Seattle Pacific University: Narrative Description

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3307 Third Ave. West
Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Tel: (206)281-2000
Free: 800-366-3344
Admissions: (206)281-2517
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent Free Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1891. Setting: 35-acre urban campus. Endowment: $26.6 million. Research spending 2003-04: $657,000. Educational spending 2003-04: $7855 per student. Total enrollment: 3,779. Faculty: 310 (176 full-time, 134 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 1,714 applied, 93% were admitted. 30% from top 10% of their high school class, 62% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 12 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 2,754 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 180 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 47 states and territories, 15 other countries, 35% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 2% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 7% 25 or older, 58% live on campus, 9% transferred in. Retention: 79% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; health professions and related sciences; social sciences and history; psychology. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 13 members of the Coalition for Christian Colleges and Universities. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Naval (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early action, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadlines: 6/1, 12/1 for early action. Notification: continuous, 2/15 for early action.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $27,834 includes full-time tuition ($20,139), mandatory fees ($327), and college room and board ($7368). College room only: $3951. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $560 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: Centurions, Falconettes, forensics organization, Amnesty International, University Players. Major annual events: Homecoming, spring picnic, ivy cutting event. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, closed-circuit TV monitors. 1,712 college housing spaces available; 1,686 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Seattle Pacific University Library with 191,807 books, 501,851 microform titles, 1,230 serials, 4,408 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.7 million. 150 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Seattle University.

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