You have a gift for bringing people together for everything from a study group to a men’s basketball game to a day of paddle boarding on Seattle’s Lake Union. Your SU backpack might contain lanyards from campus events, ticket stubs from local shows or notes from a Core class group project. You know your world is shaped by the people you meet in life. You are excited by the energy of a diverse urban campus in a city offering everything from entertainment to professional advancement and are ready to immerse yourself in a university that brings the city to your doorstep.
Seattle University’s Jesuit Catholic education is a great fit for someone like you who thrives on collaboration. You’ll find examples of teamwork across all majors—whether it’s engineering students building bridges overseas or senior business students mentoring first-year students. In fact, all classes—from social work to criminal justice to the Core Curriculum—will allow you to engage with your classmates in dialogue. You’ll become a critical thinker and connect your insights with the needs of the world at large.
Connecting with Seattle U’s Jesuits is one way students can explore their purpose within the context of the university’s mission to empower leaders for a just and humane world.
Seattle U’s campus offers great green spaces to kick back and relax between classes.
Under the direction of Assistant Math Professor Steven Klee (center), math majors collaborate on a research project with real-world applications.
“SU allowed me to have a chair at the table and allowed me to have a voice and to get comfortable with my diversity of ideas. That’s the foundation of becoming a leader.”Angela Flores-Marcus, ’19 Electrical and Computer Engineering
A bridge-builder like you will be glad to find that Seattle U has more than 120 clubs, plus numerous organizations to bring students together and provide support. Clubs are a great way to meet people who share your interests in many areas including academics, cultural heritage, the arts or sports. Put yourself out there with the D-1 Improv Team or as a KXSU DJ. Or, throw another kind of disc on the ultimate Frisbee team or make a splash with the water polo club. Maybe one day you’ll become an Orientation Adviser helping new students make their transition to campus and find their place at Seattle U.
The Hui ‘O Nani Hawai’i Club—one of the university’s oldest clubs—hosts an annual luau with traditional island foods. The event is always a campus highlight.
Through a variety of programs and events, OMA supports the success of students from historically underrepresented backgrounds and promotes an inclusive environment for all.
“It’s important to take initiative. If you care about something, and you don’t see it on campus, it’s just an email away. SU really supports that.”Nahdia Bell, ‘20 Premajor
With campus in the heart of the city, life just got more interesting. Because you know how to combine fun with purpose, you’ll soon be organizing well-earned study breaks for you and your friends to Seattle’s many attractions. With clubs, Town Hall lectures, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), professional sports and the world-famous Pike Place Market, there’s truly something for everyone. Feeling called to serve? Chances are you’ll gravitate to the university’s Center for Community Engagement, which mobilizes more than 3,000 students annually to work in partnership with schools, nonprofits and local businesses. If you’re an engineering student, you’re likely to work on a team for the SU Project Center, which partners with the region’s top companies and nonprofits in real-world projects from aerodynamics to hydroelectric generation to computer apps that support product distribution.
The Gum Wall at the Pike Place Market was born in the 1990s when people waiting in line for an improv show started sticking their chewed gum on the wall outside the theater. The city cleaned the wall for the first time in 2015, clearing away 2,350 pounds of layered gum. Let’s just say the effort to clean the wall didn’t stick.
SUYI connects Seattle U students, faculty and staff with community partners to support 1,000 neighborhood youth and their families in academic achievement and progress toward college graduation.
The Seattle Aquarium is home to the giant Pacific octopus, the largest species of octopus in the world and one that is native to the Puget Sound. The nation’s ninth largest aquarium also features an underwater dome.
Seattle’s waterfront attracts tourists and locals alike with awesome views, entertainment and eateries. Along the boardwalk you can visit the Seattle Aquarium, ride the Great Wheel, ferry watch and bike or walk in Myrtle Edwards Park.
Creating Writing and Psychology
Ian Wuertz, ’19, knows Jesuit education. His mom teaches music at Regis Jesuit High School, Wuertz’s alma mater in Denver, and his sister will attend another Catholic university this fall. For his part, Weurtz sought out a Jesuit university after 12 years of Catholic primary and secondary school.
“Jesuit education founded by St. Ignatius uses a broad outward social focus … to educate and care for the whole person,” says Wuertz, a creative writing major and psychology minor. “We take what we learn in our Core classes to engage in the world outside of Seattle U. What I like most is it forces me out of my comfort zone.”