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Seattle University
Image:SeattleUSeal.jpg
Motto Connecting the Mind to What Matters
Established 1891
School type Private, Jesuit
President Rev. Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Campus Urban, 48 acres
Enrollment 3,911 undergraduate,
1792 graduate
Faculty 522
Mascot Redhawks
Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Website www.seattleu.edu

Seattle University is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Located on Seattle, Washington's First Hill, it was founded in 1891 as the School of the Immaculate Conception by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and continues to operate as a Jesuit institution. Today, Seattle University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2005" ranks Seattle University among the top 10 schools in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs.

Seattle University was founded by Father Victor Garrand and Father Adrian Sweere in downtown Seattle. It served as both a high school and college. In 1893, construction began on the First Hill campus. The school moved to First Hill in 1898 and changed its name to Seattle College, at which point the high school became a separate institution now known as Seattle Preparatory School. In 1909, the college awarded its first bachelor's degrees. At one time, the Jesuits planned to move the college to the tract of land that is now the heart of Seattle's Wedgwood neighborhood, but by 1940 they had decided not to move, and sold the land in 1940. [1] Seattle College changed its name to Seattle University in 1948.

Seattle University offers 44 bachelor's degree programs and 24 graduate degree programs, plus a law school and a doctoral program in education. The university includes the College of Arts and Sciences, the Albers School of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the School of Law, Matteo Ricci College, the School of Nursing, the School of Science and Engineering, and the School of Theology and Ministry, and awards bachelor's, MBA, master's, Ed.D. and J.D. degrees, all are regionally accredited and highly regarded in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle University's Albers School of Business was named after the Albers family. George and Eva Albers were generous donors to the university. Their daughter, Genevieve Albers, attended Seattle U. and continued the family's generosity to the school; she also sponsored a business forum, established a Genevieve Albers Professorship, and donated scholarship funds. The Albers School was established in 1945. In 1967, it added a MBA program, making Seattle U. the second university in the Pacific Northwest to offer an MBA.

The School of Law was founded in 1972 as part of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. Twenty-one years later, UPS and Seattle University agreed on a transfer of the law school to Seattle University; in August 1994 the transfer was completed, and the school physically moved to Seattle in 1999.

Seattle University's graduate program in psychology is notable as one of the few schools in the U.S. to focus on Existential phenomenology as a therapeutic method. The school also has a more mainstream program in counseling.

The school's sports teams are the Redhawks, and participate in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The men's soccer program won the 2004 NCAA Division II Championship. Additionally, the men's soccer program won the 1997 NAIA Championship. The men's swimming program have been a recent success with their 2002 NAIA Championship, and the women's team finishing second.

Also on the campus of Seattle University is Bessie Burton Sullivan Skilled Nursing Residence. It is a 139-bed nursing facility for both long term nursing care, and short-stay rehabilitation, as well as a home health agency. Students from Seattle University's School of Nursing get a large part of their hands-on training there. In addition, many students choose to volunteer there.

Seattle University's mission statement focuses primarily on diversity and social justice. In its strategy to have a more diverse population and have more international dialogue, 50 percent of SU's students are European Americans, while the rest include African Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, mixed ethnicities and international students (who make up 10 percent of the student population).

Notes

  • ^  Valerie Bunn, Wedgwood Echo, volume 20, issue IV, July 2005, p.4.

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