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TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S Our Jesuit Tradition......................................... 3 Focus on Students........................................... 9 Citizens of the World.................................... 12 Your Personal Best........................................ 17 Urban Oasis.................................................... 22 Uniquely Seattle............................................ 30 Visit SU........................................................... 37


Jesuit. Personal. Urban. Our Jesuit tradition, personal style of education and location in the city that shares our name are among the characteristics that set Seattle University apart. Seattle University sits in the heart of the Northwest’s largest and most dynamic city. Against this backdrop, the school is plugged into all that a major metropolitan city has to offer. It's a vibrant and modern university, with high academic standards, a diverse and engaged campus and access to culture, the arts and the great outdoors—all that make this place distinctively Northwest.

Educating the Whole Person A Seattle University education is one that inspires and transforms. With our full range of academic offerings, you'll find a focus that's right for you.

Our Jesuit Tradition A Jesuit education incorporates values, rigorous and wide-ranging study, global awareness, discussion and personal reflection. It’s a holistic education involving the mind, body and spirit, the big picture and your place in it. Jesuit tradition goes back four centuries and is enhanced by a powerful mix of diverse people, an engaging community and a strong intellectual presence.


The Whole Person A Jesuit education is aimed at the whole person—mind, body and spirit—and it is reflected here in deep care of the individual. The Seattle University classroom experience is built around each student’s own perspectives, values and ways of learning.

Teaching That Matters SU takes to heart the principles of Catholic social teaching: the dignity of the person, the common good, the needs of the poor and vulnerable, a respect for human rights and a shared responsibility for a healthy community.

Soulful Reflections Jesuit philosophy sees works of art as reflections of the soul. SU celebrates this with the art and architecture on campus, classes in local museums and study opportunities among the great art centers of Europe.


A Distinctly Jesuit Education Students at Seattle University are part of the Jesuit educational tradition—a tradition of academic excellence that goes back 450 years, that spans the globe as the world’s largest educational system and that counts the world’s great thinkers and doers among its alumni. Seattle University’s Jesuit ethos has been nurtured by the many things that attract people to Seattle. The Puget Sound region is graced with natural beauty, and its residents are inspired to protect it. Seattle is metropolitan and international, sophisticated and progressive. The city offers an ideal climate for the Jesuit values of leadership, social justice, service to the community, environmental stewardship, tolerance and unity.

Learning by Doing One of Seattle University’s greatest Jesuit traditions is a commitment to service. Each year, three out of four students serve the community as part of their education. »

Intellectual Pioneers Jesuits have a long-standing tradition of excellence across academic disciplines. They pioneered Euclidean geometry, brought science to countries around the world and opened observatories for astronomy, geomagnetism, meteorology and solar physics. At Seattle University, we too prize academic excellence. Dedicated and talented faculty are experts in a range of disciplines, including the social and physical sciences, engineering, economics and more. Similarly, the Jesuit commitment to arts and culture is evident in course offerings, the wealth of artwork across campus and the abundant opportunities to enjoy the arts in the city and on campus.


Mind, Body, Spirit A core element of a Jesuit education is dedication to the whole person. Students receive individual attention, with small classes and professors who focus on their values and perspectives. Our belief in a holistic model is nurtured by a lively campus life and a wealth of extracurricular activities on campus and throughout the city. SU students are encouraged to be critical thinkers, putting thought into action, partnering with people and groups throughout Seattle in service learning, internships and leadership offerings—applying what they are learning as they are learning it.

Spiritual Center The Chapel of St. Ignatius is known worldwide for its bold, modernist architecture. It is also an ideal meditative space and the centerpiece of the university’s vibrant spiritual community. 

The Art of Discernment At the heart of the Jesuit educational philosophy is the art of discernment. Seattle University attracts bright people, men and women of character, who recognize that education is a privilege and that privilege comes with the responsibility to work for a more just and humane world. They want to become better people and recognize their responsibility to others and the impact they can make both locally and globally. With a strong liberal arts and sciences foundation, we empower them to think, to discern for themselves what is good, bad, right and wrong, and to be a force for positive social change.


