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Seattle University Overview

Seattle University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Seattle, Washington. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Seattle University Known For?

4,325 Full-Time Undergraduates
$34,947 Avg Cost After Aid
74% Acceptance Rate
  • The 2% student loan default rate at Seattle U is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered at Seattle U.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Seattle U bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $56,500 a year. That's about 38% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from Seattle U to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

Seattle University Rankings

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Seattle U is ranked #201 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Seattle U also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that Seattle U has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for Seattle U

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Diversity 101
Best Colleges for International Students 149
Best Colleges 201
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 465
Best Colleges for Veterans 671
Best Colleges for the Money 714

Where Is Seattle University?

Location of Seattle University

Contact details for Seattle U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340
Phone: 206-296-6000
Website: www.seattleu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/seattleu
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/seattleu

How Do I Get Into Seattle U?

You can apply to Seattle U online at: www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/

Admission Requirements for Seattle U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Seattle U?

74% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
50% Submit SAT Scores
Seattle U has an acceptance rate of 74%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 50% of students accepted to Seattle U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 670. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle University  ( 570 to 670 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 560 to 660 )
200
800
Seattle U received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Seattle University  ( 23 to 31 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 28 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Seattle University?

$34,947 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Seattle U is $34,947. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Seattle U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,423 $30,279 $31,322 $33,990 $39,395

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Seattle U, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,521 a year. That adds up to $30,084 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Seattle U is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Seattle University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,325 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,560 undergraduate students at Seattle U, with 4,325 being full-time and 235 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Seattle U

There are also 2,718 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,325 full-time undergraduates at Seattle U, 38% are male and 62% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Seattle U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Seattle University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Seattle U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 713
Black or African American 120
Hispanic or Latino 526
White 1,905
International Students 446
Other Races/Ethnicities 615

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Seattle University. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at Seattle U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Seattle University

38 Took All Classes Online
224 Took At Least One Class Online
661.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 224 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Seattle U has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 32nd most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Seattle U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Seattle University was 661.5%. This is the #127 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Seattle U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Seattle U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Multilingual Education 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Seattle U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Seattle U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Multilingual Education #1
Teacher Education Grade Specific #8
Education #20

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Seattle University Majors

In 2017-2018, Seattle University awarded 2,682 undergraduate degrees and 2,108 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 53 30 0
Allied Health Professions 0 4 0 0
Anthropology 0 5 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 45 0
Area Studies 0 2 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 5 29 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 9 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 61 185 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 21 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 15 0 0
Chemistry 0 6 0 0
Civil Engineering 0 21 5 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 23 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 14 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 24 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 3 0
Computer Science 0 45 33 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 47 14 0
Design & Applied Arts 0 15 0 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 10 0 0
Economics 0 11 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 36 10
Electrical Engineering 0 38 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 5 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 20 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 116 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 0
General Biology 0 39 0 0
General Business/Commerce 0 2 0 0
General English Literature 0 25 0 0
General Psychology 0 82 21 0
General Visual & Performing Arts 0 5 0 0
Health & Physical Education 0 31 16 0
History 0 16 0 0
International Business 0 21 0 0
International Studies 0 24 0 0
Law 0 0 0 182
Legal Research 0 0 20 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 49 0 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 20 52 0
Marketing 0 69 0 0
Mathematics 0 22 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 29 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 9 0
Music 0 2 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 22 0 0
Nursing 0 143 90 12
Other Public Administration 0 1 0 0
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 15 0
Philosophy 0 8 0 0
Physics 0 3 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 21 0 0
Public Administration 0 12 40 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 36 0 0
Religious Studies 0 2 0 0
Romance Languages 0 30 0 0
Social Work 0 12 29 0
Sociology 0 20 0 0
Special Education 0 0 4 0
Student Counseling 0 0 42 0
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 82 0
Teaching English or French 0 0 10 0
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 11 6
Writing Studies 0 24 0 0
Total 0 2,682 1,688 420

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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