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Seattle University

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About Seattle University

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within nine schools and colleges. 

SU is the largest independent university in the Northwest US, with over 7,500 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools, and is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In its "Best Colleges 2015" edition, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle University the 5th best Regional University in the West, a category for institutions that offer a full range of programs up to master's degree and some doctoral programs. Seattle University School of Law has the #1 legal writing program in the nation, a rank held for six consecutive years. In 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked Seattle University #1 in the nation for macroeconomics.

Among all colleges nationally, Seattle University graduates, with a degree in either the Liberal Arts or Sciences, are the 10th highest paid in the country.

Campus information

The Seattle University campus is 50 acres (200,000 m2) and is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood,near downtown Seattle, Wash. The SU campus has been recognized by the city of Seattle, the EPA and many organizations for its commitment to sustainability through pesticide-free grounds, a food waste compost facility, recycling program and energy conservation program.

The most well-known building on campus is the Chapel of St. Ignatius, designed by New York architect Steven Holl. The building won a national Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in 1998. The use of natural lighting and illuminating multi-colored lights at night transforms the chapel into a beacon of multicolored light radiating outward towards the campus.

The campus includes numerous works by well-known artists (including the Centennial Fountain by Seattle artist George Tsutakawa—recipient of an honorary doctorate from Seattle U.]—and a large glass sculpture in the PACCAR Atrium of Piggot Hall by Tacoma, Washington artist Dale Chihuly,as well as works by Chuck Close, Jacob Lawrence, Gwendolyn Knight, William Morris (glass artist) and David Mach) and several architecturally notable buildings.

Almost half of the overall student body represent diverse groups, in 2009–2010, the makeup of the university was: 49% White, 19% Asian/Pacific Islander, 7% Latino/Hispanic, 5% African American, 1% Native American, 9.7% International Students

Blink and it’s changed: Seattle can be that ephemeral. Welcome to a city that pushes the envelope, embraces new trends and plots a path toward the future.

A United States of Neighborhoods
Visitors setting out to explore Seattle with a blank canvas should think of the city as a United States of Neighborhoods, or – to put it in more human terms – a family of affectionate but sometimes errant siblings. There’s the aloof, elegant one (Queen Anne), the cool, edgy one (Capitol Hill), the weird, bearded one (Fremont), the independently minded Scandinavian one (Ballard), the grizzled old grandfather (Pioneer Square) and the precocious adolescent still carving out its identity (South Lake Union). You’ll never fully understand Seattle until you’ve visited them all.

A Walk on the Weird Side
Just because it nurtured tech giants Microsoft and Amazon, it doesn’t mean that Seattle hasn’t got a surreal arty side. Crisscross its urban grid and you’ll find all kinds of freakish apparitions: a rocket sticking out of a shoe shop; a museum built to resemble a smashed-up electric guitar; glass orbs in wooden canoes; a statue of Vladimir Lenin; a mural made of used chewing gum; fish-tossing market traders; and a museum dedicated to antique pinball machines (which you can still play). No, you haven't over-indulged in some powerful (legal) marijuana. You’ve just worked out that Seattle is far more bohemian than beige.


Residence Halls

  • Bellarmine Hall
    Located in the center of campus, Bellarmine Hall’s seven floors house approximately 420 residents. Residents enjoy easy access to all campus locations, making it the center of the on-campus experience.
  • Campion Hall
    Campion Hall is on the south side of campus next to the Archbishop Thomas Murphy Apartments. This 12-story building houses 650 residents who enjoy beautiful views of Seattle, Elliott Bay, and the Olympic or Cascade mountain ranges from its 12th floor lounge.
  • Chardin Hall
    Chardin Hall is our newest traditional residence hall and is located on the south side of campus adjacent to Campion Hall. 148 Sophomores and juniors will enjoy 4-person suites that include 2 double rooms adjoined by a private bathroom.
  • Xavier Global House
    Xavier Hall is on the north end of campus and houses approximately 200 residents. Because of its size Xavier residents enjoy a noteworthy sense of community and find it easy to know each other by name.


  • Logan Court
    Townhome-style living just off campus provides a little more independence for upperclassmen. This housing option provides double rooms for 28 students in five townhomes, including a full kitchen in every apartment.
  • Murphy Apartments
    The Murphy apartments provide safe, secure, attractive and diverse apartment living options for upper-class undergraduate students. Specifically, Murphy Apartments five communities provide options that speaks to the needs and preferences for 370 juniors, and seniors.
  • The Douglas
    The Douglas, Seattle University’s newest housing option, opened Fall 2011. Offering apartment suites with one to five bedrooms, the Douglas is an option for 257 upperclassmen, graduate, and law students desiring the convenience of on-campus living but the privacy and independence of off-campus housing.
  • Kolvenbach Community
    The Peter-Hans Kolvenbach Community is a unique service learning living experience available to eight current students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior years. This community provides students with the opportunity to live with other students engaged in service and simple living. Being part of this intentional living community provides students with an opportunity to create a lifestyle that deeply integrates the five values of the Kolvenbach Community: Service, Spirituality, Solidarity, Community and Simple Living.
  • Yobi Apartments
    In response to overwhelming demand for on-campus housing, the university has secured a master lease to add 45 “apodment”-style beds to Seattle University housing options. Yobi Apartments on the corner of 13th and Marion (behind the Admissions & Alumni building) hosts five floors of micro-apartments


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Business, Management 1 Education and Teaching 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Mass Communication & Media 2 MBA 1


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