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Academics

Though Seattle University is renowned for its excellent academics and programs, particularly its nursing program, it is the Jesuit philosophy of holistic education that underscores the mission of the university. The university requires its 4,800 undergraduates to take a collection of Core classes that are more than “just a random collection of math, writing, and social science classes. There’s a lot more philosophy, theology, psychology, ethics, and actual service learning” involved, and students say that “often times the Core classes that [they are] required to take ended up being the most memorable classes.” The dynamic professors “ensure the students have a chance not only to digest and memorize the information but also a chance to critically think about it and discuss different viewpoints.” The university’s commitment to social justice is “more than just rhetoric—there are classes structured around specific kinds of service learning.” There is a growing sentiment “that SU is increasingly known for the Albers School of Business [and Economics].” Overall, students feel that Seattle U “is about finding community in a large city, and being able to discuss and have deep meaningful conversations about the issues we encounter in our everyday lives.”

Student Body

As “one of the most liberal Catholic schools,” Seattle University is a place where “all faiths are not only accepted, but they are welcomed and encouraged.” The “majority of students are liberal,” and “everyone is aware of social issues.” There is a “very large LGBTQ community” on campus, as well as “lots of international students.” At Seattle U, students “frequently discuss gender norms, privilege, and how race influences identity. Identity is a popular topic of discussion—how we all use who we are to impact how we interact in the world.” Here, “students are creative, insightful, and dedicated to making their educational experience unique and personal. Community is strongly felt [among] students and staff.”

Campus Life

It’s “very much a city lifestyle” at Seattle U; “however, the mountains are not too far away.” Here “you have the best of both worlds. You can go to happy hours, brunch, clubs, bars and restaurants, hiking, skiing, canoeing, and swimming in the summer. There is a lot to do in the area.” In fact, “as soon as you step off campus, you are in the hustle and bustle of Capitol Hill, a booming, youthful neighborhood that is LGBT friendly. There are coffee shops... concert venues, and parks within a two-block radius.” It’s “a quick bus ride to downtown and Pike Place Market or a nice half-hour walk. [The International District] is nearby, too.” And it’s fine if you don’t feel like walking because “the university loans out bus passes free of charge.” Living in the heart of Seattle means that you can never run out of fun things to do on weekends. You could “see plays, go to the Seattle Art Museum, eat all sorts of different types of food, hang out in the International District, [or] attend film festivals. You name it, Seattle has it!” The campus is “super green,” providing students with “composting and recycling options in every location possible.” The food is not only “delicious,” but is largely “locally grown, organic, and well-prepared.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Melore Nielsen
Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone
206-220-8040

Email
admissions@seattleu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center, a modern fitness/wellness facility
Hawk?s Nest Bistro in the Student Center, open late into the night
Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons
Public artwork around campus, including a Dale Chihuly glass installation
Championship Field, the 2013 "Field of the Year" by Sports Turf Mngr Assctn
Campus tours offered daily at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from October to June, additional tours at 10 a.m. and noon on Saturdays

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Space Needle/Seattle Center
Pike Place Market
Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park
Seattle Japanese Garden in the Washington Park Arboretum
Cascade Mountains for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and hiking

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri
8am-4:30
206-220-8040

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Fall Preview: October and November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
one night

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Airport: SeaTac International Airport Amtrack Seattle Metro Transit Buses Seattle Link Light Rail Taxi

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 Take the James St. exit off I-5 (coming from the north, exit 165; coming from the south, exit 164A). Turn east up the hill past Broadway until you reach 12th Avenue (.6 miles). Turn left at the light on 12th Avenue and proceed north two blocks to East Marion Street and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will be directly ahead. Stop for parking information and campus directions. From I-90 Take the Rainier Avenue North exit (3B) and merge onto Rainier Avenue South (you will be heading northbound). Follow Rainier Avenue South (.5 miles) to the intersection of Rainier Avenue South and Boren Avenue South. Turn slightly left onto Boren Avenue South for two blocks then turn right onto 12th Avenue. Follow 12th Avenue (.7 miles) to East Marion St. and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will be directly ahead. Stop at the booth for parking information and campus directions. From Highway 520 Take 520 westbound to I-5 south. Take the James Street exit off I-5 (exit 165a). Turn left on James Street and drive up the hill past Broadway until you reach 12th Avenue. Turn left at the light on 12th Avenue and proceed north two blocks to East Marion Street and turn left. The visitor parking lot information booth will directly ahead. Stop at the booth for parking information and campus directions.

Local Accommodations
Less than 0.5 miles Silver Cloud 1100 Broadway (206)325-1400 Inn at Virginia Mason 1006 Spring St (206)583-6453 Sorrento Hotel 900 Madison St (206)622-6400 Seattle Suites 1400 Hubbel Pl (206)232-2799 Homewood Suites by Hilton 1011 Pike St (206)682-8282

Admissions

Applicants: 8,640
Acceptance Rate: 76%
Average HS GPA: 3.62







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