B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    B-
Seattle University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Catholic
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
73%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1060-1280
ACT Range
25-29
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Seattle University

Cost

Net Price
$35,261/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $27,040/ year
  • $30-48k
    $31,169/ year
  • $49-75k
    $31,951/ year
  • $76-110k
    $34,915/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,350/ year

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
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.59 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
4,402Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
8%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 38 responses
Report
  • Dedicated to learning, service, and social justice
    42%
  • Developing growth
    32%
  • Dedicated to learning and service.
    16%
  • #ReIgnitetheMission
    5%
  • Rich white kid
    3%
  • White, upper middle class, religious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
93%
Poll
83%
of students say they don't have Greek life.47 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.77 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 35 responses
Report
  • Progressive and engaged
    34%
  • Social justice
    31%
  • Comfy, but lively
    17%
  • Progressive
    11%
  • Awful
    3%
  • Innovative
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
79%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.35 responses
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I absolutely love Seattle University! It has become the stage for so much growth in my life. It is a beautiful campus, loving community, and excellent education. After starting my education at SU, I have become a much more socially and politically aware person and student. It is a smaller school though, so be prepared to know most people on campus if you are a social person. Lastly, I love that there is no Greek life on campus.
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It's Seattle, so the vast majority of students are very liberal/progressive. This means that the students are accepting of racial minorities (for the most part--there is still some progress to be made), those of the LGBTQ community, and different economic backgrounds. However, it also means that if you have slightly different political beliefs, you will not be accepted. It's a closed-minded community in this particular way. In discussion-based core classes, you will be treated very differently if you express an opinion that is not in line with Seattle's very rigid belief system, and professors usually do very little to create an atmosphere where different opinions can openly be discussed. I've also noticed some covert discrimination against religious students, even though it's a religious school.

That's pretty much how Seattle is in general with regard to diversity of beliefs: Very accepting but only when it's convenient.
Professors in the College of Science and Engineering are generally fantastic. They are approachable and willing to help with just about anything. The standard curriculum is usually very well-taught, and there are good departmental elective offerings, depending on your major. The registration process is fine; if a class you really need is full by your registration time, there are usually some reserved spots that you can go for if you get to the registration office in a timely manner. You will be assigned a registration time based on your class standing and number of credits completed.

Some majors have very easy workloads; my workload for physics and math classes has been very challenging, but necessarily so. If you have reasonably good time management skills you will get through it, even if it feels like a sprint to the finish line towards the end of the quarter.

Popular study areas are psychology, biology, business, and nursing. I have heard that the workload in these majors is reasonably challenging but not extreme.