Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University, also referred to as SPU, was established in the year 1891 by Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church. The university is located in Seattle, Washington, United States, and was originally called the Seattle Seminary. SPU gained university status in the year 1977. It is a member unit of the Christian College Consortium. SPU enrolls more than 3,000 students on an annual basis. The university offers various degrees and certificate programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology, Family and Community
  • School of Theology

The men's teams of Seattle Pacific University are involved in sports such as basketball, rowing, cross country, track and field, and soccer. The women's teams participate in basketball, soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field, and cross country.

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Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle , WA 98119-1997
General Phone: (206) 281-2000

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Seattle Pacific University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts162European studies, Latin American studies, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Business and Management157business, business administration, accounting, finance, organizational behavior, MIS
Education and Teaching144education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, secondary teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Therapy and Counseling139psychology, clinical psychology, organizational psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy
Nursing and Emergency Medicine74registered nursing, nursing administration
Science69biology, biochemistry, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Media63communication studies
Religion and Philosophy54philosophy, religion, missionary studies, religious education, theology
Family and Social Work32family and consumer science, food and nutrition, family studies
Design31design and visual communication, interior design
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy21sports and fitness management, exercise science
Engineering21electrical engineering, engineering science
Construction Trades20apparel and textiles
Drama and Performing Arts11drama, various performing arts
Computer Science and Engineering8systems analyst, computer engineering
Art Studies7art studies
Mathematics4mathematics, applied mathematics, mathematics and statistics

Number of programs and degrees for Seattle Pacific University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree77157
Doctor's degree245
Master's degree24813

Seattle Pacific University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Seattle Pacific University had a total enrollment of 3,842 students (3,640 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 31%
Women 69%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 77%
Graduate 23%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 2%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 31%
20-21 32%
22-24 14%
25-29 8%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Seattle Pacific University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Seattle Pacific University Room and Board (2007)

Seattle Pacific University offers campus housing for 1,830 of its 3,640 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Seattle, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Seattle Pacific University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520640
SAT Math520620
SAT Writing520620
ACT Verbal2230
ACT Math2227
ACT Composite2228

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT88%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT41%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Seattle Pacific University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,817
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,817
Room and board $ 8,454
Room charge $ 4,569
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,885
Books and supplies $ 924
Other expenses $ 2,823

Financial Aid:
Seattle Pacific University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 378800)

Seattle Pacific University Faculty

Seattle Pacific University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2421
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2321

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$99,5816$90,256
Associate professorcalendar year4$75,6456$73,853
Assistant professorcalendar year2*2*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year12$86,30615$78,474

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year39$83,08812$84,196
Associate professoracademic year27$67,74517$63,418
Assistant professoracademic year25$55,40221$54,136
Instructoracademic year9$48,46211$44,112
No academic rankacademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year101$69,10262$60,428

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Seattle Pacific University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Pacific West Conference
Track Pacific West Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports174865

Seattle Pacific University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Organizational Behavior Studies

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General

Design and Visual Communications, General
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics, Other
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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checked Free Methodist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, navy)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
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