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Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ


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At a glance

One of the nation's leading Catholic universities for over 160 years, Seton Hall offers all the advantages of a large research university -- national reputation; challenging academic programs; notable alumni; state-of-the-art facilities; renowned faculty members; and extensive opportunities for internships, research and scholarship with all the benefits of a small, supportive environment. The university's 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio and average class size of 21 students means faculty know more than just students' names.

Accomplished faculty members include more than a dozen Fulbright Scholars, prominent researchers, authors, artists, filmmakers, former school superintendents and principals, leaders in nursing, former ambassadors, analysts, and lawmakers -- all of whom are dedicated to their fields and their students.

Seton Hall offers more than 17,000 internship opportunities, and over 81% of Seton Hall students have an internship -- or two -- on their resume before graduation. In fact, SHU is ranked one of the top five schools in the nation for providing internships and one of the top five for return on investment as well as being ranked as a school with the highest paid graduates. This is just one of the reasons students from Seton Hall have mid-career earnings that are 50% higher than the national average and a 93% employment rate.

Seton Hall Students have found internships or employment at American Express, The Associated Press, Lincoln Center, ABC, NYSE, Goldman Sachs, United Nations, The New York Times, The Museum of Natural History in NYC, The NY Mets, NBC, The FBI, Prudential, Sony Music, JP Morgan Chase, Homeland Security, Carnegie Hall, Amazon, the DEA, Madison Square Garden, Standard and Poor's and more.

Location and environment

The university's suburban, 58-acre park-like campus sits proudly within the picturesque town of South Orange, New Jersey just 14 miles from New York City -- close to all the action, yet not engulfed by it. Just a five-minute walk from campus lands students in the middle of a bustling town center where they'll find diners and pizzerias, banks, pharmacies, Starbucks, Cold Stone Creamery, South Orange Performing Arts Center, a movie theatre, and so much more. Students might not ever want to leave this quiet suburbia, but if they do, the train station, right in the center of town, is their direct link to NYC's Penn Station -- just 30 minutes away.

Additionally, Seton Hall has partnered with Hackensack Meridian Health to open a new medical school – New Jersey’s first private medical school – and recently opened its doors at the Interprofessional Health Sciences campus, located in Nutley and Clifton, NJ. Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences have also relocated to the Interprofessional Health Sciences Campus, where there are state-of-the-art facilities and laboratory spaces to enhance student learning opportunities.

Majors and degrees offered

Seton Hall offers over 90 rigorous academic programs in seven undergraduate colleges. They have excellent programs in business, education, communication, diplomacy and International relations, nursing, humanities, social sciences, biology, chemistry, physics as well as direct admission joint degree programs in physical therapy, athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistant and speech language pathology. They recently opened a new medical school in partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health. A new direct admission joint Bachelor’s/MD program has also been created. And at least 25 percent of the seat in the School of Medicine are reserved exclusively for Seton Hall students.

Seton Hall's Stillman School has the number one rated leadership program in the country and has AACSB accreditation, the most rigorous accreditation a business school can hold, putting them in the top 10% of business schools in the world and their accounting program in the top 1% in the world. Graduates of the business school, along with graduates of the College of Communication and the Arts, The College or Education and the School of Diplomacy and International Relations have 100% admit rates into graduate school and nearly a 100% employment rate for students within six months of graduation. Plus, the school boasts a 93% admit rate into medical school for its pre-med students.

Campus facilities and equipment

Recently the University has made several investments in facilities and added residence halls, parking and built a new state of the art fitness center as well as new academic buildings including the Science and Technology Center, which is home to state-of-the-future biology and chemistry labs, an atrium and auditorium, as well as an observatory and greenhouse. The dining facilities have been expanded for our students. Seton Hall’s new welcome center, Bethany Hall, is also the first stop for students visiting our campus.

Tuition, room, board, and fees

Seton Hall offers a flat-tuition rate for students taking between 12-18 credit hours. The 2019-20 tuition and fees are $44,080. Room and Board fees range depending on meal plans; however, an average cost is $15,222.

Financial aid

Paying for college is a major investment. That's why Seton Hall University is committed to providing students with the resources needed to make their dreams a reality. The university gives over $100 million in aid each year and 98% of its students receive some form of financial aid with 98% receiving scholarships or grants directly from the university.

Student organizations and activities

On the Seton Hall campus, students will find over 130 clubs and organizations and 22 Greek societies. They can audition for one of the nearly dozen theatre performances cast each year or broadcast at our award-winning, student-run radio station, WSOU-FM, which attracts more than 120,000 listeners a week from the NYC area, was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and is ranked the number one college radio station in the nation. Students can join the Brownson Speech and Debate Team, ranked in the Top 20 college and university forensic teams for years or write for one of the three student newspapers.

Students can also cheer on one of the Pirates - 14 Division I Big East athletic teams or they can play club and intramural sports in the 25+ programs offered in which about 50% of students participate.

Admissions process

The university considers academic performance in high school, their grades and the rigor of their curriculum, as well as their standardized SAT and/or ACT scores. The university also will consider a student's personal essay, recommendations, and extracurricular activities. The typical student who entered Seton Hall last year had an unweighted average GPA of 3.6 (B+) and an average SAT score of 1235 and 26.5 on the ACT.


The university offers weekly information sessions and various Open Houses throughout the year. For specific dates and to sign up, visit

Location & Contact

Address Enrollment Management Office
400 South Orange Avenue
South Orange, NJ  07079-2697
United States
Contact Katherine Fainer
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Phone: 973-275-2589
Fax: 973-275-2321

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Asian Studies/civilization Checkmark
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies Checkmark
Finance, General Checkmark
Information Resources Management Checkmark
Labor And Industrial Relations Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs, Other Checkmark
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Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Checkmark
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Radio, Television, And Digital Communication, Other Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
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Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
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Special Education And Teaching, General Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
Creative Writing Checkmark
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Classics And Classical Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages And Literatures, General Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Studies Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
International Relations And Affairs Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
Theology/theological Studies Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Commercial And Advertising Art Checkmark
Design And Visual Communications, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Music Performance, General Checkmark
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Visual And Performing Arts, General Checkmark


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Application Fee
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs A minimum high school GPA of 3
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Counselor report

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen February 1st Not reported
Other early decision plan November 15th December 30th
Transfer August 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 641 600 680
SAT Math 648 600 690
ACT Composite 29 26 32

Tuition & Fees

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Full-time student fees
Room & board
Room only

Student Body

Total Undergrad students
International Students
Out-of-state students


Hispanic/Latino 20.98%
Black or African American 8.96%
White or Caucasian 50.29%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.19%
Asian 10.72%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.1%
Two or more races 4.1%
Other 2.73%


Male (46.13%)
Female (53.87%)

Campus Life


College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements None
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 35%

Student Activities

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Campus events:
University Day, Deck The Hall and Career Day

Student Services

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Student Organizations

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Campus Security & Safety

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark Checkmark No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby Checkmark Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Tennis No No No
Volleyball No No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Football Checkmark No No
Golf Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey No No No
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rugby No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
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Total Faculty
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 461
Part-time - 517
Male - 488
Female - 490
Seton Hall University