Seeing Beyond the Status Quo

You have a vision for a better world. You gather with small groups in the library or the Innovation Lab to work out your big ideas. You travel to Zambia on a service internship or mentor youth at a public school as a Seattle University Youth Initiative volunteer. And because your big ideas need wide-open spaces, you sometimes fill your backpack with the 10 essentials rented from University Recreation and spend the day hiking in the mountains less than an hour from campus.

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Enterprising Ideas

Seattle University’s rigorous academics, which immerse you in dialogue with faculty and classmates, will help you discover your path in life. Beginning with the Core Curriculum, classes such as Humanities and Global Challenges engage students in learning about themselves, their community and the world. As you progress in your major, the university encourages enterprise. Consider these examples: Seattle U’s Entrepreneurship Club helped a business student launch a sustainable global coffee company. In our Innovation Lab, electrical and computer engineering students bring their projects to life with a 3-D laser printer. And theater majors revive an Elizabethan tradition when they take the classics on tour to The Merc Playhouse in Twisp, WA each year.

Students exploring a small wind turbine.


Students explore a small wind turbine, an off-grid energy source to address energy poverty affecting more than a billion people worldwide.

Alumna Amelia “Meme” Garcia-Cosgrove, ’15.


“Theater for me is not a hobby or a job but a way of life,” says alumna Amelia “Meme” Garcia-Cosgrove, ’15, who received a Fulbright Scholarship to study drama in London. Seattle University is a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars.

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A group of Seattle University Computer Science Students.

Summer Research

Computer science students work on a summer research project developing code for a program that will track attendance for a local school.

MotMot Coffee Company Logo.

Student Entrepreneur

The student-run MotMot Coffee company, founded by Branden Wild, ’18, when he was a student at the Albers School of Business and Economics, partners with small farmers in Nicaragua that produce organic, fair-trade coffee.

Watch Braden's video below!

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. That's something I live by in my involvement at the university.”

Jess Juanich, ’20 Public Affairs and Political Science

Caffeinate and Create

There are 120 places to buy a cup of coffee within a mile of SU’s campus. Seattle is the nation’s second most literate city and the Seattle International Film Festival the largest festival of its kind in North America. What does all this mean? Seattle is a place where you can relax with a good cup of coffee and create the next big thing. Think of the market-changing companies founded in the region—Amazon, Starbucks, Costco and Microsoft, to name a few. Now, the city is ready to inspire you. You’ll be surrounded by museums of all kinds and theaters launching world premieres. One of the country’s best independent bookstores, The Elliot Bay Book Company, is just blocks from campus. For admirers of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, you’ll be inspired to learn that the world’s largest foundation is based in Seattle and its director of the Pacific Northwest Initiative is a Seattle U alum.

A woman reading at the Pioneer Square Coffee Shop.


In Pioneer Square you’ll find a mix of history, hipsters and culture, with its array of coffee shops, quaint stores and art galleries. The First Thursday Art Walk is the oldest in the nation.

The Seattle Skyline at Kerry Park.

Seattle Center

Marked by the iconic Space Needle built for the 1962 World’s Fair, Seattle Center is home to some of the nation’s best regional theater plus museums, city-wide festivals and concerts.

The restaurant Bimbo’s Cantina.

Bimbo's Cantina

A favorite spot for Seattle U students, Bimbo’s Cantina is typical of the Capitol Hill eateries just steps from campus. Great happy hour prices on nachos and tacos, plus vegan options.

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Eye on the World

Pushing beyond habitual boundaries and crossing geographical and cultural frontiers, Seattle U is here to support your greatest ambitions. Challenge your way of thinking at Moral Mondays or broaden your horizons at the SU Film Festival. Ready to take on an active role? Join Student Government or the Ethics Bowl Team. Lend your expertise, in nursing or teaching perhaps, to a project overseas with Professionals Without Borders. Come to the Albers Executive Speakers Series to hear from regional leaders in an intimate setting. Or join the Investment Club where you’ll have the chance to manage $250,000 of the university’s endowment. When it’s time to unwind, University Recreation will outfit you for a day hike in the Cascade Mountains or kayaking on Lake Union.

Bryan Stevenson speaking at the Benaroya Hall.

Bryan Stevenson

The university brings inspiring speakers such as human rights attorney and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative Bryan Stevenson. Stevenson spoke at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in March 2018 about his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color and arguing for the freedom of condemned prisoners.

Photo by: Libby Lewis Photography

Scott and Ally Svenson, founders of MOD Pizza.

Speaker Series

Self-described “serial entrepreneurs” Scott and Ally Svenson, founders of MOD Pizza, talk about building successful businesses throughout the world. Their presentation was part of the 2017-2018 Executive Speaker Series sponsored by the Albers School of Business and Economics.

“Seattle U really solidified my values for living and engaging locally but thinking outwardly and globally.”

Aerica Shimizu Banks, ’10 Environmental Studies Patent Policy Analyst, Google/co-founder of Google initiative, BEACON
Students rock climb the sand bluffs of Larrabee State Park and Clayton Beach.

Great Outdoors

Students rock climb the sand bluffs of Larrabee State Park and Clayton Beach outside of Bellingham, WA, during a weekend outing organized by Seattle U’s Outdoor Adventure Recreation.

Seattle U’s Ethics Bowl team.

Ethics Bowl

Seattle U’s Ethics Bowl team celebrates after winning the 2018 Northwestern regional competition. The team finished 12th at the national competition in Chicago. Ethics Bowl teams compete before a panel of judges by laying out a moral argument of complex ethical issues that address topics in business and professional ethics, personal relationships and social and political affairs.

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Study Abroad

Seattle U will help you find meaningful education abroad opportunities that fit your path in college and in life. It is part of our commitment to forming global citizens.


Student Profile

Emily Graham, '19

Civil Engineering and Spanish

A sophomore year opportunity to study Spanish in Argentina set Emily Graham, ’19, on her life’s path. Graham, a civil engineering and Spanish double major, says she returned from that fall quarter trip with a vision to pursue her civil engineering career abroad supporting people and projects where resources are scarce. 

“The experience made me realize I don’t want to live in the U.S. bubble,” Graham says. “I realized I wanted to work for people who needed better systems around them. When I came back I started searching for ways where I could do that professionally.”

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