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Location
South Orange, NJ
Undergrads
5,023
Tuition
$34,750
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Senior

Academics: Some of the most popular study areas on campus are the library and the Pirates Cove.

5 College Senior

Academics: I love being in my specific major. The internship opportunities are amazing and all of my professors are there when I need them

3 College Junior

Academics: Professors are okay. Some seem to not care very much for their students or even the subject they are teaching.

4 College Junior

Academics: The public relations program at SHU is not very large which is good in a way because all PR majors pretty much know each other which helps in studying and growing as a student.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are great professors that are always willing to help and classes are great.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 794th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 797th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 950th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 1014th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 1058th
    Most Caring Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Ian Mehok
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Finance
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Most of the teachers at Seton Hall aren’t like the teachers you would find at many other colleges—they don’t just teach for a living, they live to teach. If you want a passing grade, expect to attend classes and make yourself noticed, as the small class sizes don’t allow for frequent absences. Even the lackluster teachers will notice when you’ve only attended on the test days. As you finish off your beginner 101 courses, you will see that some of the teachers in the more advanced classes are very knowledgeable. But since Seton Hall is a liberal arts school, you will be stuck taking core classes for the first half of your time at college. Most of these involve the scrap teachers or ill-placed adjuncts, so at times the first few semesters can be nothing short of frustrating.

There are a few rigorous classes that are challenging, and classes that you can sleep through, but it all depends on your major and ability to daydream. The difference between Seton Hall and other universities is that the professors at Seton Hall usually know you by your first name, so sleeping during class becomes a personal offense. Probably the biggest issue facing Seton Hall academics is general education requirements. In order to graduate, students must fulfill these requirements, which, coupled with a student’s major requirements can be very difficult to complete in four years. Students who are taking courses simply to fulfill general elective requirements compete for spots with students who are taking the courses for their majors or out of genuine interest. Aside from the elective requirements, students have few complaints about classes and professors at Seton Hall. The system may have its flaws, but the professors and courses offered are above average, to say the least. A Seton Hall diploma will get you noticed anywhere, especially in the tri-state area.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
14:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
456
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
484
Total FT Faculty
456
Faculty with Terminal Degree
88%
Average Faculty Salary
$86,083
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
86%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
87
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 48%
  • 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
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Nursing
  • Paul W. Stillman School of Business
  • School of Diplomacy and International Relations
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Educational Administration: 2%
  • International Relations and National Security Studies: 3%
  • Law: 5%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • The Green (weather permitting)
  • The Living Room
  • Pirate's Cove
  • Walsh Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Always dispute bad grades, your professor's job relies on you.
  • Be very organized and make a schedule.
  • Check your e-mail religiously.
  • Don't be afraid to leave something if it isn't fitting into your schedule or isn't for you.
  • Don't ever fall behind.
  • Get involved with as many things as you can.
  • Go to class every day, even if you do not take notes, you will probably pass.
  • Go to the Chapel.
  • Keep every mark you get until your final grade, a couple of teachers lose papers.
  • Research your professors before choosing your classes.
  • Say hi to every freshman you can, most students do not know anyone when they come to Seton Hall.
  • Shake hands with your teacher, it is hard to fail someone you know.
  • The laptops freeze often, so, when you are writing a paper, hit save every chance you have.
Did You Know?
  • Seton Hall recently changed its core curriculum to include only 120 credits, 10 fewer than the previous 130-credit requirement.
  • Seton Hall has doctored the Latin language. The motto of the University was Hazard Zit Forward, which means to continue despite obstacles. The second word in the motto was changed to Zet after cackles from teenage students arose about their school having the word "zit" in their motto.
  • There is a seal on the green where all the paths meet in the center. Do not step on it-it is rumored that touching the seal will jinx your academics, causing you not to graduate in four years, or at all.
  • Every freshman needs to pass a one-credit course at Seton Hall in their first semester. The course teaches you how to utilize the University to its fullest, and also requires the completion of community service.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 6 responses

  • 24% Dick Vitale - sports broadcaster, ESPN and ABC
  • 18% Avie Tevanian - senior vice president of Apple
  • 12% Hon. Donald M. Payne - U.S. congressman (D-NJ)
  • 12% Bob Ley - sports broadcaster, ABC and ESPN
  • 6% Joseph Clark - inner-city principal portrayed in "Lean on Me"
  • 6% George Abbott - Broadway producer, director, playwright
  • 6% L. Dennis Kowzlowski - former CEO, Tyco International
  • 6% Bob Dubill - executive editor of USA Today
  • 6% Max Weinberg - drummer, E Street Band
  • 6% Chris Christie- NJ governer
  • 0% George J. Kresge - magician, "The Amazing Kreskin"
  • 0% Michael Kanfer - Oscar-winning effects designer
  • 0% Donald Skwar - executive editor, Boston Globe
  • 0% Matt Morris - St. Louis Cardinals
  • 0% Bill Raferty - sports broadcaster
  • 0% Craig Biggio - Houston Astros
  • 0% E. Duke Vincent - TV producer
  • 0% Mo Vaughn - New York Mets

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 37 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 39 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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