Opportunity, Choice, Success at Washington’s Independent Colleges Gonzaga University Heritage University Pacific Lutheran University Saint Martin’s University Seattle Pacific University Seattle University University of Puget Sound Walla Walla University Whitman College Whitworth University
Opportunity, Choice, Success Diversity in student body, mission, and location High quality, with personalized programs and small classes Graduating successful students, on time and prepared for the future Affordable with strong financial aid
Opportunity, Choice, Success Nearly 40,000 students enrolled each year About 2/3rds are from Washington state Representing 50 states and 90 countries From all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
Opportunity, Choice, Success Liberal arts prepare students for a rapidly changing world Well rounded programs that emphasize Critical thinking Communication Leadership Ethics Service
Opportunity, Choice, Success Personalized to the strengths of each student 13:1 Student/Faculty ratio with instruction by professors in small classes
Over 90% of students receive financial aid at Independent Colleges Nearly 80% is need-based 25%: Federal Pell Grant 20%: State Need Grant (of resident undergrads) Opportunity, Choice, Success
Opportunity, Choice, Success Institutional Aid: $12,900 State Grant Aid: $7,700 Federal Grant Aid: $6,750 Work Study: $2,700 Federal Loans: $7,500 Total Aid: $ 37,550 Tuition: $27,100 Room and Board: $8,000 Books, Tech, Misc: $4,200 Cost of Attendance: $ 39,300 Sources: ICW FA Survey, WFAA, IPEDS
Opportunity, Choice, Success Independent Colleges award nearly a quarter of baccalaureate and higher degrees in the state Nearly 80% of students who graduate do so in 4 years or less
Opportunity, Choice, Success Nearly 80% of students who graduate do so in 4 years or less 30% of teaching certificates, with 40% of math and science 35% of BS and MS Nurses 50% of K-12 administrator & counselors 50% business degrees
Founded 1882. Enrollment: 1,450 from 45 states and 30 nations; Student-faculty ratio: 10:1; Average class size:16. About 75 percent of Whitman students live on campus.
Overall graduation rate of 89 percent and first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94 percent – both among the highest in the nation.
Facilities reflect Whitman’s excellence and devotion to students: the library, health center and computer labs are open 24/7, a $15.5 million renovation to the athletic center was completed in 2009, and renovation to the Harper Joy Theatre is under way.
Award-winning students include 47 Fulbright Scholars, 10 Watson Fellows, seven Udall Scholars, four Truman Scholars, four National Science Foundation Fellows and one Rhodes Scholar since 1999.
Gonzaga University has named its first non-Jesuit president, Dr. Thayne McCulloh. Dr. McCulloh is a graduate of Gonzaga University and of Oxford University. He has worked at GU for the past 20 years.
Gonzaga University enrolled 1120 first-year students; the strongest academic class in its history
Gonzaga’s School of Engineering and Applied Science ranks 17th in the country for undergraduate programs and its PACCAR building received “Gold” LEED certification for energy efficiency.
90–100% acceptance rate to professional health graduate schools over 10+ years
Began accepting the Common Application exclusively in 2009
New Programs: Global Development Studies, Mechanical Engineering, Appropriate & Sustainable Engineering, Music Therapy
29% of new students came from ethnically diverse backgrounds, 11% more than in 2008
3 athletes received coveted and competitive NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships
Athletics program among the top 25 programs in all of NCAA Division II, Director’s Cup
Seattle University New at Seattle U for 2010/11:
Increased numbers of freshman merit scholarships are available. Visit seattleu.edu/admissions/undergraduate to see how you qualify.
An expanded Lemieux Library & Learning Commons opens fall 2010.
A new fitness center and residence hall are currently under construction.
SU ranks 6th “Best Regional University” in the West by US News. The Albers School of Business ranks in the top 50 of private schools in the country, and Engineering finishes in the top 50 of programs without a doctorate.
SU By the Numbers :
3 out of 4 students engage in community service.
90% of freshman return for their sophomore year.
More than 500 students study abroad in 45 countries each year.
8 SU students in the last 8 years have received the Truman Scholarship.
…a residential liberal arts college, with students from 48 states and 16 countries, devoted to: Academic Excellence68 Puget Sound students spent the last summer conducting original research, while 11 recent graduates traveled overseas on teaching and research fellowships. Puget Sound will host the National Race & Pedagogy Conference for the second time this October, gathering experts, academics, and community leaders from around the country.Environmental ResponsibilityConstruction on the Center for Health Sciences, designed to LEED silver standards is underway. This adds to the LEED silver certified Thompson-Harned Science Building, and our Live Green House, a student residence designed to meet LEED gold certification standards, already on campusCivic EngagementThis fall, Puget Sound was awarded the 2010 Community Partnership Award by the Cross District Association of Tacoma. In recent years, Tacoma has honored the college and our faculty with awards for Poet Laureate, Tacoma Green Partnership, and Community Partner of the Year, recognizing our commitment to outreach, research, and service within the community. www.pugetsound.edu