Ascent Program

Congratulations on your admission to Seattle Pacific University!

Start college with confidence, prepare for academic success, and build community in SPU’s Ascent Program.

Sign up now! Space is limited.

Program Details

Some students who enter with a lower high school GPA or SAT score (or AT equivalent) can find the first year of college particularly challenging. Students in the Ascent Program have proven more likely to earn higher grades and successfully continue their college careers.

Ascent students receive these advantages:

priority registration

Priority registration during Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters of your freshman year. You’ll register for classes before other first-year students.

boost academic skills

Opportunities to boost academic skills, including college-level writing and research, in a classes with our top writing faculty. Students also register for two or three additional courses for a total of 12–15 credits.

Courses include GS 1000 “Foundations for Academic Success” (Autumn Quarter); WRI 1000 “Academic Inquiry and Writing Seminar” (Winter Quarter); and WRI 1100 “Disciplinary Research and Writing Seminar” (Spring Quarter).


$5,500 scholarships — $500 for your freshman Winter and Spring quarters and $500 per quarter for your next three years ($1,500 per year) at SPU.

Note: To receive this scholarship, students must successfully complete the Ascent courses and maintain a cumulative SPU GPA of 2.0 or greater, with full-time (12 or more credits) of continuous enrollment.

peer mentor

Receive additional support from a peer mentor who participated in Ascent. Students in the Ascent Program also benefit from additional academic advising and access to SPU’s Center for Learning.

These resources help students with college study skills, time management, deciding what courses to take next, and more.

Sign up now! Space is limited.

Just complete the Ascent Program Cohort sign-up in your SPU portal. 

Note: If you have, or will earn, college-level writing/composition credits prior to attending SPU, the Ascent Program is not the best fit for you.

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