Seattle University

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School Overview

Seattle University, locally referred to as “SU”, is a Christian University and one of 28 institutions that belongs to the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. SU is situated between Squire Park and the First Hill neighborhood in the Central District of Seattle, Washington.

With a total annual enrollment of nearly 7,500 students, SU is one of the largest independent universities in the Northwest United States. SU offers a large selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its eight academic schools. According to the U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2011″ list, Seattle University is ranked 6th among colleges in the West that offers a comprehensive selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Seattle University offers over 60 bachelor’s degrees, 30 graduate degrees and 28 professional certificate programs. In addition, the university also has a reputable law school and offers various doctoral degree programs in education. The university is composed of eight academic colleges, which include the Albers School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Science, the College of Education, the Matteo Ricci College, the SU School of Law, the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Nursing, and the School of Theology and Ministry. A full four-year education at Seattle University, including living expenses and tuition, is estimated to cost nearly $150,000 (although much of this amount is financed through student loans and scholarships).

Both social justice and service-learning are important elements of any academic program at Seattle University, whose mission it is to “empower leaders for a just and humane world.” Students, staff and faculty at SU are required to donate hundreds of hours of time to supporting various service and community outreach programs through the university’s Center for Service and Community Engagement.

General Information

Admission Office

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122-4340

(206) 296-2000

(800) 426-7123

Fax: (206) 296-5656

Contact: Michael McKeon

Dean of Admissions
Main Address

901 12th Avenue

Seattle, WA 98122-1090

(206) 296-6000

Total undergrads: 4,206

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 888

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,168

Graduate enrollment: 2,230


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: $45
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 65%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 87%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $26,325 $28,260 $29,340 $30,825 +5.06%
Books and Supplies $1,305 $1,350 $1,440 $1,440 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,860 $8,340 $8,805 $9,315 +5.79%
Other $3,652 $3,738 $3,913 $3,882 -0.79%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $39,142 $41,688 $43,498 $45,462 +4.52%
In-state Off Campus $27,630 $29,610 $30,780 $32,265 +4.82%
In-state with Family $27,630 $29,610 $30,780 $32,265 +4.82%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $16,497
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $16,497
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 848 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 825 94% $11,896,682 $14,420
• Federal grants 144 16% $855,696 $5,942
• Pell grants 134 15% $455,314 $3,398
• Other federal grants 134 15% $400,382 $2,988
Local and state government scholarships or grants 84 10% $451,066 $5,370
Institutional grants or scholarships 822 93% $10,589,920 $12,883
Student loan financial aid 536 61% $4,992,543 $9,314
• Federal student loans 534 61% $4,304,077 $8,060
• Other student loans 53 6% $688,466 $12,990

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1184 830 336 77
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 11
Asian Studies/civilization 4
Women’s Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 33
Biochemistry 4
Biology/biological Sciences, General 29
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 320 354 28
Accounting 59 13 1
Business Administration and Management, General 38 291 26
Business/commerce, General 7
Business/managerial Economics 13
E-commerce/electronic Commerce 20
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General 93 19 1
International Business/trade/commerce 25 12
Marketing/marketing Management, General 65
Non-profit/public/organizational Management 19
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 54
Journalism 18
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 20
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 16
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 9
Computer Science 9
Education 196 14 3
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 8
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 45
Curriculum and Instruction 16
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6 13 2
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 11
Special Education and Teaching, General 3
Superintendency and Educational System Administration 1
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 6
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 81
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 20 1
Engineering 66 19
Civil Engineering, General 21
Computer Software Engineering 19
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 23
Mechanical Engineering 22
English Language and Literature/letters 73
Creative Writing 37
English Language and Literature, General 36
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 37
French Language and Literature 9
Spanish Language and Literature 28
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 154 33 2
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 1
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 16
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 22
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other 2
Psychiatric/mental Health Nurse/nursing 8
Public Health/community Nurse/nursing 3
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 137
History 22
History, General 22
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 48 13 1
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 24 13 1
Criminalistics and Criminal Science 24
Forensic Science and Technology
Human Services, General 30 71
Public Administration 7 71
Social Work 23
Legal Studies, General 322
Law 322
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 53
Humanities/humanistic Studies 32
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 21
Mathematics and Statistics 13
Mathematics, General 13
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 37 32
International/global Studies 37
Systems Science and Theory 32
Natural Resources and Conservation 14
Environmental Studies 14
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 2 27
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 2
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 27
Physical Sciences 31
Chemistry, General 7
Physical Sciences 18
Physics, General 6
Psychology 54 14 18
Psychology, General 54 14
School Psychology 18
Social Sciences 72
Anthropology 7
Economics, General 14
Political Science and Government, General 34
Sociology 17
Theology and Religious Vocations 56 25
Divinity/ministry 11
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other 1
Pastoral Studies/counseling 32 24
Theology/theological Studies 13
Visual and Performing Arts 51 15
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 7
Fine and Studio Arts Management 15
Fine/studio Arts, General 21
Music, General
Photography 9
Visual and Performing Arts, General 8
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
E-Commerce B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Family Practice B
Nursing – Public Health B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physical Sciences – General B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Criminalistics/Criminal Science B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Seattle University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (206) 296-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,199
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 75%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,931 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $46,590
Out-of-state Tuition: $46,590
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $25,594

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Seattle University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Seattle University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 1396
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 311
Education 7413
Engineering 444
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 1436
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 321
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 21
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 211
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 112
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 232
Social Sciences 24
Theology and Religious Vocations 331
Visual and Performing Arts 111
Grand total 5469421

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Seattle University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $46,590
Out-of-state $46,590
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $20,105
Out-of-state $20,105

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,053 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,028 96% $25,594
Student loan aid 674 63% $7,052

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 4,273 90% $24,982
Federal student loans 2,537 53% $6,911

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Seattle University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Seattle University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 7,968 2,705 5,263
Percent admitted 100% 79% 78%
Percent admitted who enrolled 12% 13% 11%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Seattle University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,199
Undergraduate enrollment 4,633
Graduate enrollment 2,566

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Seattle University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
    • Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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