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Reviews 899 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Seattle Pacific University is overall a great university with great diversity.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Seattle Pacific University is a very reputable. Great resources for employment as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The safety on campus is great but it is still Seattle.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On campus housing has a great atmosphere. Dorms are fun and convenient.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life seems to be important but not discriminating.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Students at Seattle Pacific University seem to get pretty involved in sports and support.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Seattle Pacific University has a great atmosphere. Great place to learn and build relationships and connections.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The courses I'm enrolled in are relevant to my course of study and provide meaningful information. Instructors have their own styles, but each is still very knowledgeable about our topics and covers important topics.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There was a shooting on campus in 2015, I believe. Luckily, the shooter was disarmed quickly by a student. Since then, security has been addressed in many ways; most notably the need to use student ID cards to open doors to buildings.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: I'm not in campus housing. There is a full year waiting list for grad housing and during the summer, unless you live on campus the rest of the year, there are no housing options except for special event/conference housing which is $65/night. For summer quarter, that's well over $3,700 (+ $12/week for clean bed linens). They should really have an option for summer only housing if they're offering summer only programs. Also, there are NO (none, zip, nada) laundry facilities for common use on the campus! That's crazy!!

I love almost everything about SPU, but they need to up there game when it comes to the housing situation!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'm taking two master-level classes during summer quarter. I started class just a week ago but so far have been very impressed with SPU. The professors are obviously well qualified for their jobs and have had extensive experience in the field I'm pursuing. The work is rigorous, challenging, and appropriate for this level of academics. The tuition is fairly high for such a small campus, but the classrooms and facilities that I've encountered are well above par.

2 College Senior

Party Scene: Party life is very limited. Drinking and smoking are against school rules. People do it, but you don't often see it if you aren't looking for it. I personally don't go to clubs or bars

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2 College Senior

Party Scene: Partying is very limited. Parties are not prevalent.

4 College Senior

Academics: Academics are great. Professors seem to be generally nice and well-educated, curriculum is doable, and classes and workload are manageable. Tutoring and help is available. Study areas are not very common and could be increased.

3 College Senior

Diversity: To me the school is more diverse than what I am used to. Many others on campus have expressed concerns for the school not being diverse. Population is majority white and female. Students aren't openly unaccepting but there are probably those who are prejudiced.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Drug and alcohol visibility is not highly present if not looking for it. Our private school policy is highly enforced. Peer pressure does not seem to be much of a problem

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Professors have been mostly nice and understanding. Quality of courses is generally good. The variety of courses offered is not as strong because it is small, class styles and sizes are good.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I don't have enough information about these subjects. The school is pretty highly-respected and receiving a degree is valued. Career centers and services are available to all students.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel generally pretty safe on campus. There are some issues, but following recent events, security has been increased and the school is usually pretty safe.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I live on campus in a dorm. I do live in one of the newest, nicest dorms so my experience is probably better than most people's. My dorm is very nice, very clean and safe, and very spacious. It is a little bit pricey, but worth it. i like to live on campus for the social aspect.

3 College Senior

Athletics: There are a limited number of athletics at my school because it is a small, private school. We do not have a football team, but we do have athletics like basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, soccer, and more. These sports do receive a moderate amount of attention, but are not the center of campus life. Intramurals are a pretty well-used resource and get a lot of participation.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at school has been very great. Coming to college, I was nervous, but everyone was very friendly and very welcoming right off the bat. The school is small and very community-oriented, making it feel immediately like home to me. Because of the lack of a greek system, great emphasis is put on dorm floors and activities. This floor became like a family, and I was quickly able to make close friends and feel comfortable at school. I still am not really sure why I chose it, but I had a good feeling about it, and it turned out great. I would definitely choose my school again if given the option.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our sporting events are one of the number one activities students participate in, and they help develop a sense of community and school pride.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a range from strict to open professors. The quality of each course is excellent. Each student makes it a priority to engage in the classwork. Every professor on campus is indulged into their work every single say they make an appearance on this campus. Class sizes are relatively small once in a major. My chemistry class was the largest I have had which was seventy students.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Fortunately, I am graduating with a nursing degree and nursing is in demand. SPU offers many opportunities to make connections with future employers.


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Seattle Pacific University is unique. Students do not have to fit a specific prototype to find their experience rewarding and worthwhile. While SPU does not boast a particularly diverse student body, the education and experience offered truly could accommodate one. For those who seek spiritual growth, there are loads of activities and classes to nurture their souls. For those who aren’t interested, a few Christian scripture classes with surprisingly open-minded professors will suffice. Unlike many religiously-affiliated universities, SPU does not have mandatory chapel services.

Scholarships are distributed generously, which means it won’t take a miracle to finance school if the attendee is comfortable with moderate school loans upon graduation. Plus, students can complete their degree in four years—no sweat. For students who desire a close-knit community, small class sizes and on-campus housing are available and ready to smother them with warm fuzzies. For the more independent, adventurous type, there is a bustling city full of character to be explored—just a walk or bus ride away. Whatever activity or subculture is not represented on campus, it can surely be found in Seattle. As a whole, Seattle Pacific University and Seattle are extraordinarily thoughtful communities, as they both rub off on each other in many ways, leaving a permanent but beautiful mark on all of those who come in contact with them.

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