Seattle University (SU)

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 6 Review

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars

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Reviews for Seattle University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2012

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Detailed Ratings

Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I enjoyed Seattle University a lot. The courses are challanging but so interesting it makes the effort worth it. All professors are very appoarchable and most give you their home phone number with their office number so you can reach them with questions on assignments. The campus is goregous and an amazing atmosphere to study. Days that the sun is out you will see a lot of students outside to study. There are both quiet spots to study and places were groups can gather. The Lemuix Library is incredible with lots of places to study alone or in groups. Of course the university is in Seattle and walking distance to great food, entertainment, and shopping. There are several bus lines that run near by campus, and the lightrail will have a station nearby soon. So you can study, shop, and go out to places to eat or movies within a 15 minute walk or bus ride. A car is good if you plan to go farther afield, but the bus system is very good here as well.

Academics

Regardless of the program or major class size is usually small, 15-30 students, which means your professor will know when you are in class or not. They are good at learning your name so you are not just a body in a crowd here. I started as a Business major and swited to History. I found the business courses to have a lighter work load than my history program. In Albers School of Business I recommend Dr. Peterson (economics). In the history department I highly recommend Dr. William Kangas, he is tough but you will learn so much more from him. Dr. Tracy Pepper is great, and in English there is Dr. Hawley. If you take French you must take Dr. Holly Waddel she is the best, most fun that you will have in foreign language. History has a fairly heavy work load with a lot of reading and writing. However, you can learn a ton and then some. The courses are interesting and there is a lot of variety in what you can focus on from Asia, Europe, and American History. I recommend taking at least one class with Dr. Henry Kamerling, especially Zombies: A History of the Undead--both fun and interesting.

College Life

I am a commuter student and live off campus, but from what I hear you can find a social circle easily on campus. There are a lot of clubs and organizations on campus that you can join and meet people with similar interests. For minority students I recommend applying to be in Connections Leadership. It is a part of the Office of Multicultural Affiars and your first year here you will meet as a group once a week to do fun things and get to know others on campus. Seattle University is now Division I and has a good basketball, soccer, and swim teams. I hear softball is pretty good as well. Being a history major I spend a lot of time studying, but do go to a game about once a month. Basketball, home games, are held in Key Arena and tickets are free for students. Home games are free if you show your student ID for games at Connelly Center and Logan Feild too. You can probably find whatever sport interest you. Plus there are the Seattle Seahawks, and Mariners just Downtown with buses that go to the stadium.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2005

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

I believe that Seattle University is a very high quality school. Academics and professors were superb. The campus is beautiful and I always knew that I would be well prepared for the work world. The one thing that I didn't realize was how hard it was going to be. It was a very tough school and it affected my personal life and near the end I was quite burned out. My recommendation would be not to work during the time you are attending school or work part-time. My advisor was always available and knowledgeable in the areas I wanted to specialize in. I would recommend this school for anyone who wants a smaller campus and one that allows for more time with your professors and advisors.

Academics

Classsize was small - 35 approximately and the professors were usually available for meetings as long as you set up an appointment. I talked about work load above. I was in a program from the Education department and I liked the fact that I had a variety of programs to choose from in the school of education. I investigated the programs more after I started as I was unsure which one fit me best.

College Life

I always felt safe on campus. I did not participate in athletics or weekend activities because I was a commuter and I had a family. I was too busy to participate in social activities while going to school.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I have been very happy with my experience at SU. The location in Seattle was great, close to bars and great nightlife. The church on campus is a architectural piece of art, a must see, even if you are not a church goer!

Academics

The academics were rigorous and the faculty were approachable. The legal writing program is well above par, I use the skills form that program in my job everyday. The work load was difficult but doable, the class sizes could have been smaller.

College Life

There were many organizations to join and many leadership positions were available. The focus on public interest law seemed to over-shadow other student organizations and interests. A focus on moving away from the traditional law career track would have been helpful to me.


Alumnus - Grad Year 1998

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Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Seattle University Law School was a separate program in Tacoma, Washington when I entered. It was small, approachable and very well respected. We had lunch and dinner with the Law School Deans and Professors enabling casual conversation on legal issues. The staff, Deans and Professors knew each member of our class by name. The school went out of their way to make the Law School experience a positive experience including assisting students who were struggling with academics. Any student anticipating a law school career should consider Seattle University. The School has focused on cutting edge diversity issues, a superb writing program, a superior clinic program, and their professors and adjuncts are some of the best instructors anywhere. I would recommend it to any person planning on attending law school.

Academics

Standard Law School courses during a night program with additional emphasis on Business, Corporate, Estate Planning and Elder Law. We had about 35 in our night section. We averaged 2-3 classes per semester, 1 in summer sessions. We had full professors at night as well as adjunct professions. Assignments were handled out a week in advance since night students had no time to study during the week.

College Life

I did not participate in campus life since I was working full time and going to school in Tacoma Washington. Seattle students can fill you in on what they did during their law school time. I am sure being so close to Seattle they had a great time.


Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

As I was an older student I had researched the school. I enjoyed my experience at the college, but found that my professor's were limited with their interaction with me. I would have perferred an academic counselor who specialized in assisting older students. The college may not have thought of this as it appeared the older student population was just starting to grow.

Academics

I thought that the academics for Public Affairs were challenging, which I enjoyed most of the time. I truly enjoyed our proffessional visists to organizations that interacted with us on what we could expect working for an organization such as theirs.

College Life

As an older student my experience on a social level only dealt with class gatherings. I didn't have occassion to be invitied to outside functions by other students. I did join a couple of clubs the African American and the social concern group. I only attended a few meeting due to workload and family life. The campus is in the middle of the city close to downtown and at times people not related to the student body do wander onto campus, but security is always close by. The bus service to and from campus from most of the surrounding metro areas centralized on East Madison Street. I would say for most of the younger students the study spaces were exceptional. The older student also had a location where they mostly gathered,


Alumnus - Grad Year 1976

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Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Greek Life:
Rated n/a of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars

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