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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Most common areas are new, but not brand new. Some buildings are older or smell weird.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: It really is a beautiful campus, and the addition of the library renovation really ups the scale on the whole campus. It's almost the centerpiece of the whole school, and I think that the rest of the campus is starting to get to that point as well.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There a lot of student hang out places, as well as plenty of study space.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: This school has a beautiful campus. I fell in love with it from the moment I stepped onto its grounds. All the buildings are built in a similar style and it looks extremely nice. There is beautiful foliage all over campus. Even though we are in the middle of the city, the campus is exceptionally quiet and peaceful.

The buildings are great. There has been a new building project every year that I have been here, and the campus just keeps getting better and better. I am also a total nerd for looking at future planning, which Seattle has available on its site. In another 5-10 years, this campus will be INSANE. The plans that they have will take this school above and beyond what it is now.

There are a lot of relatively new facilities on the campus, including a gym, library, student center, on campus apartments, and turf field and running track, that have all been built within the last decade. The school is extremely devoted to sustainability, and these buildings are all built to high LEED certification standards. From my understanding, the next projects will be new housing and a new science center.

Bottom line; we have a great campus.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: The library is first rate. As a History major I spent a lot of time there and it is wonderful. Computer labs with Macs and PCs. Beautiful facilities and tons of selections in books, DVDs, etc. Tons of places to study along or in small groups. Study rooms for groups with TVs and DVD players with comfortable seating. Plus small private study rooms for when you need to focus on that paper in quiet. There are also several reading rooms with comfortable seating. It is state of the art as libraries go, and I have also been over to UW's library and SU's has them beat.

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Generally, opinions on campus facilities tend to be positive. Even the “least popular” dorms are still well thought of, the Chapel of Saint Ignatius is well liked by students, and the exterior design and landscaping is very attractive, if perhaps a bit dull in the winter months. On other aspects, including the Connolly Center and Lemieux Library, opinions tend to be a bit more mixed. The Connolly Center is generally perceived as being out of date and inadequate for the current school, though it will be undergoing an eventual renovation and expansion. It does offer a number of opportunities for physical exercise (from the martial arts to basketball to swimming to exercise machines), but be prepared to wait for a machine late in the afternoon and during the evening.

Thoughts on Lemieux tend to be a bit more positive, though it is still perceived as being old and a bit out of date. It will be getting a larger renovation and expansion much sooner than the Connolly Center, with the new Learning Commons adding in more computers, study spaces, and a larger capacity for books. Not everything is being developed so well, however, as the lack of a dedicated track for track and field events still irks some students. And despite the quality of campus housing, the lack of enough of it and the seeming ever-increasing student body continues to strain school resources.

