For the 16th year running, the Princeton Review has recognized Seattle University as one of the best colleges in the nation for undergraduate education, according to its latest edition of the Best 384 Colleges 2019. The university also was called out in the guide’s categories for “Best Western” and “Green Colleges,” as well as in its subcategory of “Political Awareness” of its students.
Seattle U’s detailed profile for prospective students is available here in the online version of the guide.
In the guide, students comment about academics, student life and the student body. They cite the university’s highly regarded academic offerings and Jesuit philosophy. Students also gave high marks to the value of Seattle U’s Core Curriculum and “dynamic professors who ensure students have a chance not only to digest and memorize the information but also to critically think about it and discuss different viewpoints.” Comments also spoke to this university’s commitment to social justice issues being “more than just rhetoric.”
Overall students feel the university “is about finding community in a large city and being able to discuss and have deep meaningful conversations about the issues we encounter in our everyday lives.” They also report that peers are “creative, insightful and dedicated to making their educational experience unique and personal. Community is strongly felt amongst students and staff.”
Students also noted Seattle U’s urban location, the importance of sustainability and the high quality of campus food offerings.
The Princeton Review does not assign an overall rank to the colleges that make up the Best 384 but does provide a variety of other measures in the individual profiles. It compiles its information from surveys of 138,000 students (average 359 per campus) attending the colleges featured in the guidebook during the 2017-18 academic year and/or the previous two academic years. The survey asks respondents 84 questions covering a range of topics including campus life, academics, administration and the student body.