Notable Graduates of Jesuit Institutions Sabeer Bhatia Founder of Hotmail Miguel de Cervantes Author Bill Clinton President of the United States Harry Connick, Jr. Singer and actor René Descartes Philosopher Vicente Fox President of Mexico Charles de Gaulle President of France John Paul Getty Philanthropist Alfred Hitchcock Film director James Joyce Novelist, Nobel Prize for literature Freddie Mercury Singer, English band Queen Molière Father of modern French literature Bill Murray Actor and comedian Al Roker Today Show Meteorologist Sting Musician Denzel Washington Actor Voltaire Father of the French Enlightenment

Paccar Atrium, Pigott Building “Accendo” by Dale Chihuly


Depth of Field Like many programs at Seattle University, photography is one class that goes beyond the basics to offer a balance of theory, technique and the chance to dig deep.

Focus on Students Seattle University classes have a strong liberal arts and science core that develops skills for professional formation and a life of purpose, meaning and fulfillment. The classroom is a starting point, an intellectual incubator in which students collaborate, develop and test new ideas in one of the most economically, ethnically and geographically diverse learning communities in the Northwest. Learning continues outside of the classroom, too. Students develop leadership skills through involvement in a wide range of clubs and activities. Professionally, they develop further through internships and service opportunities at local businesses, nonprofits and community organizations. Many go beyond the city to study and experience life and learning abroad.


Personalized Learning Seattle University’s small class sizes create an atmosphere of collaboration and personal attention, with a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

Top Ranked In U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 “Best Colleges” guide, Seattle University is ranked among the top 10 best regional colleges and universities in the West.

High-tech Labs Our students learn by doing and by engaging in real-world settings. The College of Nursing’s $3.1 million, 20,000-square-foot Clinical Performance Lab (left) has simulators that mimic real clinical experiences.

A Diverse, Engaging Classroom For students to discover what they want to make of their lives, they need to be engaged—involved, interested, passionate, energized, excited. Liftoff starts in the classroom. Classes are small and taught by professors; deep learning is active and focused. Humanities courses incorporate the students’ experiences, beliefs and values. In the sciences, professors anticipate challenges and guide students through roadblocks to understanding the material and becoming stronger, more conceptual learners. Ultimately, students integrate the intellectual, theoretical, practical and experiential.

Charles Tung—Assistant Professor, English “The good thing about the classroom experience at Seattle University is that students are not just subjected to knowledge dumps, lectures and spoon-feeding. They’re encouraged to get out on the court and start swinging their minds.” Fun fact: With David Neel in mathematics, Tung developed experimental pairing of classes on rational inquiry and problem solving. Tung’s class uses detective novels.

The University Core Curriculum Considered the very “core” of undergraduate experience, this sequence of small, rigorous courses carefully balances enduring, time-tested wisdom with cutting-edge new developments across disciplines. Seminars built around faculty research passions give students opportunities to dive deeply into important questions alongside their professors while developing valuable knowledge, skills, values and habits of mind.

Building Cultural Competency The Seattle University learning environment is ideal for building cultural competency— the ability to effectively work with people of different backgrounds and perspectives. SU is noteworthy for having a high percentage of women who teach in the sciences and business, exposing students to different styles of leadership. Our student body is the most diverse in the Northwest, with students from across the United States, all economic backgrounds, different ethnicities and cultures, and many nations. This diversity and focus on teamwork hones the collaborative skills that are key to being competitive and integral to professional development. 11

Citizens of the World Seattle University students learn to collaborate across borders, a must in our complex, interconnected world. You have an internationally based curriculum, a diverse student body, culturally themed housing and programs, and a multitude of education abroad opportunities. These education abroad programs cover many majors and offer field work, language immersion, service and major-oriented learning.

Going Far Rosie Peterson, ’12 (Psychology), studied at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain. The photo was taken by Brenna Cole, ’12 (International Studies), as both students visited a memorial for victims of the 2004 terrorist attacks in the Atocha Renfe Metro Station. The photo received an honorable mention in the 2011 Imagining the World Photo Competition headed by the College of Arts and Sciences.


International Development Internship Program Our International Development Internship Program (IDIP) embodies the Jesuit emphasis on social justice as well as the importance of global awareness. The program places students as interns in non-governmental organizations such as Catholic Relief Services and CARE in Asia, Africa and Latin America. This three quarter academic program promotes global citizenship and demonstrates how individuals can influence their own futures—both professionally and personally. Past placements include Nicaragua, Thailand, South Africa, Ghana and India.

Ireland–Writers Workshop, Irish Literary Landscapes Students in Dublin and Galway experience Irish language, culture and literary landscape. Past Washington Poet Laureate Sam Green co-teaches the class.

Destination: The World A survey of peer institutions ranked SU students near the top in their “desire to understand, appreciate and accept differences among cultures and to produce a positive outcome from intercultural interactions."

