Seattle University is a Jesuit, Catholic institution nationally recognized for its academic excellence, service to community and social justice.
The university’s mission is to educate the whole person, to professional formation, and to empower leaders for a just and humane world.
Classes at SU have a faculty-to-student ratio of 1 to 13 and an average class size of 25.
Vicky Minderhout, Ph.D. was named Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.
SU consistently ranks in the top 10 U.S. News and World Report list of America’s best regional universities and colleges in the West.
SU has Washington state’s most racially and ethnically diverse undergraduate population. The university draws students from every state and 89 nations.
The university’s eight colleges and schools provide more than 3,000 classes in 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs taught by highly accomplished scholar-educators. SU students have a strong track record of achieving academic honors: two Rhodes Scholars, 21 Fulbright Scholars, 14 Truman Scholars and four Udall Scholars.
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PARTNERS FOR PROGRESS A REPORT ON THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT OF SEATTLE UNIVERSITY
Achieving national recognition
Founded in 1891, Seattle University serves as an economic Internships Support Students and Employers
engine for the city and region.
PARTNERING WITH OTHERS in Service
“An excellent school becomes great.” — Seattle Times
More than 100 Seattle-area employers
Located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, SU
partner with the university to provide
in 2011 employed 1,446 people. The university’s $92 million
internships for students. Employers include
payroll supported 725 full and part-time faculty and nearly as many staff. The direct and indirect benefits of university
The Boeing Company, Costco Wholesale, World Affairs Council, Expeditors
In Fiscal Year 2011, Seattle University’s regional economic impact:
In 2012, the White House honored Seattle University with a Presidential Award, the highest recognition from the federal government to a college or university for its community service. The hub of this work is SU’s Center for Service and Community Engagement. Through sustained community partnerships, the center deepens student learning, creates a culture of
($34 million capital investment is included in this figure.)
Payroll of $92 million
*This figure is drawn from total spending by the university, its students and campus visitors and takes into account a ripple effect, as dollars are re-spent throughout the Puget Sound region.
PREPARING SKILLED LEADERS FOR THE NEW ECONOMY
Top 20 BEST COLLEGES
FOR PUBLIC GOOD
SU is in the top 10 Peace Corps rankings of high-producing colleges and universities. Twenty-one SU alumni are currently in the Peace Corps and 342 have served since the agency was founded in 1961.
The Princeton Review, in its 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges, ranked SU among the top 20 universities in the nation for its “Town Gown Relations” (how well students interact with community).
In 2011, SU ranked ninth in the nation among master’s universities by Washington Monthly for contributions to the public good.
International and Weyerhaeuser.
expenditures create thousands of jobs around Puget Sound.
ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL IMPACT
CREATING JOBS AND INVESTING IN COMMUNITY
service and promotes social justice. More than 4,500 students, faculty and staff volunteer or
participate in service-learning courses that involve such programs as early learning, tutoring, mentoring, health education and tax and legal assistance.
Leading in Sustainability
A Commitment to Youth
• All significant campus buildings in the past five years
SU alumni serve as entrepreneurs, CEOs, nonprofit, tech industry and global philanthropy leaders, governors, federal judges, clergy, military, educators and more. There’s even an alumna who is a member of the Irish Parliament.
More than 46,000 alumni— nearly 31,000 in King County alone—remain in Washington, where they contribute to the state’s economy.
The Seattle University Youth Initiative unites the
Winner of the Governor’s Award for Pollution Pre-
have been built to LEED Gold standards. Leadership
university and wider community in a pipeline of
vention and Sustainable Practices and Washington
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an
support for the success of young people starting
CEO Magazine’s Green Washington Award.
with pre-kindergarten and continuing through
• The campus has been maintained organically and
college. The Youth Initiative, which launched
without pesticides and herbicides since 1998.
in 2011, focuses on improving the academic
• In 2010, SU banned the sale of plastic bottled water
achievement of low-income youth in the Bailey Gatzert neighborhood, south of SU’s campus. Faculty, staff and students join with parents, the
FALL 2011 Undergraduate, Graduate and School of Law
60% of students are from Washington state 30% from culturally diverse groups 7% are international students
Three out of four SU undergraduate students engage in community service—that’s three times the national average. In all, SU students contribute about 200,000 hours annually, with an economic value of nearly $4.3 million.
international green building rating system.
City of Seattle, Seattle School District, foundations, faith communities and more than 50 community organizations in the Youth Initiative’s long-term commitment to build a better future for today’s children.
of campus buildings are carbon-neutral through energy efficiency, low-carbon energy sources, solar energy installations and carbon offsets. Nearly 60 percent of campus waste is composted, recycled or reused.