Seattle, WA
Seattle University

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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 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.

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.


  • Enrollment
  • 4,657
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $41,265
  • Acceptance rate
  • 74%

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