Institutional Milestones

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The New York Times covered SPU’s welcome of a homeless encampment.


Autumn Quarter 2017 enrollment: 3,813

  • Undergraduate enrollment: 2,911
  • Graduate enrollment: 870
  • Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 32

Academic Programs offered:

  • Undergraduate majors: 66
  • Undergraduate minors: 52
  • Master’s degree programs: 29
  • Doctoral degree programs: 6
  • Graduate certificates: 9

SPU ranked a “Best National University”

Seattle Pacific is the only private university in the Pacific Northwest to make the 2018 U.S. News and World Report’s Best National Universities list. SPU joins the University of Washington and Washington State University as the only three institutions from Washington state named to the magazine’s list. U.S. News defines national universities as those institutions offering a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and committed to producing groundbreaking research. SPU’s ranking results in part from growth in its graduate and doctoral programs in business, education, psychology, nursing, and theology. The ranking also recognizes an emphasis on undergraduate research, in which students work alongside faculty on important research and serve as interns at world-renowned companies or institutions in the Seattle area and beyond.

SPU named 2018 Christian College of Distinction

Seattle Pacific University was named one of the nation’s 2018 Colleges of Distinction and Christian Colleges of Distinction. Higher education institutions are nominated for membership in Colleges of Distinction by high school college counselors, college administrative members, and the Colleges of Distinction selection team. The selection process requires that institutions adhere to four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. This process also includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience as well as its general education program, strategic plan, alumni success, satisfaction measures, and more.

SPU develops new brand identity

For the past year, SPU has focused on the development of a new University brand identity. The goal for this work is to achieve clarity on what students will find at Seattle Pacific University that they will not find anywhere else. This work is informed by surveys conducted by Lux Research that captured SPU’s brand strength, current perceptions, and the enrollment considerations of prospective students and their parents. The new messaging and visual rollout begin this autumn. This work will reflect an increased focus on Christian faith, the benefits of studying in Seattle, and our rigorous academics.

New branding incorporates Seattle as Campus

New York Times highlights SPU’s hosting of Tent City 3

The New York Times ran a story in their February 27 edition about Seattle Pacific hosting a homeless encampment on campus for several months. The front-page coverage profiled several TC3 residents during their stay on SPU’s campus and student interaction with the guests. It also looked at the problem of homelessness in the Seattle area.