About Seattle University

Seattle University Facts

  • President

    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 2015)

    • 7,405 students: 4,712 undergraduate students, 1,981 graduate students, and 712 law students
    • 95% of undergraduate students attend full-time
    • 33% of first-year students are from Washington state
    • 33% of all students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
    • 10% 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: eight 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 (2011-2012)

    Undergraduate Student Aid

    Number of undergraduates with aid: 4,019 (86.8%)
    Average aid awarded per undergraduate recipient: $23,718

    Graduate Student Aid

    Number of non-law graduates with aid: 1,504 (70.6%)
    Average aid awarded per non-law recipient: $20,032

    Law School Student Aid

    Number of law students with aid: 929 (92.9%)
    Average aid awarded per law student: $46,214


    • Operating budget: $190 million
    • Total payroll: $92 million