Parents and Families in the Loop

Student and parents

Welcome to the news, events, and support site for Seattle Pacific parents and families.

We share a lofty goal: To prepare all our students to make a difference, wherever God takes them. Thank you for trusting us to play such an important role in your student’s life and learning.

You play a part in this grand adventure, as well. Read here how you can stand with your student in our shared mission to help engage the culture and change the world.

Check out Dining Services' new online shop. Families can order an assortment of gifts to let their students know they've got them covered. Better yet, when you order between September 15 and September 29, 2017, you'll get 20 percent off gift packages. Visit the online gift shop for the featured packages, and retail-dining gift certificates.

You spoke, we listened! After Mom's Day and Dad's Day this year, we surveyed attendees and asked if they would prefer to attend a "Family Weekend" over Mom's Day and Dad's Day. The majority expressed interest in Family Weekend so this year we'll be celebrating moms and dads at Homecoming and Family Weekend (February 2-3, 2018) with special programming for parents and their students. Stay tuned for more details.

If your student will be an incoming freshman or transfer this Autumn Quarter, he or she is invited to enter the weekly #spubound photo contest — and get to know other incoming students!

Seattle Pacific set an audacious goal during our 125th anniversary celebration year to accumulate a combined 125,000 service hours by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and parents. Did we do it? Yes! By June 2017, more than 1,300 SPU community members tallied in excess of 228,000 service hours.

Do you know a high school student interested in learning more about SPU? At an upcoming SPU Friday, a high schooler can visit a class, meet professors, learn about admissions and financial aid, and more.

Experience life at SPU, without leaving your living room. Our 360-degree tour of campus lets you step inside some of our favorite places on campus — and explore the action from every angle.

Faculty Spotlight

After receiving a series of grants, Bradley Murg, assistant professor of political science and director of SPU’s Global Development Studies program helped established a new nongovernmental organization “the Greater Mekong Research Center.”

This center is already becoming a leading voice in Cambodian media and academic and policy circles on questions of democratization, human rights protection, and economic development. In May 2017, students named Murg the 2017 Professor of the Year.

Visit the research center at

Upcoming Events

Homecoming and Family Weekend
February 2–3, 2018

Save the date, and make plans to come to campus for Homecoming and Family Weekend! Watch for more details to come.

E-newsletter signup

Sign up to receive In the Loop, our monthly (except July) e-newsletter for parents and families.

Visit the archives for  current and past issues.

Orientation Guidebook

See the Guidebook

Just getting started at SPU? Here’s everything you need to know, from food to parking to getting involved. This guidebook has it all.

Undergraduate admissions, students talking on campus

Falcon Formation

Whether you are a prospective or current student, a parent, or a faculty or staff member, discover how vital “Falcon Formation” is to student life and learning at Seattle Pacific.

Response Magazine

Our print and online magazine helps you be an informed voice for global Christian engagement.

What’s coming next?

When do residence halls open and close? When does Autumn Quarter begin? How about Orientation or finals? Academic year highlights for the coming year are now posted.