Academics

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
3,108
Tuition
$32,067
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have had only a handful of professors that I feel like didn't teach very well but other than that the professors are great. I have been so challenged and learned so much in my classes.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are a bit hard depending on what you're majoring in.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: It is extremely difficult to be in my major. The workload and curriculum are demanding, but the staff and opportunities make up for it.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload isn't overwhelming, but keeps you busy. The programs are all very well put together.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at my university is overall pretty good. The professors are either really interesting or really boring. The curriculum for each class can be a little stressful, but not any harder than other universities and the work load is about the same. The registration process is one of the most stressful parts of the year, especially for pre-med students. One of the most popular subjects to study at SPU would be in the music department. Very many students love the subject of music and want to have it be a part of their careers when they graduate.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 40th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 48th
    Best Academic Advisers
  • 90th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 119th
    Best Registration Process
  • 224th
    Most Available Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Hometown
Paso Robles, Calif.
Major
Sociology
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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.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
208
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
166
Total FT Faculty
208
Faculty with Terminal Degree
86%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,150
Full-Time Retention Rate
84%
Part-Time Retention Rate
100%
Graduation Rate
72%
Programs/Majors Offered
82
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business and Economics
  • School of Education
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Psychology, Family, and Community
  • School of Theology
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business/Commerce, General: 3%
  • High School Education: 4%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Biblical literature and Christian perspectives
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Double major
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
The School of Education has some online classes, taught by the same professors who teach "regular" classes.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 22 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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