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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors want all students to be successful and do the best abort they can in school. Many opportunities to get help on certain subjects.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is hard, however I believe it is very doable. Professors expect more out of students, and students are excited about the opportunity to learn and develop as into an adult.

4 College Freshman

Academics: You're going to learn a lot! The professors are experts in their fields, intimately care about you and your success, and the class size is small enough that you come to know most of your professors on a personal level.

4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are encouraging and knowledgeable in their field


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 55 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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 often do you:    Based on 42 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 42 responses

  • 29% This was my dream school.
  • 57% This was one of my top choices.
  • 14% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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