Seattle Pacific University

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Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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Seattle Pacific University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. Established in 1891, Seattle Pacific University was founded by the Free Methodist Church of North America and was originally called Seattle Seminary. In 1913 the name was extended to Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 the title Seattle Pacific College was adopted. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s vision declares its hope and intention of “Engaging the Culture, Changing the World.” Located on a 43 acre campus in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, the University is located just ten miles away from the heart of downtown Seattle. In addition to its main campus, Seattle Pacific University also owns and operates a field station and wilderness campus on Blakely Island as well as a seaside campus/retreat facility on Whidbey Island.

Academic Programs

Seattle Pacific University’s mission as a Christian university is to be “fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” A variety of programs are available including more than 150 undergraduate majors, minors, and concentrations. The most popular undergraduate programs have proven to be in Psychology, Nursing, Business Administration, Political Science, Physiology, Communication, Integrated Studies, Visual Communication, English, and Accounting.

Seattle Pacific University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. The University is divided into several schools and a college, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health sciences, the School of Business, Government, & Economics, the School of Psychology, Family, & Community, the School of Education, and the School of Theology. In addition to its undergraduate programs, Seattle Pacific University also offers more than 20 master’s degree programs and nearly half a dozen doctoral degree programs.

Student Life

Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of over 4,000, including more than 3,000 undergraduates. Female students outnumber male students by nearly 40% and more than 35% of undergraduate students represent an ethnic minority. Though officially affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, Seattle Pacific University welcomes students from all walks and there are at least 50 Christian denominations represented by both students and faculty. A residential college, Seattle Pacific University does offer several housing options for students including several residence halls and on-campus apartments as well as meal plans.

More than 50 student led clubs and organizations are recognized by Seattle Pacific University which cater to a wide range of interests and provide ample opportunity to interact with fellow students outside of the classroom setting and develop valuable leadership qualities and skills. More opportunities to engage on campus are also available, including through groups such as Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP), the Student Union Board, or Seattle Pacific University’s Outdoor Recreation Project. Students also enjoy gathering around the University’s sporting events; Seattle Pacific University’s varsity athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division II level and participate in the Great Northwest Atlantic Conference.

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