About Albers

The Albers School of Business and Economics is at the Pigott Building in Seattle University

Academic excellence + values-driven education

Located in the heart of Seattle, the Albers School of Business and Economics has a reputation as one of the premier business schools in the Northwest. Both its undergraduate and graduate programs are consistently ranked among the best in the country.

  • Location. Albers’ central location in Capitol Hill puts it in the heart of Seattle’s thriving business community. Some of the nation’s largest companies are headquartered in the Seattle area, including Amazon, Starbucks, Microsoft, Boeing, PACCAR, and more. Students benefit from the school’s deep business connections through mentorships, internships, guest speakers, real business projects, and employment opportunities.
  • Small class sizes. Albers' class sizes ensure that a student is never just a number. Low student-to-faculty ratios allow students to build close relationships with professors and peers who support them throughout their careers. The average class size at Seattle University is 18 students, with a faculty to student ratio of 1 to 11.
  • Values-driven education. For over 70 years, Albers has championed the responsibility of business to create a better society. Students are taught to be leaders who are committed to making a difference above and beyond the bottom line.

History

The first business degrees were granted by Seattle College in 1937 and in 1947 the School of Commerce and Finance was established. The undergraduate degree program was accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1965. The MBA program began in 1967 and, one year later, the name of the school was changed to the School of Business.

In 1976, the school was renamed the Albers School of Business, to honor Eva Albers, a generous donor to Seattle University, and her husband George, a local business pioneer. The naming was in recognition of their support for the university and their work in the community. Later, their daughter, Genevieve Albers, who took an accounting course in the School of Commerce and Finance, befriended the business school more specifically, with a gift of $8.4 million in 2002.

In 1980, the MBA program was accredited by AACSB. In 1990, the school's name was changed to the Albers School of Business and Economics.

The photo above shows students with adding machines in 1963. Picture courtesy of the Lemieux Library.

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