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.

Seattle Pacific University recently announced the opening of the new Office of Global Engagement to be headed by Senior International Officer Sharleen Kato, director of global engagement and professor of family and consumer sciences.

Now in its 18th year, the Sacred Sounds of Christmas continues to feature the best of sacred Advent music from around the world. Including traditional Advent and Christmas carols, the concert returns to the renowned Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle after its past few years in McCaw Hall.

Meet student and Tacoma native, Nathan Samayo. After following in his mother's footsteps learning to sew and design, he transferred to Seattle Pacific University for its apparel design/merchandising major.

Check out Dining Services' new online shop. Families can order an assortment of gifts to let their students know they've got them covered. Visit the online gift shop for the featured packages, and retail-dining gift certificates.

You spoke, we listened! SPU moms and dads want a "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.

The 2018-2019 FAFSA is now available

Believe it or not, you can already start applying for financial aid for the 2018–19 academic year. If your student will be continuing next year, your student must submit a new FAFSA. In fact, all students seeking financial aid must file a FASA each academic year. For more information about the FAFSA process, visit Student Financial Services' FAFSA web page.

Upcoming Events

Pumpkin carving

Thursday, October 26
SUB Gazebo Room
$5, includes pumpkin and snacks

SPU students are invited to carve pumpkins, Thursday, October 26, in the SUB Gazebo Room. Encourage your student to RSVP to the Office of Student Engagement to secure a spot. If students have questions, they can contact Alli Bautista at or 206-281-2247.

STEM Mega Meet-Up

Wednesday, November 8
2:30-5 p.m.
Otto Miller and Eaton Hall lobbies

This SPU STEM Mega Meet-Up brings together employers and alumni in the STEM industry to meet with students, share about their companies, and recruit some great new hires from SPU. All students are invited to this networking event, so encourage your student to come. Learn more at the Center for Career and Calling.

Veterans Day

Friday, November 10
No classes.

Tent City 3 returns

November 18, 2017–February 10, 2018
SPU campus

Tent City 3 first encamped on SPU's campus in 2012; the community returned in 2015. Now campus is preparing for the next visit. For the latest news about TC3 and SPU -- including ways students, faculty, staff, and community members -- can volunteer, visit

Thanksgiving holiday

November 23–24

No classes; Gwinn Commons closes Tuesday, November 22, 6 p.m., and reopens Sunday, November 26, 5 p.m.

Sacred Sounds of Christmas

Sunday, November 26
7 p.m.
Benaroya Hall, Seattle
$22 and $25, general admission

Now in its 18th year, the Sacred Sounds of Christmas features the best of sacred Advent music, as well as Christmas carols. For more information, visit

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.

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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.