SPU is the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make U.S. News & World Report‘s 2018 “Best National Universities” list.
Seattle Pacific University is an independent Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community. Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, SPU students and faculty now represent more than 63 different Christian denominations.
• Enrollment: The 4,061 students currently enrolled at Seattle Pacific originate from a total of 39 states and 48 foreign countries.
• Academics: SPU offers 66 majors and 52 minors. Find a complete list at spu.edu/majorsminors.
• Class size: The average class size at Seattle Pacific is just 21, with an impressive 14:1 student-faculty ratio.
• Scholarships and financial aid: Seattle Pacific awarded $110 million in scholarships and financial aid to qualified students in 2016–2017.
• Learning outcomes: 98% of SPU graduates surveyed were employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
• Location: SPU’s 43-acre campus is 10 minutes from downtown Seattle. The University also owns and operates a 965-acre wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island and a 330-acre seaside campus and retreat facility on Whidbey Island.
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Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and alumni are “engaging the culture and changing the world.” They’re serving youth in poverty, pursuing legal careers to advocate for social justice, and developing computer languages. They’re bringing knowledge, skill, faith, and hope to communities across the globe.
Academics with a difference
SPU’s Christian commitment brings new depth to 66 majors and 52 minors, linking academic competence with the formation of personal character. Seattle Pacific aims to help you graduate with a deep, thoughtful faith and the desire for Christian leadership and service. With an average of 21 students per class and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, you’ll learn from experienced professors who know you by name. The results are exciting. A recent survey found that 98% of SPU graduates were employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
Financing your education
Seattle Pacific helped award nearly $110 million in scholarships and financial aid to qualified students in 2016–2017. For many, this aid has made the total cost of attending SPU less than enrollment at a public university. SPU also provides renewable scholarships for underrepresented students through the Ames Scholarships. If you applied for Washington State’s College Bound program and meet SPU’s GPA and test score requirements, you’ll receive full tuition—all four years—as a Falcon Bound scholar.
Supporting campus diversity
Thirty-eight percent of SPU undergraduates are students of color, originating from a total of 39 states and 48 foreign countries. Every year the Office of Multi-Ethnic Programs organizes Early Connections, an invite-only orientation to welcome new students from diverse backgrounds. The event marks the beginning of ongoing activities that will equip you for college success. SPU also has 10 multicultural clubs, including the Filipino American Association, the Black Student Union, and the Minority Association for Pre-medical Students.
Seattle Pacific has recently hired a chief diversity officer to focus on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and reconciliation. The student government elects a vice president of intercultural affairs to advocate for justice and equity at all levels, and each residence hall on campus has a social justice director. SPU is also home to the John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development, a first-of-its-kind center founded in partnership with renowned evangelical leader John Perkins.
Learning beyond the classroom in Seattle
Seattle Pacific University offers students a unique opportunity to live, learn, and work in one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Located only 10 minutes from downtown, Seattle Pacific uses the city of Seattle as a multifaceted classroom. Hundreds of internships each year provide priceless real-world experience in such diverse places as Microsoft, Boeing, KING-TV, the Seattle Opera, Amazon, and the Seattle Seahawks. From art museums to airplane production plants, you’ll find exceptional learning experiences in every neighborhood.