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  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-
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I (without football)
Athletic Conference
Western Athletic Conference
From Seattle University

Seattle University students make a meaningful impact on the world. They’re future focused, fearlessly exceptional and brimming with passion and purpose. They balance self-reliance with interdependence. Knowledge with spirituality. And bravely question accepted norms to advance our understanding of the world. It’s all rooted in Jesuit education, which goes beyond just acquiring knowledge—it’s what you do with that knowledge that is just as important.

“At a Jesuit university we believe in educating the whole person—body, mind, spirit—so it is about a holistic approach to education,” says Provost Shane P. Martin. “Our curriculum and character stretch far beyond the classroom and into the world that surrounds us.”

It all begins here at Seattle University. That first class. That first student club. That moment when you and your peers look around and realize that in a city so full of culture and history, you are prepared to make a difference.

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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
76%
SAT Range
1130-1320
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$35,577/ 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
$23,666/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.68 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    1%
  • On Campus
    99%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,469Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
216
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Dedicated to learning, service, and social justice
    45%
  • Developing growth
    28%
  • Dedicated to learning and service.
    15%
  • #ReIgnitetheMission
    4%
  • Rich white kid
    4%
  • Unintelligent
    2%
  • White, upper middle class, religious
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
94%
Poll
82%
of students say they don't have Greek life.56 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Social justice
    36%
  • Progressive and engaged
    30%
  • Comfy, but lively
    14%
  • Progressive
    9%
  • Underwhelming
    5%
  • Awful
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $56,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    74%
    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

    Seattle University Reviews

    926 reviews
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    I'm entering my third year as a Computer Science major and as far as academics go, I really love SU because all my professors have been extremely accomodating and patient; their small class sizes really help focus my learning too. The campus is refreshing and easy to navigate and for the most part, it's easy to reach out to people because everyone is fairly understanding. There is plenty of diversity, club and social activities, and resources that additionally contribute to your own success. I really like it here because of all the academic support and resources, not so much for the social scene. I think it's a great place to take control of your own learning!
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    I had spring quarter of my Sophomore year all online and I honestly loved it. All my professors were cognizant and understanding of the new learning environment and facilitated multiple resources and support systems to help us smoothly adjust to our new setting just as they were. I also utilize office hours a lot and having office hours over the computer was easier than I thought because I didn't have to walk across campus for a 30 minute meeting. It was more convenient and accessible! Overall, I almost prefer online learning over in person because I think it forces me to manage my time and take responsibility over my own learning!
    So far my experience at Seattle University has been very positive. The students and professors are diverse, as well as extremely kind. It has been great meeting new people from across the country and out of the country. The academics have not been too challenging but that varies from person to person and depending on which courses one chooses. Despite not having a party scene, there are still a wide variety of social activities on and off campus, especially being located in between the international district and capitol hill. Even though the baseline cost is expensive, after merit aid the price gets a lot closer to in state public university tuitions and there are plenty of work study opportunities for those who need it. I highly recommend SU if you are looking for a small school with small class sizes and a liberal student population. There is also a lot of work being put into the school and new buildings for STEM and new dining options. Love being a redhawk!