Seattle, WA
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4 College Freshman

Academics: The small class sizes are great and most professors are very helpful.

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.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am a premajor, and the pre major program at SU is pretty impressive. I suggest you make many appointments with you advisor to review your academic progress and discuss different majors. The advisors want to help, and that is a key part of successfully picking a major that you'll enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The good thing about SU is that the class sizes are small and there are many opportunities to meet with you professor, so you and your professor will definitely be able to get to know one another unlike many larger universities. The workload is relatively large, just like any other higher learning institution.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I am an undecided major or what Seattle University calls a Pre-Major. The program is only okay for a few reasons. One is that there aren't many options to choose from when picking classes. I am not see what I want to do with my future and not having any available classes makes it frustrating. There are a few classes that interest me but they are all specific to a major and you cannot take them if they are not in your major program. The workload is decent. I take basic core classes or generals and I find that I am challenged every day. I have homework all the time and am constantly asked to contribute and participate with the class. The curriculum is very good since they installed UCOR classes.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 761st
    Most Caring Professors
  • 780th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 1006th
    Best Registration Process
  • 1046th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 1055th
    Best Course Variety

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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It would be difficult to find a student at Seattle University who did not appreciate the quality of the professors it employs. They are usually available to meet in person during office hours, and those who are unable to do so usually respond quickly to an e-mail inquiry by a student. Despite this being a Jesuit university, not all professors are members of the Society, but what might be called the “Jesuit Spirit” suffuses everything that is done here. This does not mean every class contains some sort of religious element, but that those who teach at Seattle U feel a responsibility to help produce graduates who will be able to pursue Seattle University’s founding goal of producing “a more Just and Humane world.”

All students, whether they are studying microbiology, advanced software engineering, or the Spanish language, are required to participate in a Core Curriculum of classes meant to expose students to the liberal arts, sciences, philosophy and theology; it need not be Christian theology, as Seattle U offers a number of courses that explore non-Christian religions. There are three main stages, the first being the “Foundations of Wisdom,” in which students are given a chance to develop a better sense of critical judgment and an understanding socially responsible choices through a basic understanding of writing, speaking, mathematics, and the history of world civilizations. After this comes “Person in Society,” in which students take their basic understanding of the sciences, philosophy, and religion and apply that knowledge to topics as varied as economics and psychology. Finally, there comes “Responsibility and Service,” where students study more intensely issues of theology and ethics and draw their time at Seattle U to a close with a senior synthesis class that is meant to bring together everything they have studied over the past four years. Though an education need not end with the four-year program (Seattle U offers 31 graduate degrees), it does produce the kind of well-rounded ‘citizen of Man’ who can affect positive social change in the world.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 53%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 46%
  • 50 or More Students: 1%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Albers School of Business and Economics
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Matteo Ricci College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Law: 6%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
  • Campion Lobby
  • Engineering Building
  • Piggot
  • The Quad
Tips to Succeed
  • Attend dorm-floor and hall events.
  • Do not blow off class.
  • Go to the Street Fair.
  • Join an intramural team.
  • Make friends with your RA.
  • Remember, your first quarter of college is often the worst.
  • Study during the day.
  • Take advantage of professors' office hours.
  • Take your advisor meetings seriously.
  • Take your core classes seriously.
  • Utilize the Career Center.
Did You Know?
  • From the SU Web site: "St. Ignatius of Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, the Jesuits, as they are commonly called, more than 450 years ago. The Jesuits are well-known and respected as educators. A Jesuit education challenges students to think clearly, think for themselves, and test commonly-accepted knowledge. Academic curiosity becomes a life-long habit. However, Jesuit education means more than acquiring knowledge. The Jesuits believe what you do with that knowledge is just as important. At Seattle University, students are encouraged to grow personally and spiritually, testing their values, developing a sense of responsibility for themselves and their community, and learning about making ethical choices in their lives. They learn to balance self-reliance with interdependence, knowledge with spirituality, and mind with heart."
  • Seattle University, founded in 1891, is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. It was among the first to admit women.
  • The Seattle University Mission is "dedicated to educating the whole person, to professional formation, and to empowering leaders for a just and humane world."
  • Seattle University's legal writing program is ranked as the second best in the nation.
  • Seattle University as a whole was ranked by U.S. News and World Report in 2008 as the sixth-best college in the West that offered a full range of undergraduate and masters programs

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 29 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.



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