Location: South Orange, N.J.
Percent Women: 59%
Tuition (one year): $44, 952
Most Popular Majors: Biology, Nursing, Communications, Diplomacy, Finance
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 84%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit Seton Hall University's website at http://www.shu.edu.
Why Choose Seton Hall?
“As a prospective student I really liked the Public Relations program, and as a student athlete I really liked my coaches when I met them. I also loved the atmosphere of Seton Hall. I wanted to go to a smaller school, but not have it feel too stiflingly small which is exactly what I feel here at SHU. It's the perfect size and I love that it's close to NYC.”
“I applied to SHU because of its proximity to my favorite city in the world, NYC of course! Additionally Seton Hall has an incredible internship program and as an aspiring journalist making connections in this way is critical.”
“I applied to Seton Hall for a couple reasons, but before I name off those reasons, keep in mind that I am from California.One of the biggest reasons I chose to come to SHU was because I wanted to experience something different, all my friends we're staying in California or Arizona, which didn't sound appealing to me. Being so close to NYC was definitely one of the factors that caught my eye, also my parents both grew up on the east coast and all of my extended family still lives here. I have two uncles that live only an hour away and since I've been here I've gotten much closer with them. I only got to see them once a year during summer before this and thought it would be another good experience.”
“While I initially applied for the stellar nursing program, it didn't take long for me to fall in love with Seton Hall as a future home. Seton Hall has a tight knit community consisting of people from more social, geographic, and economic backgrounds than I have space to describe. Whether it's an event contributing to the community outside of campus or attending a sporting event, the pirates know how to band together to be a considerable force regardless of our small campus and population. The most important thing when it comes to prospective students is not only applying to the school, but applying to the student body, and there is none better than Seton Hall's.”
"Seton Hall is one of the best hidden treasures when it comes to colleges across the country. As a senior in high school the apprehensiveness toward coming to Seton Hall was extreme, but after my first semester there wasn't a doubt in my mind that I had made the right choice. It's a university that offers so many unique opportunities and really allows you to find something that makes SHU a home away from home. The original factors that drew me here, academics, athletics, and location all really just added to the parts of campus I didn't experience until I was a student."
“Seton Hall is a quaint, beautiful campus with more to offer than an old Billy Mays infomercial. In the icy and snowy winters, there's no such thing as a long walk to class. In spring and early fall, there's no such thing as too many people relaxing on the green. The professors are hands-on with personalized lectures and considerable office hours and the campus squirrels will eat all of your leftovers if you offer! Plus, there's a super swanky gym across campus with a Dunkin Donuts on the way if you decide to change your dietary plans on the way to work out.”
“My favorite part about Seton Hall is the opportunities that I have just by going here. I am able to network with my professors and gain experience to put on my resume.”
“While Seton Hall has a lot of spoken and unspoken traditions, I have two personal favorites: the massive blue and white pirate flag we wave at the beginning of basketball games at the Prudential Center and the cafeteria surprising us with chicken strips and mac n' cheese. The latter is my absolute favorite if you couldn't guess.”
“My favorite tradition of course is the yearly lighting of the Christmas tree. It really brings the holidays to college!”
“I could say this was a hard question to answer, but I would be lying. The Caf (cafeteria) is by far the worst part about SHU. Every once in the while they have decently prepared meals, but nothing compared to real food you could get elsewhere. Most of the time you can't even tell what they're serving or if it's cooked all the way. On the bright side, at least you can attempt to make your own food!”
“Many other schools offer deals to their honor students which allow them to register for classes with the graduate students. Seton Hall however does not offer such a luxury and forces their honor students to have to work their schedule around a bi-weekly two and a half hour class along with the regular students. Giving them less of an opportunity to get the other classes they need.”
“If anything, it's the over-participation of the students around you. If you aren't in Greek life, there's a pretty good chance you know a ton of people who are. If you aren't an athlete or a gym regular, there's a good chance you know a ton of people who are. If you aren't volunteering or somehow bettering the world this weekend, there's a good chance you know a ton of people who are. Long story short, keep up with the participation or you'll find yourself alone in your room, sitting in the dark, watching Friends reruns.”
“While the surprise chicken and mac n' cheese is super nice, the rest of the caf food isn't exactly awesome. Sure, they have the occasional BLT or BBQ chicken pizza that knocks your socks off, but it's mostly chicken that you can't pull off the bone for your life or burgers thinner than a piece of paper.”
