Seattle Pacific University has a surprisingly great academic reputation, considering its small size. Employers in the Seattle area are acutely aware of the quality graduates the University produces, and, in a lot of cases, show partiality to SPU alumni when hiring, some even preferring them over candidates from large state schools like the University of Washington. There is also a mentorship program that every SPU student is eligible for that partners them with someone in the community and their area of interest and allows them to learn from these successful individuals, as well as build valuable networks for their future careers. This kind of personal attention and potential for customization in academic endeavors makes SPU a great university. In fact, with the help of an academic counselor, you can construct your own major. Students who choose this option get to handpick their courses to create new majors like global development or social justice and peace studies.
Whether you're looking for a laid-back academic experience or one that puts you through a thrilling gauntlet, there is a major at SPU that can accommodate you. Business and nursing programs are generally thought of as rigorous, but are excellent for the respective fields. Communication and sociology programs are considered fairly low-key, but will still manage to change students' lives, giving them invaluable tools for their futures. This is possible because class sizes are small, averaging 20 students in most upper-division courses, and professors are both knowledgeable and personable. You will never have to sit through a class, lost among 400 other students in a lecture hall. On many occasions, professors will make themselves available for coffee or other informal meetings to engage students in their coursework or even just to chat about life.