About Seattle University

Founded in 1891, Seattle University. is a Private college. Located in Washington, which is a city setting in Washington, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 4,657 full time undergraduate students, and 2,830 full time graduate students.

The Seattle University Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 506 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Seattle University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate73%
Application Deadline
Application Fee55
SAT Range1070-1290
ACT Range25-30

Admissions at SU are considered Selective, with ,36% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

89% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 58% were in the top quarter, and 26% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Seattle University.

1%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
34%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
66%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
49%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
45%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
15%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
79%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
49%
“They keep regular office hours”
46%
“They”re always available”
82%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
1%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
30%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
63%
“We only party on weekends”
6%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
1%
“We”re apathetic”
4%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
34%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
1%
“We save it for the classroom”
16%
“Sometimes, but not often”
66%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
17%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
6%
“I only go out in groups”
49%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
45%
“I feel extremely safe”
45%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
40%
“We bought the gear”
15%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
79%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
7%
“We”re a very artistic group”
3%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
49%
“They keep regular office hours”
46%
“They”re always available”
82%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
13%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
1%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
3%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
1%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
30%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
63%
“We only party on weekends”
6%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
7%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
60%
“There might be people who do”
32%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Seattle University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    97 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    92 Students rated off-campus housing 2.8 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    104 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    107 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    108 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 72 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    106 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    106 Students rated local services 4.5 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    107 Students rated academics 3.9 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Seattle University?

43 Students rated Seattle University

Ivan - 04/13/2022

I enjoy my visit to Seattle University and plan to attend there in the fall. The people are really intelligent and smart, but also very open-minded. The food here on campus is really good, and the academics are excellent. The dorms are really nice. The professors are very engaged.

Sareya - 08/30/2021

I love it! I feel safe, and welcomed. It is a private school, for Jesuits, but they do not force their religion on anyone. You don't have to be religious to be accepted. The atmosphere is so peaceful, and the gathering are lit. I enjoy living on campus, and the food is amazing!

Susan - 11/03/2020

I have met some people working in this area and who actually graduated from Seattle University. They are very kind and provided me positive experience. However, the nurse practitioner I met seems like she has some troubles on writing and communication. Right now, I am considering to visit other universities to compare the quality of education.

Chris

If you are someone who sees themselves as progressivly active or enjoy the discussion and action that social justice can take this is the university for you. It is a jesuit university, but don't let that be a reason against it. I'm non-religious but I think the way that religion and culture is studied here leads to a great beginning for preparing for post graduation.

Seattle University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Seattle University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Seattle University is 73%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can so you can pay for college. Also, don't be shy. Get out there and make friends because there are so many incredible people with amazing stories that are just waiting to share them with you. Make sure you sign up for classes early so you can get the classes you want. Finally, study a map of wherever you are going to school so you don't get lost. Lost people are most often the ones targeted by predators because they make easy targets, so be careful!

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    Intelligent, mildly competitive, upper middle class, generally friendly, privately educated.

    Read all  42 answers
  4. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    Small class sizes

    Read all  33 answers
  5. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I just started law school at SU. I fully recommend this college for its great resources and great staff who go over and beyond to make sure the students succeed in school and obtain great jobs once they graduate. My first summer I took criminal law with one of the best professors I have ever had, and received workshops on time management, case briefing, exam writing, legal writing, resume writing, interviewing, mentoring, and was invited to many social parties to meet alumni and attorneys in our area. The staff and students really are there for you if you feel you can't handle the pressures of law school and will give you encouragement the whole way. This is a good school! Difficult as it should be, but manageable.

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  6. What are the academics like at your school?

    Seattle University is a very competitive college and for my major, it is very competitive. However, there are great teachers and advisers who go beyond their duty to ensure that all students who need help are got it. Class participation is commonly encouraged and my favorite part is lab where I can put into application what I read in books.

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  7. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Seattle University students are considered very wealthy, snobby, and spoiled. The city of Seattle is considered very laid back, fun, wet, cold, and full of coffee shops.

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  8. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    There are some people you'd expect to be hipsters, but most everyone here has pretty diverse interests and isn't a stereotypical anything. I don't feel like people have been really pretentious about it. The GLBTQ community seems to be a significant and well-respected presence on campus and the surrounding neighborhood I don't know what the numbers actually say, but given that SU has almost a 2:1 ratio of females to males, it's just easy to just overemphasize which guys are unavailable. The liberals and democrats definitely outnumber the right-wing. During election season, it was like the conservatives had to come out of the closet. But as a friend once described it, liberals here are less the tie-myself-to-a-tree type and more the start-a-non-profit-organization type. It's definitely not as much of a party school as UW, but it's not a dry campus or anything. I know plenty of people who party and plenty of people who don't. I personally don't. A lot of people will go to UW, if they really want to, but there are some closer by.

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  9. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Student Government and clubs.

    Read all  26 answers
  10. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The price tag. Being a private university the school costs a pretty penny to attend, thankfully they give out quite a bit in financial aid each year. I am here primarily on scholarships and so is my roommate. From what I hear, a lot of kids are. Still, $38,000 is a pretty hefty tag to tote!

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  11. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    This is a school with wonderful professors who really care about their students.

    Read all  24 answers
  12. What's unique about your campus?

    The small classes make it easier to get help and to understand what is going on in the class. The teachers really get to know you.

    Read all  19 answers
  13. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Before coming to this school, I wish I had known that the Campion bathrooms are THE WORST.

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  14. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    The faculty and staff here at Seattle University is amazing. They are always willing to help you and truly enjoy their job. With a jesuit mission, a lot of the students here are open minded, and very friendly. As a private institution you really get to know your surroundings, professors, students, and the campus a lot more because of the small size.

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  15. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Not having a 24-hour dining hall.

    Read all  17 answers
  16. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Serious, working hard people.

    Read all  16 answers
  17. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who enjoys the rain, likes a small campus and small classes and is a vegitarian.

    Read all  16 answers
  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    For its commitment to social justice and interest in expanding diversity (through all perspectives) on campus.

    Read all  11 answers
  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    The stereotype of students at my school is international students; they are believed to come from rich parents/families. I don't think this is accurate because a lot of them won a scholarship to study abroad, so their parents are not able to assist their need here in the US.

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Student Body

Students

61%

female

39%

male

4,657

Total Undergrad Enrollment

2,830

Total Grad Students

65%

Out-Of-State

31%

In-State

4%

International

Organizations

150

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

28%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
16%
% Black or African-American
3%
% Hispanic/Latino
11%
% White or Caucasian
46%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

96% of students attending Seattle University receive some sort of financial aid. 20% were awarded federal grants. While 59% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$41,265

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,500

Books and Supplies

$11,499

Room and Board

54,264

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$25,958
$30 - $48K
$26,422
$48 - $75K
$30,783
$75 - $110K
$32,995
$110K & UP
$37,298

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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