Prospective Students

Gerdon Jones

“SPU is a place where you will be challenged academically, spiritually, and will grow in your racial identity. Come to SPU with an open mind and heart, and you will be able to learn about others’ stories as well as share yours for an enriching experience.”

— Gerdon Jones ’15, Former Co-President, Black Student Union; and Student and GOLD Alumni Engagement Coordinator 

Undergraduate Admissions is committed to helping students of color make SPU a reality. When we review students for admission, we take account of your whole story, not just the numbers. Diversity is part of our commitment to the gospel and our mission to engage the culture and change the world.

Our Admissions team

Meet Ineliz Soto-Fuller, director of Undergraduate Admissions

Ineliz Soto-Fuller

Born in New York of Puerto Rican descent, Ineliz Soto-Fuller “grew up all over Washington.” A couple of her favorite things about SPU are the integration of faith into quality academics and support for marginalized students. “Get to know people around you who are different ethnically, socioeconomically, and spiritually,” she says. “That will help you in future careers and in your worldview. College is incredible, so get excited!”

Diversity events and programs

Urban Preview

Urban Preview is a free overnight event offered every fall for senior high school students from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education. Here is a sample schedule

Early Connections

Early Connections is a unique orientation program for new students of color and first-generation college students. The program is offered throughout the year. 


Here are just a few of the many student events held on campus each quarter.

New students participating in an open mic

Students participate in an Early Connections Open Mic event.

Dinner Reception

During this semi-formal dinner, students from ethnically diverse high schools — or from ethnic backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in higher education — learn about how Seattle Pacific celebrates and supports our increasingly diverse student body. 

Ames Scholars

The Ames Scholarship seeks to support students of color coming from the most underrepresented cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Begun in 2002 with a gift from Gary and Barbara Ames, the scholarship fund was designed to minimize the financial burden of a university education for outstanding multiethnic student leaders. There are now more than 60 Ames Scholarship alumni. 

Meet the Class of 2020 Ames scholars.

In this video, graduates of the Ames Scholarship program talk about the difference the program has made in their lives. The scholarship supports traditionally underrepresented students of color who demonstrate significant leadership, service, and/or church involvement.

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Full tuition through the Falcon Bound Commitment

Students who applied for Washington state’s College Bound program in middle school may be eligible for SPU’s Falcon Bound Commitment, which covers 100 percent of your SPU tuition.

ASSP leadership team, 2016-17

Meet the 2016–17 ASSP officers

The 2016–17 Associated Students of Seattle Pacific Officer Core, elected by students, is the most diverse officer core in Seattle Pacific history.

Top row, left to right:  Shongi Motsi, vice president of ministries; Mara Kramer, executive vice president; Nathan Bennett, vice president of finance.

Bottom row, left to right: Jess Sloan, vice president of intercultural affairs; Lola Sosanya, president; and Bilen Yitbarek, vice president of campus activities.