|Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific University is fully accredited by the Washington State Board of Education and the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges and is on the approved list of the American Council on Education and Board of Regents of the State of New York. SPU is a charter member of the Christian College Consortium and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Seattle Pacific meets the requirements of the Commission on Christian Education of the Free Methodist Church and those of other denominations for the collegiate preparation of ministers. The University's programs are accredited for business by the AACSB InternationalThe Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; for dietetics by the Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association; for education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and the Association of American Colleges, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Washington State Board of Education for preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers; for electrical engineering by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc.; for music by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM); and for nursing by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for both undergraduate and graduate programs and the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission for the undergraduate nursing curriculum. The University also offers, as approved by the U.S. government, the education of veterans and their dependents under applicable public laws.
Students come to SPU from forty-seven states and eighteen countries, representing more than fifty different Christian denominations. More than half of Seattle Pacific's undergraduate students live on campus in four residence halls and several apartment complexes. All Seattle Pacific residence facilities are wired to allow students dedicated online connections to e-mail, the Internet, and the campus computer network.
In addition to its bachelor's degrees, SPU awards M.A., M.B.A., M.Ed., M.F.A., M.S., M.A. (TESOL), M.S.N., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degrees.
Location and Community
The Common Curriculum, which includes seven required courses spread out over four years, is at the heart of an undergraduate liberal arts education at Seattle Pacific. Only 5 percent of four-year institutions in the United States, most of them very small and homogenous, offer such a curriculum. Until now, no comprehensive university in an urban setting with an equal mix of residential and commuter students requires participation in common learning over four years.
SPU students begin in the first quarter of their freshman year with University Seminar, a focused exploration of a special interdisciplinary topic. The fewer than 25 students enrolled in each course form a “cohort” and attend other freshman classes in the Common Curriculum together, with their University Seminar professor serving as their academic adviser. In their freshman, sophomore, and junior years, students participate in two parallel sequences of required courses that address key human questions from the perspective of various disciplines and the foundations of Christian faith. Cumulative and developmental in nature, these classes are designed to support and enhance students' learning in the majors.
Seattle Pacific students have many opportunities to enhance their education with off-campus study. The Pacific Northwest itself provides a living laboratory for academic pursuits in all disciplines. SPU's own campuses on Whidbey Island and Blakely Island in Puget Sound are ideal for research and field study in areas such as marine biology and environmental science.
Each year, approximately 65 Seattle Pacific students participate in overseas study programs: the European Quarter, the Normandy (France) Studies Program, and the Salamanca (Spain) Program. Biennially, 30 to 35 students travel and study in Britain during British Isles Quarter. During quarter and summer breaks, students have the opportunity to join Seattle Pacific Reachout International (SPRINT) teams that travel to countries like Northern Ireland, Russia, Nicaragua, Uganda, and Romania for a short-term mission experience.
The University maintains exchange agreements with institutions in Kenya, Japan, and Korea. Students may also apply to take one or two quarters of study at one of the twelve other Christian College Consortium campuses, or they may enroll in one of three programs sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities: American Studies in Washington, D.C.; Latin American Studies in Costa Rica; Film Studies in Los Angeles. Programs in the Middle East and China are also available.
The full-time faculty at Seattle Pacific is composed of 197 full-time faculty members who are committed to the highest academic standards. Ninty percent of SPU's full-time faculty members hold the Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree. Seattle Pacific professors are experts in their fields: they publish, speak, and conduct research throughout the world. Their first priority, however, is teaching. SPU faculty members also make themselves available to students outside the classroom and act as models of compassionate, educated Christians.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following undergraduate majors: art; biochemistry; biology; biology education; biotechnology; chemistry; classics; communication; computational mathematics; computer engineering; computer science; electrical engineering; engineering and applied science; English; European studies (Europe, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish); exercise science; family and consumer sciences; fine and applied arts education; food and nutritional sciences; general studies; history; language arts education; Latin American studies (Spanish); mathematics; mathematics education; music; music education; philosophy; physical education; physics; political science; science education; social science education; sociology; textiles, clothing, and interiors; theater; and visual communication.
The School of Business and Economics offers undergraduate majors in accounting, business administration, and economics. The School of Education offers elementary certification with any major of the University, secondary certification with endorsements in most Washington stateapproved areas, and a major in special education. The School of Health Sciences offers an undergraduate nursing degree. The School of Psychology, Family and Community offers undergraduate majors in organizational behavior and psychology. The School of Theology offers undergraduate majors in Christian theology, Christian scriptures, global and urban ministry, youth ministry, and educational ministries. Preprofessional programs are available in dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and physical therapy.
Facilities and Resources
Among the other educational facilities at SPU is the Otto Miller Hall, which houses computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, and physics. A $24-million science facility for biology, chemistry, and related sciences opened in fall 2003. The University's flexible-forestage performing arts facility, E.E. Bach Theatre, is one of the city's finest, and the Royal Brougham Pavilion is one of the premier sports and recreation arenas in the Puget Sound area.
All full-time students are members of the Associated Students of Seattle Pacific (ASSP). Each spring, students elect 5 ASSP executive officers along with representatives to the ASSP Senate, the student governing body. ASSP provides services to students in the areas of campus activities, campus ministries, leadership development, and student publications.
Sports / Varsity Athletics
Financial Aid / Scholarships
Merit-based University scholarships are given annually to students who exhibit academic excellence and exemplify the ideals of the institution. Merit scholarships are available in amounts ranging from $1500 to $10,000. The Division of Fine Arts offers renewable scholarships (up to $3000) regardless of major. The Athletic Department awards scholarship aid to qualified athletes.
Admission Requirements / Application
Prospective students may visit the Seattle Pacific University Web site to request application materials. High school students should request these materials early in the senior year. While applications for Autumn Quarter are accepted until June 1, prospective students must be admitted by March 1 in order to be considered for scholarships and the best financial aid, housing, and course registration opportunities.
Applications are reviewed in the order they are received in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Beginning December 1, decisions regarding admission are announced after all application materials have been received. If an interview is required, students are contacted by telephone.