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Counselor Handbook

Seton Hall University 2023/2024 Guide to Admissions

Seton Hall is one of the country's leading Catholic universities, it has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous majors.

Seton Hall By The Numbers


2023 Freshman Admitted Student Profile

24,671
Applied

3.68
Average GPA

9,624
Total Enrollment

70%
Acceptance Rate

90+
Majors

1580
First-time Freshman Enrollment

 6013
Undergraduate Enrollment

150+
Student Organizations

SAT
Average: 1300
Middle 50%: 1180-1390

ACT
Average: 29
Middle 50%: 26-31

Dates and Deadlines

August 1

Admission Application Available  

October 1

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Opens. ASAP after 1/1. (Please note for Fall 2024 freshmen applicants, the FAFSA will open in December and should be completed by January 1 or as soon as possible)

November 15

First Early Action Deadline. Decision released in mid-December

December 15

Second Early Action Deadline. Decision released in mid-January

February 1

First Regular Decision Deadline
 

March 1

Second Regular Decision Deadline

January 15

Scholarship Application Deadline
 

May 1

Enrollment Deadline

 

Application At A Glance


How to Apply

To learn more about the application process, follow this link.

Test Optional Policy

Seton hall offers a test-optional policy which gives applicants the choice to submit test scores for consideration. We recommend students who fall within our middle 50% (1180-1390 SAT and 26-31 ACT) test scores to submit their scores for review with their application.

Demonstrated Interest

Another key component of our admission review is demonstrated interest. That means taking a campus tour, coming to Seton Hall for an upcoming Visit Day (mini-Open House), attending one of our two fall Open House events, scheduling a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, attending a virtual event and reading our emails are all important.

We value students who have done their homework and have taken the time to get to know Seton Hall and really understand what we offer. In their college search, applicants are looking for the right fit. When we review applications, we are also looking for the right fit, and part of that fit is making sure that applicants have gotten to know us and are serious about becoming a member of our community.

Application Materials Traditional Test-Optional
Submitted an Admission Application  ✔
Pay the $65 Non-Refundable Application Fee  ✔
Submitted Official SAT/ACT Scores From Testing Agency  
Submit a Copy of High School Transcript  ✔
Teacher Recommendation Submitted  ✔
School Counselor Report Submitted  ✔

Financial Aid Types


Merit Scholarships

All Seton Hall applicants are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. Scholarship amount is based on the student's academic profile. We also offer special scholarships for which students can apply. Visit this link for more information.

Need-Based Scholarships

The only way for students to find out if they qualify for need-based assistance is if they file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is encouraged that all students file the FAFSA. (Please note: for Fall 2024 freshmen applicants, the FAFSA will open in December and should be completed by January 1 or as soon as possible.)

Financial Aid Workshop

Watch our prerecorded Financial Aid Workshop and share with families. Gain insight about the financial aid process including filing the FAFSA, understanding the student's aid package and more. 

Campus Visit Experiences


Open Houses

Join us for an in-person open house experience to tour campus, learn about our academic programs, and meet current students and faculty.
View our upcoming open houses

Visit Days

Join us for an exclusive on-campus event to learn more about our highly ranked programs, our application and enrollment process, and scholarship opportunities. Enjoy lunch, a panel with admissions counselors and students, and a tour of campus.
Learn more about visit days

Campus Tours – In-Person and Virtual

Join us for a tour of the Seton Hall campus led by a current student. Learn about programs, see campus, and ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to sit in on an information session led by an admissions counselor.
Check out our campus tours

IHS Campus Tours 

Sign up for a tour of our Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus and embark on a one-hour journey through our cutting-edge health education facilities. Learn about our programs, see campus, and ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to sit in on an information session led by an admissions counselor.
Check out our IHS campus tours

Group Tours

Join us for a group tour if you have 10 or more people registering.
Request a group tour

Academic Program Information Sessions – Virtual

Gain valuable insights into Seton Hall's programs by attending our live virtual presentations. Throughout the year, we cover topics ranging from specific majors to features and offerings of our highly ranked academic programs, including our award-winning Buccino Leadership Institute. You can also view recordings of past presentations.
View Academic Program Information Sessions

Find Your Admissions Counselor


Find your counselor for your area

Meet your admissions counselor using this link

To request an admissions counselor, for a presentation, panel, etc., follow this link

Signature Learning Experiences


University Honors Program

The Honors Program fosters intellectual growth by helping you acquire the breadth and depth of knowledge that is the hallmark of a liberally educated person. 

Buccino Leadership Institute

For a competitively selected group of undergraduate students, the Buccino Leadership Institute offers a four-year certificate program that is customized to your specific major.

Open House


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Learn More About Open House
Join us virtually. Tour campus, learn about our academic programs, and meet current students and faculty.

Visiting Seton Hall


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Learn About Visiting Information
Join us. Tour campus, learn about our academic programs, and meet current students and faculty.

Admissions Counselors


Undergraduate Open House
Find An Admissions Counselor
Connect your students with our SHU Counselors.