Parents and Families in the Loop

Welcome to the news, events, and support site for Seattle Pacific parents and families.

We share a lofty goal: To prepare all our students to make a difference, wherever God takes them. Thank you for trusting us to play such an important role in your student’s life and learning.

You play a part in this grand adventure, as well. Read here how you can stand with your student in our shared mission to help engage the culture and change the world.

In this transitional time for students, the Student Support Team (SST) offers extra support and services to provide appropriate and timely interventions for students in need of assistance and guidance.

February 2–3, alumni, students, and their families came to campus for the myriad of events of the 2018 Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Several new undergraduate majors launch Autumn Quarter 2018, including a bachelor of science in Mechanical Engineering and a bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice.

Darian Burns knows how to whip up a crowd during a floor routine. “I love to get into the music,” says the sophomore gymnast. ... She did just that at the USA Gymnastics Women’s Collegiate Championships in April 2017.

Student Financial Services is inviting undergraduate students to a Scholarship Workshop on March 1, as they explore scholarship myths, tips for applying, and scholarship search tricks, and hear success stories from fellow students.

Seattle Pacific University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low-residency program for apprentice writers who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but also want to place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.

Faculty Spotlight

School of Education faculty members often work in the community to benefit educators, and Dan Bishop, assistant professor in the School of Education, recently conducted a professional development workshop for teachers and administrators at Heritage Christian School in University Place, Washington. The topic was “Classroom Management: Student Engagement in the Learning Process.”

Professor of English Susan VanZanten had an essay on the musical Hamilton published in the quarterly column for Bearings Online. VanZanten, who’s served at SPU since 1993, was recently chosen to be the next dean of Christ College at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Upcoming Events

Presidents Day

Monday, February 19

Evening classes meet.

Choir, orchestra, and ensemble concerts

February 20–March 6

Six concerts are coming up, featuring SPU student musicians: Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Gospel Choir, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber and Women's Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Concerts will be performed at First Free Methodist Church or Nickerson Studios and will be live streamed. Visit the Music Department for complete details.

TeachBeyond Employer Meetup

Thursday, February 22
3–4 p.m. | Weter Lounge

Students can meet TeachBeyond representatives and learn about how they serve K–12 schools, language centers, and other schools and organizations.

Winter Quarter final exams

March 14–16

Spring Break

March 17–24

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Orientation Guidebook

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.