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.



  • ACT/SAT scores not required for 2020 and 2021 admission

    May 19, 2020

    Due to the difficulty of taking college entrance exams and meeting high school graduation requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, SPU is waiving the ACT and SAT requirements for undergraduate students seeking admission in autumn 2020, or winter, spring, or autumn 2021.

  • Seattle Sounders FC social media manager and alumnus Danny Ciaccio

    May 19, 2020

    Learn how alumnus Danny Ciaccio got his job managing social media for the Seattle Sounders FC.

  • Online event with bestselling author Julie Otsuka

    May 7, 2020

    The NEA Big Read: King County event with New York Times bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Julie Otsuka will take place online Tuesday, May 19, 7–8:15 p.m. via Zoom. The event, co-sponsored by SPU, will be hosted by Tom Ikeda, executive director of Densho, a local nonprofit preserving and sharing the history of the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. Register online.

  • Online Resources for Students, Faculty

    May 5, 2020

    The Spring Quarter 2020 website has all the tools and resources needed for remote learning and teaching, as well as an updated academic schedule.

  • Earth Day heroes: Alumni Jamie and Alissa Shattenberg

    Apr 22, 2020

    Alumnus Jamie Shattenberg spearheads reforestation efforts as international director of the Madagascar branch of Eden Reforestation Projects, a U.S.-based international organization that restores forests and other natural landscapes lost due to deforestation in developing countries. Jamie prepared for his role with an undergraduate degree in biology from SPU. He and his wife, Alissa, founded the ministry Red Island Restoration with the goals of bringing health and healing to impoverished areas of Madagascar and supporting Malagasy leaders. Learn more about the 2020 SPU Alumni of the Year.

  • COVID-19 updates

    Mar 30, 2020

    SPU is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Check the SPU Office of Health Services webpage for the latest information.

  • Seattle Pacific will complete Winter Quarter classes online

    Mar 6, 2020

    Seattle Pacific University will complete Winter Quarter classes and finals online beginning Monday, March 9, through Thursday, March 19. Campus offices and services will be open and on their normal schedules. This is a precautionary measure due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in the Seattle area.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

    Feb 28, 2020

    At SPU, our students’ and community’s health is our priority, and we are closely monitoring the rapidly evolving information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Seattle Pacific Giving Day: March 4, 2020

    Feb 25, 2020

    This 24-hour fundraising event lets donors support the areas of the University they care about the most, from scholarships and aid to academics, athletics, Christian faith formation, and more. Together we can make a difference in the lives of current and future SPU students.

  • SPU welcomes new provost

    Feb 20, 2020

    Dr. Laura Hartley, associate provost for student academic success and dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at George Fox University, has been named SPU’s new provost. 

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.