Seattle Pacific University

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School Overview

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is located in Seattle, Washington on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill. SPU a Christian university of professions, sciences, and the liberal arts. In 1891 it was founded by the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church. At the time, it was Seattle Seminary. After that it became the Seattle Seminary and College in 1913 but changed its name again in 1915 to Seattle Pacific College. It didn’t take its current name until 1977. SPU is a member of Christian College Consortium.

General Information

Admission Office

3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 115

Seattle, WA 98119-1997

(206) 281-2021

(800) 366-3344

Fax: (206) 281-2669

Contact: Jobe Korb-Nice

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

3307 Third Avenue West

Seattle, WA 98119-1997

(206) 281-2000

Total undergrads: 3,007

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 713

Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,985

Graduate enrollment: 884


Urban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $45

Online application fee: $45
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 88%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 82%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,128 $26,817 $27,810 $28,965 +4.15%
Books and Supplies $849 $924 $942 $942 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,082 $8,454 $8,544 $8,817 +3.20%
Other $2,779 $2,823 $2,847 $2,843 -0.14%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $36,838 $39,018 $40,143 $41,567 +3.55%
In-state Off Campus $25,977 $27,741 $28,752 $29,907 +4.02%
In-state with Family $25,977 $27,741 $28,752 $29,907 +4.02%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $19,116
In-state Student Fees $80
Out-of-state Tuition $19,116
Out-of-state Student Fees $80

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 680 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 665 94% $10,574,738 $15,902
• Federal grants 145 20% $806,837 $5,564
• Pell grants 142 20% $475,396 $3,348
• Other federal grants 128 18% $331,441 $2,589
Local and state government scholarships or grants 288 41% $1,128,350 $3,918
Institutional grants or scholarships 658 93% $8,639,551 $13,130
Student loan financial aid 437 61% $3,173,769 $7,263
• Federal student loans 430 60% $2,393,950 $5,567
• Other student loans 92 13% $779,819 $8,476

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 725 268 16
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 6
European Studies/civilization 2
Latin American Studies 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 60
Biochemistry 2
Biology/biological Sciences, General 58
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 78 45
Accounting 19
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 38
Business/commerce, General 59
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General 7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 54
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 54
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 8
Computer Systems Analysis/analyst 8
Education 19 151 2
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 15
Curriculum and Instruction 34
Education, General 2
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 10
English/language Arts Teacher Education 9
Mathematics Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education 7
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 74
Social Science Teacher Education 3
Special Education and Teaching, General 6
Student Counseling and Personnel Services, Other
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 11
Engineering 21
Computer Engineering, General 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 18
Engineering Science 2
English Language and Literature/letters 42 5
Creative Writing 5
English Language and Literature, General 42
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1
French Language and Literature 10
German Language and Literature
Linguistics 5
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 5
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 65 42
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 28
Nursing Administration 14
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 65
History 18
History, General 18
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 14
General Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 12
Mathematics and Statistics 8
Applied Mathematics, General
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General 8
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 17
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 13
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 4
Physical Sciences 15
Chemistry, General 8
Physical Sciences
Physics, General 7
Psychology 52 25 14
Clinical Psychology 13
Industrial and organizational Psychology 15 1
Psychology, General 52 10
School Psychology
Social Sciences 67
Development Economics and International Development 8
Economics, General 9
Political Science and Government, General 34
Social Sciences, Other
Sociology 16
Theology and Religious Vocations 29
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology
Religious Education 12
Theology/theological Studies 17
Visual and Performing Arts 75
Art/art Studies, General 15
Design and Visual Communications, General 19
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 9
Interior Design 14
Music, General 18
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Work and Family Studies 56
Apparel and Textiles, General 16
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 11
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 19
Human Development and Family Studies, General 10
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

European Studies B
Latin American Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Latin B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Computational Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Global development studies B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Religious Education B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Seattle Pacific University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (206) 281-2000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,529
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,192 (90% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $45,078
Out-of-state Tuition: $45,078
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $30,330

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Seattle Pacific University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Seattle Pacific University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 43
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 114113
Engineering 4
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 4
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Health Professions and Related Programs 321
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 123
Social Sciences 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 14
Visual and Performing Arts 9
Grand total 1169247

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Seattle Pacific University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $45,078
Out-of-state $45,078
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $30,636
Out-of-state $30,636

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 703 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 701 99% $30,330
Student loan aid 456 64% $7,392

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,717 94% $26,484
Federal student loans 1,667 58% $6,772

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Seattle Pacific University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Seattle Pacific University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,387 1,237 3,150
Percent admitted 100% 89% 91%
Percent admitted who enrolled 15% 16% 14%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Seattle Pacific University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,529
Undergraduate enrollment 2,717
Graduate enrollment 812

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Seattle Pacific University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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