Seattle University Ranks Among Top For Community Engagement






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Date:           Jan. 6, 2011 

Contact:     Stacy Howard, Media Relations,        

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Seattle University Ranks Among Top For Community Engagement 
The Carnegie Foundation classifies SU as a leading institution in mission, culture and leadership 


SEATTLE, WA (JAN. 6, 2011) – Seattle University has been honored once again as one of the country’s best universities for community partnerships, with this week’s announcement of the institution’s inclusion in the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation. 

The new Carnegie national honor puts Seattle U in the company of other noted institutions such as Cornell, Rutgers, University of Southern California and Oregon State. Seattle U is one of three Washington universities in the ranking. The others are Western Washington University in Bellingham and Heritage University in Yakima. 

“Through a classification that acknowledges significant commitment to and demonstration of community engagement, the Foundation encourages colleges and universities to become more deeply engaged, to improve teaching and learning and to generate socially responsive knowledge to benefit communities,” said Carnegie President Anthony Bryk.  “We are very pleased with the movement we are seeing in this direction.” 

The Carnegie Classification is the most recent honor for Seattle U’s continuing community engagement. Last October, the university ranked #14 out of 373 universities on The Princeton Review’s list of best town-gown relations. The Princeton rankings are based entirely on student surveys from hundreds of campuses nationwide. 

“We’re honored by the recognition by the Carnegie Foundation and the Princeton Review, but it’s really recognition of the partnerships our students, faculty and staff have formed with nearly 100 organizations to make our community better, in our own backyard and in places around the world,” said Timothy Leary, executive vice president of Seattle University. “We’re looking to further expand that work with the forthcoming Seattle University Youth Initiative, a partnership to improve the success in schools for children south of our campus in the Bailey Gatzert area.”  

For more information about how Seattle University is connecting with the community, please view the following publications:  

Partners In Progress 

Community Connections 

The full list of institutions recognized by the Carnegie Foundation can be viewed at 




Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2011" ranks SU among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.