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If you want to know more about Seattle Pacific University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Seattle Pacific University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Seattle Pacific University was awarded 19 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general business/commerce.

Overall Quality

SPU is ranked #348 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 23 colleges in Washington, SPU is ranked at #7.

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Is It Hard to Get Into SPU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 91%, SPU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

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 )

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

ACT Composite Scores for Seattle Pacific University  ( 21 to 27 )

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Seattle Pacific University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Seattle Pacific University, this ratio is 13 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Seattle Pacific University is 52%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  52 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Seattle Pacific University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 79% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Seattle Pacific University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  79 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At SPU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 53%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  53 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Seattle Pacific University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at SPU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,900 undergraduates at SPU with 2,783 being full-time and 117 being part-time.

SPU Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 86.51 out of 100, SPU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.51 out of 100
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How Much Does Seattle Pacific University Cost?

The overall average net price of SPU is $28,400. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for SPU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$22,794 $22,944 $25,871 $31,087 $34,684

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of SPU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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.

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How Much Money Do SPU Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from SPU with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $49,100 in their early years. This is good news for future SPU graduates since it is 23% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Seattle Pacific University make the most money.

Location of Seattle Pacific University

Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle Pacific University is a private not-for-profit institution. Seattle is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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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

Seattle Pacific University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 68 majors graduated from Seattle Pacific University. Of these students, 723 received undergraduate degrees and 295 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 68 $66,700
General Psychology 56 $29,500
General Business/Commerce 54 $49,200
Communication & Media Studies 49 $36,700
Nutrition Science 29 NA
Computer Science 28 NA
Design & Applied Arts 27 $42,800
General Education 26 NA
General Engineering 25 NA
Health & Physical Education 22 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Seattle Pacific University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at SPU

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2017-2018, 365 students took at least one online class at Seattle Pacific University. This is an increase from the 270 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 365 88
2016-2017 270 59
2015-2016 271 67
2014-2015 215 59
2013-2014 197 34

Learn more about online learning at Seattle Pacific University.

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