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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?

1,341 Undergraduate Awards
$43,190 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 award 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.

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Seattle University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Seattle U has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#86 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#278 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Seattle U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Value Economics Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Value Computer Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Business, Management & Marketing Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#58 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Seattle U has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#21 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#37 Best Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting College Factual
#43 Best Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#58 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Teaching Degree Search
#78 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#108 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

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 )
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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?

$43,190 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Seattle U is $43,190. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

4,410 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,633 undergraduate students at Seattle U, with 4,410 being full-time and 223 being part-time.

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

There are also 2,566 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,410 full-time undergraduates at Seattle U, 39% are male and 61% 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 813
Black or African American 135
Hispanic or Latino 561
White 1,761
International Students 488
Other Races/Ethnicities 652

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 Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 61 63 185 0 309
Nursing 143 3 90 12 248
Law 0 0 0 182 182
Finance & Financial Management 116 20 0 0 136
Computer Science 45 37 33 0 115
General Psychology 82 0 21 0 103
Accounting 53 12 30 0 95
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 20 15 52 0 87
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 1 82 0 83
Marketing 69 11 0 0 80
Criminal Justice & Corrections 47 1 14 0 62
Public Administration 12 4 40 0 56
Health & Physical Education 31 3 16 0 50
Liberal Arts General Studies 49 0 0 0 49
Educational Administration 0 0 36 10 46
Applied Mathematics 0 0 45 0 45
Student Counseling 0 0 42 0 42
Social Work 12 0 29 0 41
General Biology 39 0 0 0 39
Electrical Engineering 38 0 0 0 38
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 36 0 0 0 36
Arts & Media Management 5 0 29 0 34
Romance Languages 30 0 0 0 30
Mechanical Engineering 29 0 0 0 29
International Business 21 7 0 0 28
Civil Engineering 21 0 5 0 26
General English Literature 25 0 0 0 25
Communication & Media Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Writing Studies 24 0 0 0 24
International Studies 24 0 0 0 24
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 23 0 23
Mathematics 22 0 0 0 22
Natural Resources Conservation 22 0 0 0 22
Business/Managerial Economics 21 0 0 0 21
Political Science & Government 21 0 0 0 21
Legal Research 0 0 20 0 20
Sociology 20 0 0 0 20
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 20 0 0 0 20
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 1 11 6 18
Fine & Studio Arts 18 0 0 0 18
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 2 15 0 17
History 16 0 0 0 16
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 15 0 0 0 15
Computer Software & Applications 0 15 0 0 15
Economics 11 4 0 0 15
Design & Applied Arts 15 0 0 0 15
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 14 0 0 0 14
Teaching English or French 0 1 10 0 11
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 10 0 0 0 10
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 9 0 0 0 9
Multilingual Education 0 0 9 0 9
Philosophy 8 0 0 0 8
Allied Health Professions 4 3 0 0 7
Chemistry 6 0 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 6 0 0 0 6
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 5 0 0 0 5
Anthropology 5 0 0 0 5
General Visual & Performing Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Special Education 0 0 4 0 4
Computer Engineering 0 0 3 0 3
Physics 3 0 0 0 3
General Business/Commerce 2 0 0 0 2
Area Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Religious Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Music 2 0 0 0 2
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 1 0 0 1
Other Public Administration 1 0 0 0 1
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0 0
Other Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Systems Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0
Medical Illustration & Informatics 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,341 209 844 210 2,604

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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