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“My Gonzaga education has made me more adaptable and flexible and I'm now much more confident in reaching my future goals.”

— Breanna Tarufelli
Gonzaga University


Seattle University

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges.

Top Rankings

Seattle University is consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report and included in The Princeton Review's Best Colleges guide. See the full rankings.

Enrollment (Fall 2013)

  • 7,422 students: 4,666 undergraduate students, 1,907 graduate students, and 849 law students
  • 95% of undergraduate students attend full-time
  • 38% of first-year students are from Washington state
  • 33% of all students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 9% are international students

Average Class Size

  • 19 students, all classes taught by faculty
  • Faculty to student ratio: 1 to 13

Academic Programs

Seattle University offers an extensive array of programs: eight colleges and schools offer 64 undergraduate programs, more than 31 graduate programs and 28 certificate programs.

Economic Impact

Each year, Seattle University has a regional economic impact approaching $525 million.


Three out of four Seattle University undergraduate students engage in community service, three times the national average. Students, faculty and staff contribute 200,000 hours of service annually.


Seattle University has more than 67,000 alumni in all 50 states and 77 nations. Sixty-seven percent have remained in Washington, contributing to the state economy and talent pool after graduation.


Notable Majors

  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • Film Studies
  • Diagnostic Ultrasound
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Humanities for Leadership
  • Environmental Science

Unique Opportunities

More than 500 SU students study abroad in some 45 countries each year through a program ranked in the top 40 in the nation.

Internship Program (IDIP) embodies the Jesuit emphasis on social justice as well as the importance of global awareness. The program places interns in non-governmental organizations in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Students in Engineering, Computer Science and Business programs put their skills to use in a Senior Design Project, where upperclassmen bridge the gap between their academic experience and professional experience by participating in year-long design projects that involve real projects and real clients. Sponsors include: Boeing, Microsoft, AT&T, Cisco, REI, Paccar and more.

Student Life

SU offers over 130 student clubs and organizations ranging in focus from community service, cultural heritage and honors societies to professional development and outdoor recreation.

Each May, the Student Event and Activities Council (SEAC) sponsors Quadstock, an annual on-campus music festival with multiple stages and bands throughout the day. Past performers include: The Blue Scholars, OK Go, Toyko Police Club and Macklemore.


Students live on campus both freshman and sophomore year in six different residence halls. Living and Learning Communities place residents with students who have similar academic and social interests. The Archbishop Murphy and The Douglas apartments are open to upperclassmen and a number of apartments and houses in the neighborhood are available to those wanting to live off-campus. Altogether, approximately 2,000 students reside on campus.

Sports & Recreation

Seattle U’s intercollegiate athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level and include baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s rowing, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s track, women’s softball and volleyball.

A thriving intramural and club sports program is open to everyone and the Outdoor Adventure and Recreation club allows students to take advantage of Seattle’s many nearby outdoor activities.

The Seattle University Outdoor and Recreation Program (OAR) provides over 90 inclusive recreational opportunities to students each year. Whether you want to bike, climb, ski, snowboard, hike, kayak or participate in environmental service, OAR offers it all.

SU recently completed a $37.5 million addition to the Connolly Athletic Center, which includes redesigned Athletics and recreation facilities.

Campus Updates

The William F. Eisiminger Fitness Center opened in fall 2011. The 21,000 square foot addition to SU’s Connolly Athletic Center houses state of the art fitness equipment, weights, and studio classroom spaces.

The Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability at Seattle University opened in fall 2012 and will connect students to the broader regional and global communities by enabling innovative scholarship, teaching and learning in environmental sustainability.

Cell & Molecular Biology and Marine & Conservation Biology were added as majors for fall 2012.

The Lemieux Library & Learning Commons opened in fall 2010, blending student academic support services, scholarly research, and collaborative learning in a technology-rich, light-filled environment.

Funded in part by a grant from
the Ben B. Cheney Foundation
published by Independent Colleges of Washington