Seattle College, now Seattle University, formally incorporates on October 21, 1898.

  • By Walt Crowley
  • Posted 5/09/2001
  • Essay 3267
See Additional Media

On October 21, 1898, Washington State officially charters Seattle College, now Seattle University. The College is an outgrowth of Seattle's original Jesuit school, Immaculate Conception, founded in 1891 by Frs. Victor Garrand, SJ, (1847-1925) and Adrian Sweere, SJ, (1840-1913) who drew up the college's incorporation and served as its first president. Seattle College was reincorporated as Seattle University in 1948. As of 2001, Seattle University was the largest independent university in the Pacific Northwest, with an enrollment of 6,000, and the region's leading Jesuit institution.


Walt Crowley, Seattle University: A Century of Jesuit Education (Seattle: Seattle University, 1991).

Licensing: This essay is licensed under a Creative Commons license that encourages reproduction with attribution. Credit should be given to both and to the author, and sources must be included with any reproduction. Click the icon for more info. Please note that this Creative Commons license applies to text only, and not to images. For more information regarding individual photos or images, please contact the source noted in the image credit.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License
Major Support for Provided By: The State of Washington | Patsy Bullitt Collins | Paul G. Allen Family Foundation | Museum Of History & Industry | 4Culture (King County Lodging Tax Revenue) | City of Seattle | City of Bellevue | City of Tacoma | King County | The Peach Foundation | Microsoft Corporation, Other Public and Private Sponsors and Visitors Like You