From The School
Students who are adventurous, forward-thinking, creative and have an interest in social justice are drawn to Seattle University, located in the heart of a city with unparalleled access to innovation and culture.
Campus Facilities & Equipment
The university is cradled between the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods in the center of Seattle. The campus has 28 buildings enhanced by $200 million in additions, renovations or new construction in the past 15 years.
A major expansion of the campus library, now the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons, provides state-of-the-art digital learning opportunities. The library's media production center features a recording studio, control room, audio/video editing facilities and a theater-style screening room.
The College of Nursing's 20,000-square-foot Clinical Performance Lab is among the most technically advanced in the nation, with two clinical practice rooms and a suite of laboratories.
The state-of-the-art William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center, tennis courts, track and both natural and synthetic turf playing fields draw students in their off hours. School spirit gets a big boost from Division I athletics.
As the Pacific Northwest's largest city, Seattle is a cultural center known for its first-run entertainment.
The Seattle International Film Festival is the largest and most highly attended of its kind in the United States. With more than 250 feature and 150 short films from 70-plus countries, this 25-day festival takes place here every spring.
You can catch a professional sporting event such as Sounders FC soccer or Mariners baseball. And what about those Seattle Seahawks? You, too, can become part of the 12th Man crowd and cheer them on with the loudest fans in the NFL.
Just a quick walk from Seattle University, you'll find music, coffee houses and restaurants galore in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. People watch at a cafe, experience an author reading in a quirky bookstore or browse through one of the area's many thrift shops. Feeling hungry? Consider a night out at one of the city's ethnic eateries and restaurants nearby.
Take in the breathtaking skyline at the top of the iconic Space Needle or on the Seattle Great Wheel, a 175-foot Ferris wheel on Seattle's waterfront alongside Puget Sound. Catch a sightseeing ferry ride across Puget Sound or wander through Pike Place Market, the Olympic Sculpture Park or the Museum of History and Industry, all a short distance from campus.
Even in the city, you're not far from wooded hiking trails and challenging ski slopes. Experience mountain views of the Cascades to the East and the Olympics to the West.
Numerous lakes, the largest of which are Lake Washington and Lake Union, also are part of the territory. With the blast of a cannon and a parade of boats, Seattle rings in Opening Day of boating season. There's also Seafair featuring a flight demonstration by the Blue Angels.
In the summer, there’s the famous Fremont Solstice Parade and Festival. Northwest Folklife and Bumbershoot are a pair of music festivals that take place over Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends that draw national acts to Seattle Center under the Space Needle.
There's plenty more to grab your attention in this dynamic and diverse city. Seattle Center also hosts more than 20 ethnic festivals that range from the Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival to French Fest, from a Vietnamese Lunar New Year celebration to an Irish Festival around St. Patrick's Day.
Student Organizations & Activities
Student Government of Seattle University promotes opportunities for student leadership and involvement and assists in the development of a cohesive undergraduate community. You also can take your pick from more than 130 extracurricular clubs and organizations.
Students love Seattle University because it “provides a small campus experience in the middle of an exciting big city.” “Seattle is our playground,” say the students of the university. “As soon as you step off campus, you are in the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill, a booming, youthful neighborhood that is LGBT friendly. There are coffee shops…concert venues, and parks within a two-block radius.” Getting to downtown Seattle is “easy by bus or foot.” It’s even easier when “the university loans out bus passes free of charge. It’s a quick bus ride to downtown and Pike’s Place Market or a nice half-hour walk. Chinatown is nearby, too.” On weekends, “being in the heart of Seattle…means that you can never run out of fun things to do: walk to Pike’s Place Market, shop at the stores downtown, see plays, go to the Seattle Arts museum, eat all sorts of different types of food, hang out in the international district, attend film festivals; you name it, Seattle has it!” Live music is a popular attraction here too and is “at the top of most people’s lists for a good time.” The party scene is “present but not crazy.” As for life on campus, students couldn’t be happier in this “small, homey, and very welcoming” environment. The campus is “super green,” providing students with “composting and recycling options in every location possible.” The food is not only “delicious,” but is also “locally grown, organic, [and] wellprepared.” The recent switch to Division I athletics has added a new emphasis on athletics on campus, much to the chagrin of some students, who think that more money “should be more directed to class resources and the arts” rather than sports.