French in France Students earn a French minor or work toward a French major with a Seattle University professor at the University Center for French Studies, University of Grenoble.

Mexico–Latin American Studies Complete two years of Spanish language in six months with SU faculty on the beautiful Puebla campus of Universidad Iberoamericana, a Jesuit university of 5,000 students.

Costa Rica–Biology 101 for Non-majors, in the Tropical Rainforest Students in the lab portion of a spring class spend two weeks exploring ecology, botany and global environmental topics in the “lungs of the earth,” the tropical rainforest.


Education Abroad More than 500 Seattle University students study abroad in some 45 countries every year. Summer Courses After a spring quarter on campus, students go abroad for faculty-led study in the field in... China–Language Studies in Suzhou Earn up to 15 college credits for a Chinese minor at Seattle University while enjoying the ancient city of Suzhou, an ideal site for studies on traditional Chinese thinking as reflected in the arts and culture.

Morocco and Jordan Morocco and Jordan are two of the scores of countries where students can study through partnerships with several SU-approved programs.

Japan–Sophia University Exchange Program In Japan, students study Japanese and take courses from a range of disciplines, most taught in English, at a Jesuit university.

India–The Calcutta Experience SU’s student-run Calcutta Club prepares students to work with the poor in Calcutta for up to six months. (Non-credit program)

Australia–Marine Biology and Ecology in Perth Perth, the state capital of western Australia, is one of three cities in Australia—and dozens around the world—where Seattle University partners with the Council for International Educational Exchange.

Austria Belize China Costa Rica England France Ghana Iceland India Ireland Italy Japan Korea Nicaragua South Africa Vietnam Quarterly to Year-long Programs SU directly administers several programs abroad, maintaining all financial aid, including institutional scholarships in... Austria China Denmark Ecuador France Ghana Japan Korea Mexico Spain Sweden International Development Internship (IDIP) » 15

Values for Life Seattle University’s values-oriented education cultivates personal growth and a sense of community among its students.

Your Personal Best At Seattle University, your success is gauged in academic excellence, both personal growth and professional development. SU prides itself on the less tangible measures of success—personal wholeness, including spirituality, an ability to think critically, to work with and lead others, to assess and articulate values and to develop a worldview informed by a global perspective. Such things are measured over the range of a lifetime and are evident in the richness of friendships and family life, community, in the ability to empathize with the less fortunate, to help those in need and to make the world a better place. Seattle University prepares you for a full and fulfilling life.

Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Commission On Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

ABET, formerly Accreditation Board For Engineering and Technology

Council on Social Work Education

American Bar Association

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Association of Theological Schools

AACSB International–Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

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Resources for Success Albers Placement Center This center brings students together with the business community and runs a mentorship program that helps business students interact with upper level executives from leading Puget Sound companies and organizations. » placementcenter

Career Services The university’s central facilitator of career and professional opportunities helps with career decisions, professional formation and networking among thousands of alumni and other contacts. »

Project Center This joint effort of the College of Science and Engineering and the Albers School of Business and Economics links small teams of students with companies and nonprofit organizations to work on year-long projects. »

Writing Center Your writing ability will be one of your most fundamental skills for a lifetime. The Writing Center has more than 20 consultants to work closely on all projects, across all disciplines.

Competitive Edge Hundreds of students, alumni and employers take part in many networking events at SU to improve their networking skills and advance their careers. Students also work on real-world problems for local organizations through the Project Center, a joint effort of the College of Science and Engineering and the Albers School of Business and Economics.


Learning Center Work with a learning specialist to learn how to improve the results of your study efforts. Learn techniques to manage time and the demands of your classes, ways to get more from your reading, techniques for effective review, and methods of study for specific subjects. » learningassistance

Media Production Center Students can use the newest stateof-the-art multimedia equipment and software for academic and personal projects. The MPC includes a recording studio, editing rooms and a film screening room. » 18

Fostering Community Rebecca Recinos, '12, major: liberal studies A San Francisco native, Rebecca was drawn to SU for its urban setting, Jesuit mission of social justice, small class sizes and dedicated professors. Her passion for community service was recognized by SU's Center for Service and Community Engagement with a Spirit of Community Award in 2011. “I have volunteered at various preschools near campus and at the nonprofit organization Childhaven. My introduction to and continuous involvement with the Center has helped me foster community on and off campus," she says.

