Academics

Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
3,108
Tuition
$32,067
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Junior

Academics: Professors here are the reason why I came to SPU they are so great at building relationships with all of their students. Workload is pretty heavy certain majors are more heavy than others. The profs here expect a lot out of you because they know that you are capable of it.

5 College Junior

Academics: The psych department here is wonderful. I love my major so much. It all comes down to the professors again, they are all so amazing. I cant say enough about them. They all love to meet one on one over coffee and their office doors are always open to you. Most of them give their personal cell phone numbers for quick questions.

5 College Junior

Academics: All of my professors and the faculty members are super nice and are always willing to help you if you need help. SPU cares about their students.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Some classes have more work and are harder than others. And if you get behind the teachers and tutors are always willing to help you out.

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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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 22 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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