Seattle University

Seattle, WA

Seattle University

Seattle, WA

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Seattle University provides a distinctive learning experience in a captivating city where expert faculty—in a nearly 500-year-old Jesuit tradition of educational 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.

The University affords a comprehensive residential experience on a lush, beautiful campus. Designated an 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 4,780 and includes representatives from 51 states and territories and 90 nations. Four residence halls and two on-campus apartment complexes house 2,000 students, and undergraduate housing is available all four years, with approximately 93% of freshmen and sophomores living on campus. 

At Seattle University, you’ll 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.

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 (CCNE), the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Seattle University offers 65 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, Digital Design, Environmental Engineering, and Film Studies. All students build strong critical-thinking and 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. A noteworthy number of students travel annually to places such as India, Belize, or Nicaragua on service trips and around 550 students study abroad in some 55 countries each year.

The University’s location is in a setting of great natural beauty. Seattle is situated between Puget Sound and Lake Washington and commands breathtaking views of the surrounding Cascade and Olympic Mountains. It’s a city noted for its rich ethnic diversity, social and environmental sensitivity, progressiveness, and a 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 other skill-building activities. Popular clubs include Hui O’Nani Hawai’i Club, Dance Marathon, Student Government of Seattle University (SGSU), Redzone, Outdoor Adventure and Recreation, and many more. Amember of the Western Athletic Conference, the University also has 20 intercollegiate athletic teams in NCAA Division I. Students can engage in friendly competition through a variety of intramural and club sport offerings, including dodgeball, flag football, kickball, soccer, and volleyball. 

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 $125 million. Our generous scholarship program is designed to promote the values of Jesuit education. Merit scholarships starting at $8,000 per 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 for admission 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. 


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Consistently listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best comprehensive universities in the western United States

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The Princeton Review continues to recognize Seattle University as one of the best colleges in the nation for undergraduate education, according to its Best 387 Colleges 2022

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Seattle U continued its run of top rankings for sustainability by once again being named a Sierra Cool School for 2021, earning a #14 spot in Sierra magazine’s Top 20.

Quick Facts

Enrollment (Fall quarter 2022)
• 7,121 students: 4,113 undergraduate students, 2,280 graduate students, and 728 law students
• 96% of undergraduate students attend full-time
• 54% live on campus
• 46% of undergraduate students are from Washington state
• 50% of all students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
• 9% of undergraduate students are international 
• 19% of graduate students are international

Average Class Size
• 18 students, all classes taught by faculty
• Faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11

Academic Programs
Seattle University offers an extensive array of programs: eight colleges and schools offer more than 120 undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs.

Economic Impact
Each year, Seattle University has a regional economic impact approaching $525 million.

Three out of four Seattle University undergraduate students engage in community service, three times the national average. Students, faculty and staff contribute 200,000 hours of service annually.

Seattle University has more than 90,000 alumni in 97 countries. Nearly 70% have remained in Washington—including 62% in the Puget Sound region— contributing to the state economy and talent pool after graduation. The top 5 employers of Seattle University alumni includes:
• Boeing
• Microsoft
• Amazon
• Seattle University
• University of Washington

Financial Assistance (Fall 2022)
Undergraduate Student Aid
• Undergraduates with aid: 92.4%
• Average aid awarded per undergraduate recipient: $31,788

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