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Seattle Pacific University’s mission is to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a premier Christian university, we seek to do this by graduating people of competence and character, by pursuing the kind of scholarship that brings light and understanding into the world, and by modeling a grace-filled community.

What does this mean to you? It means that as a student, you’ll be challenged to think, to grow, and to act. You’ll be taught by world-class scholars who approach their academic disciplines from a Christian perspective. You’ll also participate with your professors and classmates in active learning and engagement in Seattle and around the world.

Seattle Pacific seeks to create a community that will provide you with both freedom and support as you grapple with difficult questions. Our goal is to help you emerge with knowledge and skill, and with an even deeper Christian conviction and desire for Christian leadership and service.

We work hard to maintain and strengthen the Christian academic community at SPU. One way in which we do this is by selecting faculty and staff members who are unapologetically Christian, share the same essentials of faith, and exhibit a vital concern for the education and faith development of students.

Another way is through the Christian Faith Exploration program, which includes worship, faculty-led small groups, forums on current issues, and urban and worldwide ministry. All full-time undergraduate students must meet Seattle Pacific’s Christian Faith Exploration requirement.

Students are also asked to adhere to community standards of behavior. They are expected to refrain from academic cheating; sexual immorality; use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs; and participation in acts of racial or sexual harassment. These are not rules for rules’ sake, but are intended to show respect for SPU’s Christian tradition and for other community members.

Seattle Pacific University’s Christian identity is central to our mission as a university. We believe that without faith, knowledge is incomplete.



It is the policy of Seattle Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations.

As a Christian educational institution affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific University is permitted and reserves the right to prefer employees or prospective employees on the basis of religion.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, contact either of the following persons:

Vice President for Student Life
Campus Location: Room 209, Student Union Building
Seattle Pacific University 3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 212
Seattle, Washington 98119-1950

Executive Director of Human Resources
Campus Location: 330 West Nickerson Street
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 302
Seattle, Washington 98119-1957

If you believe you may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy, please immediately contact one of the individuals designated above. For complaints regarding discrimination, refer to the University's Nondiscrimination Complaint Procedures located in the Graduate Student Handbook). If you have a question regarding the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities, you may contact the University's Title IX Coordinator or the U.S. Department of Education's Officer for Civil Rights.  For complaints regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct, refer to the University's Sexual Misconduct Policy (located in the Graduate Student Handbook).

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