In the Loop

June 2019

Meet the Class of 2019, and watch the video

SPU Class of 2019 celebrating at Commencement

View photo galleries from the 2019 High Ceremony events. Meet some of Seattle Pacific’s outstanding graduates. Watch the video that features graduates sharing favorite college moments — and thanking their families for support during their college journey. Meet the Class of 2019.

Alexander Hall on a spring morning

2019 Spring Quarter Dean’s List

The Dean’s List is now available for Spring Quarter 2019. These quarterly honors are awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who complete at least 12 credit hours at Seattle Pacific University and attain a 3.5 or higher quarterly grade-point average. See the Spring Quarter Dean’s List here.

SPU Voices Podcast

Everyone has a story, and the SPU Voices Podcast lets you listen to some inspiring members of the Seattle Pacific community.

SPU President Dan Martin

You won’t want to miss the latest SPU Voices Podcast: Seattle Pacific University President Dan Martin shares his journey of self-discovery that led him to become a university president. Earlier podcasts feature Jaymes Lackey MDiv ’14, who explains why he got involved with local politics; Bobby Martin ’98, who describes how he helps young men trying to leave gang life behind; and more.

Listen now on SPU Voices or via iTunesSpotify, and other popular streaming services.

Fast Facts: SPU students abroad

During the 2018–19 academic year, a record number of students left Seattle Pacific University — to study abroad. 

SPU students clowning around in Morocco

Here are the numbers:

  • A total of 239 students studied abroad during this academic year — 29% of all SPU students.
  • Those students represented 45 different SPU majors.
  • Students’ top three most-visited countries were Italy, Czech Republic, and France.
  • Cities in the top 10 most visited by students included Havana, Seoul, and Auckland.
  • In the coming 2019–20 academic year, students will study in Belize, Spain, China, the Galapagos Islands, and elsewhere.
  • Some of the 2020–21 trips already in the planning stage include Rome, Morocco, and Seoul.

You and your student can learn more about SPU Study Abroad programs at

#SPUBOUND Photo Contest

SPU bound photo contest - SPU students in front of the Space Needle

Incoming students can get to know their SPU classmates on social media. Throughout the summer, Undergraduate Admissions is launching a new photo theme each week in the #SPUBOUND Photo Contest.

Themes include #bestpet, #myfamily, #cantleavewithoutit, and more. Encourage your student to share his or her photos on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook — and later vote to help choose the winners!

A student worker works at a computer

Notes from Student Financial Services

From filling out the FAFSA to applying for scholarships to summer work study jobs, Student Financial Services has your student’s back.

Has your student completed the 2019–20 FAFSA?

It is not too late for your student to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019–20 academic year. If your student has not filed and needs financial aid in the 2019–20 school year, please have him or her complete the application at

Scholarships still available

Your student can still apply for outside scholarships for the 2019–20 academic year.

Is your student in one of the sciences? The 2019 “Bluepay STEM Scholarship” deadline is August 16. Students can apply for “A Step Ahead Scholarship” until August 9. And the “BusinessBroker Scholarship for Business Leaders of Tomorrow” is available until September 1.

Find those scholarships and more on the Student Financial Services website.

Summer work study?

State work study is available in the summer. Students should check their SPU email for statements of eligibility, and they can find and apply for jobs at

Two SPU students do homework in Tiffany Loop on a sunny day

September Session debuts soon

Starting this fall, SPU will offer students a “September Session.”

Between the end of Summer Sessions until the beginning of Autumn Quarter, September Session will provide an opportunity for students to take unique or specialty courses. In fact, many Global Seminars will be offered during this period.

Credits taken during September Session will count toward students’ Autumn Quarter load, and students will be allowed to apply their financial aid toward these classes. (If students take more than a combined 18 credits during the September Session and Autumn Quarter, they will be charged for the overload.)

Ultimately, September Session will allow flexibility and opportunity for our programs and for our students. It may also provide a path to catch up on credits, or move toward degree completion more quickly.

Upcoming events

New Student Advising

Fridays: July 12 and August 2

Designed for all new SPU students, both freshmen and transfers. Visit the New Student Advising website for more information.

Independence Day

Thursday, July 4

No classes, offices closed.

Second Summer Session begins

Monday, July 8

Visit the 2019 Summer Session’s website for more information.

September Session begins

Monday, August 19

Labor Day

Monday, September 2

Campus offices closed.

New International Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 24

For more information, including move-in information, visit the International Student 2019 Orientation website.

New Student Orientation

Wednesday, September 25

First-year and transfer students, as well as parents and families, should visit the 2019 Orientation website for more information.

Autumn Quarter begins

Monday, September 30

Watch for the next In the Loop newsletter in August.