Do you want to become an educator with both the competence and the character to bring hope into the lives of students? Is it your goal to become a leader in making our schools work for all children, not just some children? Graduates of the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University are among today’s most sought-after educators, expertly prepared to meet the challenges of their field and serve their communities.
Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.
SPU is a private university founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Students and faculty represent more than 50 different Christian denominations.
SPU’s 43-acre city campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle. SPU also owns and operates a wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island, and a seaside campus/retreat facility on Whidbey Island.
(Statistics are based on Autumn Quarter 2019)
Total enrollment: 3,529
Undergraduate enrollment: 2,717
Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 21
Graduate enrollment: 791
(Summer 2018–Summer 2019)
Continuing education enrollment: 2,531
Academic programs offered
Undergraduate majors: 71
Undergraduate minors: 59
Master’s degree programs: 31
Doctoral degree programs: 5
Graduate certificates: 8
(undergraduate through doctoral)
Average age of students
Gender Men: 33% Women: 67%
Student-faculty ratio 13:1 (based on Common Data Set definition)
- Average high school GPA
- Entering freshmen: 3.52
- Entering transfers: 3.13
- Average SAT scores of entering freshmen
- National average: 1059
- Washington state average: 1074
- SPU average: 1152
- Class size 82% of Autumn Quarter 2019 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or less.
- Ethnic diversity 43% (undergraduate ethnic minority students)
- Retention rate 80% (based on first-year persistence)
- Six-year graduation rate 68% (reported Autumn 2019)
Top 10 undergraduate programs
By number of students enrolled Autumn Quarter and accepted into a major:
- Business Administration
- Computer Science
- Visual Communications
- Global Development Studies
- Exercise Science