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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the students like?

The student population is diverse. In the academic year 2012-13, the average age for students is 30. About 49 percent of the student body is from the Pacific Northwest. International students represent 31 countries. Women comprise 81 percent of the student body.

About 1,035 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled in Bastyr University's natural health arts and sciences degree programs in 2012-13 at our Kenmore, Wash., and San Diego campuses. According to our student enrollment estimates:

  • Graduate degree programs: 297 students
  • Naturopathic doctoral programs: 492 students
  • Bachelor's degree programs: 207 students
  • Certificate programs: 26 students
  • Unclassified: 27

Is there University housing?

Yes, at the Washington campus. Bastyr's new Student Village consists of 11 three-story buildings that each house 12 students. Each cottage is green-built, LEED-registered and ADA-compliant. 

Do you require standardized tests for admission?

No. We believe that standardized tests provide little useful information.

In selecting applicants for admission, Bastyr University seeks those qualities of motivation, intellect and character essential to successfully complete each program of study. Applicants are considered on the basis of academic performance, maturity and demonstrated humanitarian qualities.

What are the bookstore and library like at Bastyr?

The University Bookstore carries all required and recommended books for courses. A wide selection of reference books is also available, plus University T-shirts, sweatshirts and glassware. You may reach the bookstore at (425) 602-3026.

The Bastyr Library has over 19,000 volumes, 250 journal subscriptions, extensive audiovisual materials, and a continuously expanding collection of materials on alternative medicine and natural health. Contact the library at (425) 602-3020 or via email.

Who was John Bastyr?

John Bastyr, ND, was president emeritus of National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon, and teacher and mentor for the founding physicians of Bastyr University. Dr. Bastyr was one of the pioneers and heroes of naturopathic medicine, an advocate of the profession throughout his career and an inspirational healer. Seattle's most renowned naturopathic physician, he practiced for over 50 years and treated three generations of patients. Learn more about John Bastyr, ND, and the founding of Bastyr University.

Does Bastyr University have religious affiliations?

No. Bastyr's philosophy is based on the healing power of nature, which has spiritual connotations for some.

What is the weather really like in Seattle?

Winters in the Pacific Northwest are mild — usually cloudy with some rain showers and drizzle. Big storms and other forms of extreme weather are rare. "Northwesterners" are big on rain gear because nothing keeps them indoors (except studying).

How far is the University from Seattle?

The campus is 14 miles from downtown Seattle and about five miles from the city limits. Public transportation is accessible to and from the campus. Additionally, Bastyr operates a free shuttle to and from the "U-district" near the University of Washington and/or the clinic (10 miles away) that makes six to seven round trips a day Monday through Friday. Learn more about Bastyr's location in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just miles from Seattle.

Is the University's teaching clinic on campus?

Our new and revitalized teaching clinic, Bastyr Center for Natural Health, is located in the Fremont/Wallingford district of Seattle 10 miles from campus.

Do you have online or distance learning courses?

We currently have no online or distance learning courses (besides continuing education), although we may offer some courses in the future.

Can I take a course if I'm not an enrolled, or matriculated, student?

Yes. You may take an undergraduate, nonprofessional course if you meet the prerequisite requirements and if room is available in the class. Fully matriculated students receive priority enrollment. To enroll in a graduate or professional course, you must obtain prior approval from the dean of students or department chair. Contact the registrar's office at (425) 602-3089 for additional information.

Do you provide campus tours?

Just about every weekday is a "tour day" on campus, as the admissions office provides visitors either a scheduled tour guided by one of our current student or self-guided tour information. Also be sure to check out our online virtual tour. Or schedule a visit to campus.

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