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5 College Sophomore

Academics: If you want it or need it, they are always there for you.

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4 College Senior

Academics: i would consider the Psycholgoy program to be one of the stronger programs at the school, which I thoroughly enjoyed

4 College Senior

Academics: i have no problems at all with the academics. It's a good education

5 College Junior

Academics: I would say that my major is unique in that it combines Faith and Science, a combination that most people usually ask me what I want to do with such a major and why I chose these two. Initially, I came to Seton Hall with the desire to participate on the pre-med track in which I would strive towards medical school after my studies at the Hall. About a semester into my college undergraduate studies, I had the desire to truly make my education more holistic and thus in addition to my Biology major, I decided to add my Catholic Studies major because I though that it would help me balance my school work load and studies in general. I can say with confidence that a year and a half later, I am all too glad that I decided to choose such a major. Now I am the one challenging people to think outside of the box and think about not about what would get them money, but about studying something that they would truly love and make into not just a job but a career. A career focused on striving to help others selflessly, with love and respect.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Again, professors can only try to teach you so much in the classroom. You must take your education into your own hands in order to go beyond just average grades and "getting by". You must be willing to push yourself beyond what you think your limits are and aim high. Faculty, Priests, Professors, RA's, they all do their jobs well. It is up to us students to fight for what we want and help each other in the process.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 95 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.

How often do you:    Based on 73 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 74 responses

  • 18% This was my dream school.
  • 66% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).
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