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Seattle University Data & Information Overview

447 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
82% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Seattle University Ranked?

#155 Best Colleges in Nation
#2 Best Colleges in WA
Student Counseling Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

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Seattle University was awarded 447 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is student counseling.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Seattle U is ranked #155 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Seattle U held the #172 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Seattle U is also ranked #2 out of 51 schools in Washington.

See all of the rankings for Seattle University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Seattle U?

82% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
26% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Seattle University is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Seattle U is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 26% 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 550 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle University  ( 550 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 570 to 670 )
Seattle U received ACT scores from 10% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 24 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 31 )

Learn more about Seattle University admissions.

Seattle University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
78% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Seattle U is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Seattle University

85% Freshmen Retention
61% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 85% 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  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Seattle U the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 61%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  61 out of 100

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

Seattle University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,045 Full-Time Undergraduates
48.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
60.4% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,244 undergraduates at Seattle U with 4,045 being full-time and 199 being part-time.

How Much Does Seattle University Cost?

$35,109 Net Price
54% Take Out Loans
$28,068 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Seattle U is $35,109. 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 +
$25,304 $27,455 $32,076 $35,424 $40,015

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Seattle U, approximately 54% of students took out student loans averaging $7,017 a year. That adds up to $28,068 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Seattle U is 1.1%. 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?

$69,303 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Seattle U with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $69,303 in their early years. That's great news for Seattle U students since it is 63% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Seattle University make the most money.

Location of Seattle University

Washington State
4,045 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle University is a private not-for-profit institution. 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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Contact details for Seattle U are given below.

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

Seattle University Majors

70 Majors With Completions
1,415 Undergraduate Degrees
876 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 70 majors graduated from Seattle University. Of these students, 1,415 received undergraduate degrees and 876 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 220 $72,161
Computer Science 91 $82,122
Finance & Financial Management 91 $51,016
General Psychology 68 $35,334
Marketing 66 $42,664
Business Administration & Management 63 $44,128
Accounting 55 $60,852
General Biology 46 $29,238
Liberal Arts General Studies 41 $36,355
Design & Applied Arts 37 $20,602

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

Online Learning at Seattle U

49% Take At Least One Class Online
13% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 3,525 students took at least one online class at Seattle University. This is a decrease from the 6,192 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,525 916
2019-2020 6,192 4,624
2018-2019 268 52
2017-2018 224 38
2016-2017 174 42

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.


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