College of Arts and Sciences
About the College

Fast Facts, 2014-15

  • Dean

    David V. Powers


    Largest college at Seattle University
    Undergraduate: 1884
    Graduate: 413

    Class Size

    Average: 20 students
    Faculty-to-student ratio: 1:14


    (2013-14 data)

    Total faculty: 325
    Full-time: 176
    Part-time: 149
    Tenured/Tenure Track faculty: 121
    Endowed Chairs: 3
    Faculty exchanges and research grants available

    Undergraduate Education

    42 undergraduate majors
    37 undergraduate minors

    Recent National Student Awards

    (past 6 years)

    5 Truman Scholars
    7 Fulbright Scholars
    #1 Army ROTC unit in U.S. (2010)
    2 Presidential Management Scholars

    Core Curriculum

    Required of all SU undergraduate students; additional requirements for Arts and Sciences majors

    • Elective specializations
      • Core Honors, a three-year program by invitation only
      • Diversity, Citizenship, and Social Justice
      • Faith and Great Ideas  

    Extracurricular Activities

    12 student clubs/ academic societies
    Debate Team 
    Writing Center 
    Fragments, student literary journal 
    Model UN 
    Student Executive Council 
    Graduate Student Advisory Council 

    Internships/Independent Study 

    • Dean’s Research Fellowships and other fellowships available for summer and academic year
    • For-credit independent study
    • For-credit, unpaid, and paid internships in community organizations

    International Components 

    • Top-ranked university for faculty-led study-abroad courses
    • College-approved study-abroad programs in 25 countries, including Ghana, India, China, and Japan
    • Global Awareness Program concentration for students in any major in any college
    • Financial support for student engagement in international education
    • International student and faculty exchanges
    • International scholars program
    • Annual International Opportunities Fair and Imagining the World: Study Abroad and International Student Photo Competition  

    Graduate Education 

    MFA in Arts Leadership (MFA)
    MA in Criminal Justice (MACJ)
    Joint Criminal Justice/Law degree (MACJ/JD)
    Crime Analysis Certificate Program (CACP), online only
    Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL)
    Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    MA in Psychology (MAP)
    Master of Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL)
    Joint Sport Administration and Leadership/Law degree (MSAL/JD)  


    Undergraduate tuition: $37,485 (plus room and board) 
    Graduate tuition: $664 - $714 per credit hour 

    Financial Assistance

     (2013-14 data)

    • Undergraduate aid 
      • Average award: $25,074 
      • Students receiving aid from all sources: 87.6%      
    • Graduate aid
      • Average award: $21,675
      • Students receiving aid from all sources: 68.8% 

    Seattle University Fact Sheet 

    Revised January 2015