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Seattle Pacific University School of Education

Seattle Pacific University School of Education

Seattle Pacific University School of Education


Do you want to become an educator with both the competence and the character to bring hope into the lives of students? Is it your goal to become a leader in making our schools work for all children, not just some children? Graduates of the School of Education at Seattle Pacific University are among today’s most sought-after educators, expertly prepared to meet the challenges of their field and serve their communities.


Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.

Denominational affiliation

SPU is a private university founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America. Students and faculty represent more than 50 different Christian denominations.


SPU’s 43-acre city campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, only 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle. SPU also owns and operates a wilderness campus and field station on Blakely Island, and a seaside campus/retreat facility on Whidbey Island.


(Statistics are based on Autumn Quarter 2019)

Total enrollment: 3,529

Undergraduate enrollment: 2,717

Post-baccalaureate enrollment: 21

Graduate enrollment: 791

(Summer 2018–Summer 2019)

Continuing education enrollment: 2,531

Academic programs offered

Undergraduate majors: 71

Undergraduate minors: 59

Master’s degree programs: 31

Doctoral degree programs: 5

Graduate certificates: 8


(undergraduate through doctoral)

Average age of students

Undergraduate: 21

Post-baccalaureate: 35

Master’s: 32

Doctoral: 33

Gender Men: 33% Women: 67%

Student-faculty ratio 13:1 (based on Common Data Set definition)


  • Average high school GPA
  • Entering freshmen: 3.52
  • Entering transfers: 3.13
  • Average SAT scores of entering freshmen
  • National average: 1059
  • Washington state average: 1074
  • SPU average: 1152
  • Class size 82% of Autumn Quarter 2019 undergraduate classes had enrollments of 30 or less.
  • Ethnic diversity 43% (undergraduate ethnic minority students)
  • Retention rate 80% (based on first-year persistence)
  • Six-year graduation rate 68% (reported Autumn 2019)

Top 10 undergraduate programs

By number of students enrolled Autumn Quarter and accepted into a major:

  • Psychology
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • Physiology
  • Communication
  • Visual Communications
  • Global Development Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Exercise Science


  • Seattle

    3rd Avenue West,3307, 98119, Seattle