College of Arts and Sciences
About the College

Fast Facts

  • Dean

    David V. Powers


    Largest college at Seattle University
    Undergraduate: 2041
    Graduate: 395

    Class Size

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

    Faculty (2013 data)

    Total faculty: 248
    Full-time: 180
    Part-time: 68
    Tenured/Tenure Track faculty: 120
    Endowed Chairs: 2
    Faculty exchanges and research grants available

    Undergraduate Education

    41 undergraduate majors
    36 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)
    Master of Nonprofit Leadership (MNPL)
    Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    Psychology (MA)
    Master of Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL)
    Joint Sport Administration and Leadership/Law (MSAL/JD) 

    Costs (2013-14)

    Undergraduate tuition: $35,865 (plus room and board)
    Graduate tuition: $651 - $700 per credit hour

    Financial Assistance (2012-13 data)

    • Undergraduate aid 
      • Average award: $24,920
      • Students receiving aid from all sources: 87.4%  
    • Graduate aid
      • Average award: $21,067
      • Students receiving aid from all sources: 69.2%

    Seattle University Fact Sheet 

    Revised February 13, 2014