Seattle University

Seattle, WA 98122
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Seattle University is one of the twenty private, not-for-profit 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in an urban area, in Seattle.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 7,278 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 957 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 804 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 84%). Every year 75% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Seattle University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $42,120, and fees were $765. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $42,120 and $765 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students7,278
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs

The Seattle University School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science Degree for students seeking to be employed in a range of healthcare facilities. The program prepares students for National Council of Licensure licensing examination for Registered Nurses.

Students are accepted as freshman students and are not required to reapply for admission to the nursing program as long as they are able to maintain a 2.75 GPA for all courses and a 3.0 for program prerequisite courses.

Seattle University offers a large clinical laboratory with high tech simulation capabilities to enable students to get hands on experience and to acquire confidence before coming into contact with real patients.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply  to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination to become a licensed Registered Nurse.

Admission Requirements:

  • High School Transcripts or GED Equivalency Certificate
  • College Transcripts (if applicable)    
  • A minimum of a 2.0 GPA for all college level coursework
  • Pre-requisite General education and science courses

Successful applicants to the program will be required to submit documents for immunization series, current CPR certification for health care providers, criminal background check, and proof of having acquired personal liability insurance.   

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 3 14
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Post-master's certificate 0 1
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 97.4%

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
04/01/1935 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
06/21/2012 - Current
Nurse Midwifery (MIDWF) - Basic certificate and graduate nurse-midwifery education programs for registered nurses
01/28/2010 - 06/21/2012
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/28/2002 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1130 to 1330
ACT24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $55
Graduates $55

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$936/credit
In State Students$936/credit
Out of State Students$936/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$720/credit
In State Students$720/credit
Out of State Students$720/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $42,120 $42,120 $42,120
ADN 70 $65,520 $65,520 $65,520
BSN 125 $117,000 $117,000 $117,000
FNP 50 $36,000 $36,000 $36,000
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 96% of Seattle University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 17% $4,433
Other Federal Grant 8% $5,571
State Grant & Scholarships 6% $9,827
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 94% $20,839
Federal Student Loans 56% $5,600
Private Loans 5% $22,093


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$26,752
$30,001 to $48,000$29,114
$48,001 to $75,000$32,213
$75,001 to $110,000$35,188
Over $110,000$39,036

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Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Black/African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.
Seattle University
900 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122

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