Parents and Families in the Loop

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SPU AGAIN NAMED A “BEST NATIONAL UNIVERSITY”

For the sixth year in a row, Seattle Pacific has been named a “Best National University” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 best college rankings. Read the press release.

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PHOTO GALLERY: ORIENTATION ADVENTURES

Watch a short video showing September’s 2021 Orientation highlights — from families helping their students move into residence halls to the New Student Convocation.

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STUDENT RESOURCE HUB: YOUR PORTAL TO CAMPUS OFFICES AND STUDENT SUPPORT

The Student Resource Hub is one convenient place for students and their families to find helpful links that will help answer questions.

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LEVEL UP AND GET NOTICED WITH A “CAREER ACCELERATOR”

Seattle Pacific University has launched 10 new “Career Accelerators” courses to its library of continuing-education courses. Check out the complete list.

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STUDENT’S TIME ABROAD IN MOROCCO BECOMES CAREER PATH

When Olivia Heale ’21 started college at Seattle Pacific University, she knew she wanted to study abroad. Read more in SPU Stories.

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STUDENT EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: MORE THAN A PAYCHECK

Whether students work in on-campus or off-campus jobs while attending college, they gain the real-world experience today’s employers seek in their new hires. Visit the Student Employment web page.

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Students can autonomously seek out mental health care at no cost. Read tips on how parents can support their student.

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EARN A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES

SPU’s Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies can equip you with an understanding of Christian formation and vocation. Learn more.

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SPU VOICES PODCAST: “WHEN IT MATTERED MOST” AND "THE ART OF MAKING"

The SPU Voices Podcast is a bimonthly interview show dedicated to telling inspiring and compelling stories about the greater SPU community. Listen to the latest episodes.

Upcoming Events

Mid-Autumn Quarter “No class day”
Friday, Oct. 22

Classes beginning at 3 p.m. or later must meet.


2021 Fall Virtual Career Fair
Thursday, Oct. 28, 1–5 p.m. (Pacific Time)
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Students can find jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and more at this virtual fair. Students will have an opportunity to present themselves professionally to a potential employer, while showcasing their communication skills. They will have the chance to interact with employers on a 1:1 and on a group basis. More than 125 employers will be available at this virtual career fair.


2021 Engagement Series: Beyond Fall
Thursday, Oct. 28, 6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time)

In the fourth and final Engagement webinar, Provost Laura Hartley and leaders from across the academic and student life areas will discuss and answer questions about students’ opportunities at SPU for involvement, career planning, and leadership beyond their first term. To register for this webinar, or to watch earlier webinars, visit the 2021 Engagement Webinar Series website


SPU Theatre Autumn Mainstage: “Blood/Water/Paint”
Oct. 28–30, Nov. 3–6, 2021, 7:30 p.m., 6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time)
Oct 30, 2021, 2:30 p.m.
McKinley Theatre
Tickets available online or at the box office

Blood/Water/Paint” is a powerful production features the true story of a 17th century female artist whose rise to fame is violently betrayed by a trusted mentor. She then does the unthinkable as she fights against the church, the courts, and the status quo. Note: The University follows CDC and state guidelines for COVID-19, and audience members will need to show proof of vaccination and wear masks in the theatre.


Women’s Soccer vs. Western Oregon Wolves
Saturday, Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
Interbay Stadium
SPU Sports YouTube channel

Falcon women’s soccer team takes on the Western Oregon Wolves. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. This year, fans are permitted in the stands, and you can also watch the game live on the SPU Sports YouTube channel.


Men’s Soccer vs. Western Washington Vikings
Saturday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Interbay Stadium
SPU Sports YouTube channel

Falcon men’s soccer team takes on the Western Washington Vikings. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. This year, fans are permitted in the stands, and you can also watch the game live on the SPU Sports YouTube channel.


Winter Quarter registration
Thursday, Nov. 11

Winter registration for all admitted undergraduate and graduate/doctoral students currently in attendance. Winter Quarter registration for new students begins Monday, Nov. 15.


Veterans Day 
Thursday, Nov. 11

No daytime classes; offices closed. Evening classes must meet.


Women’s Volleyball vs. Western Washington Vikings
Saturday, Nov. 13, 7 p.m.
Royal Brougham Pavilion
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On Senior Night, Falcon women’s volleyball team takes on the Western Washington Vikings. Visit the Falcon Athletics website for ticket information. This year, fans are permitted in the stands, and you can also watch the game live on the SPU Sports YouTube channel.


Final Exams
Friday–Tuesday, Nov. 19–23


Residence halls close for Christmas break 
Wednesday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.


Christmas break for students 
Nov. 24–Jan. 3

Campus offices are open during this time, with the exception of Thursday–Friday, Nov. 25–26, and Friday, Dec. 24–Friday, Dec. 31.


Academic calendars

SPU academic calendars, including important deadlines, final exam schedules, holidays, and academic highlights for 2021–22. 

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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.