Seattle Pacific University (SPU)

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Seattle Pacific University can be found in Seattle, WA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Seattle Pacific University has an enrollment of nearly four thousand students.

A SAT or ACT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores between 1530 (25th percentile) - 1860 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 23 (25th percentile) - 28 (75th percentile) on the ACT is usually submitted among applicants admitted to Seattle Pacific University. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SPU average GPA ranges from 3.23 to 3.52 for accepted students. SPU has an acceptance rate of about 72% with 21% of applicants deciding to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SPU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Seattle Pacific University was reported as 72.1% in Fall 2013 with over 5,170 applications submitted to SPU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SPU SAT Scores: 1530 - 1860
  • SPU ACT Scores: 23 - 28
  • SPU Average GPA: 3.23 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Seattle Pacific University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into SPU, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Seattle Pacific University has been getting lower when compared to averages from previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 92.8%
  • 2010-2011: 77.2%
  • 2011-2012: 70.3%
  • 2012-2013: 79.5%
  • 2013-2014: 72.1%
  • Projected SPU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 75.9%

How Does SPU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Seattle Pacific University is thirty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Cornish College of the Arts59.2%
Northwest University97.2%
University of Washington-Bothell Campus75.7%
Trinity Lutheran College95.7%
University of Puget Sound85.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SPU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading520 - 630
Math510 - 610
Writing500 - 620
Total Score1530 - 1860
ACT®Score Range
English22 - 29
Math23 - 27
Composite Score23 - 28
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