From the School

Seattle has produced some of the world's most prestigious and influential companies such as Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon and Costco. This urban setting is where all walks converge to find a better way forward. Seattle University is a school of action with an ever-growing impact on the city, the community and throughout the world.

The greatest successes at Seattle University are the result of people coming together and standing united to bring about great change. A good example: The Seattle University Youth Initiative, the university's largest-ever community engagement project, which continues to grow as it transforms academic achievement at the city's most underperforming public elementary school. The lure of the Youth Initiative is compelling-so much so that an increasing number of incoming students say it's the top reason they choose to come to SU. Worldwide, other universities-20 and counting -see the Youth Initiative as a successful prototype. The White House took notice, too, and honored the Youth Initiative with several awards for community service in each of the last three years.

In a state like Washington, where dozens of different languages are spoken and every race, religion and perspective is represented, Seattle University's 4,500 undergraduate students from 53 states and 89 nations fit right in.

A transformation happens when you're a student here. A Seattle University education instills in you a lifelong capacity to create a more just and humane world.

Overview

Applicants
7,392
Acceptance Rate
73%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities

Overall

From The School

Central to the academic excellence of SU is the Core curriculum, which enriches academic rigor and engages new students quickly, deeply and thoughtfully. The Core offers a glimpse at how SU inspires insightful and creative thinkers and serves as an important foundation for studies in the various majors and minors.

Designed to help students develop intellectual abilities, there's a strong liberal arts focus with broad exposure to the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and arts. Instead of broad survey courses, Core courses focus on specific questions. The study of those questions gives students a closer look at a discipline and how knowledge is pursued. Theology and philosophy play critical roles. There's also a focus on global engagement so students can examine their roles in local, regional, national and transnational cultures and communities.

Seattle University continues its long-term relationship with the University of Central America in Nicaragua for exchange programs. In addition, students are in educational or service programs abroad in more than 40 countries. Among them, the senior economics major who spent a quarter in Chiang Mai, Thailand, at a sanctuary that's home to more than 30 rescued elephants, and the junior political science major on a yearlong study in Santiago, Chile, where he wrote for the Santiago Times.

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

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
750
with Terminal Degree
517

388
Women
362
Men
122
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

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

Overview

From The School

For the 2015-16 academic year, full-time tuition is $38,970; room and meals are $11,120. The estimate for books, supplies, fees and personal expenses is an additional $6,390. Travel costs vary. Costs are subject to change. Seattle University operates on a quarter calendar with fall term beginning in late September. Students are required to live on campus for their first two years, and six on-campus residence halls house more than 2,000 students.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,257

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,907

Average Need-Based Loan
$9,339

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,424

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,246

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

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 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
4,511
Out of State
55%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
79

Demographics

17.80%
Asian
2.81%
African-American
10.14%
Hispanic
50.10%
Caucasian
9.65%
Unknown
11.86%
International

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

Overview

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.

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
45%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
93
First-Year Students living on campus
92%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
96

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
119
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Redhawks)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Redhawks)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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

Sustainability

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
90
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
10%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
6

Average Number of PC's per Lab
27

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
90%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Lenovo Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melore Nielsen
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone
206-220-8040

Email
admissions@seattleu.edu

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
Mon-Fri
8am-4:30
206-220-8040

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Fall Preview: October and November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
one night

Transportation

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