Academic Excellence To prepare students for success in the classroom and in their professional lives, Seattle University offers rigorous, balanced academic programs, solid service and internship experiences. Global education opportunities prepare students for work in international settings. Career Services helps students develop work strategies such as networking, and the online Redhawk Network connects students and alumni with employment, internship and networking opportunities.

Ed Charlesworth, '14, double major: chemistry, mathematics “Small class sizes and professor accessibility mean that you can develop your knowledge and wisdom much more deeply. Undergraduate research here is really easy to participate in and really helpful to your education. If you’re willing to make the stretch (or build a ladder) to pluck opportunity off the tree, going to SU will give a fruitful harvest for your education.”

Real World Experience Half of SU's undergraduates have at least one internship, where they gain valuable experience in fields that include nursing, communications, criminal justice, accounting, psychology, fine arts and drama, environmental studies and more. Career Services works to match students from all majors to the most appropriate internships with some 200 businesses and nonprofits in Seattle, including: News Talk 97.3 KIRO FM


Seattle Art Museum


International Sustainable Institute

Seattle Mariners

Anacortes School District Army Corps of Engineers The Boeing Company Cooperativa Martin-Baro Costco Wholesale Eddie Bauer FEMA Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

KEXP 90.3 FM Macy’s McKinstry Merrill Lynch Microsoft Mirabella

The Seattle Times Starbucks Coffee Company U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell U.S. Senator Patty Murray WashPIRG Wing Luke Asian Museum Weyerhaeuser

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Notable Alumni Jim Whittaker, ’52 Biology First American to summit Mt. Everest Former CEO and President, REI

The network of Seattle University's more than 69,000 alumni covers every state and reaches into nearly 77 nations. Here are some of those alumni. Mohamed Ali Alabbar, ’81 Finance Chairman Emaar Properties Dubai UAE Tom Campion, ’70 Political Science Co-owner, Zumiez Dorene Centioli-McTigue, ’65 Journalism Co-founder, Pagliacci Pizza General Peter Chiarelli, ’72 Political Science Four-star general and Vice chief of staff, U.S. Army Katherine Zappone, ’76 Theology & Religious Studies Member of Irish Parliment

Stephanie Lum, ’98

Sean Pamell, '87 School of Law Governor of Alaska, 2009 - Present

Journalism News anchor, Honolulu, Hawaii

Carolyn Kelly, ’85 MBA President and Chief Operating Officer, The Seattle Times Stan McNaughton, ’74 Business President and CEO, Pemco Dino Rossi, ’82 Business Management State Senator, WA Dr. Chung-Jen K. Tan, ’63 Electrical Engineering Chief developer IBM “Deep Blue” chess computer

Elgin Baylor, ’59 NBA Hall of Famer

Anita Crawford-Willis, ’82, ’86 JD Political Science Administrative law judge SU regent (ex officio) Alexis Wolfe, ’02 Spanish/Photography Photographer and author Emerald City Hip-Hop Duff McKagan Business Guns 'N Roses & Velvet Revolver Bassist


Academic Success Many students receive post-graduate fellowships, a powerful indicator of Seattle University’s prestige and academic excellence. Here are some of the past recipients:

Michelle de Vera, ’12 Economics and Spanish Fulbright Bi-National Business Grant (Mexico)

Logan McDonald, ’14 Political Science and Philosophy David L. Boren (NSEP) Scholarship (Nigeria)

Andrew Battaglia, ’13 Philosophy and English Literature Fulbright Scholar (Germany)

Robin Pendery, ’14 International Business Critical Language Scholarship (Turkey)

Conor Fitzpatrick, ’13 History and German Fulbright Scholar (Germany)

Alyssa Coke, ’12 Anthropology Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (Germany)

Aerica Banks, ’10 Environmental Studies Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, Gilman Scholarship (Japan)

Caroline Sibila, ’12 English-Creative Writing Gilman Scholarship (Japan)

Kevin Eggers, ’11 Philosophy Truman Scholar

Ed Charlesworth, ’14 Chemistry Research Internship in Science and Engineering Scholarship (Germany)

Olivia Gibbons, ’13 Spanish and International Studies Fulbright Scholar (Mexico)

Aaron Klingensmith, ’12 Mathematics Math for America Fellowship

Sophia Sanders, ’11 Humanities for Teaching Fulbright Scholar (Kenya)

Danielle Guyer, ’12 International Studies and Biology Critical Language Scholarship (Turkey)

Kyle Richardson, ’13 Political Science William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship (Dubai)

