Seattle University

Seattle University

Seattle University, or SU, is a nonprofit Jesuit Catholic university founded in 1891 as the School of the Immaculate Conception by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). It continues to operate as a Jesuit institution. The U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2008" ranks Seattle University at the 6th place out of all the schools in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.

Seattle University offers more than 40 bachelor's degree programs and over 20 graduate degree programs, along with a law school and a doctoral program in education. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Albers School of Business and Economics
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • Matteo Ricci College
  • School of Law
  • School of Theology and Ministry

The university's sports teams are nicknamed the Redhawks.

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Seattle University
900 Broadway
Seattle , WA 98122-4340
General Phone: (206) 296-6000

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Seattle University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management572business, business management, non-profit management, electronic commerce, accounting, managerial economics, finance, financial management, international business, ...
Law357law, foreign lawyers
Liberal Arts250Asian studies, women's studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, creative writing, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, ...
Education and Teaching234curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, special ed, school counseling, college student counseling, adult education, teacher ed, teacher education, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine167registered nursing, nurse practitioner, mental health nursing
Therapy and Counseling111psychology, school psychology
Family and Social Work78public administration, social work
Science77biology, biochemistry, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Security and Law Enforcement69criminal justice and safety, criminal science
Religion and Philosophy69philosophy, religion, theology, ministry, pastoral counseling, pastoral counseling and ministries
Engineering68civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Media59communication studies, media studies, journalism, public relations
Computer Science and Engineering33computer science, software engineering
Fine Arts26fine arts, art history and criticism
Medical Support and Technology21sonography and ultrasound tech, clinical lab tech
Conservation and Resource Management11environmental studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy11sports and fitness management
Mathematics10mathematics, systems science and theory
Art Studies9visual and performing arts
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Medicine2medical preparatory

Number of programs and degrees for Seattle University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,12853
Master's degree68427
Post-master's certificate3710
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship111
Doctor's degree - professional practice3742
Postbaccalaureate certificate53

Seattle University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Seattle University had a total enrollment of 7,529 students (6,189 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 37%
Women 63%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 54%
Graduate 46%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 4%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 16%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 10%
(Foreign Students) 7%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 19%
20-21 20%
22-24 17%
25-29 21%
30-34 9%
35-39 5%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
State unknown1%
New Mexico1%

Seattle University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 87 %
Part-Time 25 %

Seattle University Room and Board (2007)

Seattle University offers campus housing for 1,725 of its 6,189 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Seattle, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Seattle University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520630
SAT Math520620
SAT Writing510610
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2128
ACT Composite2228

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT90%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT38%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Seattle University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 28,260
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 28,260
Room and board $ 8,340
Room charge $ 5,265
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,075
Books and supplies $ 1,350
Other expenses $ 3,738

Financial Aid:
Seattle University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 379000)

Seattle University Faculty

Seattle University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$111,6681*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year11$104,9874$47,538

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year45$113,60421$105,910
Associate professoracademic year75$84,06959$78,778
Assistant professoracademic year52$68,85264$68,353
Instructoracademic year8$57,96722$65,852
Lectureracademic year25$40,81421$40,120
No academic rankacademic year4$41,2502*
All faculty totalacademic year209$79,650189$72,478

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Seattle University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Other
Baseball Other
Track Other

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports305181

Seattle University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Software Engineering

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Systems Science and Theory

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication and Media Studies, Other
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religion/Religious Studies
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Criminalistics and Criminal Science

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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What Sets Seattle University Apart:

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Number of students
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% of degrees in law
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Top 13%Seattle University % of degrees in law
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Top 13%Seattle University % of degrees in mathematics
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Top 19%Seattle University Student SAT scores
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Top 20%Seattle University Faculty/student ratio (full-time)

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, navy, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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