Seattle, WA
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4 College Junior

Diversity: The university has a very diverse student body.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Other than in sexual orientation, there is no diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is moderate amount of diversity on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school is extremely diverse in multiple areas.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school is teeming with white females, as well as males. There is a low number of African Americans such as myself, but a relatively high number of East Asian international students. The LGBTQ community is wonderfully represented and accepted here. There is no obvious signs of racism at the school, but it's easy feel alone if you are African American.


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  • 60th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 113rd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1282nd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Michael Lis-Sette
Seattle, WA
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Diversity is a core value of Seattle University, and this is reflected in almost every aspect of the school. It would probably surprise you to learn that, at a Catholic school, only 33 percent of the student body is Catholic (the number is even smaller for graduate students), and that they have even started a club for atheists and agnostics. But Seattle University is welcoming of people of all faiths and does not make any overt attempt at evangelization toward students (the lack of a requirement to attend chapel is likely a positive). In terms of ethnicity, while the school is predominantly white, there is a large and active minority student body that regularly puts together a number of cultural events and celebrations.

There is a relatively small number of African American and Hispanic students in comparison to the Asian student population, but there are no real “tensions” on campus. Students here get along well, and the various functions put together by minority clubs are some of the most popular of the year. The majority of students are receiving some form of aid or scholarships, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are not wealthy; the campus is very diverse in terms of economic and social backgrounds. Seattle U also includes a large GLBT population, perhaps somewhat unusual for a Catholic school, and their events have attracted criticism from more conservative elements. But the school is open to them, and has largely held fast against this criticism, as they feel such diversity, and warmth toward those who do differ from what could be called the “societal norm,” is a key part of the Jesuit ethos. To them, you truly cannot grow as a person unless you are exposed to the broadest range of people and lifestyles possible, and this openness is something that benefits the school immensely.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 16%
25+: 25%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 56%
Unknown: 27%
Gay Pride
With campus next door to a large gay population, Capitol Hill, there is not a mere tolerance of homosexuality, but an accepting and even welcoming atmosphere. Indeed, according to the 2000 U.S. Census, people who reported living in a same-sex relationships in Seattle is 240 percent above the national norm. There are many gay students on campus, and there is no visible hostility towards them.
Political Activity
With an intense Jesuit focus on social justice, the strong voices come from clubs like Amnesty International and Campus Ministry. However, the general feeling of the campus seems undetermined; there is a definite liberal vibe on campus, and little is heard from the Young Republican or Young Democrat chapters. Indeed, the political vibe is felt more through individual topics and problems instead of in terms of parties.
Economic Status
There is a large number of private school students who give a sort of “rich kid” feel to the school. However, there is such a diversity of economic backgrounds due to the range of scholarships available, it is not an overwhelming aspect of the campus atmosphere.
Most Common Religions
According to Campus Ministry, about half of the student population is Catholic or has Catholic parents. However, the rest of campus is divided into a spectrum of faiths, including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Evangelical, Episcopal, and many more.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Action, Asian and Pacific Islander Student Union (APISU), Black Student Union (BSU), Hi’brid, Hui O Nani Hawai’i, Mana o Polynesia, Marianas Taotao Tano Club, Movimiento Estudantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), United Filipino Club (UFC), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Indonesian Student Associatino, Japan Club, Taiwanese Student Association, the International Club (TIC), Chinese American Student Association
Did You Know?
The Seattle University School of Law is the most diverse in the Pacific Northwest, with 57 percent of members being female and 33 percent being non-white students

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 30 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 23% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 10% Not sure
  • 40% Liberal
  • 27% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 13% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 84% Very accepting.


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