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Diversity Profile

Engaging the culture, changing the world

Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and alumni are “engaging the culture” and “changing the world.” They’re serving disadvantaged youth in South Africa, developing computer languages for the Internet, practicing law in the inner city, and creating nutrition programs for senior citizens. They’re bringing knowledge, skill, faith, and hope to communities across the globe.

Scholarship with a difference
Because of its location, SPU offers students a unique opportunity to live, learn, and work in one of the nation’s most beautiful and exciting cities: Seattle. Located only 10 minutes from downtown, Seattle Pacific has been designated one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S.News & World Report, and one of the “Best College Values” in the West. Because SPU is a teaching university, you learn from experienced professors, not teaching assistants. The results are exciting. Consistently, 90% or more of SPU’s pre-med students were accepted to medical schools.

Our clear Christian commitment brings depth to the classroom, linking academic competence with the formation of personal character. The University aims to help students graduate with a deep, thoughtful faith—and the desire for Christian leadership and service.

A growing diversity
Seattle Pacific is home to the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development. Founded in partnership with renowned evangelical leader John Perkins, this first-of-its-kind center seeks to attract more ethnically diverse students, faculty, and staff to SPU—and ensure their success.

SPU’s Multi-Ethnic Programs plan Early Connections to welcome and support new students from diverse backgrounds. Early Connections Orientation is the beginning of ongoing activities to support, connect, and equip students from diverse backgrounds for college success. Thirty-four percent of undergraduate students are ethnically diverse.

Seattle Pacific also provides renewable scholarships for ethnic minority students through the Ames Minority Leadership Scholarships. Once enrolled, first-year Ames Scholars benefit from the Ames Mentors program, which provides faculty or staff mentoring in addition to their regular faculty advisor.

Additionally, Seattle Pacific students originate from 45 states and 39 foreign countries.

Seattle Pacific has 15 multicultural clubs, which include the Asian American Association, the Black Student Union, and the Minority Association for Pre-health Students.

Student government’s diversity initiatives include an intercultural director (paid student-staff position), the Intercultural Initiatives Committee, and an elected position of intercultural senator. An intercultural activities coordinator is in every residence hall on campus.

Get the inside scoop
SPU’s magazine, etc, is more than a name—it’s SPU’s vision: to engage the culture and change the world. Serving as a bridge between the SPU community and high school and college students, etc tells the stories that make us uniquely SPU. Read it at



Denominational affiliation: SPU is an independent university founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Students and faculty represent more than 50 different Christian denominations.  

Location: SPU’s 43-acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, only 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. SPU also owns and operates a wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island, and a seaside campus/retreat facility on Whidbey Island.

Total enrollment: 4,217