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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Seattle Pacific is an above-average private, Christian university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,781 undergraduate students. The Seattle Pacific acceptance rate is 90%. Popular majors include Education, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 68% of students, Seattle Pacific alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $37,400.
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (without football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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.

SPU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
90%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1030-1240
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$29,546/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$26,549/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
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.62 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    97%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,781Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
95
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
7%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 48 responses
Report
  • Female
    33%
  • Conservative, middle class, and friendly.
    29%
  • Friendly
    21%
  • Learning
    8%
  • Family
    4%
  • Conservative
    2%
  • Outgoing
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
90%
Poll
94%
of students say they don't have Greek life.63 responses
Poll
71%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.105 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 47 responses
Report
  • Community-oriented
    43%
  • Private
    34%
  • Cool
    6%
  • Important
    4%
  • Progressive
    4%
  • Rigorous
    4%
  • Adaptable
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
84%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.43 responses
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My first year here was absolutely horrible! It is extremely overpriced, especially if you are out-of-state. Don't be fooled by the great scholarships--they won't increase it with increasing tuition costs. And they don't care about minorities, it's pretty clear. I had two friends with very racist roommates have a very hard time leaving their dorm. One of them was paid off in order to stay in her dorm. The other had to move to a more expensive dorm. My first two roommates lied about me and left the dorm without telling me until the day of, showing how little SPU cares about student life. I can't transfer a lot of my credits from SPU either. Crappy advisors unless you know them and the system well enough. Could not discourage you more from this school. There's a reason why I spiraled into a deep depression here, just saying.
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My first year at SPU was the best year of my life! Not only were the academics rigorous and stretching, I knew I was being taught by people who were very knowledgeable. I also like that they have freedom to teach the class how they want--each of my professors had unique, warm personalities and I sought help from them often. The community, however, is what makes SPU stand out. Everyone on campus is incredibly kind, and there is always something to go do somewhere on campus or in the surrounding area. Since it's a small school, too, it's easy to meet and know a lot of people and therefore easy to see people around campus and connect with them.
Seattle Pacific University is an exciting place where the professors care about your growth as a person, as well as your education. Many of the profs, as well as the deans, the student leaders, and the president of the University himself, wish to get to know you outside of the classroom. There is a lot of support. SPU has on campus security, as well, available 24 hrs a day to offer assistance or provide an escort around campus at night. The school encourages students to volunteer in the community, and they offer message boards to help find volunteer opportunities, jobs, and living situations. I was encouraged to grow in my faith, and given freedom to worship on campus, at the neighboring church, or find my own place of worship. I would recommend SPU to anyone seeking to make a difference in their community and world. SPU offers many mission experiences locally, and around the world. Diversity is celebrated, and Jesus is lifted up as the cornerstone for life.