Location: Seattle, WA (Capitol Hill Neighborhood)
Size: 4,666 undergraduate
Percent Women: 60%
Most Popular Majors: Business/Marketing, Health Professions, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Social Sciences
Greek Life: No
Acceptance Rate: 73%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Seattle University’s website at http://www.seattleu.edu/admissions/
Why Choose Seattle U?
"I think what sets Seattle University apart from most schools, is the sense of openness in and outside the classroom. I've gained a lot of perspective here, and I've come to meet a lot of diverse groups, as well as people who are open to diversity to themselves. Being someone who is disabled, it's been amazing to be accepted with such open arms."
"I am from Washington and wanted to stay in state, but I did not want to go to a huge school. Seattle University is the perfect compromise, I live in a huge city so it feels like I am away from home, but when I want to go home it's comforting to know I'm so close."
"Seattle University is a great campus, it is easy to get around and really beautiful. The best part is that it is located in the best neighborhood in Seattle (Capitol Hill). I can get out of class and go downtown to get food from Pike Place Market, or I can walk a few block to the bars and go out on the weekends. The parts around Seattle U feel like part of the campus."
"I decided to go to Seattle University because of the business school. Seattle U provides so many great classes and opportunities, when you are done you will be like a seasoned business professional. It is also a Jesuit university, so in your classes they really stress social justice and responsibility in your profession."
“I love the sense of community at Seattle University. You run into anyone and everyone you know at least once a day while on campus. It actually gets a bit ridiculous, but it feels amazing. ”
“I love seeing the seniors run around naked at the end of the year during Senior Streak Day, that is a really funny tradition."
“I love hanging out on the hill by the library on sunny days, when everyone is out getting sun before class.”
“I can't imagine attending a school where classes are taught in lecture hall filled with two hundred or more students, the 13 to 1 student to faculty ratio at Seattle U is the best.”
"The community at Seattle University makes you feel like you are part of something much bigger. I can walk into Cherry Street for lunch alone and end up sitting at a table with twenty of my closest friends."
"The city we live in is amazing!"
"Our campus is so beautiful. The library is my favorite building, with so many windows...it makes studying a little less painful."
"At times it can be hard to find a place to studying in the library during busy times, midterms, and finals. The libary is decently sized, just not enough tables."
"The only thing I would change about SU is the high tuition rates. The private school education is hard to beat, though."
"Living in Seattle, as with almost any other big city, is expensive. Seattle University does its best to make sure its tuition and dorm/meal plan costs are affordable, but some of the weight will fall on you. With some good budgeting and hard work, though, I’ve been able to spend less than I’d anticipated going into this year."
"I think that money used and invested from tuition dollars should reflect our university's mission for a just and humane world!" (Quote from 2014 Divestment Rally)
"The only thing I dislike about our Capitol Hill neighbourhood is how dirty it is. People have fun here, but they don't always pick up after themselves."
"As a single girl, the 60:40 girl/ guy ratio can be a little frustrating sometimes. Girl friends are great, but meeting guys is hard sometimes."
New Collegiette on Campus
Advice from certified first years
"Being a first year at Seattle U is wonderful! Although the city is intimidating at first, you quickly learn your favorite spots around town and very few upper classmen are exclusive. Most will happily give directions, advice and a warm welcome when you encounter them. For the most part though, first years stick together and discover college life together."
"Orientation is a nice balance of important logistics like how to register for classes and where to find jobs, as well as vibrant and spirited events to get you acquainted with the campus and your peers. You are also connected with Orientation Advisors (OA) who are very enthusiastic and friendly and will support you during your first week on campus and beyond!"
"There is a great female community at Seattle U that really sticks together and supports each other."
"The first few weeks are really great for playing tourist and getting to know the city (rain or shine). Visit the first ever Starbucks, get a tasty pastry and stroll through the beautiful Pike Place Market!"
