Seattle University

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About Seattle University

Originally founded in 1891, Seattle University is one of only 28 Jesuit Catholic colleges located in the U.S. today. The university serves students via its 50-acre campus located in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. Currently, Seattle University serves over 7,700 students annually and has an alumni network of 67,000 individuals located throughout the U.S. and the world.


Seattle University offers around 80 undergraduate degree options, over 35 graduate degree options and over 20 certificate programs through its eight colleges and schools. Students have the opportunity to participate in special learning opportunities as well, including ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force) and study abroad options. Nursing students have access to a 20,000-square foot health sciences lab for hands-on learning opportunities.

Around 35% of all undergraduate students (including most freshmen) reside within the university's four residence halls and three on- and off-campus apartment living communities for upperclassmen. On-campus residence hall housing is guaranteed for the first two years. The school hosts some themed learning communities in its residence halls, focusing on concepts like diversity and social change, faith and the humanities, leadership and social justice. Students have a wide range of activities available to them, including over 120 student clubs and organizations, intramural sports, an on-campus church, an arts center, and a 64,000-square foot student center. The school also competes athletically at the NCAA Division I level.


Individuals who apply to Seattle University are evaluated based on a number of factors, including prior academic achievement, overall GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The application process, including payment of a $50 application fee, must be completed no later than January 15 for Fall quarter admission in that same year. Those who want to apply for early admission must have their application materials submitted by November 15 of the year prior to the Fall they want to attend. Applicants may check their admission status through the university website. The school also considers freshman applications for the Winter quarter (due November 1), Spring quarter (due February 20) and Summer quarter (due May 15).

Of the more than 4,600 undergraduate students that attended Seattle University during the Fall 2011 quarter, around 95% did so on a full-time basis; roughly 60% of them were female. About 40% of freshmen were Washington State residents.

Tuition & Financial Aid

During the 2011-2012 school year, tuition costs and associated fees at Seattle University for undergraduate students were about $32,700. Total costs for students living on-campus during the 2011-2012 school year were estimated to be $47,853.

Seattle University offers federal financial aid programs such as loans, grants and work-study opportunities to students through Title IV programs. Grants and scholarships are also available. The average financial aid awarded to undergraduate recipients during the 2011-2012 school year was $23,718, and over 86% of all university undergraduates received some form of financial aid during this same period.

School Type Private, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctorate, certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body Around 4,600 undergraduates and 3,100 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing Available; four residence halls and three apartment living communities*
Schools and Programs Eight colleges and schools; just under 80 undergraduate programs, over 35 graduate programs, over 20 certificate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Registered nursing (136)
Master's: Business administration and management (253)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 52% in four years
74% in six years
75% in eight years**
Admission Rate 71% in 2011**
Entering Class Size 4,631 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates About 86% (full-time students)
60% (part-time students) in 2011**
Average SAT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT scores: 520-630 in critical reading, 530-630 in math, 530-630 in writing in Fall 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date January 15 for Fall quarter (November 15 of the year before for early action)*
Decision Notification Date March 1 for Fall quarter enrollment*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2011-2012 are roughly $32,700 for undergraduates (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011: Federal grant aid (26%), state/local grant aid (8%), institutional grant aid (97%), loan (69%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid in 2010-2011 99%**

Sources: *Seattle University; **College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122-1090
  • Phone: (800) 426-7123
  • Website:

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