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Seattle University

Seattle, Washington

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Seattle University overview
Location Seattle, Washington
Online seattleu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Seattle University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Seattle University, located in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, offers a distinctive Jesuit Catholic education within walking distance of downtown Seattle. Founded in 1891, this private, mid-sized university boasts a picturesque 50-acre campus noted for its lush green spaces and a blend of modern and gothic architecture. It emphasizes rigorous academic programs with a particular focus on business, law, and engineering. Seattle University attracts a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body, maintaining a selective admissions process. On-campus housing is provided, with a range of residence halls available to students. While Seattle U is not predominantly known for its athletics, it competes in the NCAA Division I as a non-football member of the Western Athletic Conference, with the Redhawks as their team name.

In the most recent statistical year 7,934 prospective students applied, and 6,756 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,004 enrolled in the school.  5,489 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,632 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $50,328 plus fees of $996. Seattle U is ranked 136 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Seattle U is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Seattle University overview
SAT 1150/1380
ACT 24/30
GPA 3.62

Applications Accepted

Seattle University overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Seattle University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$996
Room and Board $13,524
Budget for Other Expenses$4,050
Total One Year Cost$69,798

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$60,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

71% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Seattle University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 27%
Health Professions 13%
Social Sciences 8%
English and Literature 5%
Psychology 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236595 IPEDS survey data for Seattle University.

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