Seattle University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$45,765
4.52% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$35,569
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.18%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
78.5%
7,968 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
7,199
82% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
73.7%
664 Graduates

About

Seattle University is a higher education institution located in King County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Seattle University were Registered Nursing (143 degrees awarded), General Finance (116 degrees), and General Psychology (82 degrees).

In 2019, 2,604 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Seattle University. 63.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 36.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,032 degrees), 2.21 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (467 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Seattle University is $45,765, which is $23,739 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Seattle University is $45,765, which is $23,739 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $35,569.

In 2019, 90% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 53% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$45,765
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Seattle University was $45,765. The cost of tuition at Seattle University is $23,739 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$35,569
2019 Value
0.0225%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Seattle University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $35,569. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Seattle University grew by 0.0225%.

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Average net price is calculated from full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded a grant or scholarship from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,288
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Seattle University was of $12,288 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 1.79% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
53%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Seattle University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.27% with respect to 2018, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.18%
2017 Default Rate
36
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Seattle University was 2.18%, which represents 36 out of the 1652 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Seattle University received 7,968 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 7.78% annual decline. Out of those 7,968 applicants, 6,253 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.5% acceptance rate.

There were 7,199 students enrolled at Seattle University in 2019, and 79% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Seattle University has an overall enrollment yield of 14.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
6,253
Accepted Out of 7,968

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Seattle University was 78.5% (6,253 admissions from 7,968 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 75.6%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by -7.78%, while admissions declined by -4.33%.

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SAT Scores

79%
Submission Percentage
723
Scores Submitted

79% of enrolled first-time students at Seattle University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Seattle University has a total enrollment of 7,199 students. The full-time enrollment at Seattle University is 5,902 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,297. This means that 82% of students enrolled at Seattle University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Seattle University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 42.1% White, 15.2% Asian, 11.8% Hispanic or Latino, 7.43% Two or More Races, 4.21% Black or African American, 0.653% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.403% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Seattle University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.2%), followed by White Male (14.7%) and Asian Female (11.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (30.3%), followed by White Male (16.5%) and Asian Female (7.57%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Seattle University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 7,199 students. The full-time enrollment at Seattle University is 5,902 and the part-time enrollment is 1,297. This means that 82% of students enrolled at Seattle University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Seattle University was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Seattle University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    3,030
  2. Asian
    1,096
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    851

The enrolled student population at Seattle University is 42.1% White, 15.2% Asian, 11.8% Hispanic or Latino, 7.43% Two or More Races, 4.21% Black or African American, 0.653% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.403% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 554 students (7.7%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 682 more women than men received degrees from Seattle University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Seattle University is white (1,032 degrees awarded). There were 2.21 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (467 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Seattle University is Registered Nursing (143 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (116 degrees) and General Psychology (82 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Seattle University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Legal (202 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (67 degrees), and Theology (35 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle University are Accountants & auditors (987,609 people), Other managers (706,559 people), Financial managers (490,272 people), Chief executives & legislators (372,058 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (255,953 people).

The most specialized majors at Seattle University are Legal (202 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (67 degrees), Theology (35 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees), and Business (763 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle University are Surgeons, Other financial specialists, Physicians, Architectural & engineering managers, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Seattle University are Legal (202 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (67 degrees), Theology (35 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees), and Business (763 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle University are Elementary & secondary schools (603,330 people), Computer Systems Design (510,843 people), Banking & related activities (484,056 people), Insurance carriers (422,162 people), and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments (409,366 people).

The most specialized majors at Seattle University are Legal (202 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (67 degrees), Theology (35 degrees), Public Administration and Social Service (98 degrees), and Business (763 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Seattle University.
Most Common
  1. 143 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 116 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 82 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Seattle University was Registered Nursing with 143 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

961
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,643
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 961 degrees were awarded to men at Seattle University, which is 0.585 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,643).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 132 degrees were awarded to men at Seattle University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.07 times more than the 123 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 136 degrees were awarded to women at Seattle University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.56 times more than the 18 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

64%
100% Completion Time
75%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 64% of students graduating from Seattle University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 75% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 75% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (90.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Seattle University is Male and Asian (90.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 4.97% of graduates (33 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,032 degrees awarded
  2. Unknown
    467 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    306 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Seattle University is white (1,032 degrees awarded). There were 2.21 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, unknown (467 degrees).

17.9% of degree recipients (467 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    678 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    354 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    207 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Seattle University is white female (678 degrees awarded). There were 1.92 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (354 degrees).

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Operations

Seattle University has an endowment valued at nearly $234M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $9.8M (4.18%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Seattle University had a total salary expenditure of $231M. Seattle University employs 167 Associate professors, 113 Instructors, and 100 Professors. Most academics at Seattle University are Male Associate professors (87), Female Associate professors(80), and Female Instructors (69).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Seattle University are: Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 193 employees, Business and Financial Operations, with 160 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 115 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$234M
2019 Endowment
2.84%
decline from 2018

Seattle University has an endowment valued at about $234M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Seattle University declined 2.84% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $196M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.17M - Federal
  2. $386k - State
  3. $226k - Local

As of 2019, Seattle University received $4.17M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $386k from state grants and contracts, and $226k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$120M
2019 Salaries
3.24%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Seattle University paid a median of $120M in salaries, which represents 51.7% of their overall expenditure ($231M) and a 3.24% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.495% growth from 2017 and a 8.32% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$45.5M
Instructional Salaries
522
Number of Employees

In 2019, Seattle University paid a total of $45.5M to 522 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
167 Employees
Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
193 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Seattle University were Associate professor with 167 employees; Instructor with 113 employees; and Instructor with 100 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Seattle University were Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 193 employees; Business and Financial Operations with 160 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 115 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Associate professor
  2. Female Associate professor
  3. Female Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Seattle University was Male Associate professor with 87 employees, Female Associate professor with 80 employees, and Female Instructor with 69 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Seattle University.

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