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Autumn 2006 | Volume 29, Number 4 | Alumni

Record Number of Fall Applications

Class of 2010

SEATTLE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY received more applications — 2,112 — for 2006–07 than for any other academic year in SPU’s history. This follows a previous record-setting year for applications in 2005–06. “It’s a trend that says a lot about the University’s vision for engagement in the world,” says Director of Admissions Jobe Nice. “Students are hearing about it and wanting to plug in.”

In Autumn 2006, Seattle Pacific lowered its admit rate 5 percent in one year to 80 percent, an indicator that points to expanding demand and the rising caliber of students. Overall enrollment for Autumn Quarter is at capacity with 3,830 students, including 2,979 undergraduate students, 57 post-baccalaureate students, and 794 graduate students.

The incoming class of 622 freshmen and 246 transfers brought with them high SAT score averages and GPA averages (1163 and 3.62 respectively), and Nice says he expects big things from the Class of 2010. “They’re a well-rounded group,” he notes. “It’s impressive to see their involvement in classes, churches, and communities — in everything from the arts to journalism to volunteerism to athletics. It’s definitely a class that loves to engage.”

SPU saw its ethnically diverse population grow to 13.5 percent in 2006, up from 11.6 percent in 2005. Nine new Ames Scholars — incoming ethnic minority students recognized with scholarships for their academic achievement and leadership potential — were honored at a special President’s Reception on September 21. They hail from as close as Federal Way, Washington, and from as far as Eritrea, and their majors vary from biology to the classics. Some of the Ames Scholars were active in high school government; one played varsity tennis; and another plans on becoming a family practitioner and working with mission organizations such as “Doctors Without Borders.”

Among the new students this fall are also 10 SPU Scholars. Now in its second year, this full-tuition program helps to bring highly talented students to Seattle Pacific, top scholars who were also admitted to institutions such as Stanford and MIT. “These students were already changing their campuses and communities while in high school,” says Nice. “They are fantastic contributors we expect to take the vision of SPU into the culture at large and really make a difference.”

One such student is Alex Binz from South Seattle, who, at age 16, is one of the University’s youngest-ever freshmen. This past summer, he attended a seminar at Acton University focusing on the integration of Christian theology and sound economics. Then in July, he presented his independent economics research at the Western Economic Association International Conference in San Diego, California, alongside SPU Associate Professors of Economics Doug Downing and Jon Deming.

Reflecting on the promising mix of students at Seattle Pacific, Nice concludes, “It goes beyond the numbers. It’s about who these students are as people — and these are some great people.”


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