Advancing Our Enduring Purpose

Core Theme 2: Transformative and holistic student experience

Seattle Pacific University will enhance and strengthen co-curricular learning experiences by integrating academics, student life, and university ministries, to help students develop a sense of vocation and effectively transition to post-college life.

Two students laughing at SPU campus


  • Physical and emotional well-being: Foster student commitment to lifelong physical health and emotional well-being.
  • Vocational: Utilize a combination of curricular and co-curricular programs to help students develop their sense of vocation to prepare for an effective transition to life after college.
  • Character formation: Develop students’ inclination and capacity to embody personal and professional integrity by serving the public good in doing what is right, and doing so with an awareness of consequences.
Left images shows students holding a bag of leafs during city quest, and right photo shows women playing soccer.

Left: One of the highlights of Orientation, CityQuest allows incoming SPU students to engage the culture through community service. Right: Students participate in women’s intramural soccer. Through a variety of competitive and recreational activities designed to accommodate everyone regardless of skill level or experience, SPU’s Intramurals program offers students an opportunity to further participate in a grace-filled, Christ-centered community.

What we’re doing

  • Seattle Pacific already has Washington state’s largest intramural program for a private university. Learn more about it and see photos of students in action.
  • From Badminton to Zumba, SPU’s intramural program encourages friendship and connection through sports.
  • Our alumni report they have positive memories of SPU:

    Quality of academics met or exceeded expectations.

    Relationships with faculty met or exceeded expectations.

    Would recommend SPU to family or friends.

  • Read more in Response about ways SPU is building a student experience that enhances and expands classroom learning.
Image from New Zealand showing a beach and mountains with flowers

Study abroad down under

On a New Zealand study abroad, students examined the science and economics of climate by talking with scientists and farmers, and visiting New Zealand’s first Living Building.

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