"The parking for sure. If you're living on campus don't expect to have a car until senior year unless you're a nursing or education major. And if you are one of the lucky ones to have a car be prepared to endure an intense search for a parking spot."
New Collegiette on Campus
“From what I understand, being a freshman at Seton Hall is nothing like being a freshman at other universities. Unlike a majority of my friends who are now scattered across the continental United States, it took me next to no time to feel like a member of the SHU community. People hold doors and tell you "good morning" and warn you if it's raining and you're going out without a hood. You get invited to activities and events not because someone needs to fill some quota, but because they genuinely want to see you there. It's a welcoming, fun environment that makes SHU not only feel like home, but become your home.”
“My freshman year has been kind of a rollercoaster of an experience. Starting out I was SO nervous! I was the only person from my high school to apply and come to Seton Hall so I knew absolutely nobody. But I made a really amazing group of friends through the Honors Program as well as with my teammates as a student athlete. The school load wasn't too terribly different from what I was expecting. And I learned a lot about myself over this year. Freshman year is all about finding yourself, college is really about that too but it all starts the moment you walk on campus for the first time.”
“I like being a freshman at SHU because of things like Pirate Adventure, Boland Hall (even though I hate it at the same time), and having to wait to join Greek life in the Spring. Pirate Adventure is where I met my first friends at Seton Hall and to this day I still talk to them. As much as I dislike Boland Hall, this is where I met my group of best friends and I don't know what I would've done without them. Most importantly, having to wait until spring semester to join Greek life gave me the chance to get to know all of the organizations on campus for a whole semester so that I had a better idea of where I wanted to end up and with whom."
“It's a great community! The staff really does its best to make one feel comfortable during such a stressful time in ones life.”
All About Academics
“My major, nursing, is one of the most popular at Seton Hall. While the physical workload of homework and assignments is not sizeable, there are certain expectations for nursing students that we understand; independent study and group study without the need for professors to babysit us. The professors saw us as equals the moment we walked through the door on the first day of lecture, and it was a refreshing change from high school. The nursing classes are scattered around the small campus-- as most are-- thus giving us the opportunity to explore shortcuts and memorize the entire campus by the end of the first semester. Personally, my favorite study places are the study rooms in the library and my dorm room.”
“I absolutely LOVED my Writing for the Media class and professor. It was an awesome introduction to the world of journalism and PR. I've also really loved my professors so far in the honors program. They've been really helpful and made the class a little less daunting.”
“I am a Journalism and Broadcasting major and so far I love it! It's certainly a challenge to be double majoring whilst keeping up with my honors work but according to my freshman advisor it's all about time management. She has really helped me along these past two semesters. My favorite study place is my room because it's scary silent and I can wear PJs! But I used to go to the library a lot as well.”
“I came in as a Political Science major but am now switching to diplomacy. Advising hasn't been the greatest as I'm switching my major, but my professors and classes have been amazing. There are so many resources to help with the workload like tutoring and resources to figure out your next steps in college. My classes are easy to get to because the campus is relatively small. The library is my second home; honestly it might be my first. The library is awesome until finals, then things start to get crowded super quick.”
“My favorite classes have been my journalism classes and film classes. The professors are always experts in the area and it's comforting to be taught by professionals who are still active in their field of study.”
Learn from the Best
"The professors here at Seton Hall are for the most part all very qualified to be teaching their classes. A lot of them are still active members of their respective fields and very well renowned when it comes to their knowledge. SHU brings a lot to the table when it comes to the professors."
"Registration is really tough a lot of the time, most times you can get locked out of classes, especially ones that are required for your major because everyone is trying to take them. But luckily there are a lot of good advisors who will work with you to make sure that you get the classes you need to stay on track."
"As a freshman you have to take a course called "University Life" it's a one credit class that really just teaches you about the school. I thought it was really helpful because it introduced me to a lot of school resources I wouldn't have known about otherwise."
"A lot of professors have the ability to help you out with internships and furthering your careers outside of the classroom. I know that when I was looking for my first internship my advisor was so helpful with sending me a bunch of different opportunities and making sure that everything was perfect with my applications."
Interests & Involvement
“I'm involved in PRSSA and Pirate TV. I got involved with PRSSA because my dad is in PRRSA and since I'm majoring in PR he told me not joining would be dumb. So I did and I really like it. The people in the club are so nice and we have cool topics for our meetings. I got involved in Pirate TV because one of my friends is a broadcast major and dragged me into it basically. I only do behind the scenes stuff, but I'm glad she dragged me along because it's a really fun club.”
