SPU Facts

Interim President

Pete Menjares 


Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.

Denominational affiliation

SPU is a private university founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Students and faculty represent more than 50 different Christian denominations.


SPU’s 43-acre city campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle. SPU also owns and operates a wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island, and a seaside campus/retreat facility on Whidbey Island.


(Statistics are based on Autumn Quarter 2020)
Total enrollment: 3,601
Undergraduate enrollment: 2,702
Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 41
Graduate enrollment: 858

(Summer 2019–Summer 2020)
Continuing education enrollment: 2,531

Academic programs offered

Undergraduate majors: 69
Undergraduate minors: 59

Master’s degree programs: 31
Doctoral degree programs: 5
Graduate certificates: 8


(undergraduate through doctoral)

Average age of students

Undergraduate: 21
Post-baccalaureate: 41
Master’s: 32
Doctoral: 33


Men: 33%
Women: 67%

Student-faculty ratio

13:1 (based on Common Data Set definition)

Undergraduate information

Average high school GPA

Entering freshmen: 3.58
Entering transfers: 3.10

Average SAT scores of entering freshmen

National average: 1059
Washington state average: 1075
SPU average: 1130

Class size

81% of Autumn Quarter 2019 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or less.

Ethnic diversity

50% (undergraduate ethnic minority students)

Retention rate

80% (based on first-year persistence)

Six-year graduation rate

68% (reported Autumn 2019)

Top 10 undergraduate programs

By number of students enrolled Autumn Quarter and accepted into a major:

  1. Psychology
  2. Nursing
  3. Business Administration
  4. Computer Science
  5. Physiology
  6. Communication
  7. Mechanical Engineering
  8. Political Science
  9. Integrated Studies
  10. Social Justice/Cultural Studies

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Updated October 19, 2020

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