Seattle University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Sullivan Hall at Seattle University
Sullivan Hall at Seattle University. SaintIggy / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

With an acceptance rate of 74 percent in 2016, Seattle University is a moderately selective university. In general, successful applicants will have both grades and standardized test scores that are above average. Those interested in applying will need to submit an application that includes high school transcripts, scores from the SAT or the ACT, and two letters of recommendation. To schedule a visit to the campus, which is encouraged for any interested students, contact the admissions office.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Seattle University Description

Located on a 48-acre campus in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle University is a private Jesuit university that offers 61 undergraduate and 31 graduate programs. Students come from all 50 states and 76 other countries. The university ranks highly among universities in the West. Classes tend to be small with an average size of 19, and the university has a healthy 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The university has an interesting 15-course core curriculum that culminates in students applying their education to contemporary social problems. In athletics, Seattle University recently moved from Division II to Division I NCAA competition, where they compete in the Western Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 7,487 (4,657 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39 percent male / 61 percent female
  • 96 percent full-time

Costs (2016 -17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $41,265
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,499
  • Other Expenses: $4,170
  • Total Cost: $58,434

Seattle University Financial Aid (2015 -16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 95 percent
    • Loans: 59 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,484
    • Loans: $7,357

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Criminal Justice, Finance, Humanities, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 87 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 64 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Swimming, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Baseball, Cross Country, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Basketball, Volleyball

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Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics