From the School

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The undergraduate student body numbers 4,631 and includes representatives from 53 states and territories and 89 nations. Seattle University provides an ideal environment for motivated students interested in self-reliance, awareness of different cultures, social justice, and the fulfillment that comes from making a difference. Our location in the center of one of the nation's most diverse and progressive cities attracts a student body, faculty, and staff rich in diversity. Our urban setting promotes the development of leadership skills and independence and provides the opportunity for students to apply what they learn through internships, clinical experiences, and volunteer work.

The student life program includes over 130 extracurricular clubs and organizations. Four residence halls and two on-campus apartment complexes house 1,700 students and undergraduate housing is available all four years. Approximately 95% of freshmen and sophomores live on campus. The Connolly Athletic Center serves as the major facility for varsity and intramural athletics and recreation. It features the Eisiminger Fitness Center, which opened in fall 2011, two swimming pools, two gymnasiums, and saunas. A 6-acre complex provides fields for outdoor sports.

Seattle University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, AACSB International-Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the American Chemical Society, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Association of Theological Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Council on Social Work Education, and the American Bar Association.


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
530 - 640
SAT Math
530 - 640
ACT Composite
24 - 29

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Character / Personal Qualities


From The School

Students at Seattle University take a program of liberal studies called the core curriculum. The university core curriculum has several distinguishing characteristics: it provides an integrated freshman year; gives order and sequence to student learning; provides experience in the methods and content of the range of liberal arts, sciences, philosophy, and theology; calls for active learning in all classes, for practice in writing and thinking, and for an awareness of values; fosters a global perspective and a sense of social and personal responsibility. Our academic offerings provide leadership opportunities and enable graduates to serve society through a demanding liberal arts and social sciences foundation. In the Jesuit educational tradition we teach students how to think, not what to think.

Seattle University offers two honors program options for students seeking the greatest possible challenge. The University Honors Program is a small select two year long learning community. It is humanities focused, and its fully integrated curriculum examines the most significant texts and ideas of Western culture. The Core Honors Program involves seminar sections of nine required courses in English, history, philosophy, social science, and theology/religious studies. This option is particularly suited to students in profession oriented majors where participation in University Honors is less feasible due to specific major requirements and scheduling conflicts. Admission is competitive and requires a separate application.

Students Say

Though Seattle University is renowned for its excellent academics, particularly a “sensational” nursing program, it is its Jesuit philosophy of holistic education that is its main claim to fame. The university requires students to take a collection of core classes that are more than “just a random collection of math, writing, and social science classes. There’s a lot more philosophy, theology, psychology, ethics, and actual service-learning” involved, and students say that “often times the core classes that I was required to take ended up being the most memorable classes.” The university’s commitment to social justice issues is “more than just rhetoric—there are classes structured around specific kinds of service learning.” Professors “encourage discussion and active participation” by students, and in turn, students receive a lot of “personal attention from faculty” in “intimate and inviting classroom environments.” They can also be counted on to be “helpful in finding internships and networking.” It is significant to note, that while Seattle University is steeped in a strong Jesuit tradition, it is “not an extremely religious school.” Overall, students here are very happy with the “wonderful academic atmosphere.”

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Prominent Alumni

Julie Larson-Green
Microsoft executive vice president

Jim Whitaker
1st American to Climb Mt. Everest, Past CEO of REI

Mohamed Ali Alabbar
Dir. Gen. United Arab Emirates Dept. of Econ. Dev

Richard A. Jones
U.S. District Court Judge (for the Western district of WA, in Seattle)

John Spellman
Former Governor of Washington State

General Peter W. Chiarelli
Former Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army

Martha Choe
Chief administrative officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


From The School

For the 2012-2013 academic year, full-time tuition is $34,200; room and meals are $10,296. The estimate for books, supplies, fees and personal expenses is an additional $6,114. Travel costs vary among students. Costs are subject to change. Seattle University operates on a quarter calendar with fall term beginning in late September.


Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

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Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender


From The School

All undergraduates belong to the Associated Students of Seattle University (ASSU), the central student organization on campus, which is organized around an elected president, an executive vice president, and an activities vice president. Additionally, a 12-member representative council oversees every facet of the student body and is responsible for policy making, a diverse activities program, and the communication of student needs to the administration and faculty.

