Students Say

"Engage the culture, change the world is the Seattle Pacific University motto, and students say their school "does a very good job supporting it." Undergrads speak highly of SPU's "great academic programs," of which Business, Theology, Science, and Engineering are most often mentioned.

Overview

Applicants
4,447
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.55

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
7%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 630
SAT Math
510 - 620
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)

Overall

Students Say

"Engage the culture, change the world is the Seattle Pacific University motto, and students say their school "does a very good job supporting it." Undergrads speak highly of SPU's "great academic programs," of which Business, Theology, Science, and Engineering are most often mentioned. SPU offers a "strong Business program with special focus on ethics and integrity in business," and also has "a great Pre-Med program, with an impressive percentage of students who get into med school." Additionally, SPU's Education program has a "reputation in the community for producing high-quality teachers" and is "the only local school with a bachelor's degree in Special Education." Students report that there are "lots of opportunities to get involved in on-campus or off-campus volunteer work or ministry/leadership. Plus, there are several opportunities each year to study abroad and/or be a part of a cross-cultural, even international, mission trip." SPU students "love the smaller class sizes and individual attention" they receive from their instructors. Professors "are engaging and intelligent and truly strive for each student's success. Finding help when you have a question is easy with both professors and administration, and everyone is always polite and knowledgeable." One student adds, "Although this is a Christian university, it is broad-minded in a good sense. Professors teach their subject, not their faith. Their faith comes through the material just like their personality does."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
384
with Terminal Degree
183

208
Women
176
Men
33
Minority
7
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
80%
Graduate in 5 years
97%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jacob DeShazer (‘48)
Took part in the Doolittle Raid, special U.S. Army unit formed to attack Ja

Doris Heritage (‘64)
First woman to run a mile in under five minutes. This five-time world champ

Eugene Peterson (’54)
Pastor and author of over 30 books, including “The Message: The Bible in Co

Larry Wall (‘76)
Creator of Perl in 1987. Perl is the computer programming language that sup

Dan Price (’07)
founder of Gravity Payments, Washington state’s No. 1 credit-card processor

David Wong (’61)
neuroscientist instrumental in developing Prozac.

Marilyn Meberg (’61)
An original founder of "Women of Faith," now the largest women's conference

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
74
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,634

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,947

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,315

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,844

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$35,100
Required Fees
$372
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,026

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,533
Transportation for Commuters
$1,047

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

According to its students, SPU is a "very white, very female campus." Because it is a religious private school, SPU "attracts a lot of students who are similar in social aspects. Most students are white, upperand middle-class Protestants." Although diversity is somewhat "lacking" on campus, there exists "the usual rainbow of people in the community such as the alternative/Goth dressers, a slowly increasing range of racial/cultural backgrounds, and a percentage of adherents to faiths other than Christianity (or none at all)." Undergrads report that "the University has been working harder to bring in more ethnic and cultural diversity," and though minorities "are very few in numbers, everyone is accepted equally." In general, SPU students describe themselves as "friendly and compassionate." As one student explains, "It's easy to make new friends and get to know new people because everyone is really open and approachable."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,264
Out of State
39%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
52

Demographics

11.43%
Asian
3.74%
African-American
9.57%
Hispanic
64.68%
Caucasian
1.46%
Unknown
3.01%
International

67% female
33% male
39% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview

Students Say

SPU is located "right in the middle of downtown Seattle," so life at SPU "is usually split fifty-fifty between having fun around the city with friends and studying." Some popular attractions in the city include "the Experience the Music Project, the Space Needle, lots of concerts, Pacific Science Center, and tons of coffee shops and restaurants." SPU also hosts "lots of different campus events like a big talent show, lip sync contest, dorm film festival, formal dances, a date auction, and many other events." There are also "tons of service opportunities and ways to grow in your faith, from chapel to Group to serving with Urban Involvement." SPU students "are prohibited from taking part in anything related to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and premarital sex." Students point out that "rules do get broken," but insist that "SPU is not considered a party school at all." One thing students can be sure of is that they'll never be bored. As one undergrad concludes, "Seattle offers more entertainment than you could possibly experience in a decade, let alone four years."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
51%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
88
First-Year Students living on campus
94%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
55
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Falcons)
6 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Falcons)
8 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Gymnastics
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Washington
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Washington
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Univeristy of Washington

Sustainability

Seattle Pacific is an ACUPCC signatory and has set a goal of carbon neutrality by 2036. SPU composts on campus and donates used cooking oil to biodiesel manufacturers. SPU’s newest building, Arnett Residence Hall, is on target to receive LEED Silver certification and features a green roof, heat recovery, and LED garage and site lighting. Students play an active role in sustainability efforts by running the campus community garden and community kitchen clubs. Additionally, a senior honors project culminated in the installation of a solar photovoltaic array atop the physics and engineering building; it produces enough energy to replenish the electric grid with electricity equal to that consumed by the campus’ fleet of electric maintenance vehicles. Students also have the chance to enhance their environmental awareness through taking ecology courses and conducting research at a field station on nearby Blakely Island, and through intensive study abroad programs offered over winter breaks. These for-credit trips focus on tropical biology. Program sites alternate between Belize and the Galapagos Islands, providing opportunities for students to learn about coral reef ecology (Belize) and one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world (Galapagos Islands). Even better, the tropical studies trips are not exclusive to biology majors and minors—non-majors can go to fulfill general education credits.

Green Rating
87

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
95%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Lenovo and Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Amanda Stubbert
Asst Director of Campus Experience & Ev

Address
Undergraduate Admissions
3307 3rd Avenue West Suite 115
Seattle, WA 98119-1922

Phone
206-281-2021

Email
admissions@spu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pura Vida Coffee Shop
Royal Brougham Pavilion
Weter Lounge
Student Union Building
The Science Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pike Place Market
Seattle Center
Gas Works Park
Chittenden Locks
Queen Anne Hill

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
Monday - Friday 9:00am-4:30pm
206-281-2021

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies-see website for schedule

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.spufalcons.com/bridge.asp?url

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
2 nights; students only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Taxis, shuttle buses, public transit, and the admissions office can provide transit. The closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma Airport. With two weeks notice, transportation from the airport, train station, or bus station to SPU is complementary for prospective students; each additional guest may request transportation for $20 each way. When requesting transportation with an admission representative please confirm the number of people in your party that will need transportation. Transportation is available between 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Coming from the north or south on I-5, take the Mercer Street Exit (number 167). Coming off the exit ramp, get into the right-hand lanes. Turn right onto Fairview Street. Continue to the stoplight and turn left onto Valley Street. At the next stoplight, turn right onto Westlake Avenue. Follow Westlake Avenue around Lake Union until it becomes Nickerson Street. Stay straight on Nickerson Street and turn left onto Third Avenue West. You are now on campus. Remain on Third Avenue West for three blocks, then turn right onto W. Dravus Street and right again into the tiered parking lot.

Local Accommodations
For a complete list of local Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Downtown Lake Union ($$$) Hampton Inn & Suites Seattle Downtown ($$) Inn At Queen Anne ($) Comfort Suites Seattle ($) Mediterranean Inn ($)
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Key Stats

4,447
Applicants
3,264
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate
1140
SAT Scores

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