Chances of getting into Seattle Pacific University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
90.9%
Admission Difficulty for Seattle Pacific University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into SPU and can I get accepted? The school has a 91% acceptance rate ranking it #16 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 3,355 out of 3,692 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 difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 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
1130-1340
Applicants Submitting SAT
78%
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 580
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1130
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 690
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1340
Average SAT Score 1240

SAT Scores you need to get in

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 36 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1130 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 1020. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1240 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Seattle Pacific University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1340 and Above Good >95%
1235 to 1340 Avg + 91%-95%
1130 to 1235 Avg - 86%-91%
1025 to 1130 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 1025 Low <78%
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SPU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
39%
ACT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 20
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 26
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

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 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 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 #9 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 39 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Seattle Pacific University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Seattle Pacific University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >95%
24 to 27 Avg + 91%-95%
21 to 24 Avg - 86%-91%
18 to 21 Reach 78%-86%
Less than 18 Low <78%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Seattle Pacific University. 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 91% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Seattle Pacific University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
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

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%

Admission Statistics

Seattle Pacific University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,603 1,089 3,692
Accepted 2,373 982 3,355
Acceptance Rate 91% 90% 91%
Enrolled 442 205 647
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 21% 19%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
137

Applicants have 137 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Feb 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to SPU before the Feb 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 5 Oct 18
Nov 2 Nov 15
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Oct 26 Nov 14
Dec 14 Dec 24

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Seattle Pacific University and what considerations affect 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.