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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate91%

Seattle Pacific University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Seattle Pacific University. The acceptance rate at Seattle Pacific University is 91%. Out of 3,895 applications received in 2023, 3,533 students were offered admission.

If you are applying to Seattle Pacific University, the regular decision application deadline is July 11 and the fee for the application is $50.

Students who submit their applications to Seattle Pacific University for fall semester should anticipate a decision by November 15.

Seattle Pacific University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Seattle Pacific University's admissions stats.

Seattle Pacific University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist Yes

Seattle Pacific University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Seattle Pacific University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes Info Not Available
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 7 11 November 15

Considering Applying Early to Seattle Pacific University?

Seattle Pacific University offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

Some students apply early to college to boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of being admitted, since it is a way to show your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some competetive colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Seattle Pacific University Admissions

How To Get Into Seattle Pacific University

Getting into Seattle Pacific University is moderately difficult. Seattle Pacific University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2022, Seattle Pacific University accepted 91% of all applicants, approximately 3,533 of the 3,895 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Seattle Pacific University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Seattle Pacific University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Seattle Pacific University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Seattle Pacific University

What does Seattle Pacific University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Application Essay Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Important
Volunteer Work Important
Work Experience Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Class Rank Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Seattle Pacific University for more information on admission factors.

Seattle Pacific University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Seattle Pacific University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Seattle Pacific University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Seattle Pacific University?

Students admitted to Seattle Pacific University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Seattle Pacific University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 25% of Seattle Pacific University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Seattle Pacific University students scored 670 or higher and 75% of students scored 550 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Seattle Pacific University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 550 or higher.

To be most competitive at Seattle Pacific University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Seattle Pacific University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Seattle Pacific University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

More Information on Transferring to Seattle Pacific University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Seattle Pacific University.

Transfer students can enroll in Seattle Pacific University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Seattle Pacific University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Seattle Pacific University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Seattle Pacific University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Seattle Pacific University accept transfer credits?

✅ Seattle Pacific University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Seattle Pacific University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Seattle Pacific University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Seattle Pacific University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Seattle Pacific University?

❌ No, Seattle Pacific University is test optional, so you can decide whether to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Seattle Pacific University's acceptance rate?

✅ Seattle Pacific University's acceptance rate is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Seattle Pacific University?

✅ Seattle Pacific University offers early decision but the school has not provided an acceptance rate.

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Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Seattle Pacific University? Seattle Pacific University is a somewhat selective institution. The Seattle Pacific University acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


Seattle Pacific University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jul 11

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Seattle Pacific University is Jul 11.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Seattle Pacific University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

530 - 670


Reading SAT Range

550 - 680

Seattle Pacific University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Seattle Pacific University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.56. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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