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Seattle Pacific University Overview

Seattle Pacific University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Seattle, Washington. The city atmosphere of Seattle makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Seattle Pacific University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$39,749 Avg Cost After Aid
92% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at SPU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at SPU is the doctor's degree.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 51% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SPU with a bachelor's degree make about $61,006 a year. That's 50% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average SPU student graduates in 4.3 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Seattle Pacific University?


Contact details for SPU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 3307 3Rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Phone: 206-281-2000

How Do I Get Into SPU?

You can apply to SPU online at:

Admission Requirements for SPU

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT or ACT Scores Required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into SPU?

92% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
21% Submit SAT Scores
SPU has the high acceptance rate of 92%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 29% of accepted students are men and 71% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 91%, and the acceptance rate for women is 92%.

Average Test Scores

About 21% of students accepted to SPU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 660. Math scores were between 520 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 530 to 660 )

SAT Math Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 520 to 640 )
SPU received ACT scores from 11% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 27. Composite scores were between 20 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 18 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 20 to 28 )

Can I Afford Seattle Pacific University?

$39,749 Net Price
56% Take Out Loans
0.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SPU is $39,749. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At SPU, approximately 56% of students took out student loans averaging $6,567 a year. That adds up to $26,268 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SPU is 0.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Seattle Pacific University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,513 Full-Time Undergraduates
68% Women
51% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,640 undergraduate students at SPU, with 2,513 being full-time and 127 being part-time.


There are also 803 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,513 full-time undergraduates at SPU, 32% are male and 68% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Seattle Pacific University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 385
Black or African American 201
Hispanic or Latino 432
White 1,052
International Students 136
Other Races/Ethnicities 307

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Seattle Pacific University. At this time, 26 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 53 countries are represented at SPU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Seattle Pacific University

170 Took All Classes Online
993 Took At Least One Class Online
382.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 993 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at SPU has changed over the last few years.


Online Growth Rankings of SPU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Seattle Pacific University was 382.9%. This is the #184 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at SPU regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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