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New Parents: Information About Orientation
Find out about Orientation 2015, September 23–27.
Find out what you need to know about this year’s Commencement events and see photos from last year.
Read the latest issue of Response, our print and online magazine that explores encounters among education, faith, and culture, and is an informed voice for Christian engagement in the world.
An overview of services and resources for students and parents. Download (PDF).
From SPU’s University Scholars Program Director: Jeff Keuss
“To be a scholar is to pursue truth constantly, wherever it is to be found. That being said, when you pursue truth with honesty and courage, you will often find two things that are not often associated with scholars: humility and community.”
“Seattle Pacific’s University Scholars — or UScholars — program asks gifted, highly motivated students to push themselves and others to find truth across the many disciplines that make up the modern university. I love that about the program.”
“I also love how the program is designed to show UScholars that truth can be found only when we are willing to humble ourselves and submit to new ways of thinking and reflecting.”
News for Parents and Families
Reconciliation Leader John Perkins Gives 10th Annual Perkins Lecture
On April 21, John Perkins, renowned reconciliation advocate, spoke on campus for the 10th annual Perkins Lecture.
Now 84 years old, Perkins continues to be one of the leading evangelical voices to come out of the civil rights movement. In this lecture, he spoke to students, faculty, and staff about reconciliation and today’s contemporary Christian identity.
Says Perkins, “In Christ Jesus, the gospel is going to unite us back together, and the joy for me is that God is going to forgive our sin [and] restore me …. There’s no room in there for racism.”
Dad’s Day Recap
More than 275 SPU dads — including President Dan Martin, the parent of a freshman — and their students came together on April 25 for Dad’s Day 2015. Beginning with a prayer meeting, the day was full of fun, food, a special video about SPU’s engineering program — and Mariners baseball.
Help for the Undecided
If your student isn’t sure about what major to choose while registering for Autumn Quarter, encourage him or her to enroll in one of the two-credit courses taught by experts in SPU’s Center for Career and Calling: “Major and Career Exploration” or “Finding Your Vocation.”
Piece by Piece: How SPU Students Pay for College
If you’ve looked at the average cost of a university education and said, “There’s no way I can afford that,” you’re not the only one. Many of our students thought that about Seattle Pacific University at one point. Then financial aid packages arrived in the mail.
We help administer $100 million in aid, and for 2014–15 that meant an average financial award of $31,052 per student. For 2015–16, we’ve upped our merit scholarships to further help you academic all-stars.
SPU students fund their education in a variety of ways, including through scholarships, grants, and loans. Six SPU students share how they put the tuition puzzle together. Read more.