Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
4,364
Tuition
$34,800
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 783 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is moderate amount of diversity on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains a lot but the weather is fairly mild otherwise.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school is not focused on sports.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There are not many parking options. There are a few lots near campus but they are expensive and fill up.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Seattle University has a great reputation for nursing. It's centrally located to many hospitals and clinics. The work load is heavier then average.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There are various sports teams in the area: baseball, soccer, and football. There are also lots of restaurant and bar options. The area is bike friendly. Downtown isn't too far away which offers shopping options.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is a great variety of restaurants and bars that are opened late. There are few student discountsThe coffee shop scene could be better

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Of course seattle is full of crime but on campus in particular I feel fairly safe.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have much experience with parking here.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Sometimes is feels like my school is an extension of high school, I just have to separate myself from that atmosphere and focus on what is important to me.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school is extremely diverse in multiple areas.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For those who have the time and money to spend on off campus food there are plenty of good options. I myself just choose not to spend my money on these.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't participate much, but if you are looking for a party, you're likely to find one.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Public safety officers are more interested in enforcing drug and alcohol policies than keeping the student body safe. There have been multiple crimes committed near campus (a couple were even on campus), which the public safety was not able to stop due to their lack of visibility on campus. Instead, they spend all their time sniffing dorm rooms.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Lots of computer are available on campus. I have my own laptop so I don't use them quite as much, but very good for printing.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We actually do not have a greek life at my school.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Most of my issues came with the FASFA process, not necessarily through my school.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The underage nightlife is not very good unless you go to a house party. There are many clubs in Seattle, so people who are 18+ or 21+ depending on the club can attend those. Also there are many bars for those 21+, as well as gay bars.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The metro system is great and very easy to navigate. We have transportation options at school. The Nigh Hawk will gladly pick you within a 1 mile radius of the school. Also, a shuttle will gladly bring you to and pick you up from the airport or train station. The light rail has opened up transportation options as well.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Marijuana is legal in Washington, so it is not unusual for students to be using it. Any drug or alcohol use is well disguised, but widely used. This is something that is not unique to SU.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The campus dining is great! It can be expensive, but it sure beats high school dining. Bon Appetit provides the food for SU and they do a wonderful job. The food can get repetitive, but it's easy to break the monotony by changing the protein used in a burger or the veggies used in the fire wok.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The students at SU are wonderful. The typical student is white, female, middle to upper class, and friendly. There is a good mix of Washington, California, Hawai'i, and International students.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Safety does its job relatively well, I don't have much to complain about. Also, the SPD is ready and willing intervene in any emergencies.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: SU is in the downtown portion of Seattle, so there are plenty of eateries and shops to explore. However, due to its proximity to the city and city folk, there is also an element of danger. Students have been harassed, robs, and shot at in the wee hours of the morning. So my suggestion is to be indoors by 9:00pm.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The amount of computers on campus lends itself to easy accessibility. At times it is difficult to find a computer in the Library, but there are also labs in the Bannon and Pigott buildings. While having a Laptop is not a requirement, it will make you life 1000x easier, it is worth the investment!

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Michael Lis-Sette
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
Journalism
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It would be difficult to find someone who didn’t enjoy his or her time at Seattle University and would not be willing to do it all over again. Of course, there are some gripes, and some genuine difficulties, but none of them have ever really been large enough to make people regret their decisions to come here. The professors who teach here are top-notch, and it is easy for students to form a close relationship with them, and not just because of the small class sizes. Of course, the size of the campus itself, and the kind of community that surrounds it, prevents there from ever being a traditional “college-town” feel like you would get around the UW and the Ave, but with all of the options around First Hill and on Broadway up on Capitol Hill, you won’t be lacking for anything to do.

The city itself is a wonderful place to live and play, with a vibrant cultural life in many different areas like music, theater, and cuisine, and despite recent issues, it is a generally safe place to live. It’s the kind of dynamic place that is essential to explore if you want to have a fully developed college experience. Shutting yourself up in your dorm room and not interacting with your floormates or friends will only lead to bitterness and resentment. People here are generally welcoming, and though it might be hard to break the ice with some, once you do you will find a world of connections and opportunities opening up to you. The Jesuit spirit of openness and curiosity is all over campus, and it will affect you if you choose to go here. If you are looking for a goal in life, be prepared to find one, and if you feel you already have one, well, be prepared for the chance that it will change.
 

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