for
strong academics, community service, involvement in campus activities
and not getting into trouble. However, many upper class students chose
not to live on campus and rent houses or apartments with classmates in
the local area.
Q: Are freshmen required to live on campus?
Freshmen are not required to live on campus and 82 percent of freshmen
live on campus. Students living on campus are required to have a meal
Q: Is your campus a residential campus?
Seton Hall is a residential campus, we have over 2,300 students in
residence on campus and about half of these students come from
out-of-state. In addition to this number, many upper class students
rent apartments or houses in the area and within walking distance to
campus adding to the residential feeling of campus since these students
just live a few blocks away and also spend their weekends enjoying
activities on campus.
Q: What is your religious affiliation, what order is the
Seton Hall is a diocesan university under the Archdiocese of Newark
therefore we are not affiliated with any particular order i.e. Jesuit,
etc. Seton Hall is the oldest diocesan university in the
Q: Do I have to be Catholic to attend the University or will
I feel out of place if I’m not Catholic?
No, Seton Hall University welcomes students of all faiths and we have a
very diverse community with students representing many religions. While
about 70 percent of our students are Catholic, the University
fosters universal values such as service, integrity and compassion and
creates an environment that encourages dialogue, acceptance and
Q: What can you tell me about fire safety on
The University has installed extensive sprinkler systems in all the
residence halls. Our sprinkler systems go beyond the requirements of
state code. We incorporated intensive fire safety training as part of
the orientation to residence halls living. Seton Hall has the
highest technology available for fire safety and once a fire alarm is
pulled South Orange fire department is immediately notified.
Q: What should I do if I am placed on the waitlist?
The first thing you should do if you are placed on the waitlist is
return the waitlist card if you are still interested in being
considered for admission. You should try to strengthen your application
by scheduling an interview. We also suggest you retake you retake
SAT/ACT as well as focus on your studies to improve your GPA and submit
additional recommendation letters if possible.
Q: I’m interested in joining one of your sports teams, what
should I do?
You should complete the online athlete questionnaire found at
www.shupirates.com. In addition, you can write a letter and send a
video to our coach or have your high school coach write to our coach.
Use the Seton Hall address and place the coach’s title on the top.
Q: How can I unsubscribe from the Seton Hall mailing
You can send an e-mail to email@example.com with your full name
and birth date with your request to be taken off the mailing list.
Financial Aid and Scholarship Questions
Q: Do you offer scholarships?
Seton Hall is very generous with scholarships and financial aid, we
give over $65 million dollars annually to support our students and 97
percent of our students receive some form of financial aid and 93
percent of students receive a grant or scholarship directly form Seton
Hall. Incoming students are automatically considered for a
scholarship upon admission. In addition there are many special
scholarships for which you can apply. These scholarships have a January
1 deadline, learn more at www.shu.edu/go/scholarships.
Q: What is the scholarship deadline?
All applicants are automatically considered for University
scholarships. However there are many special scholarships for which
students can apply. All of these awards have a January 1 deadline. For
a complete list of scholarships, visit www.shu.edu/go/scholarships.
Q: How do I apply for Financial Aid at Seton Hall
In order to apply for financial aid, you need to complete the Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. Seton Hall's
recommended deadline for filing a FAFSA is March 1. Filing the FAFSA
will entitle you to consideration for need-based grants, as well as
work-study and student loans. You do not need to file the FAFSA for
Q: Do you require the CSS Profile?
No, we do not require the profile and there is no need for you to
complete one. We only use the FAFSA.
Q: I have the SAT/ACT scores to meet the requirements for
the Public Tuition Rate but my school does not rank (or I am home
schooled or my school is very small, etc).
In this case students cannot qualify for the public tuition rate but
they will qualify for a very high University scholarship which is very
comparable to the discount provided by the Public Tuition Rate.
