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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


Average GPA

Total Enrollment

Acceptance Rate


First-time Freshman Enrollment

Undergraduate Enrollment

Student Organizations

Average: 1300
Middle 50%: 1180-1390

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

 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 22

Second Regular Decision Deadline

 April 6

Pirate Preview on the Seton Hall Campus

 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.

Campus Visit Experiences

 Open Houses – April 23

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 upcomming open houses

 Visit Days – June 12, July 10 and August 14

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

 Group Tours

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

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.