Center for Orientation and Transition Programs

Orientation: Summer in Seattle

  • We are delighted that you will join us at Seattle University, the largest independent university in the Pacific Northwest. We know that you and your family have many questions as you prepare for this transition. That's where the New Student & Family Programs Office comes in!

    All new first year students participate in our "Summer in Seattle" Orientation and fall Welcome Week to launch their educational careers at Seattle University. During Summer Orientation you will receive your fall quarter class schedule, learn about academic expectations, find out how to get involved on campus, receive your residence hall building assignment, learn about the special nature of a Jesuit education, meet your classmates and current students and have fun. We will also have a concurrent orientation program for families in the summer. Our Welcome Week in the fall will continue your transition to Seattle University with more activities designed to make you feel at home here.

    All first year students are required to attend a summer orientation session and stay in the residence halls while they are here, even if you will be commuting in the fall. Links to nearby hotels are listed here for family members.

    During Summer in Seattle, students will also receive their copy of this years' Academic Day book, The Lathe of Heaven. By: Ursula K. Le Guin.

    The book should be completed for Welcome Week in the Fall.

    Although a requirement, the Academic Day program offers students the opportunity to share their constructive opinions and passion for the subject matters within the book. It also helps establish an academic setting for students in their first week at Seattle University. Don't forget to read up and be ready to share your insights with the rest of the freshman class!

    All first year students are charged a one time $230 orientation fee.  This fee covers some of the cost associated with Summer in Seattle and Fall Welcome Week. The student charge will be included in the fall quarter bill.  The family fee of $70 per person will be paid prior to the Summer in Seattle session. The cost covers a portion of the meals and materials for the program.

    Center for Orientation and Transition Programs 
    Seattle University
    901 12th Ave., P.O. Box 222000
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Reminder Please Check your SU email regularly for information and correspondence!

    Please review the information on this website. It will answer many of your questions. Please feel free to contact the New Student & Family Programs with any additional questions at (206)296-2525 or email us at

    We look forward to meeting you soon. Welcome to SU!