Illuminating the World Around Us

A Seattle University education not only prepares you to make a difference in the world, it provides you the opportunities to make the world better and even a little brighter. Seniors in the Electrical Engineering program did just that by being part of the award-winning Muhuru Bay Microgrid Project. Working alongside professional engineers, they created a micro-grid system to provide sustainable electricity for a rural village in Kenya, Africa.

To know more. Do more. And be more. Because here we dare.

We believe the sharpest minds are well-rounded. Educating mind, body and spirit is not multiple choice—it's the Jesuit way. At Seattle University, we dare to become greater than the sum of our parts, to impact locally and shape our global environment. From the heart of Seattle and its innovative and forward-thinking culture, we dare to know more, do more and be more.


For Hollis Wong-Wear, spoken word was more of an interest and less of a career path. But one of her professors recognized her talent and encouraged her to explore outside her comfort zone. Hollis made an impression within the Seattle hip hop and rap scenes—most notably with recording artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Their collaboration on The Heist resonated with audiences so loudly that the album won several Grammy awards.

Hollis Wong-Wear
Class of 2009

As Iliana Sach found out, the connections at Seattle U extend beyond LinkedIn requests and networking socials. During her final year project, she applied her software engineering education to a real-world scenario: developing a website for REI. Along the way, her professor introduced her to company executives who provided invaluable insight into the day-to-day of running a business. This experience helped her get in the door—and ultimately land a job—with

Iliana Sach
'10 Master of

Walk into the first day of Dr. Madhu Rao’s Information Systems class and you’ll already see students hard at work. But the worksheets they’re completing aren’t on coding or algorithms. They’re filled with questions about their names, majors and some fun facts about themselves—think of it as homework for Madhu. And in the next few days, he’ll have them all memorized as he works alongside students, teaching them by discovery and through real-life experiences.

Madhu Rao
Associate Professor
of Management

Where theory meets real life

With an emphasis on rigorous, engaging courses, we develop students into global-minded citizens with the skills, know-how and daring to tackle any challenge. Our education is based in theory and real-life application so our students graduate ready for their careers and unfazed by the transition.


By educating the whole person, our curriculum challenges students to do more than find answers, encouraging them to think critically and work for social justice. SU’s rigorous, engaging courses empower students to pursue their passions to ignite change in their careers and communities.

An Air of Dare

We were open to others before acceptance was accepted. And we believed in networking before it became social. It’s in our Jesuit DNA and it’s kept us moving since 1891, when our forward-thinking and holistic education arrived on Capitol Hill—in the heart of one of the most cutting-edge cities in the U.S.

The Facts

  • #5 in the West (U.S. News & World Report: Best Colleges 2015)
  • Among The Princeton Review’s Best Colleges 2014
  • U.S. News & World Report: Best Graduate Schools 2015
  • Faculty to student ratio: 1 to 13
  • Average Class Size: 19 students
  • 7,273: Student Population
    • 4,511 Undergraduate
    • 1,967 Graduate
    • 795 School of Law
  • 8 colleges and schools, more than 60 undergraduate programs, 31 graduate programs, three doctoral programs and more than 30 certificate programs
  • Four out of five students do community service work—nearly 3x the national average
  • 73,000 alumni in all 50 states and 77 nations
  • The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges gives SU a green rating of 95. This is the fifth year SU has been featured.