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 2018)
Total enrollment: 3,688
Undergraduate enrollment: 2,876
Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 24
Graduate enrollment: 788

(Summer 2017–Summer 2018)
Continuing education enrollment: 4,297

Academic programs offered

Undergraduate majors: 69
Undergraduate minors: 55

Master’s degree programs: 31
Doctoral degree programs: 6
Graduate certificates: 7


(undergraduate through doctoral)

Average age of students

Undergraduate: 20
Post-baccalaureate: 36
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: 3.51
Entering transfers: 3.23

Average SAT scores of entering freshmen

National average: 1060
Washington state average: 1075
SPU average: 1154

Class size

80 percent of Autumn Quarter 2018 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or less.

Ethnic diversity

44% (undergraduate ethnic minority students)

Retention rate

79% (based on first-year persistence)

Six-year graduation rate

68% (reported Autumn 2018)

Top 10 undergraduate programs

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

  1. Business Administration
  2. Psychology
  3. Nursing
  4. Computer Science
  5. Communication
  6. Physiology
  7. English
  8. General Engineering
  9. Political Science
  10. Exercise Science

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(Updated October 29, 2018)


Quick Fact

During the 2017–18 academic year, 43 percent of Seattle Pacific’s incoming students were from out of state.

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