Q: My parents are divorced and I live with my mom and she is
remarried, what parental information do I have to list on my
When filing the FAFSA the student should use the information from the
parent he/she lives with the majority of the time. If this parent is
remarried then the information for the parent and the step parent with
whom the student lives must be used to complete the FAFSA. If the
student lives 50 percent of the time with each parent then he/she can
chose which parent to list on the FAFSA and in this case it is
recommended that they chose the parent with less savings and
Q. Can I use my scholarship for my entire joint degree
University Scholarships are only good for four years and can only cover
tuition for full-time undergraduate enrollment. Therefore, it does not
cover any graduate level enrollment as part of a joint degree program
even if the graduate courses are offered through Seton Hall or a
partner institution. Please note that undergraduate coursework has
course numbers beginning with the number 4 or less. Any course number
starting with a 5 is considered graduate level. If you are taking at
least 12 credits of undergraduate coursework each semester you are
considered full-time. If in your senior year you are taking a
combination of undergraduate and graduate courses as part of a joint
degree program and you drop below 12 undergraduate credits your
University Scholarship will be prorated to cover undergraduate courses
in your senior year and you will be charged separately for graduate
level courses towards which no scholarship funds will be applied.
Please also note that need-based grants awarded to undergraduate
students cannot be applied to cover graduate level course work even as
part of a joint degree program.
Q. Can need-based grants or University Scholarships from Seton
Hall cover my room and board or books?
No, need-based grants or University Scholarships from Seton Hall
University can only be applied to tuition. These funds cannot be used
to cover fees, room and board, books or any other charges. If you
receive multiple forms of financial aid which can only be applied to
tuition and the combined total of these awards exceeds the tuition
charges your awards will be reduced. In this case Seton Hall
scholarships and need-based grants will be the first forms of aid to be
Q. Are Seton Hall Need-based grants automatically
Seton Hall need-based grants are not automatically renewable. Just
because you received the award in a given year does not mean you are
assured of renewal in a subsequent year. All students must file the
FAFSA each year to determine eligibility for renewal. Based on the
results of your FAFSA and available funds, you may see a reduction in
your Seton Hall need-based grant or lose eligibility completely. This
is also the case with all need-based grants from the federal and state
Q. Why has my Seton Hall Scholarship or Grant been
Many financial aid awards are designated to only cover tuition costs
and cannot be used to cover other items such as fees, room and board,
books, etc. Examples of such awards are need-based TAG grants from the
state of NJ, Seton Hall need-based grants, University Scholarships,
tuition remission and some scholarships from outside organizations. If
you receive multiple forms of financial aid which can only be applied
to tuition and the combined total of these awards exceeds the tuition
charges, your awards will be reduced. In this case Seton Hall
scholarships and need-based grants will be the first forms of aid to be
For more frequently asked questions about financial aid, please
visit the Office of
Admitted Student Questions
Q: Does Seton Hall accept AP/IB or college credit?
Submit AP and IB scores and we will grant you college-level credit for
AP exam scores of 4 or above and higher-level IB scores above a grade
5. If you have taken college-level courses for credit, we will grant
credit for courses in which you have earned a C or better in
non-remedial, non-vocational courses. Incoming freshman can receive
credit for up to 45 credits, 30 of which can be from tests (AB or
Mail official copies of your scores to:
Office of Admissions
Seton Hall University
400 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
Q: What do I need to do after I am accepted to
In order to attend Seton Hall University, the next step after you are
accepted is to pay your tuition deposit and mail your confirmation of
enrollment form (this form will be found in your acceptance packet).
See the complete enrolling checklist which is determined by when you
plan to enroll:
Q: How do I pay my tuition deposit?
In order to reserve your spot at Seton Hall, you will need to pay a
non-refundable $250 tuition deposit no later than May 1. The best way
to pay is online through our admitted student page at
www.shu.edu/go/welcome. You can also mail a check or money order
and enclose it with your Confirmation of Enrollment Form in the
envelope provided in your acceptance kit. Mail to Seton Hall University
Office of Admissions, 400 South Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 07079.
Please note your Student ID on the check. Your ID number is located at
the top of your admission letter.
Q: Can my tuition deposit be refunded?
Tuition deposits are non-refundable after May 1.
Q. What placement tests do I need to
Some students need to take placement tests in English, math and/or
foreign language in order to be placed in the correct course level.
These tests must be taken by June 1. Students who fail to take their
placement tests may not be able to register for fall classes during
Login at PirateNet.shu.edu to see your required placement tests.
