General information about transcripts

An official transcript is a complete record of the courses and grades earned by a student at the University. In Autumn Quarter 1992, Seattle Pacific University converted its paper transcripts to an electronic transcript. When transcripts are requested, Seattle Pacific will produce a complete copy of the academic record. The Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral, Below College Level, and Continuing Education Unit transcripts will constitute the official transcript.
SPU offers two types of transcripts: unofficial transcripts and official transcripts. Unofficial transcripts display all of a student’s academic history exactly as it would appear on an official transcript. The only difference between an unofficial transcript and an official transcript is that an unofficial transcript is free, lacks the seal of the University and may not be accepted by all venues, whereas an official transcript displays the seal of the University and is subject to ordering fees. 

Official transcripts can be issued either in printed form on security paper with the seal of the University or in electronic form, both provided by the National Student Clearinghouse using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.

Students are responsible to ensure that all the desired grades and degrees are reflected on the transcript before the order is placed. Please check your unofficial transcript.


Since 1936, the University has been fully accredited by NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities). It is on the approved list of the Board of Regents of the State of New York, and its credits are recognized by members of the various regional associations and by leading graduate schools throughout the country. The University is a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. SPU is also a charter member of the Christian College Consortium and a collaborative partner of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities


The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is approved by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
The undergraduate and graduate business programs in the School of Business, Government, and Economics are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.
All engineering programs (computer, electrical, general, and mechanical are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
The Nutrition and Dietetics major is approved as a Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Seattle Pacific’s nursing programs — undergraduate pre-licensure BSN, MSN, and DNP — are approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission, and the BSN and MSN programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Educator preparation programs in the School of Education are approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). The School of Education is also a member of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. The School Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
The music program is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). It also maintains membership with the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). The music therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.
Seattle Pacific's MS in Marriage and Family Therapy is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The PhD in Clinical Psychology is nationally accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The School of Theology is a member institution of the Association of Free Methodist Educational Institutions and is approved by the Free Methodist Church and other denominations for the collegiate preparation of ministers. Seattle Pacific Seminary (SPS) is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Term Duration

Length of quarter: 10 weeks

Yearlong term dates: completion dates vary

2011 – 2012 through 2015-2016: September 1 – August 31

2016 – 2017 forward: July 1 – June 30

Length of one continuing education unit (CEU): 10 clock hours

In the State of Washington Seattle Pacific University is an Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction approved clock hour provider. 

Grading System

At SPU our degree requirements are 180 quarter hours for B.A., B.S., with a minimum 2.0 GPA. Credit requirements for master's and doctoral degrees vary. 

 A 4.0  Excellent Attainment
 A- 3.7   
 B+ 3.3   
 B 3.0  Highly Satisfactory Attainment
 B- 2.7  
 C+ 2.3  
 C 2.0  Satisfactory Attainment
 C- 1.7  
 D+ 1.3  
 D 1.0  Incomplete Attainment
 E 0.0  Academic Failure, No Credit
 P Satisfactory
 NC No Credit 
 N In Progress
 I Incomplete 
 G In Progress
 AU Audit 
 W Official Withdrawal 
 HW Hardship Withdrawal 
 UW Unofficial Withdrawal
 EU Earned Continuing Ed Units 
 NU No Earned Continuing Ed Units 
 0 No Grade Received

Course Numbering System

Courses completed prior to 1978 were numbered 100-600. These courses are listed on the appropriate pages of the transcript with more recent courses. Please refer to the University Catalogs for additional information. 

  • 0001-0199 below college level and don't apply to a degree
  • 1000-2999 primarily for freshman and sophomores
  • 3000-3999 primarily for juniors
  • 4000-4999 primarily for seniors
  • 5000-5999 graduate level courses that may be used to meet core/elective requirements
  • 6000-6999 master's level
  • 7000-7999 doctoral courses

Course Abbreviations

CBE – credit by exam

DR – directed research

IR – independent reading

IS – independent study

M – media courses

ST – special topics 

Repeat Courses

Repeated courses are indicated in the R column of the transcript with an "I" for "included" in the GPA and credit count, and an "E" for "excluded" from the GPA and credits.