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Chances of getting into Seattle Pacific University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
91%
Admission Difficulty for Seattle Pacific University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Moderate 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into SPU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at SPU is 91%.  It ranks #16 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Seattle Pacific University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 3,555 out of 3,923 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1010/1160 ACT 20/27). Seattle Pacific University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.58. 18% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The SPU application fee is $50 and applications are due by Nov 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Seattle Pacific University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

SPU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1010-1160
Applicants Submitting SAT 
84%
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1010
SAT Scores for Seattle Pacific University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1160
Average SAT Score 1090

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 59 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 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 930. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. SPU ranks #11 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.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Seattle Pacific University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1160 and Above Good >95%
1085 to 1160 Avg + 91%-95%
1010 to 1085 Avg - 84%-91%
935 to 1010 Reach 74%-84%
Less than 935 Low <74%
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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 19
ACT Math 25th 18
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 #8 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Seattle Pacific University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 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 >95%
23 to 27 Avg + 91%-95%
20 to 23 Avg - 85%-91%
17 to 20 Reach 77%-85%
Less than 17 Low <77%
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SPU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.58
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 3.58 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.58 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as SPU accepts 91% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Seattle Pacific University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 32.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 26.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 12.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Seattle Pacific University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,826 1,097 3,923
Accepted 2,589 966 3,555
Acceptance Rate 92% 88% 91%
Enrolled 471 184 655
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 19% 18%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Nov 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Nov 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Seattle Pacific University is $50.

Application Requirements

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

Seattle Pacific University Application 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?

91% of those who apply are granted admission to SPU. Admission competition is and the college has moderate 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 1010 and 1160. 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.