#5 Best Private Colleges in Washington

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington

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Seattle Pacific University overview
Location Seattle, Washington
Online spu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Free Methodist
Seattle Pacific University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Seattle Pacific University (SPU), situated in a residential neighborhood just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington, offers students a campus experience that melds an urban environment with a Pacific Northwest setting. Founded in 1891, this private Christian university boasts a history rooted in the Methodist tradition and emphasizes a liberal arts education. The university's academic profile includes a range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable strengths in business, education, and nursing. Selectivity for admission is considered moderately competitive. SPU is characterized by its traditional collegiate Gothic architecture, and the campus provides on-campus living options to foster student involvement and academic convenience. Seattle Pacific does not emphasize intercollegiate athletics as a cornerstone of its identity, focusing rather on its academic and spiritual mission.

In the most recent statistical year 3,895 prospective students applied, and 3,533 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 538 enrolled in the school.  2,647 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 471 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $36,504 plus fees of $654. SPU is ranked 270 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












SPU is rated within the top 34% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Seattle Pacific University overview
SAT 1080/1350
ACT 20/27
GPA 3.53

Applications Accepted

Seattle Pacific University overview
Applications Due Jul 11, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Seattle Pacific University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$708
Other Fees$654
Room and Board $14,409
Budget for Other Expenses$3,462
Total One Year Cost$55,737

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$50,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

74% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Seattle Pacific University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 13%
Social Sciences 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 11%
Health Professions 9%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236577 IPEDS survey data for Seattle Pacific University.

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