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Seattle Pacific University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Seattle Pacific University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Seattle Pacific University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Seattle Pacific University was awarded 74 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is student counseling.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked SPU as #501 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

SPU is also ranked #13 out of 58 schools in Washington.

See all of the rankings for Seattle Pacific University.

Is It Hard to Get Into SPU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 91%, Seattle Pacific University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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 )

Learn more about Seattle Pacific University admissions.

Seattle Pacific University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Seattle Pacific University is about average at 13 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Seattle Pacific University is 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Seattle Pacific University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Seattle Pacific University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  81 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at SPU for first-time, full-time students is 53%, which is better than 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.

Seattle Pacific University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,717 undergraduates at SPU with 2,636 being full-time and 81 being part-time.

How Much Does Seattle Pacific University Cost?

The overall average net price of SPU is $26,505. 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 +
$19,900 $20,595 $24,790 $29,341 $35,185

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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. 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 2.0%. 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.

Get more details about paying for Seattle Pacific University.

How Much Money Do SPU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from SPU make about $49,100 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for SPU students 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

Seattle Pacific University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Seattle, Washington. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

Get more details about the 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, 714 received undergraduate degrees and 302 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
General Business/Commerce 70 $49,200
General Psychology 64 $29,500
Design & Applied Arts 33 $42,800
Nursing 32 $66,700
Economics 31 NA
Communication & Media Studies 29 $36,700
Health & Physical Education 27 NA
Computer Science 26 NA
General English Literature 25 NA
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 23 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 options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 337 students took at least one online class at Seattle Pacific University. This is a decrease from the 365 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 337 89
2017-2018 365 88
2016-2017 270 59
2015-2016 271 67
2013-2014 197 34

Learn more about online learning at Seattle Pacific University.

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Notes and 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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