SPACE: Seattle Pacific Access to College Experience

November 7, 2021 - On campus program

November 8-12, 2021 - Online program

Seattle Pacific’s SPACE in-person AND online event is a free opportunity for high school seniors from diverse communities, students of color, and students who will be the first in their family to attend college. We will provide you with resources to succeed in college!

Why come to S.P.A.C.E.?

  • Extend your Early Action apply deadline to November 15, and apply for free!
  • Qualify toward a $1,000 Visit Scholarship by attending SPACE on campus, or $500 for attending virtual programming.
  • Experience themed student-led workshops.
  • Attend one-on-one essay advising sessions.
  • Receive continued access to exclusive content.

Students standing in front of wall

Come to S.P.A.C.E. if you are:

  • A senior in high school
  • A first-generation college student, student of color, undocumented/dreamer student, and/or a student from a diverse community 
  • Serious about college and curious about diversity at SPU
tentative S.P.A.C.E. schedule 

Sunday, November 7 (On Campus)

11 a.m.

Welcome Session


11:45 a.m.

Campus Tour

Current students and staff will take you on a walking tour of SPU's beautiful campus. Opcion de tour en espanol disponible.

1 p.m.

Lunch in Gwinn Commons

2:30 p.m.

Student-Led Workshops

More info coming soon!

3 p.m.

Packing for College: How to Thrive and Not Merely Survive at a Predominantly White Institution

The John Perkins Center at SPU disciples students through community engagement so that they might become leaders in areas of justice, community development, and reconciliation. As a Center, we often sit in spaces that ask us to think about how people on the margins can thrive in sustainable communities. As we think about you, the students of SPACE, we want to talk about a few things we think you should pack when it comes to preparing for thriving in college, especially when coming into a predominantly white institution.

Student-Led Workshops (choose one) 

Parent & Family Session (parents/guardians only)

Workshop #1 - Identity Integrity

Student Sanata Dawa will share about her experience in building her non-profit and reclaiming her identity. Sanata's testimony works through the tools she used to integrate her activism into her everyday life. She emphasizes the power everyone has within their own sphere of influence. This session will include some discussion, as one of Sanata's main goals is to build a community with powerful young people.

Workshop #2 - La Union Hace La Fuerza: Promoting Unity and Empowerment

Student Alexandra Olmedo will share her experience as a Latina student at SPU. There will be discussion of MEChA and how it has helped build a community for people from diverse backgrounds that strive for educational, cultural, political, and social empowerment within the Latinx community in order to help nuestra gente. Aurelio Valdez, current SPU student and Mexican-American hip-hop artist, will share his experience at SPU and the wider Seattle area as a Chicano spanning from politics, to history, to identity, and more.

Workshop #3 - Embracing Your Culture

Moving away to college can be especially stressful if you are not connected to your culture or come from a diverse environment and are not used to being in a predominantly white space. This workshop aims to provide you with resources and skills to find a support group in college, as well as learn how to embrace your culture and hold on to it when away from home. Student Ana Julian Austria will walk through her own journey in adapting to a university away from home and provide guidance in navigating this environment.

Parent and Family Q&A Session (Spanish-speaker available) - parents/guardians only (Sesion de Preguntas y Repuestas para Familiares (con un hispanohablante presente) - solo padres/tutores

Parents and guardians are invited to attend this exclusive Q&A session with admissions leadership and a representative  from our Office of Inclusive Excellence. They will answer any of your questions about the college admissions process or life at SPU. A Spanish-speaker will be present to hep answer questions. 

Padres y/o tutores estan invitados a asistir esta sesion exclusiva de preguntas y repuestas con el liderazgo de admisiones y un representante de nuestra Oficina de Excelencia Inclusiva. Ellos responderan todas sus preguntas sobre el proceso de admision a la universidad o la vida en SPU. Un hispanohablante estara presente para responder sus preguntas.

Paying for College

Connect with financial aid counselors as they present on how to apply for financial aid for college, learn the difference between loans, grants, and scholarships, and hear about filing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). A Spanish-speaking representative will be in attendance to help answer questions. Un hispanohablante estara presente. This is a great session for parents as well!

4-6 p.m.

Evening Activities

A variety of fun activities will be available for students to choose from.

Shuttles to Kerry Park will be running at this time. Kerry Park offers one of the best panoramic views of the Seattle skyline, you don't want miss out on that photo op!

5 p.m.

Parent & Family Information Session

Parents and guardians are invited to attend this exclusive information and Q&A session to learn more about the SPU admissions process and to get all your questions answered. A Spanish-speaker will be present to help answer questions. Un hispanohablante estara presente para responder sus preguntas.

6 p.m.

Catered Dinner & Faculty Lecture

More information coming soon!

Monday, November 8 (online)

1:45 p.m.

Application Workshop

4-5 p.m.

One-on-One Essay Advising option (students only)

Sign up for a 20-minute time slot to connect with an admissions counselor via Zoom and get feedback on your essay. This can include help getting started or reviewing your already-written piece. There are limited slots available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and times are first-come-first-serve.
5:30 p.m.

Parent & Family Information Session

Parents and guardians are invited to attend this exclusive information and Q&A session to learn more about the SPU admissions process and get all your questions answered. A Spanish-speaker will be present to help answer questions. Un hispanohablante estara presente para responder sus preguntas.

This is the same session offered in-person on Sunday's on-campus program.

3 p.m.

You Are Not Alone (and other important reminders from SPU's Multi-Ethnic Programs)

In Multi-Ethnic Programs (MEP), we believe in family and creating a network of support that always has your back. In this session we will explore what MEP believes in, who we support, and how students can get connected and build authentic community at SPU. Participants will be able to interact with each other, ask questions of MEP staff, and engage with future hopes and potential questions about their college education.

5:30 p.m.

Real Talk: Panel of Current Students

Tuesday, November 9 (online)

4-5 p.m.

One-on-One Essay Advising option (students only)

Sign up for a 20-minute time slot to connect with an admissions counselor via Zoom and get feedback on your essay. This can include help getting started or reviewing your already-written piece. There are limited slots available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and times are first-come-first-serve.

5:30 p.m.

Faculty Panel: Women of Color in Higher Education

More information coming soon!

Wednesday, November 10 (online)

3 p.m.

How to Pay for College

Hear from the experts! Student Financial Services staff will walk you though the process of paying for College, including information about the FAFSA, grants, loans, and on-campus jobs.

This is the same session offered in-person on Sundays on-campus program.

4-5 p.m.

One-on-One Essay Advising option (students only)

Sign up for a 20-minute time slot to connect with an admissions counselor via Zoom and get feedback on your essay. This can include help getting started or reviewing your already-written piece. There are limited slots available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and times are first-come-first-serve.

Thursday, November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday (no programming)

Friday, November 12 (online)

4-5 p.m.

One-on-One Essay Advising option (students only)

Sign up for a 20-minute time slot to connect with an admissions counselor via Zoom and get feedback on your essay. This can include help getting started or reviewing your already-written piece. There are limited slots available on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, and times are first-come-first-serve.

5:30 p.m.

Future Falcon Meet-Up

Connect with current SPU students and enjoy this live Zoom session of games and activities!

Falcon Bound Full Tuition Award

If you applied for Washington state’s College Bound program in middle school, you may be eligible to have 100 percent of your SPU tuition covered ! It’s called the Falcon Bound Commitment, and if you apply for admission and submit your FAFSA, you’ll be automatically considered.