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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Seattle University is a highly rated private, Catholic university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 4,325 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Seattle University acceptance rate is 74%. Popular majors include Nursing, Finance, and Marketing. Graduating 75% of students, Seattle University alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,400.
About Seattle University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
Address
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Seattle University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
74%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1130-1330
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$35,581/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$22,438/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.55 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.65 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,325Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
235
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
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  • Dedicated to learning, service, and social justice
    43%
  • Developing growth
    30%
  • Dedicated to learning and service.
    14%
  • #ReIgnitetheMission
    5%
  • Rich white kid
    5%
  • Unintelligent
    2%
  • White, upper middle class, religious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
85%
of students say they don't have Greek life.53 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.83 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Social justice
    37%
  • Progressive and engaged
    32%
  • Comfy, but lively
    15%
  • Progressive
    10%
  • Awful
    2%
  • Innovative
    2%
  • Underwhelming
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$56,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
75%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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I've always been very into Computer Science and Engineering and Seattle is a world hot spot for that sector. It offers a fantastic academic environment and a beautiful, localized campus in the perfect location within the city. However student life is not as active and close knit as I would have hoped for. The professors are knowledgable and well connected. The workload is a fair degree of difficulty. Campus is pretty safe and accessible, and the neighborhood that surrounds us is great save the high cost of living when moving off campus. I can't imagine going anywhere else!
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Seattle University has a fantastic academic environment and a beautiful, localized campus in the perfect location within the city. However, it falls short when it comes to our expectations of support of student life and overall well-being. There are many programs in place intended to foster a community between students, but they are not very active and often don't do enough to really do what they are intended. Honestly, you get out what you put in with the social aspects of going here, but that's true for many universities. The professors are knowledgable (a bit pretentious at times) and the workload is a fair degree of difficulty. Campus is pretty safe and accessible, and the neighborhood that surrounds us is great save the high cost of living when moving off campus. While there are many things I'm not the biggest fan of about SU, I can't imagine going anywhere else!
I've only had a year at Seattle U, but overall it's been great! Classes are generally good, and it's clear that most of the professors here genuinely care about their students, and all of them are passionate about what they teach. My classes have been challenging and definitely require time and effort, but not so much that they overwhelm me.
There are lots of things to do in the area, but a lot of them are pretty expensive. Off-campus housing is hard to find, and rent can be over $1000 a month for a tiny studio (which is true all over Seattle, not just around SU). On-campus housing is good, but your amount of floor and storage space really varies depending on which building you live in.