Matthew Chesnut, ’14 International Studies and Economics David L. Boren (NSEP) Scholarship (Tanzania)

Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships Seattle University’s Office of Fellowships excels in assisting students with some of the nation’s most prestigious postgraduate scholarships. » Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The most prestigious academic award for undergraduates preparing for careers in public service. Seattle University has had eight Truman scholars in as many years, a distinction shared by only 14 other schools. J. William Fulbright Scholarship

The largest government-funded scholarship, best known for “scholar ambassadors” who increase mutual understanding around the world. Nationally, Seattle University is a top producer of Fulbright scholars, with as many as four a year and at least one every year for the past nine years. Morris K. Udall Scholarship

Awarded for careers in the environment and to Native American and Alaska Native students aspiring to careers in tribal public policy. Seattle University had two recipients in 2009. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Students pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Seattle University has had three recipients and an honorable mention in the past. Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program

Students attend summer workshops at Princeton, Berkeley and other leading universities with an eye toward careers in public or international affairs.

Seattle University is on the Chronicle of Higher Education's list of "Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars" and has eight Truman Scholars in the last eleven years. 21

Urban Oasis Seattle University is at the center of Seattle's diverse fabric of neighborhoods, cultures and experiences.


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SU students have ready-made internship opportunities and employment contacts in hundreds of Seattle-area firms and nonprofits.


Welcome to the Neighborhood SU students are urban citizens and view the neighborhood as an extension of the campus. Students who live off campus find myriad housing options within a few blocks.



Water View The study lounge and upper floors of Campion Hall have breathtaking views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains and Puget Sound.




Capitol Hill Capitol Hill is a visitor destination and a daily part of SU life. Students routinely soak up the ambience of Broadway, where you can shop for vintage clothes, eat at numerous restaurants and take in live music at one of many concert venues.






Take a Break Seattle University’s elegantly landscaped grounds offer a variety of places to study, reflect and hang out with friends.

Eat Well Students find food and dining options across campus, and Seattle University's food service is nationally recognized for flexible options, fresh ingredients, customer service and a commitment to social responsibility. The largest dining area, Cherry Street Market, is in the spacious, light-filled Student Center. Âť

Live Well On-campus students can choose from 11 different learning community themes throughout eight separate residences. Every first year student and many second year students have the opportunity to participate in one of these engaging groups. Âť

An Engaged Community From the moment they arrive on campus, Seattle University students start making friends for life. The forging of friendships is one of many benefits of living on campus, where daily interactions build a close-knit community and help you make the most of your SU experience. Nine out of 10 freshmen live on campus and are guaranteed on-campus housing their first two years. They enjoy a whirlwind of activities, from midnight card games and movie nights to open mic performances and lively discussions. Living on campus provides lasting experiences and memories.

Commuter and Transfer Student Life Collegia is a national award-winning program that offers welcoming, home-like environments where commuter and transfer students can meet, study and relax between classes. Small kitchens, comfy sofas, reading lamps, study tables, computers, printers and even access to snacks help offcampus students stay connected and involved in campus life.

Live Your Passion All of SU’s incoming freshmen live in Learning Communities (LCs) that link their interests to their living environment. These LC themes include: Faith and the Great Ideas An Academic Residential Community devoted to great thinkers, writers and artists from ancient, medieval and modern times.

Millie Bown Russell Leadership & Social Change Residents focus on the university’s mission of “empowering leaders for a just and humane world.”

Creative Arts Participants explore ways in which the arts may be used as an agent for change and as an expression for social justice

Xavier Global House Students pursue the Jesuit value of a global perspective in five different communities built around languages, global affairs and culture.

Earth and Society Budding engineers, scientists, writers, philosophers, theologians and more explore possibilities for creating a healthy and sustainable environment.


Happening Place Life on campus and nearby Capitol Hill is an ever-changing buffet of events, social activities and serendipity.

Teamwork SU students often work in teams, building community and collaborative skills essential to the contemporary workplace.

Members of the Hui O’ Nani Hawai’i student club put on an annual luau in the Campion Ballroom. Many students walk or bike in Seattle, a pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city. Seattle University hosts its annual Quadstock music fest each spring. Students also have fun outside the classroom with activities like frisbee on The Green.


