SPU Facts


Daniel J. Martin


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 2019)
Total enrollment: 3,529
Undergraduate enrollment: 2,717
Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 21
Graduate enrollment: 791

(Summer 2018–Summer 2019)
Continuing education enrollment: 2,531

Academic programs offered

Undergraduate majors: 71
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: 35
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: 3.52
Entering transfers: 3.13

Average SAT scores of entering freshmen

National average: 1059
Washington state average: 1074
SPU average: 1152

Class size

82% of Autumn Quarter 2019 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or less.

Ethnic diversity

43% (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. Business Administration
  3. Nursing
  4. Computer Science
  5. Physiology
  6. Communication
  7. Visual Communications
  8. Global Development Studies
  9. Biochemistry
  10. Exercise Science

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Updated October 28, 2019

Students in classroom

Quick Fact

During the 2019–20 academic year, SPU undergraduate students represent 44 states and 43 countries.

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