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Application Steps  

How do I join the ESL@SetonHall program?

Step One: The first step is to complete an online application: https://app.shu.edu/apply/. Open an account by providing some basic information about yourself. After you open your account, select “Non-Matriculated or English as a Second Language Application”. You will then enter the application. The application asks you about the following topics: Your plans // Academic History // Disciplinary History / Additional Information. Please note there is a non-refundable application fee.

Step Two: Usually the admissions review process takes 1-2 weeks after the admissions office has received all necessary documents. The admissions office will notify you of their decision via paper letter sent by regular mail. As this can take 3-4 weeks depending on your location, there is a faster way to find out the admissions office decision. See the directions on the right: Admissions Decisions Online. The admissions letter will include your Seton Hall University (SHU) student ID number. It is usually a long string of 8-9 numbers. For questions about your admissions letter, please contact the admissions office directly at thehall@shu.edu

Step Three: Contact the Program Director at bryan.meadows@shu.edu. Introduce yourself in a short email to say hello. You will receive a reply email from the Program Director and a joyful welcome message. The Program Director will set up a time for the ACCUPLACER ESL placement exam online.

Step Four: Complete the ACCUPLACER placement exam online with the Program Director. This appointment will take between 60 – 90 minutes. Please make sure you have a good internet connection for this appointment. Based on the placement exam, the Program Director will recommend a set of ESL classes to you. IMPORTANT: Our program is ideal for students at the intermediate level and above (e.g., CEFR B1/IELTS 5.0/TOEFL iBT 40). 

Admissions Decisions Online

  1. Visit the application page.
  2. Go to "returning users" and login to your account again. Use the email address and password from your application.
  3. Once you're inside your account, look for "Status Update".
  4. When the application review is complete, you will see an update message (e.g., admitted). You can also download the PDF copy of the admissions letter.

Step Five: Pay the tuition deposit of $265 USD online. The deposit goes towards your first tuition payment. Please note that this initial deposit is non-refundable. Use the following link to make the deposit.  If applicable, contact the Office of International Programs to begin the F1 visa application process.

Step Six: Next, you need your PirateNet ID credentials (i.e., username and password). PirateNet credentials go out in mid-October for the spring semesters and mid-March for fall semesters. Watch for an email from thehall@shu.edu. This is your Piratenet ID and password email. The ID and password are very important because they allow you into the Seton Hall Piratenet system where you will do registration, pay tuition, check email, use the online storage space, and interact with your courses (i.e., Blackboard). Your Piratenet ID is a combination of the letters in your first and last names. Your initial password is a combination of your family name + your Seton Hall student ID + ####.

Step Seven: After you have your PirateNet ID credentials (i.e., username and password), you are ready to begin using the Seton Hall online system (i.e., PirateNet). Contact the Program Director to make an advising appointment. Together with the Program Director, you will explore the PirateNet system and also complete registration. The Program Director will also answer any questions you may have about the program, the university campus, and the NJ/NYC area. At the advising appointment, the Director will introduce you to:

(a) the Piratenet online system
(b) upcoming ESL@SetonHall classes, 
(c) the textbooks,
(d) campus services available, 
(e) health immunization requirement
(f) Friday program activities

Video Tutorials of the Application Process

Step 1: Create Account
(4 minutes)

Step 2: Online Application
(10 minutes)

Step 3: The Decision Letter
(10 minutes)