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Seattle Pacific University

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Seattle Pacific University is located on a 43-acre campus in the quiet north Queen Anne neighborhood in the thriving world-class city of Seattle, which is a major trade center and a popular tourist destination. The Seattle Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


Seattle Pacific University is comprised of six schools: College of Arts & Sciences, School of Health Sciences, School of Business & Economics, School of Psychology, Family & Community, School of Education, and School of Theology. The most popular undergraduate programs of the Seattle Pacific University include business administration, psychology, biology, nursing, communication, and political science.

  • The College of Arts & Sciences offers undergraduate majors in 18 different disciplines and two graduate programs. The college has various divisions such as Fine and Performing Arts, Humanities, Science and Engineering, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • The School of Business & Economics offers majors in Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics with concentration in areas such as Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Social Enterprise, Developmental Economics, and Economic Policy. Graduate courses offered include M.B.A. and Master’s in Information Systems Management.
  • The School of Education offers programs in teacher certification with special education majors in Elementary, Secondary, General, and Educational Ministry. The graduate programs include master’s in Educational Leadership, Teaching and Counseling.
  • The School of Health Sciences offers the B.S. degree with nursing major and the R.N. to B.S. degree completion program.
  • The School of Psychology, Family & Community offers undergraduate B.A. and B.S. programs with a major in Psychology.
  • The School of Theology offers undergraduate programs with majors in Educational Ministry and Christian Theology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Common Application program. High school graduates seeking admission to Seattle Pacific University are required to fill out the Common Application and submit their high school transcripts. Students who have completed college coursework in high school are required to submit their college/university transcripts. ACT/SAT scores also need to be submitted.

International students must also submit the Common Application along with a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their educational expenses for a year. They are also required to submit their high school and college transcripts and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores.

Financial Aid

Seattle Pacific University provides financial aid to students to help them meet their educational expenses. The different forms of financial aid available to SPU students include grants, work-study opportunities, scholarships, and student loans. To apply for financial aid at Seattle Pacific University, students are required to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of Education. The university recommends a priority deadline of March 1 to apply for aid.

Different types of need-based financial aid available to students of the Seattle Pacific University include the federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, SMART and TEACH grants, and State Need Grant. Students can also apply for the SPU Grant. Students may also be eligible for various loan options, such as Stafford (Subsidized and Unsubsidized) loans, Perkins loans, Grad PLUS loans, SPU Institutional loans, and Parent PLUS loans.

Different student employment options include on-campus employment and federal work-study jobs, off-campus employment, community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1935th for the average student loan amount.
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Seattle Pacific University believes in the philosophy that learning occurs both within and outside the classrooms.

Student Clubs and Organizations

Student government on campus is known as the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP). It is responsible for formulating student welfare policies and fostering a supportive environment on the campus. There are a variety of clubs on campus to provide numerous opportunities for connecting with others and getting involved in the campus culture. Some popular clubs on the campus of Seattle Pacific University include Beta Alpha Psi, Circle K, Seattle Pacific Outdoor Club, Fashion Group, Jane Austen Club, and the Habitat for Humanity. The University Ministries provide opportunities to connect with small community groups and worship together.

Student Services and Programs

The Center for Career and Calling provides important information to students about career choices and counseling, job search, and interview preparation. Seattle Pacific University also offers a Mentor Program in which students form a beneficial collaborative partnership with people from various businesses and professions.

On-Campus Housing and Campus Facilities

Seattle Pacific University believes that residential experience is an integral part of a student’s college education. The university offers a two-year guarantee of housing to first-time freshmen. The housing options are available in the form of residence halls, apartments, and houses. Ashton, Hill, and Moyer are the residence halls available for students in the Seattle Pacific University. These residence halls offer two- and three-person rooms and common bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with single beds, mattresses, desks, chairs, dressers, cable television service, and Internet access. Apartment-style living is also available for the students in the Wesley at Seattle Pacific.

The dining options available at Seattle Pacific University include Crossroads at Gwinn Commons and Falcon’s Landing. The Crossroads offers a restaurant-style atmosphere and an extensive menu to accommodate student preferences.

The Seattle Pacific University bookstore offers textbooks, computer software, apparels, gifts, supplies, and bags.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Seattle Pacific University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II. The intercollegiate sports teams include men’s and women’s crew, basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, soccer, and women’s gymnastics and volleyball. Seattle Pacific University’s mascot is the falcon, and school colors are maroon and white.

