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Chances of getting into Seattle Pacific University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
90.1%
Admission Difficulty for Seattle Pacific University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into SPU and can I get accepted? The school has a 90% acceptance rate ranking it #17 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,758 out of 4,172 applicants were admitted making Seattle Pacific University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent. Seattle Pacific University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 19% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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SPU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
84%
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1140

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Seattle Pacific University?

Seattle Pacific University typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1140 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Seattle Pacific University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >94%
1135 to 1240 Avg + 90%-94%
1030 to 1135 Avg - 84%-90%
925 to 1030 Reach 76%-84%
Less than 925 Low <76%
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SPU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
38%
ACT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 28
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into SPU?

Admission data indicates that SPU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #10 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Seattle Pacific University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Seattle Pacific University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >94%
23 to 27 Avg + 90%-94%
20 to 23 Avg - 85%-90%
17 to 20 Reach 78%-85%
Less than 17 Low <78%
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SPU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.55
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Seattle Pacific University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into SPU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Seattle Pacific University was 3.55 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #7 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.55 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as SPU accepts 90% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Seattle Pacific University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 35% Good
3.50 to 3.75 26% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 7% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

57% of Seattle Pacific University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Seattle Pacific University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 28%
Top 25% of class 57%
Top 50% of class 87%
Bottom 50% of class 13%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Seattle Pacific University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,937 1,235 4,172
Accepted 2,674 1,084 3,758
Acceptance Rate 91% 88% 90%
Enrolled 492 222 714
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 20% 19%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
46

Applicants have 46 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Seattle Pacific University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Seattle Pacific University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Seattle Pacific University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

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

FAQs

Does Seattle Pacific University prefer SAT or ACT?

84% of students submit their SAT scores to SPU. 38% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Seattle Pacific University?

90% of those who apply are granted admission to SPU. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Seattle Pacific University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1240. 84% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Seattle Pacific University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 27. 38% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.