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Undergrad Profile


Seattle University provides a distinctive learning experience in a captivating city where expert faculty in the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of education excellence ensure the holistic formation of every student. Our location in the heart of Seattle guarantees students an urban education that includes access to internships; internationally recognized research, business, and government leaders; and a wealth of cultural and social opportunities that make a well-rounded college graduate.


Seattle University affords a comprehensive residential experience in a lush and beautiful campus. A designated Official Backyard Sanctuary and nationally recognized for its recycling and environmentally sensitive practices, the University is also within walking distance to the downtown business center. The undergraduate student body totals 4,712 and includes representatives from 51 states and territories and 90 nations.

At Seattle University you will find a classroom-oriented institution with impressive resources. The average class size is 19, but personal education means more than the number of students in a class. Professors here want to help you—not just so you know the right answer but so you can ask your own questions and look for your own answers. The emphasis on holistic education means you’ll be challenged inside the classroom and out.

The University is consistently listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best comprehensive universities in the western United States, and it is also ranked nationally among engineering programs not offering doctoral degrees. Students learn by doing good for their community. In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Seattle University was recognized by the White House as a leader in community service and volunteerism.

All professional programs have met the demanding standards for full professional accreditation, including the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the American Chemical Society, and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Seattle University offers 64 undergraduate degree programs through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Albers School of Business and Economics, Matteo Ricci College, the College of Nursing, and the College of Science and Engineering. Distinctive undergraduate programs include majors in Criminal Justice, Diagnostic Ultrasound, Environmental Engineering, Digital Design, and Film Studies. All students build critical-thinking and strong writing skills through the University’s dynamic Core Curriculum.

The Jesuit educational ethos of social justice, global awareness, and diversity underlies all academic programs. A priority is placed on educating students for leadership and service. Approximately 80% of Seattle U students do service in the surrounding community. Annually, a noteworthy number of students travel to places such as India, Belize, or Nicaragua on service trips, and around 500 students study abroad in some 45 countries each year.

The University’s location is in a setting of great natural beauty. Seattle, Washington, is situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and commands breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascade and Olympic Mountains. It is a city noted for its rich ethnic diversity, its social and environmental sensitivity, its progressiveness, and its fantastic music and arts community. A balance is offered between myriad cultural opportunities and an extensive range of recreational pursuits. The city is known for its cultural scene and spends among the highest per capita in the United States on books—accounting for a large and diverse selection of bookstores. Seattle is simultaneously cosmopolitan, active, and fun—and so is the Seattle University student body.

On campus there are more than 130 clubs, organizations, and honor societies that provide leadership development and study break activities. Popular clubs include Hui O’Nani Hawaii Club, Dance Marathon, Student Government of Seattle University (SGSU), Redzone, Outdoor Adventure and Recreation, and many more.

Seattle University has 20 intercollegiate teams and is in NCAA Division I as a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Students can engage in friendly competition through a variety of intramural or club sport offerings, including dodgeball, flag football, kickball, soccer, and volleyball.
Four residence halls—and two on-campus apartment complexes—house 2,000 students, and undergraduate housing is available all four years.
Approximately 91% of freshmen and sophomores live on campus.

Extensive financial aid makes Seattle University affordable to students of all backgrounds. The University grants $75 million of its own funds in financial aid, with a total aid budget of $110 million. The average aid award to eligible first-year students in 2015–2016 was roughly $30,702.

Seattle University has a generous scholarship program designed to promote the values of Jesuit education. A wide variety of merit scholarships— ranging from $11,000–$22,000 a year—are available in addition to need-based aid. Freshman applicants should apply by January 15 to be fully eligible for both admission and scholarship opportunities.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15. An official secondary school transcript, ACT or SAT scores, two letters of recommendation, an essay or personal statement, and a completed application are required. The middle 50% of freshmen typically have average GPAs of 3.4–3.9 in demanding college preparatory programs.

 


 

AT A GLANCE

FOUNDED
1891

LOCATION
Seattle, Washington—the largest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest; 21st-largest in the United States

TYPE OF SCHOOL
Independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts, professional; founded and maintained by the Jesuits

PROGRAMS OFFERED
64 undergraduate degree programs and 41 minors in arts and sciences, business and economics, nursing, and science and engineering

PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS
Pre-business, Pre-dental, Pre-law,
Pre-medical, Pre-optometry, and
Pre-veterinary

TEACHER CERTIFICATION
One-year Master in Teaching (MIT) degree for Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education

SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Accelerated Business, Honors Program, Foreign Study Programs (Austria, Belize, China, France, Japan, Mexico, and Spain), International Business Exchange Program in Tokyo, Military Science (ROTC), internships, Nonprofit Leadership minor, Science and Engineering Project Center, and pre-major option

GRADUATE PROGRAMS
Business, Education, Law, Psychology,
Public Administration, Software
Engineering, and Theology/Ministry

STUDENT-FACULTY RATIO
13:1

ENROLLMENT
7,405 total students
4,712 undergraduates
1,981 graduate students
712 law students
40% men
60% women

CAMPUS
55 acres with 32 buildings located on First Hill in the center of Seattle

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
More than 75,000 members in all 50 states and 77 nations


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