Join the Club—or Start One Improvisational theater, knitting, international business or cheering on the Redhawks are some of the dozens of clubs at SU. Students have created clubs for community service, cultural heritage, professional development, recreation and more. »

Division I Seattle University's teams play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I, the highest level of competition. »

Division I Teams Baseball Basketball–Men/Women Cross-country–Men/Women Golf–Men/Women Rowing-Women Soccer–Men/Women Softball Swimming–Men/Women Tennis–Men/Women Indoor and outdoor Track and Field–Men/Women Volleyball 28

An Active Campus The Jesuit belief in developing the whole person carries over into support for recreational and athletic activities. Facilities and programs foster a variety of opportunities that promote community, renew spirits and educate in the broader context. Seattle University offers more than 30 different intramural sports activities, plus 15 club sports, including baseball, cheerleading, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, kayaking, crew and marksmanship. The Outdoor and Adventure Recreation program offers students trail, climbing, snow, water, cycling and service activities around the Pacific Northwest each quarter.

Melissa Ettman, ’11, double major: political science, photography From Fayette, NY, Melissa came to SU for its urban location and emphasis on social justice."There is an incredible sense of community on campus," Ettman says. "Professors actually care about their students." Inspired by her study abroad experience and desire to help communities in the U.S., upon graduation Melissa embarked on a cross country trek, stopping to build houses with Habitat for Humanity along the way.

Through the recreational sports Leisure Education Program, students can relieve stress, lose weight or simply live healthier through classes such as aqua fitness, spinning, zumba and Pilates. During the program’s annual Anne Carragher Fitness & Wellness Challenge, students, staff and faculty compete over six weeks, earning points for healthy activities. Intercollegiate sports are a prominent part of campus life since SU joined the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I, the highest level of competition. The Seattle University women’s basketball team won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) regular season title in 2013, the team’s first year as a member of a NCAA Division I conference. The men’s basketball team is a particularly high-profile addition to the Northwest sports scene, with home games at KeyArena at Seattle Center.


Uniquely Seattle Seattle is unlike anywhere else. Sophisticated yet inclusive, global yet personal. Laid Back Seattle is known for its laid back, uncomplicated ease. The people are friendly, the neighborhoods eclectic and diverse, the city inviting.

Literate Seattle is consistently ranked as the most literate city in the country. It has more bookstores per capita and one of the most educated populations in the United States.


Breathable At SU, green initiatives—pesticide-free landscaping, on-campus composting, remotely adjusted heat and ventilation in classrooms—goes with the territory. Whether saving salmon or leading a national carbonreduction effort, Seattle’s environmental ethic runs deep.

International In 1962, Seattle launched itself into the modern world, hosting the World’s Fair at Seattle Center. The city is a hub of international trade, sitting closer to Asia than any major U.S. seaport. Several neighborhoods have powerful cultural identities, from Scandinavian Ballard to the Asian and African homes of the International District. One in six of the city’s residents is foreign born.

Creative Seattle has produced Grammy winner Quincy Jones, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation), the founder of Cranium games, and many authors and artists. It was also the home of the influential Grunge music movement of the '90s. It’s the wellspring of Microsoft, Boeing and medical brain trusts.

Active Which mountain range to hike in, Cascades or Olympics? Which body of water to boat in, Lake Washington, Lake Union or Puget Sound? The choices are plentiful, the outdoor beauty undeniable.


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THE CITY 1. Ginger Lime Restaurant 2. Molly Moon’s Ice Cream 3. Photographic Center NW 4. Stumptown Coffee 5. Cafe Presse 6. Elysian Brewpub 7. Piecora’s Pizza 8. Caffé Vita 9. Cupcake Royale 10. Jimi Hendrix Statue 11. Broadway Performance Hall 12. Egyptian Theater 13. Boom Noodle 14. Trader Joe’s 15. Bauhaus Books and Coffee 16. Swedish Medical Center First Hill

17. Frye Art Museum 18. Virginia Mason Medical Center 19. Washington State Convention Center 20. Paramount Theatre 21. Pacific Place Center/ Nordstrom 22. 5th Avenue Theatre 23. Blick Art Materials 24. Seattle Art Museum 25. Pike Place Market 26. Olympic Sculpture Park 27. Seattle Space Needle 28. EMP (Experience Music Project) 29. Seattle Center

30. Pacific Northwest Ballet 31. REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) 32. Dick’s Drive-In 33. Broadway Market 34. Elliott Bay Bookstore 35. Harvard Exit Theater 36. Seattle Asian Art Museum 37. Volunteer Park 38. Cal Anderson Park 39. Kingfish Cafe 40. NW Film Forum 41. Top Pot Donuts 42. Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill 43. Ba Bar Street Food & Cold Drink

