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Seattle University: Narrative Description


902 12th Ave., PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Tel: (206)296-6000
Free: 800-426-7123
Admissions: (206)296-2000
Fax: (206)296-5656
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Independent Roman Catholic, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1891. Setting: 46-acre urban campus. Endowment: $147.5 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5018 per student. Total enrollment: 6,810. Faculty: 565 (373 full-time, 192 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 3,517 applied, 74% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 59% from top quarter, 89% from top half. Full-time: 3,643 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 268 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 76 other countries, 39% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 7% Hispanic, 5% black, 22% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 9% international, 13% 25 or older, 38% live on campus, 11% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history. Core. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Photographic Center Northwest. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $28,323 includes full-time tuition ($21,285) and college room and board ($7038). College room only: $4653. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $473 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 78 open to all. Most popular organizations: student government, Volunteer Center, Hawaiian Club, International Student Club. Major annual events: International Student Dinner, Luau, Quadstock. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 1,600 college housing spaces available; 1,420 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Lemieux Library plus 1 other with 141,478 books, 555,909 microform titles, 2,701 serials, 5,649 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2 million. 401 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Built upon the hills between Lake Washington and Puget Sound, Seattle is the metropolis of the Pacific Northwest. A fine protected harbor makes the city one of the world's great seaports. The community has a prosperous fishing industry, and is important for shipping of fir, red cedar and salmon. Other industries in the area include software and computer-related industries, aerospace and related fields, foundries, electronics, marine science firms and the processing of food and forest products. The summer average temperature is 63 degrees, and the winter average is 42 degrees. Mountains surround the city and 193 miles of waterfront accommodate oceangoing vessels. The community has 45 parks, art galleries, museums, year-round theater, and opera. There are churches representing all major denominations, and civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations active in the area. Part-time employment is available. Professional sport teams include the Seahawks (football), Mariners (baseball), and Sonics (basketball).

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