In the Loop

August 2019

Video: Faith at SPU

At SPU, students explore — or go deeper in — Christian faith. See the transformation that happens when you combine faith with a rigorous academic community.

student working at xbox

SPU Voices: SPU grad lands dream job at Xbox

Like many young people his age, Ben Madlena grew up playing Xbox video games. Now the 2019 SPU graduate is getting paid to work on Xbox games in his job as a quality analyst at Microsoft.

Find out how Ben did it with the help of SPU’s Mentor Program.


New combined degree in School of Theology

Starting Autumn Quarter 2019, students who feel called to the ministry can receive a combined Christian Theology (BA) and Christian Leadership (MA).

theology students

Through dual-function courses that count for both degree programs, students can graduate with two degrees within five years instead of six.

Find out more about this new program and see why it’s ideal for students who feel called by God to serve in pastoral leadership and want their education and training to support this vocation.


Emily Nye

SPU Voices: Internship leads to research and presentation on homelessness for student

Emily Nye didn’t expect to go into research — or present her findings on homelessness at the Pacific Sociological Association’s annual conference in Oakland, California. But that’s what happened after she began working with Karen Snedker, her internship faculty supervisor and an SPU associate professor of sociology.

Wrote Nye, “This year, I learned a lot about taking risks and opportunities that present themselves.” Read Emily’s story.


Videos: Student Financial Services and loans

Watch these two brief Student Financial Services videos. Find out how SFS serves students and families, and learn about different types of student loans.

September Calendar

SPU Academic Calendars

From registration, to Finals weeks, holidays, and (even) the date of the 2121 Commencement, Seattle Pacific University has academic calendars to help you and your student keep track of important dates.


Upcoming events

September Session begins

Monday, August 19

An opportunity for students to take unique or specialty courses. Many Global Seminars will be offered during this period.

Labor Day

Monday, September 2

Campus offices closed.

New International Student Orientation 2019

Tuesday–Wednesday, September 24–25

All international students are required to attend International Student Orientation. Visit the International Student Orientation website for a schedule and details. 

Orientation 2019

Wednesday–Sunday, September 25–29

An event jam-packed with opportunities for incoming and transfer students to meet and engage with peers; learn about SPU; meet key faculty, staff, and administrators; and have loads of fun. Visit the Orientation 2019 website for complete information.

Returning-student campus housing check-in

Saturday–Sunday, September 28–29
11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Autumn Quarter 2019

Monday, September 30

Classes begin.

Engage Events

Renowned national and international speakers, some of Seattle’s most engaging theatre performances, memorable concerts, outstanding athletic competition. Explore upcoming events and get involved.