I am a non-tradtional student and older then the average. I am not catholic, but only about 20% of the student body is. So between life experience and previous school I feel fairly well prepared for SU.
Advice: Any college is going to be what you make of it. Those that complain about nothing to do are lazy. Those that claim that Su is not diverse are blind. SU happens to be the most diverse in the Pacific Northwest, by a large percent compared to UW, WWU, etc.
So if you want more activity when you live on/near campus get out and meet people. Study groups, volunteer groups, sports, you name it SU has it. And if they don't start a group.
It is not for the student that wants to sit back and snooze. Classes are small and professors will notice if you slack. But it is also not overwhelming in most classes. If things get tough SU offers tons of help--tutors, professors are very accessible.
The campus is goregous. On nice weather days find a spot to sit outside and enjoy the beauty. Maintance takes their job seriously and works to keep things in shape.
Yes, to find eve entertainment may take a little work. But buses run right past the university, and they have shuttle service for sports games, like Men's basketball. Also shuttles are offered for traveling to and from the airport if you are going out of town for breaks.
You can get discount/free tickets to shows, and events around Seattle--usually through Student Services.
I have only completed one quarter at SU, but can't wait for winter quarter to begin. The people are friendly and involved. The students, most of them, want to learn and take part in what is going on. There are tons of opportunites for interships, work study, and study aboard.
Food is a mixed bag, but there are tons of eateries in walking distance--many give student discounts.
Su also offers better finacnial aid packages then other Northwest Universities. Much better. UW runs close to $41,000 a year--SU is $31,000 and offers big aid package.Su is for students wanting more than a cattle call experience. If you want to be spoon feed info, or want to only party then by all means aviod SU. If you want to be invloved in classes, campus, and the world all I can say is welcome to Seattle U.