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4 College Freshman

Academics: The teachers are very helpful and take time to explain things you do not understand.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: To prepare for class you need to read a lot. Work load is easy enough until you have all the big projects and essays and finals at the same time.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: good school some teachers can be frusturating

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors here are really good and always willing to help you out as long as you ask

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3 College Senior

Academics: As I said before, not a lot of opportunity to find a job, work study, or internship. But if you can connect and talk up certain people on the Seattle community, you might get lucky with an a paid work study or internship. Prepare to be proactive about your non-job status. The curriculum is great. You have variety of core classes to take and this allows you to find a balance between your duties as chamber musician, and academic student. You will be busy most of the time.

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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 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 5 responses

  • 14% Chen-Jen K. Tan (Ph.D.) - developer of "Deep Blue" chess computer
  • 14% Gen. Patrick Brady - Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
  • 14% Jim Whittaker - first American to scale Mount Everest
  • 14% Elgin Baylor - general manager of the LA Clippers
  • 14% John D. Spellman - former governor of Washington
  • 14% Jerry Grundhofer - CEO of U.S. Bank Corporation
  • 14% Frank Murkowski - former U.S. senator (R-AK)
  • 0% Gary Brinson - founder of G.P. Brinson Investments
  • 0% John Meisenbach - founder and CEO of MCM

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 30 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.

How often do you:    Based on 9 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 9 responses

  • 11% This was my dream school.
  • 78% This was one of my top choices.
  • 11% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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