“Last semester I was involved with the Seton Hall choir and drama club. This semester I decided to shake things up a bit and joined Pirate TV and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). I got involved with these great groups to further develop my career!”'
“The club I am most heavily involved with is Rotaract-- a volunteer club participating as well as introducing volunteer opportunities within Seton Hall as well as in neighboring communities. I initially became involved due to the volunteering requirement for our University Life class, but fell in love with the positive environment and rewarding opportunities Rotaract offers. Next year, I plan to get involved in other activities such as Greek Life and possible a club sport.”
"The first weekend of school there is a huge involvement fair on the green, all the organizations on campus come out to try and get people involved! This is a great place for anyone who wants to be involved on campus to see what their options are. Definitely a great thing for the new students to check out in order to meet new people too!"
“Seton Hall athletics are something SHU encourages with the utmost positivity, providing us with as many official athletics as well as club and recreational sports to be involved with. We're known mostly for our basketball and baseball-- both of which being remarkably exciting events to attend throughout the year-- but regardless of the activity, Seton Hall never fails to show full support. Athletics at Seton Hall are one of our ties holding us together as a community.”
“I think sports bring us all together and really contribute to the pirate logo. I also think intramural are so fun for kids who played in high school who just aren't at the level of Division 1 athletics.”
“The biggest sport here is definitely basketball. The games are always so much fun to go to, especially when you're with all your friends and you get on TV. As for intramural sports, those are slightly underrated. They're fun to play and especially to watch because you probably know the people playing.”
“I think our athletics are an important aspect of life at SHU. Obviously a lot revolves around basketball, but the other sports get a lot of support as well. As a student athlete it's nice to have the support from the school at events and things.”
“I feel being a woman on campus as I would feel at McDonald's or in my backyard or on vacation. My femininity should not be affected based on my location which especially applies to the place I am paying to attend in order to earn a higher education. As far as I know, Seton Hall as a community understands this. Our female population is made up of strong women who appear to be fully capable of taking care of themselves as well as one another. The same goes for our male population. Seton Hall isn't built on the kind of principles some other schools seem to be built on, and while there may be things that happen here I am unaware of, we seem to be a kind community that cares for one another regardless of gender.”
“I feel pretty safe. I don't think there's a lot of negativity surrounding women on campus and since there are more women on campus than men, it's good to know that there is power in numbers.”
“I feel like being a woman on campus gives me such an opportunity to make a difference on all campuses and globally. Women's rights are such a pressing issue today and I feel like by making my voice heard on this campus I will affect all girls and women around me. It's a great feeling.”
“I feel great that I am privileged enough to represent my gender by getting the best education I can so that I can have a bright future.”
“Being a woman on campus isn't much different from being a man on campus. I don't feel any separation between us and I hope no one else does either!”
Food & Drink
“The food on campus is not my favorite. It has some good days but I feel like most are pretty mediocre. The food around South Orange is really good though. I'm in love with Blue Ocean Chinese and whenever I want to order food from off campus it's my go-to restaurant. I also really like the variety of food off campus, there is something for everyone.”
“On a day to day basis, the caf food isn't to die for. We sometimes get a golden egg like chicken strips or nachos or beautifully cooked fish, but hey, that's college food. However, the commuter caf located just outside of the cafeteria knows how to make some damn good food. The sandwich place: best BLT of my life. The salad place: the freshest greens on the whole campus. The pizza place: don't ask questions, just get the Hawaiian. You'll thank me later. The burger place: second best double cheeseburger you can get at SHU. The best double cheeseburger? At Stony's just down the street in South Orange, right outside of the train station. Again, don't ask questions.”
“As mentioned before, avoid the caf if possible. You can do so by going to a couple places like the Trat and Ariyoshi. The Trat is quick 'Italian' food (pizza, salad, pasta, etc.) and actually really good! Everyone loves it and a lot of students work there. Ariyoshi is, in my opinion, the best Japanese food you can get in South Orange. They have sushi (I get the sweet potato rolls), noodles, chicken teriyaki, and much more.”
"The caf is definitely not the finest food I've experienced, but what is really cool is that you have the chance to make your own food. We have different pasta, omelet, and wok stations that let you get really creative and make some tasty things. Also as much as people get sick of going to the caf when they live on campus by the time its their senior year everyone is asking to be swiped in for one last meal at the caf."
