Much of what makes Seattle great—its global engagement, cultural and ethnic diversity, natural beauty, environmental awareness, cutting-edge music, and progressive civic ethic—is reflected in the culture of Seattle University. If you seek a warm, welcoming multicultural experience, you will feel at home as a Seattle U Redhawk.
The people who attend and work at Seattle University have sought an environment of diversity. They appreciate and respect cultural differences and, because they love people and learning, prefer an environment where they will be surrounded by people of different races, cultures, and religious traditions. They find the climate they seek at Seattle University, whose undergraduate student body is 24% Asian, 12% Hispanic,11% international, 5% African American, 4% Pacific Islander, and 2% Native American students.
This diversity draws people from across the United States and world; in 2017, 65% of the entering freshman class came from outside Washington State, with 51 states and US territories and 90 countries represented in the undergraduate population. California had the second-largest representation in the 2019 class on campus, followed by Hawai’i, Oregon, and Colorado.
As a member of a diverse community, you will be welcome to take part in a number of wonderful cultural programs. Some examples include the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ (OMA) annual Lavender Celebration for LGBTQI graduates and their families, the MLK March, the annual luau, International Week, and the Cesar Chavez Celebration. But the heartbeat of our University is the daily composition of our student body. You see it on the faces of students walking to class and hanging out on the Quad. We don’t just claim diversity on a page—it’s in our blood.
Because we value the many cultural differences our students bring to campus, we recognize and celebrate them through cultural and support organizations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union, United Filipino Club, Indonesian Student Club, and Vietnamese Student Organization. Hui ’O Nani, the Hawaiian student association, is the largest student group on campus; for more than 50 years, its annual luau has been a quick sellout event.
Students from other nations are served by the International Student Center, where they enjoy learning from each other and blending cultures and traditions. The average class size is 18, and because the student-faculty ratio is 11:1, it’s virtually impossible for a student to be invisible. Internship opportunities abound, as do opportunities for study and service abroad. Interaction is promoted through on-campus living, with over 2,000 students living in four major residence halls and three student apartment complexes.
As one of 27 Jesuit universities in the United States, Seattle University strives to develop the whole person, with an eye toward reaching your full potential. Our values of social justice, global awareness, leadership, service, and diversity—coupled with professional development—are the foundation of the Redhawk experience. Our objective is to prepare graduates to enjoy lives of fulfillment and economic success.
A large part of this distinctive Jesuit philosophy is respect for cultural differences and the unique contributions each person has to offer. Seattle University respects all faiths and perspectives, and more than 70% of our students identify with faith traditions other than Roman Catholic.
The incomparable city of Seattle is the home of Seattle University. It is breathtakingly beautiful, friendly, welcoming, clean, progressive, and fun. Because Seattle’s power structure is diverse, like its people, all enjoy dignity, respect, and opportunity.
Did you know Seattle is the home of:
• REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.)
...and has given us:
• Jimi Hendrix
• Quincy Jones
• The Head and the Heart
• Ben Gibbard and Death Cab for Cutie
• Bruce Lee
• Pearl Jam