Parents and Families in the Loop

President Dan Martin sends a video message to the SPU community about the University’s commitment to students during this unprecedented time.

Dr. Laura Hartley from George Fox University has been named the new provost at Seattle Pacific University. She will begin her new role on July 1, 2020.

Has your family filled out the 2020–21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid yet? Students are often surprised at the type and amount of aid they receive — including federal, state, or SPU grants, federal low-cost and forgivable loans, and work study. Situations change, so if difficult financial circumstances arise the FAFSA is the first step in receiving help. The FAFSA is free and takes less than 30 minutes to complete. Find out more.

SPU is now a part of a nationwide first-of-its-kind program to help students lacking resources find affordable, nutritious food. The University’s food service provider, Sodexo, in partnership with Swipe Out Hunger — a leading national nonprofit group committed to reducing food insecurity on college campuses — selected 13 universities around the country to pilot the new program.

During Homecoming 2020, three SPU professors took part in a live SPU Voices Podcast to discuss what Christian faith means at SPU. Faculty on the panel included Professor of English Christine Chaney, Professor of New Testament Studies David Nienhuis, Assistant Professor of Psychology Jenny Vadich, and Professor of Business Ethics Kenman Wong. “I just love, love, love watching their souls, their vocation, their giftedness flower,” said Chaney. Listen to the podcast.

In mid-March, homes across the country will receive invitations to complete the 2020 census. Unless your student is living in your home on April 1, 2020, you should not count them in the census as residents of your household.

Upcoming Events

Spring Break

Friday, March 20–Friday, April 10

Due to the COVID-19, Spring Break has been extended to allow faculty to prepare to teach all Spring Quarter courses remotely.


Spring Quarter 2020

Friday, April 3, and Monday, April 13

Pre-class assignments will be posted for students no later than April 3. Remote learning begins Monday, April 13. All classes will meet remotely; no classes will take place on campus.


2020 Commencement

Saturday, June 13–14

Beginning with Ivy Cutting in SPU’s Tiffany Loop and culminating in the 2020 Undergraduate Commencement exercises in the Alaska Airline Arena, Commencement weekend is a celebration for graduates and the families who supported them. Find complete information and schedule of events at spu.edu/commencement.


Summer Tech Camps at SPU

June and July 2020

SPU’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science offers on-campus summer day camps for 9th–12th graders (as of autumn 2020). Students can jump-start a tech career with hands-on programs focused on video game creation, mechatronics and 3D printing, and programming fundamentals. No coding experience necessary. Tech day campers will earn college credit and a $1,000 SPU scholarship. Learn more and register


Academic Calendars

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

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Resource Guide

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.

Undergraduate admissions, students talking on campus

Falcon Formation

Whether you are a prospective or current student, a parent, or a faculty or staff member, discover how vital “Falcon Formation” is to student life and learning at Seattle Pacific.

Response Magazine

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

What’s coming next?

When do residence halls open and close? When does Autumn Quarter begin? How about Orientation or finals? Academic year highlights for the coming year are now posted.