Resources › For Students and Parents Seattle Pacific University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Westlake78 / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated January 07, 2020 Seattle Pacific University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 90%. Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church of North America, Seattle Pacific's 43-acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood 10 miles from downtown Seattle. The school also owns property on Blakely Island and Whidbey Island. Undergraduates can choose from over 70 majors with fields such as psychology, business, and nursing being among the most popular. The university has a 13-to-1 student / faculty ratio, and the majority of classes have under 30 students. In athletics, the SPU Falcons compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Considering applying to Seattle Pacific University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Seattle Pacific University had an acceptance rate of 90%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 90 students were admitted, making SPU's admissions process less competitive. Admissions Statistics (2017-18) Number of Applicants 4,172 Percent Admitted 90% Percent Admitted who Enrolled (Yield) 19% SAT Scores and Requirements Seattle Pacific University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 84% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 520 630 Math 510 610 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of SPU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to SPU scored between 520 and 630, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 510 and 610, while 25% scored below 510 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Seattle Pacific University. Requirements Seattle Pacific does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that SPU participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. ACT Scores and Requirements Seattle Pacific University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 38% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 20 28 Math 19 25 Composite 20 27 This admissions data tells us that most of SPU's admitted students fall within the top 48% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Seattle Pacific University received a composite ACT score between 20 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 20. Requirements SPU does not require the ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Seattle Pacific superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2018, the average high school GPA of Seattle Pacific University's incoming freshmen class was 3.51, and 56% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Seattle Pacific University have primarily high B grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Seattle Pacific University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Seattle Pacific University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Seattle Pacific University, which accepts over three-quarters of students, has a slightly selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. Keep in mind, however, that SPU has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that letters of recommendation are optional, but strongly recommended. Applicants are also encouraged to participate in an interview, either in-person or by phone. This will demonstrate your interest in the university and help you determine if the university is a good fit. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores and grades are outside SPU's average range. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent students who were accepted to Seattle Pacific University. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1000 or higher, an ACT composite of 20 or higher, and a high school average of a "B+" or better. Grades and test scores above these lower ranges will improve your chances of acceptance. If You Like Seattle Pacific University, You May Also Like These Schools University of Washington-SeattleUniversity of Washington-BothellUniversity of Washington-TacomaWestern Washington UniversitySeattle UniversityGonzaga UniversityWashington State University All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Seattle Pacific University Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is Central Washington University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Seattle University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Alabama's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Adelphi University's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Whittier College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Arcadia University's Admissions Process? 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