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Seton Hall University
"At Seton Hall, hands-on learning opportunities provide students with career-based, service-based, and leadership-based experiences."

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey

With more than 60 rigorous academic programs, and schools singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, Seton Hall exemplifies academic excellence. A student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 20 provide a truly supportive educational environment; students enjoy hands-on guidance from a world-class faculty that includes Fulbright scholars, leading researchers, industry leaders, and former ambassadors. Dozens of Seton Hall students have been chosen for highly selective national and international awards in recent years, including Rhodes, Fulbright, Pickering, and Udall scholarships.


Seton Hall offers superior opportunities for career development before and after graduation. More than 75 percent of students participate in an internship, practicum or clinical program to gain professional experience; the university also boasts a career-related job placement rate 10 to 15 percent above the national average and an international alumni network more than 70,000 strong.


The university combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers.


As the nation’s oldest diocesan Catholic university, Seton Hall embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world with integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
6,090 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
503 full-time faculty
40 part-time faculty
13 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

39% of students live on campus.

School Location

South Orange, New Jersey—Seton Hall’s 58-acre campus is located in the suburban village of South Orange, which is located only 14 miles from New York City.

Retention Fall 2015

84% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

63% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 19%
Black or African American 10%
White 49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 9%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 6%


NCAA Division I, BIG EAST Conference. 14 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, swimming & diving,; 9 women’s: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball), 20 club sports and intramurals.


Other Information

Seton Hall University is a private, four-year liberal arts Catholic university founded in 1856 as the first diocesan university in the United States.

Academic Programs

Accounting; Africana Studies; Anthropology; Art Education; Art History; Asian Studies; Athletic Training; Biochemistry; Biological Sciences (B.A. or B.S.); Biomedical Engineering; Broadcasting, Visual & Interactive Media; Business Administration; Catholic Studies; Catholic Theology; Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Classical Studies; Communication Studies; Computer Engineering; Criminal Justice; Diplomacy and International Relations; Economics (B.A. or B.S.); Electrical Engineering; English; Environmental Studies; Finance; Fine Art; French; Graphic, Interactive & Advertising Art; History; Honors Program; Industrial Engineering; Information Technology Management; Integrated Elementary, Early Childhood, Special Education; Italian; Journalism & Public Relations; Leadership Studies; Liberal Studies; Management; Marketing; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Modern Languages; Music Education; Music Performance; Nursing; Nursing for R.N.; Occupational Therapy; Philosophy; Physical Therapy; Physician Assistant; Physics (B.A. or B.S.); Political Science; Pre-Dental; Pre-Law; Pre-Major Arts; Pre-Major Sciences; Pre-Medical; Pre-Optometry; Pre-Theology; Pre-Veterinary; Psychology (B.A. or B.S.); Religious Studies; Russian; Secondary Education; Social and Behavioral Sciences; Social Work; Sociology; Spanish; Special Education/Speech-Language Pathology; Sport Management; Theatre and Performance. *Note: Graduate programs available

At Seton Hall, hands-on learning opportunities provide students with career-based, service-based, and leadership-based experiences…

Service and Experiential Learning

Every Seton Hall undergraduate student participates in at least one community service/volunteer project, and many students also participate in a career-based experiential education program prior to graduation. Career-based experiences include student teaching, clinicals, practicums, field placements, and internship experiences.

State-of-the-art Technology and Facilities

Seton Hall places a major emphasis on the use of state-of-the-art technology and facilities, such as the trading room at the Stillman School of Business and Sim Man, a portable and advanced patient simulator for College of Nursing students.  Students can also get involved in our award-winning radio station WSOU, produce their own programming on Pirate TV, or get hands on experience conducting focus groups in our brand new Market Research Center.

Award-Winning Mobile Computing Program

Offering a completely wireless campus,  Seton Hall’s award-winning Mobile Computing Program provides all incoming, full-time freshman with a brand-new, fully loaded laptop. Incoming freshman receive their laptops the summer before they enter Seton Hall, giving them the opportunity to become part of the Seton Hall community as early as freshman orientation. The laptops also allow faculty to integrate technology and cutting-edge learning into the classroom.

Study Abroad

But learning doesn’t just take place on campus. Seton Hall is committed to providing students with a global education in today’s increasingly interconnected world. The office of international programs offers study-abroad programs in Russia, Italy, Ireland, London, China, Cypress, and even Bermuda, to name just a few. Seton Hall has also had a relationship with universities in China since 1951, giving students and faculty the opportunity to live and learn there. For students who would like a career with an international focus, the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations prepares diplomatic and business professionals to serve in public service, international business, law, technology, and the nonprofit sector. The Whitehead School boasts an impressive faculty, including many current and former U.N. ambassadors and officials.

