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Seattle University Data & Information Overview

Find out more about how Seattle University ranks, how diverse it is, what majors it offers, and other essential facts below. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Seattle University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Seattle University was awarded 26 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

Seattle U landed the #201 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Seattle U also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

See all of the rankings for Seattle University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Seattle U?

Acceptance Rate

Seattle University has an acceptance rate of 74%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 50% of students accepted to Seattle U submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 570 and 670. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle University  ( 570 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 560 to 660 )
Seattle U received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 29 )

Learn more about Seattle University admissions.

Seattle University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Seattle U, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Seattle University is 70%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  70 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Seattle University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 84% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Seattle University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Seattle U for first-time, full-time students is 64%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  64 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Seattle University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Seattle U

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,685 undergraduates at Seattle U with 4,469 being full-time and 216 being part-time.

Seattle U Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 97.15 out of 100, Seattle U is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  97.15 out of 100
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How Much Does Seattle University Cost?

The overall average net price of Seattle U is $34,947. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Seattle U

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$27,423 $30,279 $31,322 $33,990 $39,395

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Seattle U, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Seattle U, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,521 a year. That adds up to $30,084 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Seattle U is 1.9%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Seattle U Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Seattle U make around $56,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Seattle U graduates since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Seattle University make the most money.

Location of Seattle University

Seattle University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Seattle, Washington. The city atmosphere of Seattle makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Seattle University

Contact details for Seattle U are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340
Phone: 206-296-6000

Seattle University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from Seattle University. Of these students, 1,341 received undergraduate degrees and 1,054 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 143 $68,200
Finance & Financial Management 116 $52,500
General Psychology 82 $30,400
Marketing 69 $43,800
Business Administration & Management 61 $43,100
Accounting 53 $54,800
Liberal Arts General Studies 49 $24,400
Criminal Justice & Corrections 47 $35,400
Computer Science 45 $75,000
General Biology 39 $26,500

Learn more about the majors offered at Seattle University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Seattle U

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 224 students took at least one online class at Seattle University. This is an increase from the 174 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 224 38
2016-2017 174 42
2015-2016 104 27
2014-2015 0 0
2013-2014 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Seattle University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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