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Christian Life Profile

Engaging the culture, changing the world

Seattle Pacific University students, faculty, and alumni are bringing knowledge, skill, faith, and hope to communities across the globe. They’re serving youth in poverty, developing computer languages, pursuing legal careers to advocate for social justice, and creating nutrition programs for senior citizens. They’re also working in churches, raising families, and participating in public life. In short, they’re “engaging the culture” and “changing the world.”

If you’d like to use your abilities to influence the world for good, SPU can help. One of the few comprehensive Christian universities located in a major urban center, Seattle Pacific is uniquely able to equip students for significant roles in today’s world.

Scholarship with a difference
Seattle Pacific is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make its 2017 “Best National Universities” list. With an average of 23 students per class, you’ll learn from experienced professors who know you by name. Small classes allow you to interact with faculty members, gaining the confidence to express your ideas and pursue your academic goals.

The results are exciting. Consistently 90% or more of SPU’s applicants are accepted to graduate health programs. Seattle Pacific has had seven Fulbright Scholars in the past six years, and the University currently has 18 National Merit Scholars enrolled.

Informed by faith
Seattle Pacific’s clear Christian commitment brings depth to the classroom and links the growth of 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. Seattle Pacific students spend thousands of hours serving and empowering people throughout the city and around the world.

Urban options and natural wonders
Seattle Pacific uses the city of Seattle as a multifaceted classroom. Hundreds of internships each year provide priceless real-world experience. SPU students work 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 learning experiences in every neighborhood. And the Pacific Northwest region offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, including hiking, skiing, boating, and scuba diving.

Financing your education
The tuition you pay at SPU is a prime investment in your future. It goes directly into the quality of your educational experience, supporting the academic program, the faculty, and the latest in learning technology. Seattle Pacific will help provide more than $110 million in scholarships and financial aid to help qualified students attend the University in 2016–2017.

Get the inside scoop
SPU’s online story hub, 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 online at

You’re invited to visit
SPU offers visit events during the year. We can also schedule an individual visit for you. Visits include a campus tour, a counselor appointment, and meals when the dining hall is open. Go to now to schedule your visit. Come see what sets Seattle Pacific apart.



Mission Statement
“Seattle Pacific University is a 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.”

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 965-acre wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island and a 330-acre seaside campus on Whidbey Island.

Total enrollment: 4,061
Undergraduate ethnic minority students: 38%
Middle 50% SAT score of entering freshmen (new SAT, as of March 2016): 1110–1310
Average unweighted high school GPA of entering freshmen: 3.53
Average college GPA of entering transfers: 3.17
National Merit Scholars enrolled: 18
States from which students originate: 45
Countries from which students originate: 39

Undergraduate majors: 65
Graduate areas of specialization: 24 master’s degree programs, five doctoral programs, and 12 graduate certificate programs
Class size: 80% of undergraduate classes have enrollments of 30 students or fewer.
Student-faculty ratio: 14:1
Faculty qualifications: 83% of full-time faculty members have a doctoral degree or the terminal degree in their field.
Learning resources: SPU’s facilities include a $28 million science building, a $10 million library, and a sophisticated campus computer network featuring online access to extensive campus services.
Financial assistance: SPU will help award more than $110 million in scholarships and  financial aid for 2016–2017.

Graduate study: Recent SPU graduates have been accepted into graduate schools such as Princeton University, Harvard Law School, University of Washington School of Medicine, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Duke Divinity School.
Employment: In 2014, 92% of SPU graduates surveyed were employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation.
All information is based on Autumn Quarter 2016 statistics, unless otherwise noted.

Undergraduate Academic Offerings
Division of Arts and Humanities: Art; Asian Studies; Classics; Communication; English (Literature*; Writing*); Film Studies; History; French and Francophone Studies; Journalism*; Linguistics; Music; Music Therapy; Philosophy; Russian Studies; Spanish Studies; Theatre; Visual Communication

Division of Sciences: Anthropology*; Apparel Design; Apparel Merchandising; Applied Human Biology; Applied Mathematics; Biochemistry; Bioethics and Humanities*; Biology; Cellular and Molecular Biology; Chemistry; Computer Engineering; Computer Science; Dietetics; Ecology; Electrical Engineering; Engineering (Appropriate and Sustainable; Mechanical); Exercise Science; Family and Consumer Sciences; Food and Nutritional Sciences; Global Development Studies; Information Systems; Interior Design; Mathematics; Physics; Physiology; Political Science (Pre-law*); Sociology; Urban Studies

Business, Government, and Economics: Accounting; Business Administration (e-Commerce; Economics; Entrepreneurship*; Finance; Geopolitics; Global Development Studies; Information Systems; International Business; Leadership Studies*;

Management; Marketing; Political Science [Pre-law*]; Social Enterprise)

Education: Elementary Education Certification; Secondary Education Certification; Special Education
Health Sciences: Health and Human Performance; Nursing; RN to BS Degree Completion

Psychology, Family, and Community:

Theology: Christian Mission; Christian Scripture; Christian Theology; Christian Spirituality*; Educational Ministry; Global and Urban Ministry*; Reconciliation Studies*; Youth Ministry*

Pre-dentistry; Pre-law; Pre-medicine; Pre-optometry; Pre-pharmacy; Pre-physical Therapy; Pre-veterinary

Costume Design and Production; General Studies; Professional Studies; Women’s Studies*; Student-Designed Majors

* These programs are minors only.