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Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle University is a private not-for-profit institution. Seattle is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

195 Graduate Degrees
$43,190 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
74% Acceptance Rate

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Seattle University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Seattle U is ranked #100 out of 545 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Seattle U has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#58 Best Teaching Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Seattle U.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#7 Best Multilingual Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Teaching English or French Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Seattle University?

Location of Seattle University

Contact details for Seattle U are given below.

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

How Do I Get Into Seattle U?

You can apply to Seattle U online at:

Admission Requirements for Seattle U

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Seattle U?

74% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
50% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Seattle University is 74%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 73%.

Average Test Scores

About 50% 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 570 and 670. Math scores were between 560 and 660.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle University  ( 570 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 560 to 660 )
Seattle U received ACT scores from 49% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 23 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 28. Composite scores were between 24 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Seattle University  ( 23 to 31 )
ACT Math Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 28 )
ACT Composite Scores for Seattle University  ( 24 to 29 )

Can I Afford Seattle University?

$43,190 Net Price
64% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Seattle U is $43,190. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Seattle U, approximately 64% of students took out student loans averaging $7,521 a year. That adds up to $30,084 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Seattle U is 1.9%. 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.

Seattle University Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,410 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
44% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,633 undergraduate students at Seattle U, with 4,410 being full-time and 223 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Seattle U

There are also 2,566 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,410 full-time undergraduates at Seattle U, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Seattle U

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Seattle University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Seattle U Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 813
Black or African American 135
Hispanic or Latino 561
White 1,761
International Students 488
Other Races/Ethnicities 652

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Seattle University. At this time, 36 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 72 countries are represented at Seattle U. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Seattle University

38 Took All Classes Online
224 Took At Least One Class Online
661.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 224 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Seattle U has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 14th most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Seattle U

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Seattle University was 661.5%. This is the #59 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Seattle U regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Seattle U majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Multicultural Education 44%
Multilingual Education 44%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Seattle U ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Seattle U.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Multilingual Education #1
Multicultural Education #1
Adult & Continuing Education #1
Teacher Education Grade Specific #8

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Seattle University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education 0 73 0 73
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0 31 0 31
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 23 0 23
College Student Counseling & Personnel Services 0 19 0 19
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 5 8 13
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 10 0 11
Multicultural Education 0 9 0 9
Teacher Development & Methodology 0 6 0 6
General Special Education 0 4 0 4
Adult & Continuing Education 1 3 0 4
Other Educational Administration & Supervision 0 0 1 1
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 0 0 1 1
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0
Biology Education 0 0 0 0
Chemistry Education 0 0 0 0
Mathematics Education 0 0 0 0
Physics Education 0 0 0 0
Reading Teacher Education 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 2 183 10 195


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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