Seattle Pacific University

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3307 Third Avenue W

Seattle, WA 98119-1997

Phone: (206) 281-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
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Feb. 1
application deadline

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#14 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Seattle Pacific University is a private institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,238, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 43 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Seattle Pacific University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 14. Its tuition and fees are $33,813 (2013-14).

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is a private Christian institution located in the Queen Anne residential neighborhood of the city, about 10 minutes from downtown.  Undergraduates at Seattle Pacific can choose from more than 60 academic programs, and graduate students can earn master’s degrees in about 15 programs, including those in the schools of business and education. Many Seattle Pacific students and alumni utilize the Center for Career and Calling, which helps them perfect cover letters and portfolios, among other services, to ease the job search.

Students at SPU can also get involved in about 50 clubs and an extensive network of volunteer opportunities through the John Perkins Center. Student athletes can play at the intramural level or try out for the maroon and white Seattle Pacific University Falcons varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Notable alumni include Doris Heritage, a distance runner who won five world championships in the sport before going on to coach the Seattle Pacific women’s cross country team for about 40 years.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1891
Religious affiliation Free Methodist
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $45,782,000


When applying to Seattle Pacific University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 1. The application fee at Seattle Pacific University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.5%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Seattle Pacific University is 15:1, and the school has 48.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 55%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Seattle Pacific University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,238, with a gender distribution of 33.4 percent male students and 66.6 percent female students. At this school, 54 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 46 percent of students live off campus. Seattle Pacific University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,095
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Seattle Pacific University offers a number of student services including health service and health insurance. Seattle Pacific University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Seattle Pacific University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Seattle Pacific University, 73 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $22,544.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $33,813 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,867 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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