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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 74%
Year Founded 1891

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,199


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,853
Female 2,780

Graduate Student

Male 1,026
Female 1,540

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SU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 2,705
Female 5,263


Male 2,137
Female 4,105

Acceptance Rate78%

Male 79%
Female 78%

Enrollment 932

Male   360
Female 572
Application Fee $55
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
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
Net Price $35,569
Average Total Aid $25,594
Students Receiving Financial Aid 98%
Room & Board $12,531

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 7,199

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

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
Accounting 51 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
Biochemistry 9 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.

Graduates Salary
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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