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    Getting the Most Out of Your Graduate School Experience

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Receiving your letter of acceptance into graduate school is an exciting experience. Before you start picking your classes, however, it’s a good idea to set some expectations and goals for yourself. Doing so can help you get the most out of your time at graduate school. For example, your list of expectations may include achieving a certain grade point average (GPA) and networking with your fellow students to further your career objectives. Be sure to set realistic expectations to avoid placing excessive pressure on yourself.

    Graduate school is a perfect opportunity to become more involved. In fact, many prospective students choose to apply to certain schools in part because they have a reputation for community service. Complement your studies with community service initiatives and getting involved in on-campus activities, such as career planning events. Get involved in class by actively participating in the discussion and asking questions. Being an active participant in your own education lends itself to an incredible graduate school experience.

    At Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, we encourage our graduate school students to become involved on campus and in our community. For more information about pursuing a graduate degree in Seattle, call (206) 452-2262.

    Life as a Student at Seattle University

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Since 1891, Seattle University has been proud to graduate students who are empowered, capable, resilient, and community-oriented. If you are thinking of pursuing a computer science degree, software engineering degree, or other graduate degree at our school, watch this video to catch a glimpse of student life on campus.

    You’ll see a slideshow of snapshots that depict students participating in various activities, from mentoring young kids to enjoying recreational opportunities to collaborating with fellow students on academic projects. Our campus offers numerous enrichment opportunities, sports activities, and social programs to enhance the well-being and development of our valued students.

    Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering offers exciting opportunities for prospective graduate school students. Call our campus in Seattle at (206) 452-2262 to learn more about becoming a student.

    Tips on Relocating to Seattle for Graduate School

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Seattle is a beautiful, vibrant city that offers so many opportunities for graduate school students, whether you prefer outdoors activities such as hiking and fishing or cultural adventures such as galleries and festivals. Once you’ve been accepted to graduate school to pursue your computer science or software engineering degree, take a few minutes to decide which neighborhood you might like to settle in.

    Choose an Ideal Neighborhood

    There are many great neighborhoods in Seattle, such as Queen Anne and Magnolia, which have a reputation for being upscale suburban areas. The Capitol Hill neighborhood tends to appeal to younger generations and students who are interested in an exciting night life, while Belltown tends to attract young professionals. Wallingford is a closely knit community that appeals to those raising families and Fremont has a reputation for being a bohemian neighborhood. Individuals attending graduate school tend to live in Ravenna and the University District. In these areas, you’ll find reasonable rentals, studios, and family homes.

    Navigate the Public Transportation System

    Seattle has an extensive public transportation system. However, many students attending graduate school rely on their bicycles and walking, particularly if they live in Ravenna or the University District. You can also take advantage of the Seattle Metro Bus routes and the monorail if you prefer to leave your car at home.

    Enjoy the Cultural Opportunities

    Set aside some time away from your graduate school studies to enjoy the wealth of cultural opportunities and entertainment venues that Seattle has to offer. Seattle offers various themed festivals all year, along with theaters, music venues, and museums. The ubiquitous coffee shops in Seattle often feature evening entertainment.

    Seattle University's Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering invites prospective graduate school students to visit our beautiful campus in Seattle. You can browse through helpful travel information on our website or call (206) 452-2262 to speak with a friendly representative. We also encourage prospective students to learn more about the curriculum for our computer science and software engineering programs on our website.

    Questions to Ask About Your Graduate School Admission Process

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Although you are applying and interviewing for a position as a student in graduate school, the admissions committee is also trying to pass your inspection. Before accepting an offer from a graduate school, there are a number of factors you should consider, such as whether you feel comfortable in that particular program, whether you feel welcome on campus, and whether information about the school is presented in a straightforward manner. Additionally, when you’re interviewing with the admissions committee, consider asking the following types of questions.

    Asking Questions About the Curriculum

    As a prospective graduate school student, your primary priority is likely the curriculum of the program you choose. You may wish to ask about the coursework, whether the school is accredited, and what the faculty-to-student ratio is. Additionally, ask about opportunities for projects that enhance your studies, such as independent research projects. You may also want to ask how the grad students are academically evaluated.

    Asking Questions About Student Support

    Reputable graduate schools offer extensive student support. Ask the admissions committee about the extent to which students receive advising services, such as whether academic advisors work closely with students to develop an individualized education plan. Ask whether ongoing advising support is available.

    Asking Questions About Financial Aid

    Financial aid is often an important consideration for prospective students applying to graduate school. While federal student aid is often available, you may wish to ask the admissions representatives about financial aid available from the graduate school. You should also ask whether a counselor is available to guide you through the process of applying for aid, searching for scholarships, and securing student loans.

    Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering welcomes your questions about applying to our graduate school. Our campus in Seattle is pleased to offer advanced degrees in computer science and software engineering to students who are dedicated to personal growth, career fulfillment, and community involvement. Learn more about our admissions process by calling (206) 452-2262. 

    How Graduate School Differs from Your Undergraduate Experience

    Last updated 1 month ago

    There is a common misconception that graduate school is simply an extension of the undergraduate years. In fact, there are many key differences. When you enroll in graduate school, you can expect much smaller classes with a higher level of interaction and collaboration expected of students. Since an applicant’s commitment to being a team player is even more important in graduate school, the admission committee will evaluate much more than grades. Applicants must demonstrate a strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, and the ability to succeed with an intense workload through their personal statements, letters of recommendation, interviews, and track record of community service.

    The structure of graduate school also differs from undergraduate programs. Instead of taking prerequisite courses in addition to courses for a major, students dedicate themselves to one area of specialization. The assignments for classes tend to emphasize in-depth research and lengthy projects, rather than smaller assignments.

    If you are ready to take your career to the next level with a graduate degree in computer science or software engineering, it’s time to consider enrolling in Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. You can contact our graduate school in Seattle by calling (206) 452-2262.

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