Seton Hall University

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400 S. Orange Avenue

South Orange, NJ 07079

Phone: (973) 761-9000
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#128 Overall Score: 42 out of 100. National Universities

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Seton Hall University is a private institution that was founded in 1856. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,497, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Seton Hall University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 128. Its tuition and fees are $35,820 (2013-14).

Seton Hall University is a private, Catholic school in the small town of South Orange, New Jersey, about 15 miles from New York City. Also known simply as SHU, the university offers more than 60 majors in eight schools, with graduate programs in the Stillman School of Business, the school of education and the law school, which is home to a very highly ranked health care law program. Seton Hall students can make the most of their degrees by working with the career center, which connects them to internship and job opportunities.

According to the school, the vast majority of SHU graduates find work in the New York or New Jersey area. But before they get that far, SHU students can explore more than 100 campus organizations, Greek life or recreational sports. More serious athletes can try out for one of the more than 15 Seton Hall Pirates varsity sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Big East Conference. Notable alumni of SHU include Max Weinberg, the longtime drummer in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and the band leader on the television show "Late Night with Conan O’Brien."

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

Since 1856, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, in mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles outside of New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall students - who hail from all 50 states and 67 countries - choose from a wide range of majors, including communication, business, diplomacy, nursing and education. Seton Hall's emphasis on academic excellence has led to a marked increase in the number of students and professors chosen for prestigious academic awards. In 2008, Annick Routhier-Labadie '08 became the University's first Rhodes Scholar. The number of students chosen for the Fulbright international educational exchange program has doubled, and recently the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Committee for the first time selected multiple Seton Hall students as finalists. In 2009 alone, five faculty members were selected to travel overseas on Fulbright grants. Their projects ranged from teaching documentary filmmaking in Jordan to leading interfaith dialogues in Slovenia. In 2010, Business Week ranked Seton Hall's undergraduate business as eighth best in return on investment for private universities across the country. As the nation's oldest diocesan Catholic university, Seton Hall embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world with integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1856
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $224,233,000


When applying to Seton Hall 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 June 1. The application fee at Seton Hall University is $55. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 84.4 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 84.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by June 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Seton Hall University is 14:1, and the school has 45.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Seton Hall University include: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Finance, General; International Relations and Affairs; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; and Journalism, Other. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 81.8 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 54%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15%
Finance, General 6%
International Relations and Affairs 5%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5%
Journalism, Other 4%

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Student Life

Seton Hall University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,497, 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. Seton Hall University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 9,830
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Seton Hall University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, health service, and health insurance. Seton Hall 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 Seton Hall University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Seton Hall University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $35,820 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,342 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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