Students are also encouraged to participate in intramural competitions and recreational sport activities such as badminton, cross country, pickelball, weightlifting, and basketball.


  • Seattle Pacific University. Student Financial Services. Web. 27 July 2011.
  • Seattle Pacific University. Student Handbook. Web. 27 July 2011.
  • Seattle Pacific University. Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011. 2010. Print.

Information Summary

Ranks 8th in Washington and 327th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.26
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,126 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 100 0.02
Robbery 1,418 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,807 1.10
Larceny 21,585 3.49
Vehicle theft 3,400 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population19,662 (19,662 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,143 (1.71 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,222
Families3,192 (2.52 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationFree Methodist
Congressional District5307

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 333rd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $33,444 $33,444 $33,444
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $369 $369 $369
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $929 $929 $929
FT Graduate Tuition $22,596 $22,596 $22,596
FT Graduate Required Fees $80 $80 $80
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $785 $785 $785
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $47,674 $47,674 $47,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $47,674 $47,674 $47,674
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $37,540 $37,540 $37,540

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $30,339 $32,067 $30,339 $32,067 $30,339 $32,067
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $942 $999
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,081 $9,492
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,833 $2,889
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $9,492
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $2,889
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,628

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,165 (1,601 male / 3,564 female)
Admitted 3,726 (1,123 male / 2,603 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 767 (245 male / 522 female)
FT Enrollment 765 (244 male / 521 female)
PT Enrollment 2 (1 male / 1 female)
Total Enrollment4,270

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Northwest Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

258th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 41%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

326th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 84%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 510 / 610
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1030 / 1240

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1
Meals per Week21
Room Fee$5,391
Board Fee$4,476

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 18 39 56 78 3 780 52 1,083
Accounting 1 21 22
Apparel and Textiles, General 3 4 13 21
Applied Mathematics, General 1 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1 1
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 6 1 10
Biochemistry 1 4 6
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 9 11
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 2 3 6 16 2 29
Business/Commerce, General 1 3 5 1 62 4 77
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General 2 4 6
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Computer Engineering, General 1 1
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 3 3
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 1 1 7 1 10
Creative Writing 1 7 9
Curriculum and Instruction 1 31 1 33
Design and Visual Communications, General 1 3 14 19
Development Economics and International Development 2 12 16
Divinity/Ministry 3 4
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 4 4
Ecology 1 5 6
Economics, General 1 11 12
Education, General 1 3 20 26
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 1 1 2 12 1 17
Engineering Science
Engineering, General 4 4
English Language and Literature, General 3 17 3 28
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
European Studies/Civilization
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Finance, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 1 3 1 15 1 21
French Language and Literature 2 2
General Studies 1 2 1 4
German Language and Literature
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 1
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 3 9 15
History, General 1 1 10 12
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1 2 4
Industrial and Organizational Psychology 1 2 15 4 22
Interior Design 1 3 1 6
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 8 9
Latin American Studies 1 1 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 3 1 8
Linguistics 1 3 1 5
Management Information Systems, General 3 1 2 4 12
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 1 1 22 2 26
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General 1 9 10
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Music Therapy/Therapist 2 2
Music, General 1 1 1 2 15 1 23
Nursing Administration 1 2 18 4 27
Pastoral Studies/Counseling 1 1
Philosophy 1 7 2 12
Physical Sciences 1 1
Physics, General 1 3 1 5
Physiology, General 3 3 2 17 2 27
Political Science and Government, General 1 1 1 2 22 5 35
Psychology, General 1 4 8 7 1 57 85
Reading Teacher Education 1 7 1 9
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 2 2 1 6 54 1 69
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education 2 17 20
Russian Language and Literature 1 1
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 15 3 19
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 1 3 60 5 73
Social Science Teacher Education
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 1 2 5 22 2 34
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 6 8
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 1 3 5 9 1 41 1 66
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 3 4
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 4 6 11
Theology/Theological Studies 2 2 1 7 13
Urban Studies/Affairs 1 1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 865th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,329 ($80,658 male / $64,875 female)
Number of FT Faculty 206 (119 male / 87 female)
Number of PT Faculty 377
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $7,118,000

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