"Grab some people from your floor and go to a basketball game! One of the more popular sports on campus, the games are lively and great place to show our Redhawk spirit, as well as meet new people!."
“Don’t be afraid of your OA just because they’re older, they’re someone who can support and guide you as a friend-tor (like mentor)”
“The immersion trip was a great opportunity to find out about other programs and activities to get involved with over the course of the school year as well as meet new people!” (There are pre-orientation trips called New Student Immersions. Most take place somewhere in Washington whether it be an outdoor adventure on the Olympic Peninsula or a social justice project right here in Seattle).
All About Academics"A Seattle University education stands out in three ways: our Jesuit tradition, a personal education, and our home in the world-class city that shares our names. With five colleges and 63 undergraduate degree programs, SeattleU is not shy of engaging academic tracks. Regardless of program of study, students will receive a personal, challenging, and experiential education on and off campus. In addition to the on campus academic experience, more than 500 students will study, serve, or intern abroad in over 48 countries each year.""Want to get a leg up on your academic experience? Take advantage of some of SU's free student resources: secure campus WiFi, printing services, one-on-one tutoring, and research assistants.""The Nursing majors really work together to get through the four years of school. Because the program is so competitive, we all kind of became a family.""The Byte is he most popular on-campus cafe, home to a good cup of joe and almond croissant. Frequented by study junkies, socialites, and over-involved student leaders. The Byte is located in the library, making it easy to study while remaining in a super-fun social space!""Academics are extremely personal at SU, it's almost impossible for me to leave a classroom without some sort of relationship with my teachers.""Everyone at Seattle University is really focused on their studies. It's easy to find people to create study groups with, and professors are always open to meet outside of class. The classroom experience is laid-back and class sizes are small, making learning much more personalized."
Learn from the Best
"One of the biggest reasons I chose SU was because of the smaller class sizes and the ability to engage with my professors on a more personal level, because I can't learn as well in a larger classroom. One of my favorite professors was Dr. Zamora whom I had for an accounting core class. She went out of her way to email students if their grades dropped and asked what was going on and worked really hard to help individuals find a way to get their grade back up."
"The professors at SU really care. They are trained in what they do, and are open to meet. I've never had a teacher who wasn't flexible, understanding, and experienced at SU!"
"The teachers here really care about you. They are passionate about what they teach."
Interests & Involvement
"The club sports here are amazing! The recreation center is super flexible, and joinging a team is easy and fun! I've met so many people through my club soccer team."
"Start a band! The music scene in Seattle is especially great, and Battle of the Bands on campus every year is always a hit. I love being a part of something here."
"Join a club! I'm in the feminist club and love everyone I've met. It's great having somewhere to go every week where you can talk to people who are interested in the same things you are."
"Being a part of the theatre scene at SU has been so much fun. We are a family."
"Fashion club has prepared me to work in the industry after graduation! It even landed me a job at Nordstrom. Take advantage of what campus involvement has to offer."
“People say that our student body has no spirit when it comes to sports, but if they knew how bad it actually used to be just couple years ago, they would probably think otherwise. Our school has made great progress and I have no doubt that once we are further into our transition to Division I, our spirit as Redhawks will flourish."
“ I feel as though the typical Seattle University student is seeking more unique traditions when it comes to school spirit, they are not necessarily interested in your typical barbeque before an event, that is why there is little participation in Basketball and other sporting events.”
"There is a club called Red Zone, they go to sporting events to support our teams. They are a small but good representation of our school spirit."
"When I think of Seattle University's school spirit, I don't necessarily think of sports. I think about how much everyone really enjoys going here and how much they support the school and other students. Seattle has a unique kind of school spirit."
"The 60% women, 40% men ratio at Seattle University has it pros and cons. A con, for the heterosexual women out there, is that finding young men to date is challenging and even more so when they are in high demand. The good news is we have a great bar scene and we are only a bus ride from the massive University of Washington, which are other places to meet guys. "
"The pro of this unusual ratio is that we are not alone. You are bound to form fabulous lady friendships with smart, worldly, creative, enthusiastic young women. More over, there are great resources to foster these new friendships and strengthen you as an independent woman. The Society of Feminists is always growing and sponsors empowering events such as the Vagina Monologues and lectures by successful women in many fields of study."
