Academics

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Rank Seattle U in Top 15 Percent of All Universities

WSJ & THE 2020 College Rankings

The 2020 college rankings placed Seattle U in Top 15 percent of all universities in the nation by moving up to #113 from #148. Seattle U ranked #21 among 122 universities in the West.

17th Year in a Row: The Princeton Review Best Colleges 2020

The Princeton Review - The 385 Best Colleges 2020

For 17 years running, the Princeton Review has recognized Seattle University as one of the best colleges in the nation for undergraduate education. The university also was called out as a “Best Western” college, as well as in its subcategory of “Political Awareness” of its students. View Princeton Review's detailed profile of Seattle U for prospective students here.

Several Top Programs in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020”

US News and World Report National Universities 2020

Seattle U was included in the national university category for the first time after being ranked consistently in the Top 10 in the West regional category by U.S. News & World Report. With the new ranking, Seattle U is tied for #139 among all national universities. U.S. News also recognized the university in several specialty rankings:

  • Tied for #5 in service learning.
  • Tied for #26 in best undergraduate engineering programs.
  • Tied for #128 of undergraduate business programs.
  • The finance and accounting programs were tied for #24 and #40, respectively.
  • Tied for #49 for best undergraduate teaching.
  • #85 in best value schools.
  • The university was also noted for campus ethnic diversity and most international students.

Several Top 30 Programs in U.S. News & World Report “Best Graduate Schools 2020”

Best Grad Schools U.S. News and World Report 2020

Graduate programs in business and law continue to be among the best such programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2020” ranking. Three Albers School of Business and Economics programs are included in the rankings:

  • The Executive MBA program is ranked #17 in the nation and is the top-ranked EMBA program in the Northwest and fourth highest on the West Coast.
  • The accounting program is ranked #24 in the nation and #2 in the Northwest.
  • The finance program is ranked #28 in the nation and #2 in the Northwest.

The three highly-ranked School of Law programs are:

College Factual 2020: Seattle U is in the Top 15% of schools nationally

College Factual’s 2020 college rankings place Seattle U in the Top 5 of all Washington schools and in the Top 15 percent nationally. Among Seattle U’s academic programs, College Factual noted:

  • Criminal justice and nursing are in the Top 5% nationally
  • Graduates from the international business, computer science and information sciences and liberal arts programs were in the Top 5% nationally for highest pay.
  • Several programs were ranked in the Top 10% and 15% in the U.S.

Seattle U is Consistent “Best and Most Interesting” School: Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020 edition

Fiske Guide to Colleges 2020 edition

Seattle University is again featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The selective guide highlights the “best and most interesting schools” in the U.S. “With its emphasis on the liberal arts, civic engagement and Jesuit principles, Seattle U affords students an experience that focuses on educating the entire person. The university’s Jesuit tradition guarantees a nurturing environment and student growth both academically and in community service.”

Seattle U is a College of Distinction

Colleges of Distinction 2020-2021 badge

Seattle University is recognized by the 2020-21 Colleges of Distinction for its commitment to engaged, experiential education. Colleges of Distinction universities distinguish themselves through their dedicated focus on the undergraduate experience. Seattle U has excelled at having students graduate and enter the workforce with solid, well-developed critical thinking skills as well as the ability to adapt in an ever-changing society. Seattle U also received specialized recognition for its Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing academic programs and for its work in career development, equity and inclusion and support for veterans.

Seattle U is on the Transfer Student Program Honor Roll

Phi Theta Kappa Seal Transfer Honor Roll 2018

The national honor society Phi Theta Kappa has recognized Seattle University among four-year institutions for its work to attract and support community college transfer students. Seattle U was the only university in the Pacific Northwest and one of only two on the West Coast to be included in the 2018 “Transfer Honor Roll.”

Seattle U is a Military Friendly® University

Military Friendly 2017

Victory Media has recognized Seattle University as a Military Friendly® School in its 2018-19 listing of colleges and universities nationwide. The designation is reserved for higher education institutions that exhibit leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students.

Renowned Sport Business Graduate Program

SportBusiness International ranks Seattle University’s master in sport business leadership program, in the Albers School of Business and Economics, in the Top 40 for the U.S. in 2017.