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3 College Junior

Diversity: Most people are Christian, but then SPU is a Christian school. Other religions and no-religion are also made to feel perfectly welcome though.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: SPU is growing and expanding. They are making a huge effort to have more diversity in the school. They offer many different opportunities for different cultures to have a chance to join. Also they provide information to learn about and understand different diversities.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ethnically, its fair.But most are international or exchange students. Sexual orientation here is very open, accepting and very diverse. 1/2-5/8th of the males here are homosexual, female is probably closer to 1/8th.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: For starters, to be openly homosexual is frowned upon and will likely get you kicked out, though I've never seen it happen. As a private Christian college with very high tuition, the population is primarily rich white kids, with the second largest (general) ethnic group being Asian. All of my roommates are politically conservative, and despite being in the middle of Seattle, I suspect that a lot of other students are as well. All of that aside, the people themselves are usually kind, so I would be surprised to hear of overt discrimination or bigotry from an individual, but white people being awkward around people of color? Check.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Racially, the diversity on campus is very low. Religiously, its higher than I was expecting at a Christian university. I have found the majority of people to be extremely accepting of everyone.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kylie Kenyon
Paso Robles, Calif.
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One major critique of Seattle Pacific is its lack of racial diversity. This is something the school is trying to remedy, and the effects of that effort are noticeable, even if slow. However, looks are not everything. There are still quite a few students, even white ones, that grew up outside of the United States and have insights and experiences that benefit the SPU community. The problem is that the rest of the student population represents something of a cultural desert, or perhaps a mindless army of drones who grew up in middle-class, white America and still think there is a Santa Claus. The closed-minded are often open-mouthed, which makes SPU appear to be more conservative than it may truly be. The staff and faculty are actually much more liberal and open-minded than the student body, and in many cases, this provokes previously brainwashed students into using their brains and thinking for themselves for the first time, whether that means coming to a fresh perspective or arriving at their original one—but on their terms.

Sexuality is a hot topic at SPU, and students fall on all sides of the spectrum when it comes to their views. The University's official stance is favorable to traditional male/female relationships, where sex is something to be explored within the confines of marriage. Yet, there has been an increase in openly gay students as well as straight students who are opening dialogue on the previously taboo subject and advocating for change in University policies.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 13%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Seattle is extremely gay friendly, but Seattle Pacific is less accommodating. There is a very small minority of openly gay students, but on-campus clubs are hosting events and invoking conversations that are working to change school policies and create a more accepting environment.
Political Activity
Many students were raised in very conservative households, which flavors their political views. These students tend to comprise the majority, but there is a growing faction of liberal students at Seattle Pacific. Seattle is a very liberal city, and SPU is much less conservative than many private Christian universities, which is most likely why there is a greater number of liberal or moderate students than at similar institutions of faith.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 50% Moderate
  • 7% Not sure
  • 13% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 29 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 31 responses

  • 16% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 42% Very accepting.
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