Graduate Student Resources


Welcome graduate students and adult learners

Graduate students and adult learners are a vibrant part of the Seattle University community bringing to the campus important life experience that enhances the in and out of classroom experience for others.

Often, our graduate students and adult learners serve as a model for other students a strong commitment to their education, an ability to juggle a myriad of responsibilities, and a wisdom that comes from additional life experience. We understand that and offer a wide array of resources to make the return to school and navigating Seattle University a smooth experience. 

Seattle U uses the following markers to determine adult learners:

  • 25 years+ (some use 24+)

  • Married, have families, or are single parents

  • Working professionals (have not previously completed their degree)

  • Returning students (took a few years off of school)

of students pursue advanced degrees

In 2015, over 2.9 million students enrolled in a graduate program. At Seattle University, 26% of our student body is made of graduate students.

of students are over 25

According to a 2018 NCES study, the number of adult learners is projected to grow by 8% over the next 10 years.