Why choose SPU

Here are just eight of the many reasons to choose Seattle Pacific University.

1. We’re in Seattle: Where it’s happening!

Welcome to the city of the future! With campus just minutes from downtown Seattle in the beautiful Queen Anne neighborhood, SPU students enjoy access to one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation. What does this mean for our students? They’re in the perfect place to gain experience, explore their career, form connections, and make memories to last a lifetime.

2. A unique place to grow in faith

Students of all backgrounds and experiences, whether they identify as Christian or not, are welcome to learn and explore faith at Seattle Pacific. Our faculty members come from a range of Christian denominations, but with a common believe in Jesus Christ and commitment to using their knowledge and skills to serve the world. Inside and outside the classroom, students explore or go deeper in Christian faith and are challenged to live lives of compassion and service. Here are just some of the opportunities available: community worship and prayer, small groups, service with local nonprofits, service trips abroad, and ministry leadership positions.

3. Classes and degrees for real life

These are the kinds of classes that change, challenge, and prepare you for what you want to do next. Plus, SPU offers 71 majors and 69 minors. A mechanical engineering major with a minor in sociology? A psychology major with a minor in ecotheology? You can tailor your SPU experience to match your interests and calling.

4. Home away from home

Our students consistently say the community at SPU is one of the experiences they are most thankful for. The dorms, dining hall, surrounding coffee shops and beaches: these are where lifelong memories are made and friendships formed. Join an intramural team, from ultimate Frisbee to volleyball, or cheer on the Falcons at home games. And check out our 45 student-led clubs, from Biology Club and Latinos Unidos to the Outdoor Recreation Program and Global Engagement. You’ll find your niche.

5. Private school tuition out of reach? Think again. 

Once financial aid is factored in, many students find that Seattle Pacific University’s tuition is comparable to major state universities. Our team of experts in Student Financial Services can work with you and your unique situation to help create a financial package that works for you.

6. Mentors all around

With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, your professors — leading scholars and researchers in their fields — know you by name. Grab a cup of coffee and ask them questions about their research, advice about career options, or about that last class session. SPU students can also take part in the SPU Mentor Program, which connects students with Seattle-area professionals for mentorship, job shadowing, and networking.

7. Explore the world

With more than 600 study abroad opportunities, your studies at SPU could take you to China, Italy, France, the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, New York City, Prague, the Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Morocco, and almost anywhere around the globe. Many are funded with help from your financial aid.

8. A nationally ranked university

All of this happens at a university ranked among the best the nation on U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best National Universities” list.


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