College advisor resources

Dear college advisors,

Whether you serve in a two-year or four-year college setting, or you support students via one of our many community-based partnerships, you play a valuable role in the lives of students as they consider which college to transfer to. We also know it can be challenging to keep track of colleges’ distinctive qualities, deadlines, transfer requirements, scholarship programs, and more. This page is a “one-stop shop” as you help your students navigate SPU and the transfer process. 

We are so thankful for your work. Because of you, students receive the support they need to make their college dreams a reality, and we are so glad they have you to help them make it to Seattle Pacific!

—SPU Transfer Admissions team

About SPU
  • Liberal arts university
  • Ranked a "Best National University" by U.S. News and World Report
  • Private Christian university
  • Diverse student body
  • Central location in Seattle
  • Vibrant, authentic community
  • Transfer student friendly

21

average class size

13:1

student-faculty ratio

98%

of SPU alumni say our academic quality met or exceeded their expectations

13

Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Seattle area — and SPU graduates work at them all

81%

of SPU students complete internships and other field experience — one of the best ways to land your first job after college

1,700

Seattle professionals in SPU's Mentor Program, ready to network and help you explore career options

50%

of our undergraduate student body are students of color

45%

of our incoming transfer students are first-generation students

300+

study abroad opportunities

7

ministries on campus and 3 weekly worship opportunities

12

Varsity sports teams at the NCAA Division II level – and 9 have won national championships

55+

student-run clubs on campus

Transfer student resources

Our Transfer Student Hub page is the one-stop shop for all students considering transferring to SPU. Here they can find information on SPU academics, the application process, campus life, scholarships and financial aid, student resources and more. Share this page with your students!

45% of SPU’s transfer students are the first in their families to attend college. This page provides our first-generation applications with helpful resources, application tips, and first-generation alumni stories.

SPU values our veteran students and offers many resources and opportunities to veterans, including academic and financial benefits, and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The SPU Transfer Promise is an exclusive, discounted pathway to SPU for students enrolled in the Seattle Promise program. It's our commitment to supporting Seattle area community college students as they finish four-year degrees and start their futures. View details and eligibility requirements.

SPU’s resident career experts, the Center for Career and Calling provides transfer students with career advice, internship opportunities, networking, job-search resources, résumé and interview assistance, and more.

The Mentor Program connects SPU student with leading professionals in their fields for a valuable job-shadowing and mentorship experience. Many students have secured full-time jobs through these connections!

Applying to SPU

3 options to apply

Transfer applicants to SPU have three application options. Please choose one of the following:

  • SPU Transfer Application: SPU’s application designed specifically for transfer and post-baccalaureate students.
  • The Common Application: Undergraduate college application used by more than 500 member colleges.
  • SPU Nursing Application: All transfer and post-baccalaureate students applying to the Lydia Green Nursing Program must apply for admission via the SPU Nursing Application.

Transfer application timeline

October 1: FAFSA open for filing

April 1: Autumn Quarter Early Action Application Deadline

Priority FAFSA deadline

July 1: Autumn Quarter Regular Application Deadline

Regular FAFSA deadline

November 15: Winter Quarter Application Deadline

February 1: Spring Quarter Application Deadline

Please note: The Nursing Program has its own application deadlines and requirements. View full Nursing Program application information here.

Application requirements

  • Application for admission (either the SPU Transfer Application, the Common Application, or the SPU Nursing Application)
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcript* from each college attended.
  • Final high school transcript: Only required for students who have taken fewer than 45 college level quarter or 30 college level semester credits since high school graduation at the time of application

Send student transcripts to:

Seattle Pacific University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 115

Seattle, WA 98119-1922

Students do not need to submit the Secondary School Report or the Registrar’s Report document completed by their college or university registrar.

How GPA affects students’ admission

As admissions counselors, we understand that although GPA is important, it does not tell the whole story of who you are. We ask that students have a minimum of 2.5+ GPA because we want each person to be set up for success in our academic programs. If you feel that your GPA is not an accurate representation of your ability and performance, explain why in your application essay. We want to get to know you personally, not just academically. Tell us about the obstacles you’ve overcome and why you connect with the mission and values of SPU.

Transferring credits

If a students’ courses are not listed in the Transfer Course Equivalency Guide, we are glad to offer a preliminary transcript evaluation if students do one of the following:

After completing one of the above, students can request a transcript evaluation by submitting the following information:

  1. Full Name
  2. SPU ID Number (if known)
  3. All college(s) attended (attach unofficial transcripts for each)
  4. If you would like additional class(es) evaluated that are not listed on your transcripts, please provide the course name, number and description for each class.
  5. Intended major(s)
  6. Intended quarter of enrollment

Please allow at least two weeks’ notice to process your request. Students can submit their request by emailing transfer@spu.edu.

Mailing Address:

Transfer Admissions

Seattle Pacific University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

3307 Third Avenue West, Suite 115

Seattle, WA 98119-1922

*Please Note: If you have already received admission to SPU, your transfer work is automatically evaluated by the Office of Student Academic Services. You can access this information through SPU’s online student information system, Banner. For more information on this process, how to access and review this information, as well as next steps and options for questions, please review this helpful guide.

Scholarships and affordability

Tuition Reimagined

We know that rising college costs are a consistent concern for students accessing the colleges of their choice and pursuing their dreams. In response, Seattle Pacific reduced tuition by 25%, introduced new scholarship initiatives, and put a cap on future tuition increases.

Faith at Seattle Pacific

Founded in the Free Methodist tradition, SPU is a Christian university. All faculty and staff are committed to their Christian faith, with over 50 denominations represented. Students are not required to sign a statement of faith to attend SPU, so there is a welcome space for students who want to grow deeper in their Christian faith, for those who align with other faiths, or for those who do not practice a faith tradition at all.  

As part of SPU’s general education curriculum, students explore or grow deeper in Christian faith through three required courses. For those students wanting to pursue additional ways to grow in their Christian faith, Chapel, Bible study groups, and worship services, amongst other optional opportunities, are spaces in which students can choose to engage.

  • Seattle Pacific accepts students who are not Christian.
  • About 75% of students profess Christian faith or come from a Christian background.  
  • All faculty and staff come from Christian faith backgrounds and represent over 30 different Christian faith traditions, Protestant and Catholic.
Contact us
Stephen York

Transfer Admissions Counselor (last names A-J)


admstephen@spu.edu

Vise Leiato

Transfer Admissions Counselor (last names K-Z)


leiatoe@spu.edu

Lisa Hirayama

Assistant Director for International Admissions


international@spu.edu

Michelle McFarland

Director of Enrollment Services


mcfarlandm@spu.edu