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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?

753 Undergraduate Awards
$38,644 Avg Cost After Aid
91% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at SPU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 2%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at SPU.
  • In 2017-2018, 52% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from SPU with a bachelor's degree make about $49,100 a year. That's 20% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.2 years for students from SPU to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Seattle Pacific University Rankings

Out of the 41 colleges in Washington, SPU is ranked at #8.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

SPU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#178 Most Popular Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at SPU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#11 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Instructional Media Design Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Best Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Most Popular General Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#46 Most Popular Education Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#54 Best Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#57 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards SPU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Highest Paid Visual & Performing Arts Graduates College Factual
#17 Highest Paid General Business/Commerce Graduates College Factual
#21 Best Colleges for General Business/Commerce College Factual
#78 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#89 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#160 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual

Where Is Seattle Pacific University?

Location of 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
Website: https://spu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seattle.pacific.university
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SeattlePacific

How Do I Get Into SPU?

You can apply to SPU online at: https://spu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply

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?

91% Acceptance Rate
71% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
SPU has the high acceptance rate of 91%, 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 90%, and the acceptance rate for women is 91%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% 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 540 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 540 to 650 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 520 to 630 )
200
800
SPU received ACT scores from 39% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 21 and 29. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 21 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Seattle Pacific University?

$38,644 Net Price
63% Take Out Loans
1.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of SPU is $38,644. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At SPU, approximately 63% of students took out student loans averaging $7,082 a year. That adds up to $28,328 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at SPU is 1.9%. 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

2,636 Full-Time Undergraduates
67% Women
43% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,717 undergraduate students at SPU, with 2,636 being full-time and 81 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  SPU

There are also 812 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,636 full-time undergraduates at SPU, 33% are male and 67% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  SPU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of SPU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 352
Black or African American 134
Hispanic or Latino 373
White 1,281
International Students 153
Other Races/Ethnicities 343

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

88 Took All Classes Online
365 Took At Least One Class Online
31.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 365 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.

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Online Growth Rankings of SPU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Seattle Pacific University was 31.1%. This is the #677 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%.

Seattle Pacific University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 30 0 76 61 0 167
Nursing 0 68 0 10 1 79
General Psychology 0 56 0 14 0 70
Educational Administration 0 0 40 21 4 65
General Business/Commerce 0 54 0 10 0 64
Communication & Media Studies 0 49 0 0 0 49
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 28 8 36
General Education 0 26 0 2 4 32
Student Counseling 0 0 0 29 2 31
Nutrition Science 0 29 0 0 0 29
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 15 0 14 0 29
Computer Science 0 28 0 0 0 28
Design & Applied Arts 0 27 0 0 0 27
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 25 0 25
General Engineering 0 25 0 0 0 25
General English Literature 0 22 0 0 0 22
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 22 0 22
Health & Physical Education 0 22 0 0 0 22
Political Science & Government 0 21 0 0 0 21
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 20 0 0 0 20
Economics 0 20 0 0 0 20
Sociology 0 19 0 0 0 19
History 0 18 0 0 0 18
Fine & Studio Arts 0 18 0 0 0 18
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 13 0 0 0 13
Electrical Engineering 0 13 0 0 0 13
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 13 0 0 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 11 0 0 0 11
Accounting 0 11 0 0 0 11
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 11 0 11
Writing Studies 0 0 0 11 0 11
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 9 0 0 0 9
Business Administration & Management 0 0 0 9 0 9
Special Education 0 9 0 0 0 9
Music 0 9 0 0 0 9
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 8 0 0 0 8
General Biology 0 7 0 0 0 7
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 7 0 0 0 7
Instructional Media Design 0 0 0 7 0 7
Human Development & Family Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 6 0 0 0 6
Mathematics 0 6 0 0 0 6
Chemistry 0 6 0 0 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 0 6 0 0 0 6
Information Technology 0 5 0 0 0 5
Computer Engineering 0 5 0 0 0 5
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Applied Mathematics 0 4 0 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 4 0 0 0 4
Area Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 0 3 0 0 0 3
General Family & Consumer Sciences 0 2 0 0 0 2
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 1 0 1
Ethnic Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Urban Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0 1 0 1
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 0 0 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Textile & Apparel Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 0 0 0 0 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0 0 0 0 0
Romance Languages 0 0 0 0 0 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biblical Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 30 723 116 276 19 1,164

References

*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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