But there are many bright spots as well. The maintenance and grounds crews work extremely hard to ensure all public areas are well-maintained and clean, and the Student Center is generally seen in a positive light. Students can do everything from getting a bite to eat to talking to a spiritual counselor to playing videogames there, though it is most frequently used just as a centralized meeting place. And for off-campus students, there are the dedicated collegiums, which many people adopt as something of a second home to turn to on-campus and which offer students everything from kitchens to cook in to their own computers and printers to a simple place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the wider campus and just study.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
46 acres
Student Centers
Student Activities -- 901 12th Avenue P.O. Box 222000 Seattle, WA 98122 Tel.: (206) 296-6465
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Lemiuex Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • The Green
  • Piggot Atrium
  • The Quad
  • The Student Center
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Starbucks
  • The Bottom Line in Piggot
  • The Sidebar in the law building
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but movies are shown all around campus.
School Slang
  • Admin: The Administration building. Many core, English, and foreign language classes are held here.
  • ARC: Academic Residential Community.
  • Atrium: Piggott's first floor.
  • Bannan: Science building.
  • The Bistro: Hawk's Nest Bistro.
  • BonApp: Bon Appetit, the food service which serves the school.
  • CAC: Campus Assistance Center located on the first floor of the Student Center.
  • Card: The student campus card, or "Campus One" card, which gives access to your dorm, meal plan, and Connolly.
  • Casey: The Marguerite M. Casey building where many College of Arts and Science professors' offices are.
  • Connolly: The Connolly Center.
  • Core Class: A class from one of the three phases of the core curriculum required for every student.
  • C-Street: Cherry Street Market.
  • Downtown: Pretty much anywhere lower than Boren Avenue.
  • The Green: The largish lawn on the north end of campus.
  • Law Building: Officially known as Sullivan Hall, but no one calls it that.
  • Logan: Fr. Francis A Logan SJ Field at the south end of campus.
  • MatRat: A Matteo Ricci student.
  • The Murphys: Archbishop Murphy Apartments.
  • The Quad: The concrete plaza at the center of campus. Students come to study, hang out, or gaze at the fountain.
  • RA: Resident Assistant.
  • RHD: Residence Hall Director.
  • Schafer Auditorium: The one in the library.
  • Sullivan: A student on the Sullivan scholarship.
  • TBL: The Bottom Line.
  • Wycoff: A small auditorium on the second floor of the engineering building.
  • All School Barbeque: Held the first week back from summer, the All School Barbeque is in the Quad. It gives students a chance to meet up with old friends, make new ones, and grab some free food between classes.
  • Barrio Fiesta: UPC Barrio Fiesta is a cultural heritage event with food and dance performances put on by the United Filipino Club.
  • Battle of the Bands: Every year, the coveted honor of being the opening band for Quadstock is won at this event. The judges are local radio DJs or other members of the music industry, and the band must be comprised of at least one SU student in order to be eligible. Top prize guarantees a spot to play at Quadstock, as well as some other reward (one year, it was recording time in a music studio).
  • BSU's Umojoa Ball: The Umojoa Ball is sponsored by the Black Student Union. A themed event, the ball includes entertainment, dancing, and spreading awareness about the African American tradition.
  • Career Expo: The Career Expo is the career information and networking fair held in spring quarter. Over 40 employers participate, and the event is exceptionally well attended by students looking towards life after graduation.
Urban Legends
  • Bannan housed a nuclear reactor.
  • Duff McKeegan from Guns N' Roses studied at SU.
  • The admin building is haunted.
  • The fine arts building used to be a trolley station.
  • The Lynn building used to be a morgue and is now haunted.
  • The McGoldrick building used to be a brothel.
Favorite Things To Do
In between classes, you can run down to the gym, relax in the Quad, grab some food or coffee, play pool, Xbox, air hockey, foosball, or sit in on a guest speaker or two all without leaving campus. Otherwise, there are movie theaters, stores, coffee shops, restaurants, parks, beaches, and much more just blocks off campus. There are tons of places to hang out, both inside and outside on campus. Frisbee pick-up games are a popular pastime out on the Green or any random patch of grass. Conversations over coffee are everywhere, and the game rooms in the Student Center are often buzzing with people. In the lobbies of all three dorms are big screen TVs where students can pop in a movie, catch up on news, or watch the big game. Every few weeks there is “Coffeehouse” in the Hawk’s Nest Bistro (the Bistro), which is an open mic night and usually well attended.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The University will be undergoing a major expansion and redevelopment of the Lemieux Library, adding 37,000 new square feet as well as renovating the original five story complex. The new facility will include the McGoldrick Learning Commons, which will feature a new Multimedia Development Center and the centralization of campus services like the Writing Center, the Learning Center, and the Math Center.
  • Seattle University recently introduced a new food waste composting program despite budget cuts, largely on the initiative of several members of the maintenance crew.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 17 responses

  • 22% Destress with Dogs
  • 20% Battle of the Bands
  • 12% Career Expo
  • 10% All School Barbeque
  • 7% Barrio Fiesta
  • 7% Hui O' Nani's Luau
  • 7% Drag Show
  • 5% BSU's Umojoa Ball
  • 5% Fred Meyer Night
  • 2% Barristers ball
  • 2% Quadstock

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 41% Restaurants coffee shops
  • 32% Explore and walk around
  • 24% Downtown shopping
  • 3% Geocaching

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 21 responses

  • 43% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 52% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 5% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 43 responses

  • 28% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 58% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 5% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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