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Seattle Pacific University Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Updated On - October 22nd 2019By -  Komal Yadav

Seattle Pacific University has a moderate acceptance rate of 72% with an enrollment of 30 or less students in each class. The University comprises one college, College of Arts and Science, and five schools.

Admissions are offered in 69 major and 55 minor subjects for undergraduate degree program, 31 master's degree program and 5 doctoral programs.

  • For applying in a professional school, completion of preparatory program is required along with the chosen major. The University offers 13 such programs in varied disciplines.
  • A U.S. grade-point average of 3.0 is required for admission.
  • SAT and ACT scores are not compulsory requirements but they do enhance the viability of application.
  • Submission of one of the following test scores is must for non-native English speakers - TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic and EIKEN (for native Japanese speakers).


Application portalCommon App - Undergraduate
University Portal - Graduate
Application fee$50 - Undergraduate
$50 or $70 - Graduate (varies with program)
Acceptance Rate72%
Retention Rate79%
Required GPA3.0
Average SAT Score1154
Average ACT Score23-28
Total Expenditure (per year)$ 61,933
Total Expenditure for Clinical Psychology Program (nine months)$47,620 
Total Expenditure for other Programs (nine months)$36,019 

Seattle Pacific University Admission Deadlines

Following are the deadlines for admissions in undergraduate and graduate programs at SPU for the year 2019-20

For First Year Admissions
Autumn QuarterNovember 1 (Early Action)
January 15 (Regular Decision)
Spring QuarterFebruary 1
For Transfer Students
Autumn QuarterApril 1 (Early Action)
July 1 (Regular Decision)
Post-Baccalaureate Nursing ApplicationJanuary 15
Winter QuarterNovember 15
Spring QuarterFebruary 1
Summer QuarterApril 1
For Masters and Doctoral ProgramsVaries according to programs 

Seattle Pacific University International Admissions

Seattle Pacific University has diverse composition in terms of its students and has representation from 43 countries. Most of the requirements for International students are similar to domestic students. However, submission of SAT or ACT scores is optional for international students.

International Undergraduate Admission Requirements

  • An average grade point of U.S. 3.0 or higher for first year admissions and U.S. 2.5 or higher for transfer students is required.
  • Official documents with stamp of issuing institute must be mailed or sent directly to the Seattle Pacific University in a sealed envelope.
  • An introductory essay written by applicant describing himself/herself
  • All the documents must be translated into English language
  • A temporary U.S. Visa
  • A dated Declaration of Finances signed by applicant's sponsor and verified by bank of deposit to ensure financial stronghold of applicant for first year study at University.

For graduate programs, university has extensive selection criteria varying with different courses.

Language Proficiency Requirement

Seattle Pacific University requires minimum English proficiency from *non-native english speakers. Here is the list of accepted exams along with their required scores.

TOEFL (internet-based)79
TOEFL (paper-based)550
IELTS6.5 overall band score
PTE Academic56
EIKEN (for native Japanese speakers)Pre-level 1

* An International Student is considered a native english speaker by SPU if his/her both primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. (other than Puerto Rico).

Seattle Pacific University Undergraduate Admissions

The basic requirement for admissions in all undergraduate programs is the same. A recommendation letter and interview is optional but increases the chances of being shortlisted.

Apply at: Undergraduate Portal

Application Fee: $50

Essential Documents:

  1. A descriptive essay by applicant
  2. ACT or SAT Score
  3. Official Transcripts of previous education

Seattle Pacific University Graduate Admissions

Seattle Pacific University currently offers 31 master’s degree program, each with its unique set of requirements and deadlines.

CourseApplication PortalDeadlineApplication FeeAcademic RequirementMinimum English Proficiency Requirement
M.B.AGraduate PortalAutumn: June 1
Winter: September 1
Spring: December 1
50 USDResume, official transcripts,
*GMAT Score above 500 and personal statement
TOEFL (pBT): 577
TOEFL (cBT): 233
TOEFL (iBT): 90
IELTS: 7.0
Nursing ProgramsNursingCASAutumn: January 201970 USDBachelors or Masters in Nursing Degree,
12 months experience as RN by September,
1st cumulative GPA of 3.0, Washington state RN license
TOEFL (pBT): 600
TOEFL (cBT): 250
TOEFL (iBT): 100
School of EducationGraduate PortalEarly decision: November 15 Regular admission: February 150 USDOfficial transcript, personal statement,
minimum GRE score of 148 in Verbal and 147 in Quantitative Minimum,
MAT score of 400, passing WEST-B score, passing State Endorsement Test Moral and Professional Character Policy Form
Master’s level TOEFL ((pBT)): 550
TOEFL (cBT): 213
TOEFL (iBT): 79

*Not required for applicants having a cumulative GPA of 3.7; a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above and five years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience (or three years managerial experience); or, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and at least 10 years of post-baccalaureate professional work experience

Seattle Pacific University also known as SPU is known for its diversity. The acceptance rate of university is decreasing every year from 91% in 2017 to 72% in 2018 indicating increased level of selectivity by admission committee.

An early application will increase the chances of admission. Students should contact SPU’s International Admission Counselor before applying to get clear information on country specific requirements.

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