Seattle University

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901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Phone: (206) 296-6000
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#6 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Seattle University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,589, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Seattle University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 6. Its tuition and fees are $36,465 (2013-14).

Seattle University is a Jesuit school located in the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods of the city. Undergraduate students must live in dorms their first two years and can choose from more than 60 majors to study. Seattle offers more than 30 graduate programs, including those in The Albers School of Business & Economics and the School of Law, which is highly ranked in the legal writing specialty. As a faith-based school, Seattle is home to four chapels and several “sacred places” on campus, which are quiet areas where students can reflect. Two thirds of students volunteer, some in the Children’s Literacy Project, which places tutors in Seattle schools. Students can also get involved in clubs, intramural sports, or intercollegiate athletics. There are more than 15 NCAA Division I Seattle Redhawks teams, which play in various conferences. Notable alumni include Jim Whittaker, who was the first American to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Seattle University distinguishes itself in three ways: our Jesuit tradition, a broad range of challenging and engaging academic and co-curricular programs, and our home in the world-class city that shares our name. Much of what makes Seattle great - its global connectedness, natural beauty, environmental awareness, cutting-edge music scene and progressive civic ethic - is reflected on our campus in the heart of an energetic urban neighborhood.
Seattle University is dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world. Our exceptional faculty offer outstanding programs in the Humanities, Arts and Sciences as well as nationally recognized programs in professional fields including Business, Engineering and Nursing and pre-professional programs in Education, Law and Medicine. We have one professor for every 12 students and we provide them with rich opportunities to learn by engaging and interacting with their teachers and with each other. Our professors are passionate about helping students grow and excel through mentorships, real-world projects and career development. Our students are involved, energized and excited about learning.
Seattle University offers 65 undergraduate and 39 graduate programs. Our emphasis on global education, service to society and academic rigor has made us very successful in producing Truman and Fulbright scholars. Our commitment to sustainability has resulted in our campus being designated the greenest in Washington state. Our new facilities, including our new library and learning commons, provide students with state-of-the-art learning and communications technology.
A Seattle University education engages the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Our students develop critical intellectual skills, gain meaningful knowledge and grow spiritually, socially and personally . Athletics, fitness and recreation foster the lifelong physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual development of our students. Our 17 NCAA Division One athletics teams and robust intramural sports offerings are complemented by our Outdoor Adventure Recreation program, designed to provide opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and natural surroundings of the Pacific Northwest.
As one of 28 Jesuit universities in the United States, our Jesuit educational tradition animates Seattle University's values of rigorous academics, commitment to service, global awareness and personal reflection. Three out of four students serve the community through volunteer activities and internships. Our alumni include governors, military leaders, renowned musicians, journalists, nurses, engineers, mountaineers, social media innovators, federal judges, Hall of Fame athletes, chief executives and entrepreneurs whose companies make a difference in our world. Seattle is a creative city, celebrated for its literary scene, lively civic debates and innovation in philanthropy, software, retailing, aviation,outdoor exploration and coffee. Students have the opportunity to meet inspiring leaders and secure internships with great companies.
Each year, more than 500 students study in 45 different countries while working toward their degrees. The Seattle University student body represents more than 60 nations converging at the epicenter of one of the world's most exciting cities. The extraordinary diversity and vitality of the neighborhood connects students to vintage clothing stores, restaurants of every cuisine, great bookstores, clubs and music venues, and perhaps the greatest concentration of cafes per square mile in the United States.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $174,149,940


When applying to Seattle University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Seattle University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 71.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 85 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 71.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by July 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Seattle University is 12:1, and the school has 51.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Seattle University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Social Sciences; Engineering; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 88 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 62%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 25%
Health Professions and Related Programs 12%
Social Sciences 7%
Engineering 5%
Psychology 5%

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Student Life

Seattle University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,589, with a gender distribution of 41.1 percent male students and 58.9 percent female students. At this school, 41 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 59 percent of students live off campus. Seattle University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 7,484
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Seattle University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Seattle University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Seattle University, 16 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Seattle University.

Students who have cars on campus 16%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Seattle University, 62.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,106.

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Tuition and fees $36,465 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,545 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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