Students are more than just a number at Seton Hall. Seton Hall offers all the resources of a large institution to about 5,500 undergraduates and approximately 4,300 graduate students, but with an average class size of 25 students, a student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1, and more than 96 percent of courses taught by professors, students receive the personal attention that makes the learning experience even more enriching.

Undergraduate students can choose from over 60 stellar majors and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Nursing, the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, the Stillman School of Business, and the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Popular majors include the sciences, communications, political science, criminal justice, accounting, finance, and sport management.

Core Curriculum

Seton Hall’s new core curriculum is a multifaceted program that will prepare students to become thinking, caring, communicative, and ethically responsible global leaders. Unique to Seton Hall, the new core consists of signature courses that provide an interactive and distinctive experience for students, and a focus on certain key proficiencies aimed to better equip students for life beyond college.

During their first two years, undergraduate students are exposed to a world of ideas from great scholars, opening their minds to the perspectives, history, and achievements of many cultures. This approach helps many students choose their majors and minors, while giving them plenty of time to focus on these areas in their third and fourth years.

Freshman Studies Program

The university’s awarding-winning freshman studies program eases students into college life. Freshmen are paired up with a mentor who provides academic advisement and support, and a peer adviser to help students connect with and meet new people.

Research Opportunities

Students also benefit from opportunities to collaborate with dedicated, full-time faculty involved in notable and dynamic research. One such scientist, Sulie Chang, PhD, chair of the department of biology, has received more than $2.5 million in National Institutes of Health grants for her research.


Seton Hall’s fifty-eight-acre campus in South Orange offers students an abundance of opportunities both on and off campus. On campus, there are 14 varsity athletic teams that compete in the Big East Conference, over 100 clubs and organizations, over 20 intramural and club sports, and Greek life to keep students with all interests involved and entertained. A short, ten-minute walk from campus brings students to the town center, which features bookstores, coffee shops, restaurants and a movie theatre. Once in town, students can hop on a train and arrive in the heart of New York City, the capital of fashion, finance, art, and entertainment, in under a half hour, giving students access to a multitude of internship and cultural opportunities.

Campus Community Guided by Faith

The Seton Hall campus community is guided by faith, with a beautiful historic chapel on campus and a campus ministry office. All Seton Hall students take classes in ethics and learn in a community informed by Catholic ideals and universal values. Students are engaged in learning about the importance of possessing integrity, compassion, and a commitment to helping others. This strong commitment to building character is extended to all students; Seton Hall welcomes students and faculty from all faiths.

Community Service

Many of our students participate in community service. Our Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) brings together students for projects that include Habitat for Humanity builds locally and around the country, and international assistance projects in Haiti and El Salvador.

Seton Hall’s location also gives students access to neighboring science- and technology-related companies, such as Johnson & Johnson, Merck, and ExxonMobile. The university’s proximity to the “world’s medicine cabinet” allows graduates to make connections within the pharmaceutical industry, which is expected to create approximately eighty thousand new science research jobs within the next decade…

Career Center

Seton Hall’s career center is one of few in the country that provide a dedicated career counselor to work with students throughout their college careers. Students begin this relationship in their freshman year, when they start exploring career interests and opportunities. These career counselors also work with students to organize internships with career insight. In addition, career workshops allow students to explore majors, choose their career fields, and begin to build professional relationships. Workshop topics include a focus on career options for different majors and tips on navigating the job market, writing resumes, and using the Internet as a career development tool.

The career center maintains an extensive job listings database and sponsors on-campus recruiting events. Hundreds of employers and alumni come to campus each year to mentor and recruit Seton Hall students for cooperative education programs and employment after graduation.

Notable Alumni

Notable alumni include Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center; George L. Miles Jr., CEO of WQED Multimedia and a director of AIG; Chris Modrzynski, COO of the New Jersey Devils; Frank Wilde, CEO of Tarantella, Inc.; Dick Vitale, ESPN sports anchor; Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and bandleader on Late Night with Conan O’Brien; X. J. Kennedy, world-renowned poet; and Craig Biggio, Major League Baseball player.


Admissions Fall 2015

14,108 Total Applicants 
10,757 Total Admissions 
1,406 Total Freshman Enrollment

76.25% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 520 610
SAT Math 540 620
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 23 27
ACT Math 23 27
ACT English 22 28
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $35,940
Fees $2,132
Total $38,072
Room and Board (on campus) $14,154
Room Only $9,012
Board Only $5,142
Estimated Total On Campus $52,226


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
63% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$22,476 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,774 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates