Parents and Families in the Loop

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Video: Behold!

Don’t miss Behold! A Sacred Sounds of Christmas event from Seattle Pacific, featuring inspiring music and stories from talented students, alumni, and faculty. Watch.


Sharing comfort this season

From the vice provost: "In giving some thought of this Christmas season with all that has been going on around us and within us, I have a sense that one of the things we may need during this time is comfort." Read more.

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Parents and Family Facebook Group

The SPU Parent and Families Facebook group is an official SPU resource for you to connect with other parents and resources across campus. Join here.

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Q&A with Provost Laura Hartley

Response magazine spoke with Provost Hartley about her new role. Read about her approach to diversity issues on campus, improving Christian higher education, and more.

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New BA/MA for students called to the ministry

Students can take a pastoral ministry degree path that lets them earn a bachelor’s degree in Christian theology and a master’s degree in Christian ministry in a shorter period.


Now is the time to file your student’s FAFSA

SFS is ready to help if your family income are significantly different on your 2019 tax returns or if there are other special financial circumstances. For more information about the FAFSA process, visit our website.


Financial wellness resources

Encourage your student to explore the information on the Student Financial Services Student Financial Wellness page for details on these available resources.


Commencement 2021 update

University leadership is working closely with state and county health officials to keep you informed and to ensure that we can properly celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021. Be sure to check our website for more details.


Online Homecoming and Family Hub

We’re working on an exciting new virtual experience — an online Homecoming and Family Hub. It’ll feature interactive opportunities to engage with the SPU community. Stay tuned.


January Virtual Career Treks for students

The virtual career treks will take place between Jan. 12 and Jan. 28, and your student can find all the information on Handshake, SPU’s online hub for career resources.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Break for students
Nov. 26–Jan. 4

Christmas Week
Wednesday, Dec. 23–Sunday, Jan. 3

Campus offices closed.

Virtual Career Treks registration deadline
Thursday, Dec. 31
$5 per career trek 

Students should visit Handshake for a complete list of companies organizations, as well as to register. The treks will take place between Jan. 12 and Jan. 28, 2021.

Residence halls open
Monday, Jan. 4
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

From Residence Life: All students are permitted to move in Monday, Jan. 4. 

  • Students who are new, or who did not live on campus during Autumn Quarter 2020, are invited to move in beginning 11 a.m. 
  • Returning students may begin moving to their housing locations beginning at 1 p.m.

Winter Quarter begins
Tuesday, Jan. 5

Classes begin.

Men’s basketball vs. Alaska Fairbanks
Friday–Saturday, Jan. 15–16
5 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

Friday tip-off at 5 p.m.; Saturday tip-off at 2 p.m. All Winter Quarter games will be contested without spectators present.

Women’s basketball vs. Saint Martin’s
Friday–Saturday, Jan. 22–23
5 p.m.; 2 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion

Friday tip-off at 5 p.m.; Saturday tip-off at 2 p.m. All Winter Quarter games will be contested without spectators present.

Academic calendars

SPU academic calendars, including important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2020–21. 

E-newsletter signup

Sign up to receive In the Loop, our monthly (except July) e-newsletter for parents and families.

Visit the archives for  current and past issues.

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Parent Prayer Network

Join Seattle Pacific University parents and pray together for the SPU community.


See the Guidebook

Just getting started at SPU? Here’s everything you need to know, from food to parking to getting involved. This guidebook has it all.

Response Magazine

Our print and online magazine helps you be an informed voice for global Christian engagement.