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Why is SU so unknown?

ksquaredmomksquaredmom Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
We live about 45 minutes from Seattle University. However, I rarely hear of anyone attending. When I mention it as an option for my daughter, I am usually met with a blank stare or a polite smile. What are people not telling me? It seems like a great school! What am I missing?

Replies to: Why is SU so unknown?

  • WasatchWriterWasatchWriter Registered User Posts: 2,528 Senior Member
    edited March 2016
    It's a great school.

    Most people don't know smallish private schools at all. You'd probably get stares if you said Beloit or Westminster, or even Williams or Grinnell. Plus, it's a Catholic school. They get a little less notice - unless they're Notre Dame. I expect most people haven't heard of Georgetown, and its actually pretty famous - if that makes sense.

    So even locally, I can see how that would happen. No big deal
  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    My kid was admitted EA, and is still considering it. People also confuse it with Seattle Pacific U. Indeed, most of these Jesuit schools (other than Georgetown) tend to fly under the radar.

    Being both urban and Jesuit, I think SU has a self-selecting group of students.

    Cost is likely an issue from those in-state. But being from CA, the price ends up lower than UCs after merit aid.
  • ksquaredmomksquaredmom Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    Arc918, what do you mean by self-selecting? I think I know, but wanted your definition.
  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    I just mean that it take a certain kind of student who is attracted to a Jesuit school with an urban campus. If you aren't interested in both, then I'm guessing you cross SU off your list pretty quickly.
  • whitespacewhitespace Registered User Posts: 1,029 Senior Member
    Just looked it up. I wish I'd known about it before deadlines have passed. I totally would have applied. (I was one of those who applied to Georgetown, for reference.)
  • arc918arc918 Registered User Posts: 710 Member
    It's a pretty cool place, we've visited twice. My daughter isn't quite sure, but with the campus literally in the shadow of downtown, it would be a great place to study business.
  • mntEdenmntEden Registered User Posts: 56 Junior Member
    edited March 2016
    I think it really depends on the crowd you're around. For example, I go to a private catholic school in the Bay Area and almost every senior attending has heard of SU (some of the faculty are alumni and their children currently attend), with 45-50 of us applying this year and up to 80 in the past few years. Although when I mention it to family friends or strangers who aren't the "private catholic" type, I'm often met with things like "oh that sounds nice" and the like
  • ksquaredmomksquaredmom Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
    I am STILL getting those "bless your heart" smiles when I mention it as an alternative to other Jesuit schools.
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