"Another cool thing about Seattle U is that young women wear whatever they want! In this way, it has really inspiring for me to come here because I gained confidence to try new trends and wear what makes me feel good as opposed to what everyone else is wearing. But there are some pieces every Seattle resident seem to have: a cute raincoat, Birkenstocks, cozy sweaters, fun socks, boots of all kinds, flannels, funky glasses, patterned pants, dark green military jackets, dangly earrings, and lots of stripes. "
"Girls at Seattle U are all really stylish in their own way, there are some common trends, but everyone is really individual in the way they express themselves through fashion. One day I can go from all black rocker to girly boho chic, it's great! If you are planning on moving to Seattle buy a cute rain coat, you'll quickly find it will be your staple item."
Food & Drink
"While there are only two main eateries on campus, there are plenty of small venues scattered around campus to grab a cup of coffee or a snack in between classes (If you like pastries, you'll love SU). Food is never a far walk away."
“I like how all of the food at SU is organic and eco-friendly, and I love how they make your food right in front of you."
"All paper and plastic dishware at SU is compostable. Sometimes your eco-friendly spoon can't handle the heat of your clam chowder, but usually you're just saving the earth, and that's what matters."
"I live in Campion, which is a dorm on campus. I love how there is a grocery store in the basement of my building (students can use their meal plan money!). It's great to be able to grab food on-the-go, or to stock up my fridge for the week. When it was snowing this winter, everyone on my floor went down to the Cave to get hot coco and snacks. We then took the elevator from the Cave to the 12th floor to enjoy our warm drinks; the 12th floor has this AMAZING view of downtown, so we watched snow fall over the Seattle skyline. All without ever leaving the building!"
"There are two main places for students to get food on campus – the Cherry Street Market (more famously known as C-Street), and the Bistro. Seattle U makes sure to use sustainable, organic foods in all of their dishes, which I personally enjoy about the food here. Along with the on-campus options, SU is surrounded by an abundance of restaurants in the local Capitol Hill neighbourhood."
"Seattle has the best food. So many new and exciting restaurant concepts are practiced here. I try and go somewhere new every week!"
"On days where I'm busy, I order in! There are so many places that deliver here, it's so easy, and a lot of places have online ordering options. Jimmy Johns Sandwhiches are my favorite, they're reasonably priced, and their delivery times are ridiculously fast."
"Pikes Place and other farmers markets in Seattle have the best fresh foods!"
"I love how C-Street (an on-campus eatery) has different options of food from different cultures. I love that I can go there and order Chinese one night, and get a burrito the next! A great variety."
"Stumptown Coffee Roasters, located right next door to SU, has the best cold-brewed coffee and coffee cake I've ever had. I love all the breakfast places around here!"
**for those 21 and over**
"The bars on Capitol Hill? Killer happy hours. Plus, going out close to home means no one has to drive. "
"Going out to bars on Capitol Hill is fun because they're so close to campus. It's a great way to meet people that likely go to SU or live in the area!"
"Seattle University is very reflective of the hospitable and friendly people of the city it’s located in."
"Because there isn't Greek Life on campus, there is less of an obvious party scene. It's still there, though, and arguably a lot more fun than a hot, sweaty frat house."
“Around campus it’s really friendly, people tend to keep to themselves in the sense that there is not a lot of small talk and a lot more genuine encounters when talking to someone.”
"Going out on the weekends is made so much safer thanks to the NightHawk, a school-run car service that drives you (after dark!) to or from campus. You just call in, and get picked up. Makes weekends much safer!"
" Since Seattle U is so small friend groups are more genuine. The party scene is there but its not huge, don't get frustruated when there isn't five different parties every weekend."
