Seattle University Facts

Top Rankings

Seattle University has consistently ranked among top universities academically by the Wall Street Journal and Princeton Review, as well for sustainability by Sierra and the Princeton Review. See the full rankings.

Enrollment (Fall quarter 2020)

  • 7,050 students: 4,299 undergraduate students, 2,751 graduate students, and 725 law students
  • 95% of undergraduate students attend full-time
  • 44% of undergraduate students are from Washington state
  • 42.4% of all students are from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • 10.5% are international students

Average Class Size

  • 18 students, all classes taught by faculty
  • Faculty to student ratio: 1 to 11

Academic Programs

Seattle University offers an extensive array of programs: eight colleges and schools offer more than 120 undergraduate, graduate, and 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 90,000 alumni in 98 countries. Seventy percent have remained in Washington, contributing to the state economy and talent pool after graduation.

Financial Assistance (Fall 2019)

Undergraduate Student Aid

Undergraduates with aid: 92.4%
Average aid awarded per undergraduate recipient: $31,788

Graduate Student Aid

Non-law graduates with aid: 69.7%
Average aid awarded per non-law recipient: $21,036

Law School Student Aid

Law students with aid: 92.7%
Average aid awarded per law student: $49,193

Financial (Fiscal Year 2018)

  • Operating budget: $210.1 million
  • Total payroll: $106.5 million