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Seattle University

  • Seattle, WA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 58%42%
    student ratio
  • 4,666
    total students
  • $35,865 | $35,865
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 73%
    acceptance rate
  • Moderately Difficult
    admission difficulty
  • Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
  • 580
    sat math
  • 582
    sat reading
  • 577
    sat writing
  • 26
    act composite

Overview

Seattle University Combines a Thriving Metropolis with Unlimited Opportunities

Seattle University is located in the heart of Seattle, Washington. As the Pacific Northwest's largest city (and the 14th largest metropolitan area in the United States), Seattle is a scenic and cultural center with a thriving arts scene, bustling business district, and opportunities for recreation from Puget Sound to the Cascade Mountains.

A short walk from downtown in the eclectic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle University has a location that allows its students across all academic programs immediate access to internships, clinical experiences, research opportunities, and volunteer work. The city, with its variety of companies, non-profits, and governmental organizations, is an extension of SU's classroom.

Beyond academics, Seattle's rich ethnic diversity, celebrated restaurants, first-run entertainment, major-league athletics, theater, opera, and ballet enhance the on-campus experience.

Strong Academics, Honors Options, and Study Abroad Programs Provide a First-Rate Education in the Jesuit Tradition

As a Jesuit institution, Seattle University is part of a network of twenty-eight colleges and universities and forty-six high schools across the United States noted for their academic strength and commitment to social justice. The core curriculum is designed to develop leadership skills, enhance global awareness, and enable graduates to serve others through a rigorous liberal arts and sciences foundation. In the Jesuit educational tradition, Seattle University students are taught how to think, not what to think.

Professional undergraduate offerings include highly respected Colleges of Business, Nursing, and Science and Engineering and career-oriented liberal arts programs such as communication, criminal justice, journalism, public affairs, and social work. Recently added majors include film studies, sport and exercise science, strategic communication, string performance, and women studies.

Students seeking additional academic challenges are encouraged to engage in one of two honors programs: University Honors is comprised of a small cohort of students who focus on the most significant texts and ideas of Western culture; Core Honors is designed for students in profession-oriented majors and provides seminar-based courses in the liberal arts.

For all students, Seattle University encourages international engagement and provides a variety of options for studying abroad. Quarter- to year-long programs are available throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, and short-term course topics provide an opportunity to focus on specific academic interests for an abbreviated period, like "Democratic Justice and Social Equity" in South Africa, or "Tropical Ecology" in Costa Rica.

Embodying the Jesuit emphasis on social justice and global citizenship, students can also intern with non-governmental organizations in developing countries through the unique International Development Internship Program.

Vibrant, Close-Knit Community Includes Small Classes, Numerous Clubs and Organizations, and Engaging Athletics

With the ability to explore cultures across the globe and the resources of an active city at students' fingertips, the value of much of the Seattle University experience is still based in the strength of the on-campus community. For example, small classes create an academic environment that makes it easy to get to know professors and classmates.

Seattle University's four residence halls and Archbishop Murphy Apartments anchor the campus experience, with opportunities to live in themed floors specific to academic or social interest, like Xavier Global House or the Eco-Awareness community.

Over 120 clubs and organizations range in focus from community service, cultural heritage, and honor societies to professional development and recreation, including the Vietnamese Students Association, Photography Club, and the Outdoor Adventure and Recreation program.

Intramural, club, and intercollegiate athletics are also popular; with an athletic program that recently returned to Division I, Seattle University sponsors 19 varsity sports teams, a number of which found growing success in recent years.

Seattle University encourages all prospective students and their families to come and see campus. Visits can be scheduled Monday through Friday and many Saturdays; students and their families should contact admissions for availability. With two weeks' notice, visitors can be scheduled to attend a class, meet with a faculty adviser, participate in a campus tour, and speak individually with an admissions representative.


Location & Contact

Seattle University

902 12th Avenue, PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
USA

Melore Nielsen

Acting Dean of Admissions

Phone: 206-296-2000
Fax: 206-296-5656
Email: admissions@seattleu.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • European Studies (Western)
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Mathematics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biology Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Creative Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences and Humanities Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Conservation Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Parks and recreation
    • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Physical Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Safety
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Criminalistics and Criminal Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Public administration and social services
    • Public Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Social Work
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Commercial and Advertising Art
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Photography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine Arts Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Stringed Instruments
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Ultrasound Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Pre-Nursing Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • E-Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business/Managerial Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • International Business/Trade/Commerce
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

73% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied7,159
    • Accepted5,243
    • Acceptance Rate73%
    • Enrolled4,666
    • Female Applicants4,472
    • Females Accepted3,286
    • Female Acceptance Rate73%
    • Male Applicants2,687
    • Males Accepted1,957
    • Male Acceptance Rate72%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.58
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen March 1st Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 582 520 630
    • SAT Math 580 530 630
    • SAT Writing 577 530 640
    • ACT Composite 26 24 29
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$35,865
    • Out-of-state tuition *$35,865
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$600.00
    • Room and board *$10,545.00
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred paymentsDeferred payments and Installments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students4,666
    • Male Student Percentage42%
    • Female Student Percentage58%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino6.6%
    • Black or African American2.74%
    • White or Caucasian37.16%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.45%
    • Asian12.32%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.47%
    • Two or more races5.21%
    • Unknown4.8%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout9.32% representing 76 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students63% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 41%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Student Government of Seattle Univeristy (SGSU), Student Events and Activities Council (SEAC), Redzone, Dance Marathon, Hui O???Nani Hawaii Club
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other bicycle patrols

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Baseball No Division 1 No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew Yes No No
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes No No
    • Swimming No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division X No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes No No
    • Water polo Yes No No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Archery Yes No No
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Division C No
    • Crew Yes Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division X Yes
    • Field hockey Yes No No
    • Football Yes No No
    • Golf No Division X Yes
    • Rifle Yes No No
    • Rock climbing Yes No No
    • Skiing Yes No No
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Swimming No Division X Yes
    • Tennis Yes Division X No
    • Track No Division X Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes No No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty750
    • Full-time Percentage70%
    • Part-time Percentage30%
    • Female Percentage52%
    • Male Percentage48%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio12:1 or 5,231 students to 448 faculty


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