A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
Seattle Pacific University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Website

Seattle Pacific University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
87%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
990-1230
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$29,174/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $22,530/ year
  • $30-48k
    $24,357/ year
  • $49-75k
    $26,150/ year
  • $76-110k
    $29,247/ year
  • $110k+
    $33,206/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
93%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.54 responses
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.56 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.56 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,082Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
6%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 44 responses
Report
  • Female
    34%
  • Conservative, middle class, and friendly.
    30%
  • Friendly
    23%
  • Learning
    7%
  • Family
    5%
  • Conservative
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
93%
of students say they don't have Greek life.57 responses
Poll
72%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.99 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
Report
  • Community-oriented
    44%
  • Private
    32%
  • Cool
    7%
  • Important
    5%
  • Progressive
    5%
  • Rigorous
    5%
  • Adaptable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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I have immensely enjoyed my time at Seattle Pacific University. Although the campus is small, it is a beautiful oasis nestled in the affable Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, with plenty of city to explore! The food--Gwinn--is amazing, and you'll love the buffet-style cafeteria featuring amazing cookies you can stash in your backpack for later. I have learned so much during my time at SPU, due to the excellent academics and engaging professors. Give it a chance and I promise you'll love it just as much as I do!
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Seattle Pacific University is a great school! The professors connect with their students and truly want them to succeed in college and their future careers. Also, the learning atmosphere is phenomenal, as the small class sizes make it possible to ask many questions during the lecture. Overall, the campus is beautifully maintained in a great location.
The small size of SPU gives it a number of advantages. First, you get smaller class sizes. Most of my lower division classes were 25-40 students. Upper division classes are even smaller. The professors are there because they want to invest in students, so nearly all of them welcome students to visit during office hours, and I have met with a few of my professors for coffee to further discuss class material or life. I also found a really good community of peers at SPU. It should be noted that a lot of this is because I started there as a freshman in the dorms--if you do not live on campus and/or transfer in, it is a lot harder to feel that you have joined the community. Also, they lack diversity. The majority of students are white women. The majority of professors are white men. Nevertheless, I had a very positive experience at SPU. I am pleased with the level of education I have received and how the professors have developed deep, critical thinking in me.