Service Learning

Seattle U Receives Top National Honors in Service

Seattle University consistently receives top national honors for community service. The White House bestowed its highest honor on Seattle University in 2012 in recognition of civic engagement, service learning and volunteerism. Seattle U was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, with distinction, in three of the past six years.

Seattle U tied for #5 in the nation in service learning in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2020” rankings.

Four out of five Seattle University students serve the community—that’s more than three times the national average. A major focus of service is the , which connects students, faculty and staff with schools and community partners to improve the academic achievement of low-income youth living in the neighborhood surrounding campus.

National Presidential Honors

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

2012: Received the Presidential Award, the U.S. government’s highest recognition for community service. Seattle U was:

  • One of five universities in the nation to receive the honor.
  • Only top university cited as a Promise Neighborhoods recipient for coordinated, wrap-around service that supports the educational and social needs of youth.

Seattle Times editorial called out the award writing, “Seattle University serves as a national example of the difference higher education can make on its neighbors.”