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Seattle University

Seattle University Facts


Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.

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 quarter 2016)

  • 7,481 students: 4,780 undergraduate students, 2,035 graduate students, and 666 law students
  • 94.8% of undergraduate students attend full-time
  • 30.7% of first-year students are from Washington state
  • 36% of all students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 10.4% 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: nine 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 73,000 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.

Financial Assistance (2015-2016)

Undergraduate Student Aid

Number of undergraduates with aid: 4,090 (86.8%)
Average aid awarded per undergraduate recipient: $26,717

Graduate Student Aid

Number of non-law graduates with aid: 1,335 (67.4%)
Average aid awarded per non-law recipient: $22,285

Law School Student Aid

Number of law students with aid: 664 (93.4%)
Average aid awarded per law student: $50,968


  • Operating budget: $211.9 million
  • Total payroll: $105 million