"With a multitude of clubs and on campus organizations there is plenty to do and plenty of ways to meet people. As for partying, those who wish to party will find a way, but as far as a full-on drunken debauchery goes...you may want to Netflix Project X to get your fix"
"There are tons of things to do in this city with friends. Those 21 and over have lots of options for going out in Captiol Hill. People come from all over Seattle to go out to these bars in our very own backyard!"
“It is a lot of fun! It gave me the opportunity to make some of my best friends. It is a little weird at first, and it definitely takes some adjusting. But the SU community is so welcoming and friendly that you cannot help but enjoy meeting the people in your dorm and participating in the events.”
"I transfered Spring Quarter freshman year and lived in Campion, I made friends faster than I ever had before. I' am a junior now and live in the Douglas, which is student apartments and it has been a really great feeling to have my own place to so close to campus!"
"All freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus, but Seattle University has many housing options to suit your interests. There are a total of four residence halls and four apartments that students can live in, depending on their academic standing. The residence halls also have learning communities, which allow you to engage with others with similar interests through community bonding and activities."
"I met my best friend and boy friend in the dorms freshman year by just walking up and down the hall introducing myself to others. The thing I miss the most about living in the dorms would be The Cave, its a convience store great for late night snacking."
"I miss living in the dorms! It is the best way to meet people and get involved. At Seattle U, we typically live on campus for two years, so it is a great time to make friends and figure out the social scene here. It's likely you will get homesick at first, but living in the dorms ensures that you are pretty much never alone."
"Seattle University is located on Capitol Hill, which is one of the best neighborhoods for night life, dining, and out door activities. On Friday's after class, my friends and I walk a couple blocks over to the bars and get Happy Hour and dinner, it's our tradition. Everything is so close to campus, it makes it really easy to go places and run errands."
"There is nothing better than sunny days in Seattle, everyone is outside walking their dogs and taking part in some type of activity. Everyone goes down to Pike Place to get food and hangout. My favorite thing to do when it is sunny in Seattle, is go over to Gas Works Park and read a book or play soccer. "
"Seattle holds many opportunities for exploring the outdoors as it is located in the grand Pacific Northwest."
“There's plenty for the under 21 crowd to do in Seattle - improv shows (unexpected productions), concerts most nights of the week, rock climbing - I personally love the community I've made for myself centered around climbing.”
"There are many outdoor excursions held through Campus Recreation (OAR), as well as many studio locations on the hill to pick up a new hobby like hot yoga, bouldering, rock climbing, and even parkour. The music scene is of course alive in well in Seattle offering shows of any genre almost any night of the week from local venues to arenas there is always someone to go see or check out. From getting lost in a crowd dancing the night away, checking out new artists or seeing your favorite band live, exploring the outdoors and picking up a new skill, or cozying up with a good read in a coffee shop, Seattle has it all."
"I am from California and was a little hesitant about the Seattle weather at first. It does rain a lot here, but I got use to it relatively quickly. Seattle is great because even though it is a huge city there is a lot to do out doors. If you have never been to Seattle, I would describe it as a combination of San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, because the city is so close to all the lakes and mountains."
"In May there is a huge music festival called Sasquatch at the Gorge Amphitheater, it is the most beautiful arena over looking the Columbia River. A lot of students at Seattle University pack up their cars and caravan the two and half hours over to the festival. I've gone the last three years with huge groups of my peers from school and it has been the greatest time of my life, not to mention the scenery is life changing"
"In the summer there is a music festival called Capitol Hill Block Party, artist like Matt & Kim and Dillon Francis have made appearances. They close off a couple streets next to Seattle University and set up stages. Inside the venue are all the popular bars, its like one big party for three days."
"Seattle has a great job market, with big companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing; there is plenty of opportunity for internships and jobs after school. There are also top hospitals in the area like Seattle Children's Hospital and Harborview, that create a lot of jobs for students with medical or science degrees."
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