4 4. Langston Hughes Cultural Center 45. Pratt Fine Arts Center 46. NAAM (Northwest African American Museum) 47. Safeco Field 48. CenturyLink Field 49. Blue C. Sushi 50. Wing Luke Asian Museum 51. ACT Theater 52. Skillet Diner 53. Seattle Public Library 54. Bluebird Homemade Ice Cream and Tea Room 55. Harborview Medical Center 56. Everyday Music

A City of Neighborhoods Seattle is a city of neighborhoods, varied, nuanced, accessible communities with distinct personalities. Seattle University straddles the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and First Hill, two vibrant areas that epitomize Seattle as an open-minded, progressive city. Capitol Hill and First Hill are popular spots for music and film offerings, vintage shops and food and coffee hangouts. SU students are an integral part of the neighborhood and see it as an extension of campus, swinging by Stumptown Coffee or Caffé Vita, hunting bargains at Value Village or running down Broadway for burgers and shakes at the famous Dick’s Drive-In. East and south of campus are some of the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the Northwest—the Central District, Little Ethiopia, Little Saigon and the International District. All are within strolling distance, as is downtown, Pioneer Square, CenturyLink Field—home of the Seahawks and Sounders FC soccer—and Safeco Field, where the Seattle Mariners play. The city’s neighborhoods are easily reached by buses that stop close to campus.

Robert Birungi, ’12, double major: French, international business From Kampala, Uganda, Robert sought a university to challenge his understanding of the world. The vibrant city and deep-rooted history of Jesuit education influenced his decision to come to SU.

"I find it comforting that students come from all walks of life and from various corners of the globe. There's a mix of cultures, perspectives and life experiences—these factors make for an exciting environment and education experience."

City of Character Seattle is entrepreneurial. This is evident with the homegrown success stories of Microsoft, Boeing, Nordstrom, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Bruce Lee, Eddie Bauer, REI, Costco, UPS and Starbucks. It is also the birthplace of the covered shopping mall, the author of the Dick and Jane book series and many "firsts," including the espresso cart, the stadium wave, the floating bridge, the gas station and the public golf course. 33

Cinematic and Literary Finds Seattle is home to many movie theaters and a major film festival— the Seattle International Film Festival. The downtown Seattle Public Library, designed by Rem Koolhaas, is another favorite place to pass the time in a city where bookstores—and readers—are ubiquitous.





Creative Impulses Seattle thrives on creativity. You can see it in Fremont's troll statue, the iconic Hammering Man outside the Seattle Art Museum and in Seattle's thriving music scene, which has produced bands like Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Fleet Foxes and Macklemore.

Cosmopolitan City Seattle is an international city; the immigrant population has grown 40 percent in the past decade. It’s also remarkably diverse: 17 percent Asian American, 10 percent African American, 7 percent Latino, 5 percent multicultural and 2 percent Native American. Seattleites have the distinction of buying more books and seeing more movies per capita than any other U.S. city. Moreover, Seattle has the most college graduates per capita. Enterprising, international, smart—a great formula for the city we think of as our learning laboratory.

Student Life Seattle University students blog about what it’s like to be here, providing a personal look at life on campus and around Seattle, and connect with other prospective SU students on Facebook. » »

City as Classroom Each quarter, hundreds of SU students take to the city’s streets, fields, forests, museums, theaters, hospitals and businesses as part of their educational experience. A history class uses a local European art exhibit as a course text. Fine arts classes incorporate opera, drama, ballet and other live art forms in the city’s remarkable venues. Accounting students help low-income clients prepare tax returns. Business statistics students compare organic produce prices at local farmers' markets and retail stores. In one year, service-learning classes alone can involve more than 200 different classes and students devote thousands of hours to service while earning credit. Come graduation, three of four Seattle University students have community service as part of their education. The service experience is powerful and transformative, a perfect chemistry of Seattle University, the city and what students aim for here.


Outdoor Excursions Seattle is a huge maritime town. Opening Day of boating season has one of the largest boat parades in the nation. Sailboats are a common sight on Lake Union.


Sports Town Seattle loves its sports, supporting home teams including the Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field, the Mariners at Safeco Field and the Seattle Storm WNBA team at KeyArena.

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Skiing is an equally popular pastime. Great snow and slopes are within an hour’s drive, at Snoqualmie Pass, Stevens Pass or Crystal Mountain.