Your login information will be mailed to you in March if you have paid
your tuition deposit. Testing is based upon your SAT or ACT score as
well as your major. Only placement tests that you need to take will
appear in PirateNet. If you do not need to take any placement tests,
none will appear. For math, an SAT score of 680 or above (for ACT, 33
or above) will exempt you from the math placement. For English, an SAT
Writing score of 550 or above will exempt you from the placement test.
If a foreign language placement test appears, you only need to take it
if you plan on continuing a language from high school or spoken at
home. Anyone planning on taking a new language does not need to the
language placement test.
Questions about placement testing? Contact Freshmen Studies at (973)
761-9740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can I request my roommate?
Yes, you can. If you plan to live on campus, you need to complete
the housing application and make your non-refundable $375 housing
deposit online (this deposit is in addition to your tuition deposit).
Please file as soon as possible and no later than May 1. Space is
limited and we cannot offer a guarantee. If you prefer to pay by check
or money order, enclose it with your tuition deposit. Housing
assignments are made in mid-July.
Apply for Housing »
When applying for housing, we also ask that you select a meal plan.
For a list of meal plans options visit
Meal Plan Information. After room assignments are made, you can
make changes to your meal plan.
In early June, Housing and Residence Life will reach out to those
who have paid their housing deposit and submitted their housing
application with information on roommate selection. Housing assignments
are posted on PirateNet and e-mailed in early July.
Q: When is orientation?
Pirate Adventure orientation for first-year students is held in June.
Transfer orientation or Transfer Day is held in August. The specific
dates for your orientation can be found in your admission letter. Once
you pay your tuition deposit you will receive a username and password
to logon to PirateNet. Once you logon to PirateNet, you can confirm
your attendance to orientation.
Q: Do I need to buy a laptop?
No. All full-time undergraduate students receive a fully-loaded laptop
that is upgraded after two years and kept after graduation. This laptop
is part of the Mobile Computing program and allows state of the art
technology to be integrated into the curriculum.
Q: What is PirateNet?
PirateNet is your one stop portal for all things Seton Hall. Is it how
you will view your financial aid package, your class schedule, pay your
bill, register for classes and so much more. If you have submitted your
non-refundable $250 tuition deposit, you will receive your username and
password to logon to PirateNet starting in March.
Q: How do I register for classes? When will I meet my
All new students will meet their academic advisor and register for
classes at orientation, for freshmen this is called Pirate Adventure.
Your orientation dates can be found in your admission letter. During
orientation, you will also get your laptop, student ID card and meet
Q: What is your deposit deadline?
Our deposit deadline is May 1. The tuition deposit is $250 and is
non-refundable after May 1. The Housing deposit is $375 and is also
non-refundable after May 1. If you want to reserve your spot at Seton
Hall, we suggest you submit this by the deadline. Last year, shortly
after May 1, we were had to stop taking deposits because our class was
Q: If I’m accepted can I defer my admission, and for how
Your admission decision can be deferred for up to one year. A request
must be submitted to the Office of Admissions at email@example.com, please be sure to
include your student ID number. During this year, you cannot attend
another university. If you do, you will have to reapply as a transfer
student. If you defer your admission, your University Scholarships (if
applicable) will also be deferred for up to one year.
Students can defer at any point in the admission cycle, they can
defer their application, their admission or their deposit. All
deferrals last one year and require that the student not earn credits
elsewhere during this time. If they do, the student will have to
Q: Why do we have to pay a fee for Mobile
As part of the Mobile Computing Program all students receive a laptop
computer. However, Mobile Computing is much more than just giving a
student a laptop computer, we are utilizing technology to enhance the
classroom experience, integrate technology into the learning process,
creating a more learner-centered environment and preparing students
with valuable skills.
All students are required to participate in the Mobile Computing
Program. The Mobile Computing fee is not only for the laptop itself, (a
new laptop is given to you after 2 years and you get to keep it after
graduation) but it is also for the $3,000 worth of software on the
laptops, the Web space provided to students, the email account, the
access throughout campus, the network upkeep, the development of
educational integration, the help desk and repair services, etc. Most
universities charge students a technology fee for access to computers
and email. We are charging a similar fee, which is higher but also
includes much more than most other Universities.
Q: What if I want to change my major?
If you want to change your major prior the start of classes, please
contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-THE-HALL
(843-4255) and they will determine if this change can be made.