Seattle University is a private, not-for-profit university affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. The total student enrollment is right around 7,200, including undergraduates and graduate students. The student-to-faculty ratio is quite good at 11 to 1. If students wish to become acclimated to the university on a visit, they should walk around the campus so they can locate their classes more easily. While the geographical area of the campus is small, it still accommodates more than 7,000 students, though not every student is on campus at the same time. One large dorm (Bellarmine Hall) is the student Housing Center.
Overview of Seattle University (SU)
Seattle itself is a large city. Students will be able to take evening or weekend trips into the city, where they can tour some of the better known areas, such as the Space Needle or simply enjoy the city. For trips to other parts of Washington, ferries are available to take students where they want to go. Different activities such as shopping, eating out, or hiking are all great options for students looking to enjoy their time off.
Students considering attending this university can check with the school about any credits they can receive for earning dual credits (taking high school and college classes at the same time, earning credits for both) and Advanced Placement classes and exams. The university does award credits for these efforts.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||City: Large|
|Student Faculty Ratio||11:1|
Top Rankings For Seattle University
#56 in Finance Colleges
#10 in Public Administration
#46 in MBA Colleges
#2 in Washington MBA Colleges
#5 in MBA Executive Colleges
#33 in MBA Information Systems Colleges
#16 in Part Time MBA
#36 in AACSB MBA Schools
#2 MBA AACSB Accredited in Washington
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SU Acceptance Rate and Admissions
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||Recommended|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Seattle University Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Students and families are often presented with the total cost of school when they look at attending a university. This is known as the sticker price and includes tuition, books, supplies, room and board, and other charges and fees. As of the 2019-2020 school year, this price for Seattle University was $63,921.
However, most families don’t have to pay that whole amount. With financial aid thrown into the mix, families pay the net price, the cost remaining after financial aid is applied. As of the 2018-2019 school year, the average net price was $35,569. However, the university tracks the net price by income, which keeps an eye on how much financial aid students are able to get based on their family’s income, which is how financial aid is applied. Thus, a family earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pays around $31,620.
Almost the entire first-year class was eligible for financial aid in a recent academic year (98%). And 96% of students received grants or scholarships averaging $25,594; the same percentage of freshman students received institutional grants and scholarships in the amount of $22,834.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$25,594|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||98%|
|Room & Board||$12,531|
- Tuition In-State - $46,590
- Tuition Out-of-State - $46,590
- Books and Supplies - $1,200
- Room & Board - $12,531
- Other - $3,600
If a student isn’t sure what they want to major in, it might help them to get a look at the most popular degree programs. Even if they know what they want to major in, getting an idea of what is popular lets them figure out where their career plans fit into the larger picture. The most popular degree programs at Seattle University are business, management, marketing and related support services; health professions and related programs; engineering; psychology; and biological and biomedical sciences.
Students and their parents may also be interested in taking a look at the retention and graduation rates for Seattle University. The retention rate is the percentage at which beginning students return to the university for their second year of classes and is often considered a good indicator of how well students are supported in their first year. At Seattle University, this is 88%. The 4-year graduation rate at the university is 64% and the 6-year graduation rate is 75%. These are at or above the national average.
Students may realize they have a conflict between a class or two and their job. Rather than drop the classes, which may be required for graduation, students can drop the sections they are in, and choose to add a distance learning option (online classes). The university doesn’t offer evening classes. However, with this option available for even some classes, students are better able to stay on-track for graduating close to their projected date.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||319 Total Graduates / 26|
|Finance, General||107 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||57 Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||43 Graduates|
|Health Professions and Related Programs||161 Total Graduates / 13%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse||143 Graduates|
|Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist||14 Graduates|
|Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician||4 Graduates|
|All Engineering Majors||88 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||38 Graduates|
|Mechanical Engineering||29 Graduates|
|Civil Engineering, General||21 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||74 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Psychology, General||74 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||72 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||38 Graduates|
|Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology||15 Graduates|
|Conservation Biology||10 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||42%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates of Seattle University earn an average early-career salary of $63,900. Their mid-career salary is significantly higher at $123,000.
With the average 4-year cost of education sitting at around $142,276, we can figure out graduate’s average return on investment (ROI) once they find themselves a career. With these numbers above, we can see that graduate’s 10-year salary earnings potential was $858,720 and their 20-year salary earnings potential is $2,088,720. After subtracting the 4-year cost of education, their 10-year projected ROI is $716,444 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,946,444.
High school graduates who choose not to go to school have an average annual salary of $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$63,900|
|College Grads Average Salary||$85,872|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$123,000|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$858,720|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$2,088,720|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$142,276|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$716,444|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,946,444|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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