Street Life Seattle’s temperate, maritime climate has residents getting out and about year-round. Pike Place Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operated farmers' market, is popular with locals and tourists as is the waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park. Coffeehouse Cool The city has numerous sidewalk cafes and coffeeshops throughout Capitol Hill, at nearby Madison Beach, on Lake Washington, Ballard, Fremont and downtown.

Visit SU A visit to Seattle University will help decide if it’s a good fit. You can tour the campus, attend classes, meet faculty, students and coaches, and speak with admissions and financial aid counselors.

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SU Profile FACTS


Jesuit Catholic One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. and more than 133 around the world

Albers School of Business and Economics Accounting; Business Administration; Business Economics; Economics, Finance; International Business; Management; Marketing

Faculty-to-student ratio: 1:13 740 total faculty Average class size: 20 Classes taught by professors: 100% Freshman retention rate: 87% Alumni Approximately 71,000 in all 50 states and 77 nations Tuition (2013–14) Full time: $35,865 Average room and board: $10,545 Merit- and need-based scholarships available University enrollment 7,484 Undergraduate: 4,589 Graduate: 1,933 Law: 962

Undergraduate profile 916 new freshmen 39% men; 61% women 52 states and territories and 89 nations represented 49% Caucasian 17% Asian/Pacific Islander 10% International students  9% Latino  4% African American  5% Two or More Races  6% Unknown NOTE: individuals can self-identify with more than one race or ethnicity and are counted within each group, which results in a total of more than 100%. Freshman class (middle 50%) GPA: 3.3–3.9 SAT math score: 540–640 SAT critical reading score: 530-640 SAT writing score: 530-630 ACT composite score: 24-29 40% from Washington state

College of Arts and Sciences Art History; Asian Studies; Communication Studies; Creative Writing; Criminal Justice Cultural Anthropology; Digital Design; English; Environmental Studies; Film Studies; French; History; International Studies; Journalism; Liberal Studies; Music; Philosophy; Photography; Political Science; Premajor (undecided); Psychology; Public Affairs; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Sport and Exercise Science; Strategic Communications; String Performance; Theatre; Theology and Religious Studies; Women and Gender Studies College of Nursing Nursing College of Science and Engineering Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Civil and Environmental Engineering; Computer Science; Computer Science – Business; Computer Science – Mathematics; Diagnostic Ultrasound; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Environmental Science; General Science; Mathematics; Mathematics – Applied; Mathematics – Pure; Mechanical Engineering; Physics Matteo Ricci College Humanities; Humanities for Leadership Studies; Humanities for Teaching GRADUATE PROGRAMS Albers School of Business and Economics Business Administration (MBA); Executive Leadership Certificate Program (ELP); Finance (MSF); Health Leadership Executive Business Administration (HLEMBA); International Business (MIB); Leadership Executive Business Administration (LEMBA); Professional

Accounting (MPAC); Post-Master’s Certificates; Juris Doctor / Master of Business Administration; Juris Doctor / Master of International Business; Juris Doctor / Master of Professional Accounting; Juris Doctor / Master of Science in Finance College of Arts and Sciences Arts Leadership (MFA); Criminal Justice (MACJ); Executive Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL); Psychology (MAP); Public Administration (MPA); Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL); Juris Doctor / Master of Public Administration; Juris Doctor / Master of Sport Administration and Leadership College of Education Adult Education and Training; Counseling; Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Administration; Educational Leadership (Doctoral Degree); Literacy for Special Needs; Program for New Principals; School Psychology; Special Education; Student Development Administration; Teacher Preparation (MIT); Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; Certificate programs College of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Geriatric Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Midwifery; Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion; Advanced Community Nursing/Public Health Nursing; Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) College of Science and Engineering Computer Science (MSCS); Software Engineering (MSE) School of Law Juris Doctor (JD) School of Theology & Ministry Divinity (MDIV); Pastoral Studies (MAPS); Pastoral Counseling (MAPC); Transformational Leadership (MATL); Transforming Spirituality (MATS); Juris Doctor / Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership



• Three out of four students engage in community service • More than 500 students study abroad in 45 countries each year • Eight SU students in the past ten years have received the Truman Scholarship, a distinction shared by few other universities in the nation To view the university's Common Data Set and other noteworthy statistics, visit

Early Action: November 15th (decisions mailed December 23rd) Regular Decision: January 15th (decisions mailed early March) FAFSA filing priority deadline: February 1st First year students receiving aid in 2012: 96% Seattle University is an exclusive member of the Common Application.

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2013-2014 Undergraduate Viewbook  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Viewbook  

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