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3 College Junior

Diversity: Trying to be diverse by accepting people and giving too much financial aid to those that don't need it

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Primarily white Christians, few exceptions, does embrace culture though.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Acceptance here is not the issue at all I think that SPU does a really great job at acceptance, its just that there isn't much diversity all around to accept.

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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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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
4%
Asian
10%
Hispanic
8%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
67%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
44%
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
42%
Male Faculty
58%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 9% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 31 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 13% Liberal
  • 48% Moderate
  • 26% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 31 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 32 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% No
  • 9% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 9% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Republican
  • 9% Democratic
  • 45% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 20% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 10% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 27% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 18% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 18% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 45% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 45% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 9% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 32 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 16% It's hard to be a minority here.
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