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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: We are a smaller school so variety is a bit limited, but we do the best for what we have which is pretty good. I have been fairly impressed with quality of classes and professors, I think I have only disliked one or two professors and loved way more than that. I like how small classes are which allows for students to be more involved and heard.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At least for my major, they send out job and internship opportunities whenever they get them so it is easy to find them. Career Services and the redhawk network are also super helpful and pretty easy to navigate once you get the hang of it.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt particularly threatened and often walk alone on campus. Public Safety is pretty is easy to find and we have call boxes all around campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I personally loved it and made friends with almost everyone on my floor. Most of my my closest friends came from the dorms. We have nice amenities in each room (fridge, microwave, sink, cork board) and there is a pretty decent kitchen in each lounge. Campus is small so all the dorms are convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports aren't super center to student life, but our teams are all pretty good. My school has started to attempt to grow our sports but as of right now, it is still relatively lowkey. Soccer is what I attended the most, as well as a lot of other students and was always a lot of fun. Athletic facilities are all really well maintained and nice.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have really enjoyed my school. Even though I am still in basic classes, they keep you engaged. Everyone is super friendly and for the most part, anyone will talk to you. There are also lots of options to get involved.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school has a small campus so it is convenient.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't not fully explored what the school has to offer but I know there are a good variety of things a student can do for jobs and more.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The safety is good at this school, a student can have a Public safety guard walk with them across campus if they chose so.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is good at Seattle University. The school let in more students than they could house, so housing has becomes somewhat a problem.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I think this school is good with providing a lot of things to do and extra services such as tutors and more.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Their gym is well maintained and it seems pretty up to date.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I start this fall but the people i have met so far seem like okay people.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: There is a shuttle service that will transport students back to campus late on weekend nights.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: They are pretty prevalent, but their existence is kept pretty quiet on campus. Most occur in the student houses just south of campus.

5 College Junior

Academics: Professors in the College of Science and Engineering are generally fantastic. They are approachable and willing to help with just about anything. The standard curriculum is usually very well-taught, and there are good departmental elective offerings, depending on your major. The registration process is fine; if a class you really need is full by your registration time, there are usually some reserved spots that you can go for if you get to the registration office in a timely manner. You will be assigned a registration time based on your class standing and number of credits completed.

Some majors have very easy workloads; my workload for physics and math classes has been very challenging, but necessarily so. If you have reasonably good time management skills you will get through it, even if it feels like a sprint to the finish line towards the end of the quarter.

Popular study areas are psychology, biology, business, and nursing. I have heard that the workload in these majors is reasonably challenging but not extreme.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: It's Seattle, so the vast majority of students are very liberal/progressive. This means that the students are accepting of racial minorities (for the most part--there is still some progress to be made), those of the LGBTQ community, and different economic backgrounds. However, it also means that if you have slightly different political beliefs, you will not be accepted. It's a closed-minded community in this particular way. In discussion-based core classes, you will be treated very differently if you express an opinion that is not in line with Seattle's very rigid belief system, and professors usually do very little to create an atmosphere where different opinions can openly be discussed. I've also noticed some covert discrimination against religious students, even though it's a religious school.

That's pretty much how Seattle is in general with regard to diversity of beliefs: Very accepting but only when it's convenient.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Most drinking and drug usage happens in student houses off campus. You will be treated differently by much of the student population if you don't partake.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The physics and math departments are amazing at this school. The largest classes I have ever had have been math classes with just under 40 students. My major classes in the physics department have 6-7 people in them. The professors are almost all top-notch. They almost all offer undergraduate research opportunities and really want everyone to succeed. Classes are graded fairly but very challenging in these departments.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: As far as I know, everyone in the physics department who applies to grad school has gotten into a program of some sort, and people get amazing internships if they apply for them. I know nothing about the career center/services on campus, but the advisors in the science/engineering departments seem to be extremely helpful in getting students into internships, grad school, and jobs.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are loads of safety measures in place: Public Safety members are very present at all hours of the day, there is a shuttle service that helps students get back to campus at night if they are out, and there are emergency poles with buttons that you can push to get immediate help. However the areas South and East of campus are among the most dangerous areas in Seattle. I had a friend get mugged in broad daylight a few blocks Southeast of campus. But there is usually no reason to go venturing off in these directions (North and West of campus are perfectly safe as long as you stay aware of your surroundings) and if you take the right precautions you will probably stay safe. Sometimes sketchy people make their way onto campus, but Public Safety is good about escorting away people who have no business on campus in a timely manner.

Overall, even though I know it's not a great neighborhood, I feel safe on this campus.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in Bellarmine for freshman and sophomore years. Its location was perfect, but both years my RAs were basically nonexistent when it came to rule enforcement. People were very loud all through the night both years, and the RA never ever told them to quiet down. I got very little sleep for these two years. There was a time sophomore year that I had to tell my RA to quiet down in the hall at 1 in the morning on a monday night. So it's appalling that part of our rent goes to paying for these RAs to do a job that they literally are not doing.

The social atmosphere my freshman year was great. Most of my friends either lived on my floor, or I met through someone on my floor. The lobby was great to do studying for easy classes in because everyone around was a familiar face. The basement study area is also really nice, but people at this school tend to not be quiet literally ever, so at almost all times there WILL be someone talking very loudly and it will be difficult to concentrate in the common study areas.

Dorms are about $700/month, not including the (exorbitant) required meal plan.

Bellarmine is great for location (right in the middle of campus); Campion is a bit more social, I think, and has a convenience store in the basement, and some people like living farther from main campus; Xavier is a really tight-knit community with gross rooms but REALLY nice study areas and common areas. So all three freshman dorms are perfectly fine. For sophomores, Chardin is fine if you really need a lot of space, but it seems like kind of a waste of money to me.

Juniors and seniors can no longer live on campus, which makes a lot of people angry, but it's pretty standard among universities of this size and off-campus housing can be a lot cheaper if you do it right. I'm happy to be living off campus now, but I had a decent experience in the dorms.

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2 College Junior

Athletics: No one cares about sports at all, which is a shame; I went to one basketball game and it was very high-budget and I had a lot of fun, but there were only a handful of students in attendance and it would have been a lot more fun if more people had shown up. There is zero school spirit. The gym is really state-of-the-art, but the general dynamic of the students who usually go there makes it so that I hate going there (macho lifting guys and girls in little lululemon suits who always need to run faster and look cuter than the people next to them)

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the college of science and engineering; my professors for my major requirement classes are fantastic. However the core program is a little bit lacking, the general student population is mostly stereotypical rich white kids, and while there are a lot of activities, they are all expensive and/or poorly attended. There is no school spirit. I love the academics, the campus, and the location but my social experience has not been great. I would still probably choose this school again if I could do it all over again.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe when I am on campus spacially since we have a security around the campus.

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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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