Seattle, WA
Seattle University


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Casey
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Seattle U is located in the center of the Capital Hill district, so the avenues of fun and entertainment are pretty open. The...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Seattle U is located in the center of the Capital Hill district, so the avenues of fun and entertainment are pretty open. The campus is pretty small, class sizes seem to generally be between 15-25 students. Most students on campus will say that's a major reason why they came to Seattle U. The hot spots usually aren't on campus, since it is so small in size, but that's countered by the availability of coffee shops and entertainment spots gallore right off of campus. Some of the big recent controversies on campus include the condom debate. Unlike public colleges and universities, Seattle U is a Jesuit institution which derives it's heritage from the Catholic tradition. Needless to say, condoms can be found everywhere except on campus here. Students have been pretty riled up on both sides, but the administration stands firm on it's opinion about contraceptive use.

Describe the students at your school.

Students are generally open to differences in culture, race, gender, sexuality, etc. I would SU requires students to be pretty mature and task-oriented in order to succeed. Students have their fun, but since no greek system exists on campus, students generally have their fun off campus. Students dress varies, but most just come to class in a jeans, a jacket to keep warm during the cold rain, and comfortable shoes. Students on campus are predominanlty left wing on campus, however, right wing and libertarian ideas are also pretty prevalent.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not really. Students vary from a wide-range of religious and nonreligious backgrounds. In the classroom, students feel pretty free and open to discuss all avenues of faith. However, theology classes are required of students in order to graduate. The perk is that those classes generally have some wiggle room in terms of the topic you'll discuss, so you don't wide up feeling frustrated with the inconsistency of the material you're expected to know and what you really feel.

What are the academics like at your school?

Class sizes are generally small and pretty intimate. Students however, do a lot of their intellectual discussion outside the classroom. As a Psychology student, I've been fairly pleased with the quality of the classes in my major and the importance placed on qualitative rather than quantitative study. It's also important to note that all learning on campus generally has a social justice tie to it. Since we are a university that prides itself on diversity, social justice and empowering leaders for a just and humane world, many of the conversations in the classrooms and even in the residence halls are infused with these notions. Students aren't too competitive, generally academic success is defined by the individual rather than a general standard. Professors genuinely take an interest in their students and their academic success and learning is both geared to practical job-seeking and learning for enrichment purposes.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Very religious instition and very conservative.

Bonnie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are no sororities or fraternities, which makes the college experience different than a lot of public universities. The...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are no sororities or fraternities, which makes the college experience different than a lot of public universities. There are definitely people to party with if you'd like, but there are a large number of people who don't drink or smoke here. It's a very liberal college, and I wouldn't suggest a conservative student go to this school, and that's coming from a liberal. A lot of the classroom discussions are biased and assume that everyone in the classroom has liberal beliefs. Along the same lines, if someone is uncomfortable with homosexuality, then this school would make this person uncomfortable. There is a large population of homo/bi/tras-sexual/gender students here. The class sizes are generally small. Some of the more popular majors are Poli Sci, International Studies, and various liberal arts majors. For someone who is applying, I'd tell them that although the school is very expensive, they give very good scholarship and aid. Oh, and write your essays about diversity.

Describe the students at your school.

If you're conservative, especially morally, then you will not have an easy time here. The general population is extremely liberal and extremely LGBTI friendly. Coming from a conservative state, even though I am liberal, people assumed that I was conservative and gave me the cold shoulder from time to time. It's a expensive private school, so a good amount of the students come from very wealthy backgrounds. However, SU gives good scholarship, so there are people from different financial backgrounds as well.

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know your name most of the time and are very willing to help. This means you should probably come to class. This also means that a lot of classes grade based on class participation. You'll be taking a lot of core classes no matter what your major. You'll be in 3 years of philosophy, along with religion, sociology, english, etc. If you get good teachers you'll get a lot out of these classes. If you don't care, then you can find some really easy teachers and just get through them.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

People here tend to get very involved in groups and causes. A lot of people here do not drink, and prefer to find other things to do on the weekends. However, there is definitely a party scene. It's college.

