August 8, 2019
The Princeton Review continues to recognize Seattle University as one of the best colleges in the nation for undergraduate education, according to its latest edition of the Best 385 Colleges 2020. The university also is listed among the “Best Regional” universities in the guide, as well as in the 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.
The 2020 edition of the Princeton Review guide marks the 17th consecutive year that Seattle U has been featured.
In the guide, undergraduates 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 the Core Curriculum, commenting “often times the Core classes that they are required to take ended up being the most memorable classes.” The dynamic professors “ensure the students have a chance not only to digest and memorize the information but also a chance to critically think about it and discuss different viewpoints.” The university’s commitment to social justice is “more than just rhetoric.”
Overall, “students are creative, insightful and dedicated to making their educational experience unique and personal. Community is strongly felt among students and staff.” Seattle U is a place where “all faiths are not only accepted, but they are welcomed and encouraged.” Students also like the university’s urban location yet close proximity to mountains and waterways and appreciate the importance of sustainability in the campus culture. Seattle U is ranked #8 in Sierra magazine’s Cool Schools 2018 ranking and is #12 in the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges category.
The Princeton Review does not assign an overall rank to the colleges that make up the Best 385 guide but does provide a variety of other measures in the individual profiles. It compiles its information from surveys of 140,000 students who attend the colleges featured in the guidebook. The survey asks respondents 80 questions covering a range of topics including campus life, academics, administration and the student body. More about the methodology can be found here.
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