News

What’s happening at SPU? This is where you’ll find the latest news about research, events, activities, achievements, and milestones in the life of SPU and its people.



  • Flag at half-staff

    Nov 20, 2019

    The campus flag is at half-staff today in memory of Michael Knapp, interim police chief for Lynden, Washington, who passed away on November 6, 2019, from injuries sustained when he was hit by a truck.

  • SPU participates in First Generation College Student Celebration

    Nov 5, 2019

    Seattle Pacific University is joining the national recognition of first-generation college students with a campuswide celebration and reception on Friday, November 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. More than a third of SPU’s students are first-generation, meaning they will be  the first in their family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

  • SPU wins NCAA Academic Award

    Oct 28, 2019

    For the ninth consecutive year, SPU received the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence by the NCAA. School athletic departments that achieve a four-year academic success rate of 90 percent or higher are presented with the distinctive award.

  • Flag at half-staff

    Oct 18, 2019

    The campus flag is at half-staff in memory of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who died on October 17 at the age of 68.

  • Transfer Promise for Seattle Community College Students

    Sep 20, 2019

    Beginning in 2020, Seattle Pacific University will offer 50 percent off tuition for eligible community college students in the City of Seattle’s new Seattle Promise program. SPU is the first university to announce a direct pathway from community colleges to enrollment.

  • SPU Ranked a “Best National University” by U.S. News & World Report

    Sep 18, 2019

    For the fourth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” in U.S. News & World Report’s annual best college rankings. SPU was also named one of the top national universities for
    campus ethnic diversity, and received high rankings in undergraduate engineering programs and social mobility.

  • The Forgotten Clause

    Sep 17, 2019

    For his annual Constitution Day essay, Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward explains the original meaning of the Second Amendment’s often overlooked militia clause.

  • Flags at half-staff

    Sep 11, 2019

    Campus flags are at half-staff today for national Patriot Day, the annual memorial to the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.

  • New majors and minors at Seattle Pacific

    Sep 8, 2019

    Pursue a career in a high-demand field with one of our new programs. From criminal justice to mechanical engineering, you will receive expert faculty instruction in a wide variety of fields — no matter your path.

  • Introducing a new podcast

    Sep 8, 2019

    SPU Voices podcast is dedicated to telling the inspiring and compelling stories of Seattle Pacific community members. The first three podcasts feature Professor of Music Stephen Newby talking about his personal journey of reconciliation; alumnus Bobby Martin and his organization helping young men leave gangs; and alumna Cami Ostman, author of the memoir, Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents.

Dr. Christopher Jones and a young patient

Holistic Health Care in the Rainier Valley

Dr. Christopher Jones ’94 hopes the families in his medical practice never need to ask: “Is my kid sick enough that I should pay for a doctor’s visit?” Medical director of HopeCentral, a nonprofit health center, he and his team have adapted the concept of concierge medicine to a diverse Seattle neighborhood.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders

What Makes Us Moral?

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Leland Saunders earned a $10,100 Graves Award in Humanities for his research project, “The Structure of Moral Judgement: Philosophical Perspectives.” His research responds to recent arguments that human beings’ concepts of morality are just a quirk of evolution and don't connect to anything deeper.