Jesse
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Seattle University is a (supposedly) Catholic University. While only about half of the students are baptised Catholics and o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Seattle University is a (supposedly) Catholic University. While only about half of the students are baptised Catholics and only half of those practicing, the common thread of social justice unites the school's varied populous. If I could change one thing, I would definately try to help people transcend the Nietzschean slave-revolt mentality that many have against tradition--they often define themselves for being non-traditional, throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The school has about 6,000 students, just the right size to have lots of opportunities but not too large as to just become another number. A student here definately associates with the same people enough to make friends, but can always meet new people. Campus has many comfortable areas for dining, study, and simply relaxing with friends. The library, engineering lab, and the residental halls all have accomodating study areas. In the dorms, TV lounges, game rooms, and music rooms all allow students to hang out on campus if they don't feel like going out into the city. Seattle itself is a great place to study, and SU is located a few blocks from downtown. Perhaps the biggest issue on campus is an increased crime rate. It's not so bad that one has to be scared constantly, but one should be smart, never walking late at night, alone, with an I-pod, completely aloof to surroundings. If one is smart, then safety won't be an issue.

Describe the students at your school.

Seattle University prides itself on ethnic and cultural diversity. This means a lot of Asians--the largest minority population of the area. The school also has small but significant African American populations and foreign students. If you want to learn about different cultures, you have the opportunity. The school is very gay-friendly, making it a comfortable place to study for homosexual students. A warning to the ladies--the guy to girl ratio is low and a larger-than-per capita population of the male students is homosexual. In short, it's easy for a strait guy to meet women but hard for a strait women to meet men. If you're religous, conservative, or moderate, the liberals will try to make you into a straw man they can attack to define themselves. The level of political liberalism coupled with the drama of the students makes it a politically charged campus. It's kind of a farce, really. You may come here political, but you'll leave apathetic to the whole deal.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Probably 70% of all people here play into at least one of the aforementioned stereotypes. While many are irreligious (and often unkind to those who are religious!), they are nonetheless generally nice people. For outsiders who don't fit into the stereotypes, if you find the other 30% of the people, you'll have a good time teasing the others about their well-intended but misguided lifestyles

What are the academics like at your school?

The class sizes are small and students get to know their professors well. It's a great educational experience as they are available to help you improve your academic skills on a personal basis. Some of the teachers are great--if you meet their challenge, they will raise you to the next level in your studies. Some are not so great--check ratemyprofessor.com to see. Great teachers are available. The courses can be either easy or rigorous depending on the instructor and the course itself. Some teachers lecture, some do seminar format, and the worst leave you hanging. Once again, the school is small enough to where you can find out what to take and who to take it from by talking to fellow students. If you find the right crowd, you can explore your intellectual interests outside of class. If you find the wrong crowd, you may be stuck reading shitty poetry in yuppie cafes with psuedo-intellectuals who rebelled from the mainstream after the mainstream gave them "B"s. The psychology department is one of the most unique in the country and I'm very happy to get to be a part of it. So far, the chemistry portion of the pre-med track has not been as good as my AP high school class. Depending on your major (practical v. artsy), getting a job won't be too difficult.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The school is large enough to have clubs for nearly any interest and works well with students to form new clubs. Sports is getting big here as the school is moving to division A and you can live vicariously through the athletes if you're that pathetic. It's easy to meet people here as a freshman, but transfer students have trouble--they do make friends, but not as many as those who come right after high school. All sorts of cultural events--poets, plays, music, speakers, religious celebrations--abound here. The are probably one of the best things that the University has to offer. As stated earlier, the dating scene is great for guys, but bad for ladies. It kind of gives women an advantage--they don't have to worry about distractions from their studies. If you like to party, you can party; if not, downtown has all sorts of fun events from movies to shopping to lots of good dining.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Seattlites are known for their love of coffee. 'Yuppie' describes the nature attributed to them. Outsiders believe that Seattlites attend more yoga classes than religious services. Homosexuality is cool in Seattle, and so is feminism. Ironically, the flamboyance of the gay community and the ferocity of the feminists helps to make the more conservative type affraid of their ideas. While many people eat at vegitarian restaurants, they don't give so much as a glace to the homeless man outside the door.

Chris
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Seattle is going back home. School is aight, nothing too hard. Administration koo, lots of asians, no black ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Best thing about Seattle is going back home. School is aight, nothing too hard. Administration koo, lots of asians, no black people

Describe the students at your school.

HAHAHA!!! pretty much whites and asians with some sprinklings of hispanics and blacks. Hole bunch of gay people, and lots of girls

What are the academics like at your school?

Professors know my name, but I stand out like a sore thumb. Kids are really smart, good academics.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

It rains all the time. The people are either white, gay, or totally weird.

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