“Alcohol use is pretty prevalent, but hey, it is college, right? The thing is, no one's pushing you to drink or go out. If you don't feel like going out? That's fine. No one cares. They'll be back anywhere between eleven and five to throw up in the bathroom before rolling into bed, so have fun! Don't feel like drinking? There's some other drinks like soda, too, so go for that as long as you'll still have fun. See a group of girls going out and you have no one to go with? Ask 'em! They'll be all like "Hecks yeah, we need another lady in our rat-pack!"... Okay, maybe not that, exactly, but they'll definitely let you walk with them! After all, there's a party almost every night, and if you feel like going out, there will always be a way to get there.”
“I would say alcohol use is pretty prevalent. I hear a lot less about drug use but that's probably because of the group of people I associate with. I don't think people feel pressured to drink, it's never happened to me and I would never do it. Some alternatives would be movie nights with floor mates, fun games like cards against humanity, going to see a free show at SOPAC, or studying! I hang out with many different people and am always up for making new friends. My personality is very open and I love meeting new people and hearing new stories. I feel the party is relatively inclusive, you do have to know people in some cases though. At night I would always take the safe ride.”
“I think drugs and alcohol are prevalent but not overwhelmingly so. Sure people go out and party on the weekends, but who doesn't in college? I think a lot of it depends on who you go with and who you know to get in somewhere. A lot of times parties are closed. But partying isn't a necessity. Sometimes you'd just rather curl up and watch a movie than hang around a bunch of drunk college kids.”
“I don't think that the drugs and alcohol is any more prevalent here than anywhere else. If you look for it you'll find it. But generally there isn't much to be concerned about if you're not interested. There are also plenty of weekend activities to fill your schedule such as day trips to the city, movie nights hosted by the student activities board, etc. The same goes for meeting new people. If you want to you definitely can. But if you're content with your group then that's ok too. Traveling after dark is fairly easy. SHU offers a shuttle to take you all around the downtown area and they also have a safe ride option in case you ever get stuck in a pinch.”
“As a freshman, living on campus has been an incredible experience. Seton Hall offers a lot of on campus events like movie screenings or meeting Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, as well as off campus events like sporting events and concerts. Also, our rec gym is kind of super awesome, so that's a plus if you're looking to keep off the freshman fifteen or the sophomore twenty. Living on campus as a freshman has been awesome, and I plan to continue living on campus as long as possible during my college career.”
“Living on campus was the best decision I could've made. Although the bathrooms and rooms aren't to my liking, you get used to it and after a while it really isn't that bad. It's fun being on campus because most freshman live in Boland, or Aquinas, making it easy to go see your friends whenever you're bored or need something.”
“Whether you are considering SHU or not, I would highly recommend living on campus. Without that experience of truly being independent from your parents I think you kind of miss out on gaining that maturity that college requires.”
“Dorm life is probably one of the best experiences of college so far. The atmosphere is so fun, you're living with your friends, you stay up late watching Netflix together in a lounge or cramming for an exam. Trying to do laundry stinks and people can be loud and obnoxious at the wrong times but overall the experience is really fun.”
“Living on campus is awesome. You're close to your friends, food, gym, library. Anything you need is within 10 minutes of where you are.”
Exploring South Orange
“There isn't much of anything not to love about where Seton Hall is. Right down the street is a cute little town with all of the amenities-- including everything from Rite Aid to a Waffle Shop-- as well as the South Orange train station that gives you a 30-minute train ride to New York Penn Station! While a lot of people complaining about being close to Newark, it really doesn't affect the campus whatsoever, so trust me when I say the positives far outweigh the nearly nonexistent negatives.”
“I love that the train station is so close. It's also really nice to have a movie theater here and it's nice that we're pretty close to the mall as well. I only don't like that I'm nervous to walk around off campus at night without anyone. Even in a group there has been some stuff going on in South Orange that scares me a little.”
“Before coming to SHU I heard bad things about the area, however I've never been scared or uncomfortable around South Orange. When it's nice out I go for runs, alone or with my roommate, and I've been fine. It's nice because it's easy to get around but not too small. I don't like, however, that during the winter the snow is poorly shoveled/plowed.”
“I really enjoy the downtown area. Coming from a pretty small town we didn't have nearly as much to do!”
“South Orange is an adorable village with so many restaurants and is so nice to walk around. I also love the huge selection of ice cream places and discounts we get around town”
South Orange Station photo by Jared Kofsky
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