Students Say

As “one of the most liberal Catholic schools,” Seattle University is a place where “all faiths are not only accepted, but they are welcomed and encouraged.” The “majority of students are liberal,” and “everyone is aware of social issues.” Because people are so “politically and socially aware, you can always find a good debate if you’re looking for it.” The “typical student is committed to academics, involved on campus outside of school, friendly, loves the city of Seattle, and [is] environmentally conscious.” There is a “very large LGBTQ community” on campus, as well as “lots of international students” and “hipsters galore.” In short, “there are many different types of people here, and they all try to be inclusive.” “Every student who graduates from Seattle University will have become a well-rounded individual, recognizing the importance of diversity, sustainability, justice, academic excellence, and leadership on creating a better world for the future.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented



59% female
41% male
55% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time


From The School

Seattle University is located in a port city of unsurpassed natural beauty. As the Pacific Northwest's largest city (and the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States), Seattle is a scenic and cultural center in a setting that includes breathtaking mountain views of the Cascades to the east and the Olympics to the west. In addition to being situated along Puget Sound, Seattle also contains Lakes Union and Washington.

The campus is located in the center of the city. Seattle's sights and sounds, rich ethnic diversity, celebrated restaurants, first-run entertainment, major-league athletics, theater, opera, and ballet all enhance campus life.

Students Say

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.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Redhawks)
9 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Redhawks)
11 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Washington
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Washington


Model” is the operative word when it comes to sustainability at Seattle University. SU is a model of ecological gardening techniques. The university stopped using pesticides on its 50-acre grounds in 1998. Now it uses integrated pest management (including compost tea) to maintain its campus without the use of chemicals. The result of all this eco-friendly grounds work? Seattle University has been recognized by government and nonprofit organizations as a wildlife habitat, with a diversity of plant material supporting a wide variety of birds and small mammals (yes, in the heart of metropolitan Seattle). SU’s dining services is also a model—it purchases 50 percent of its produce from local farms, buys organic when possible, and offers fair-trade coffee. All to-go ware from campus eateries are compostable. Students who bring a reusable mug get a 20¢ discount on coffee and fountain drinks. A designated recycling and composting technician runs an on-campus compost facility. The facility processes 178,000 pounds of kitchen food waste a year, which is used to fertilize the campus. Food waste bins are outside most buildings, and each residence hall room has a food waste bin. Ultra low-flow toilets, urinals, faucet aerators and showerheads are now installed as the campus standard. An impressive twenty- seven electric vehicles are part of the campus fleet. A student led initiative resulted in the removal of plastic bottled water everywhere on campus. The university installed reusable water bottle fillers on more than thirty water fountains.

Green Rating
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell Lenovo Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Melore Nielsen
Director of Admissions

Admissions Office
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center, a modern fitness/wellness facility
Hawk’s Nest Bistro in the Student Center, open late into the night
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
Public artwork around campus, including a Dale Chihuly glass installation
Championship Field, the 2013 "Field of the Year" by Sports Turf Mngr Assctn
Campus tours offered daily at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from October to June, additional tours at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Space Needle/Seattle Center
Pike Place Market
Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park
Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum
Cascade Mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Fall Preview: October and November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

one night


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airport: SeaTac International Airport Amtrack Seattle Metro Transit Buses Taxi

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 Take the James St. exit off I-5 (coming from the north, exit 165; coming from the south, exit 164A). Turn east up the hill past Broadway until you reach 12th Avenue (.6 miles). Turn left at the light on 12th Avenue and proceed north two blocks to East Marion Street and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will be directly ahead. Stop for parking information and campus directions. From I-90 Take the Rainier Avenue North exit (3B) and merge onto Rainier Avenue South (you will be heading northbound). Follow Rainier Avenue South (.5 miles) to the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and Boren Avenue South. Turn slightly left onto Boren Avenue South for two blocks then turn right onto 12th Avenue. Follow 12th Avenue (.7 miles) to East Marion St. and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will be directly ahead. Stop at the booth for parking information and campus directions. From Highway 520 Take 520 westbound to I-5 south. Take the James Street exit off I-5 (exit 165a). Turn left on James Street and drive up the hill past Broadway until you reach 12th Avenue. Turn left at the light on 12th Avenue and proceed north two blocks to East Marion Street and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will directly ahead. Stop at the booth for parking information and campus directions.

Local Accommodations
Less than 0.5 miles Silver Cloud 1100 Broadway (206)325-1400 Inn at Virginia Mason 1006 Spring St (206)583-6453 Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison St (206)622-6400 Seattle Suites 1400 Hubbel Pl (206)232-2799 Homewood Suites by Hilton 1011 Pike St (206)682-8282