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  • 10/18/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 1 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Christian students who own their faith, students who want a strong college community, students who want lots of opportunities to get involved, students seeking a good education both inside and outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to examine your core convictions while you are here; while you won't be forced to believe anything, there is a very large emphasis on discovering what you yourself have faith in, and not necessarily what everyone else around you believes. Be open-minded, but don't think you have to radically change what you believe. Be ready to grow.

    Bang for the buck

    I'll admit, this school is not cheap. Of course, most private schools are not, and even with a $10,000 dollar scholarship, it's still hard to pay for school. However, the price is by far worth it, both for the quality education and for the strong community. Someone who is looking only for a good education would no doubt find it not as valuable, but the entire package of Seattle Pacific is totally worth the price. And Financial Services is available to help you find ways to pay for school, as well; they don't just leave you hanging to figure it out yourself.

    Am enjoying being here

    Seattle Pacific speaks about fostering a sense of community, and that is something I truly feel here. The residence halls are excellent places to meet new people, and to form lasting friendships. The University Scholars program, which I am a part of, furthers this by placing students in a special program that creates a group bond that exists even outside of classes. Community is perhaps the best word to describe Seattle Pacific, one that includes even the staff and professors, who all love to speak with students on anything ranging from classes to personal life issues. I honestly can't imagine a better school for people who truly are seeking a Christian community.

    Am learning a lot

    Seattle Pacific University is a small school, but the educational quality is wonderful. The professors teach every class themselves, and they are all always ready to meet and talk about your education. Furthermore, the professors themselves are actively engaged in teaching the students, and they love us just as much as we love them. The educational programs available are excellent as well, ranging from one of the top pre-med programs in the nation to an astounding Theology school. Personally, as a School of Theology major, I have learned so much about Christian History and Ministerial Teaching that I never knew about. Even better, this knowledge will help me in my own career plans, and isn't just about memorizing facts for the test.

  • 02/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 2 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    SPU has one of the most successful nursing programs in the nation, so if you're thinking about nursing this is a great school. We also have a popular business school and a fantastic English program. (English students will have great internship opportunities at SPU!) If you don't mind rain, it's a great place for you; if you like getting involved in community service and charity, there are tons of opportunities for that at SPU as well. And if you like books or music, Seattle has a great artsy scene that you'll really enjoy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can--it will pay off. Also make sure you apply for University Scholars if you are any good at writing, or if you're just interested in getting better at writing. You'll do a lot of essays but it's worth it to have all the school's best professors inviting you to their office whenever you want help! Apply for housing as soon as possible, and try to get into Ashton or Hill (they are commonly known as the friendliest and best halls). And make sure to schedule an entrance interview; it's not required, but it really helps the admissions office get to know you and helps you get to know the school.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is pretty expensive, but don't let it throw you off. There are a lot of scholarships that can really lower costs for you. I got an academic scholarship and a leadership scholarship, as well as some grants, and my roommate got a theatre and music scholarship that lowered costs to the same as a state school. The atmosphere and academics are worth it!

    Am enjoying being here

    SPU is a school with a lot going on. There are tons of student clubs with events to attend; the dorms put on root beer keggers and dance parties; student council organizes awesome events like talent show, open mic, concerts, group, 3-on-3 basketball tournaments for charity. There is so much to do! And dorm life is great. The lifestyle doesn't involve a lot of alcohol or drugs. It's low-pressure and still tons of fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Academics at SPU are fantastic. You will never be taught by a TA, and our profs love what they're teaching. You will also never be in a class (even a gen ed class!) with more than 100 students; most classes have 20-40 students. I'm really being challenged in my concepts of faith, science, politics, and how world change occurs. The University Scholars program, which accepts 40 students a year, is a great books program that replaces your core classes and incorporates all sorts of disciplines taught by the best profs at the university. I'm a part of it and it is definitely worth the extra essay when you apply.

  • 12/01/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 3 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Seattle Pacific University is accommodating to every type of student, the real test is if the students allow themselves to be a part of Seattle Pacific University community. Art programs, athletics, medical, international, and all other focuses of classrooms and extracurriculars are encompassed withing Seattle Pacific University, all students must do is decide which ones to partake and excel in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Throughout the application process find ways to insert personal insights about you. Admissions staff read hundreds and hundreds of applications. Find a way to make yours stand out; this will go a longer way than you could ever imagine. Upon arrival, don't overload yourself immediately and cause unwanted stress and negative circumstances for yourself later. Ease yourself into the community around you; it is very welcoming and open with a spot for everyone.

    Bang for the buck

    Seattle Pacific University is a private college, and even with scholarships and financial assistance I am still paying a fairly significant sum, and hold a part-time job to offset this. However, it is worth it for the genuine informative education and loving community I am blessed to partake in everyday.

    Am enjoying being here

    I moved from Tennessee to attend college here, and I could not have made a better choice. The housing is accommodating, classes are interesting and diverse, Professors are prepared and know their students by first names, the food is delectable, and the city of Seattle surrounds the campus with its progressiveness.

    Am learning a lot

    The classroom setting is personable, extremely informative, and fosters individual responsibility and global and educational awareness.

  • 12/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 4 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    In my opinion, Seattle Pacific University is perfect for any type of student. Whether you are a Christian or not, you will be accepted. Whether you leave high school with college credit or not, the faculty will work with you to figure out what major you want, or how to plan classes to fulfill that degree. Whether you are an extremely social person or not, each of the four dorms has a different personality that will fit you perfectly.

    Tips for prospective students

    One major tip for prospective students is that if you decide to come to SPU, get with your adviser early to schedule your desired degree. When I first came, I was able to work with my adviser to plan out all three years in advance for me to graduate with my degree. This will make life a lot easier for when class registration rolls around and everybody starts worrying about finding what classes they need to take. You will already have it all right there in front of you, with a couple of options for if any of your classes have already been filled. Which leads me to another tip... If you are in a state that allows Running Start, or any other program to get college credit while still in high school, do it! It makes things so much more simple, and it also helps balance out the cost of the university when you are able to cut down a year or two for having those classes already taken.

    Bang for the buck

    In my specific courses, I have learned more about my major and am getting plenty of attention by advisers making sure that I am following my track for graduation with my desired degree and certification. All of the people are so helpful in getting you set up with a plan for your entire stay at SPU, and making sure you are able to follow through with it. Although this school does cost a very pretty penny, it is the experience, education, and educators that make the entire thing worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the location of being a good walk away from downtown Seattle, but far enough away from the city that your studies aren't being interrupted by constant sirens or car alarms. We also have a great cafeteria that provides multiple options at every meal. It is also very well known for its amazing cookies! The people here are varied so much that it keeps everything interesting. Even though this is a Christian university, having a Christian faith is not mandatory for attending the school. If you are not a Christian, you will still find a place to fit in with our community of students.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot about myself and who I am as a Christian. When you live on campus in the dorms, you are given the opportunity to meet fellow Christians that can help you learn where you are in your walk with God, and how you can get back on track with your relationship with Him. As far as classes go, I am taking upper division courses specific for my major, so I'm not sure how the general classes are. However, I have heard great things about amazing professors that teach good, valuable information. With the courses I am taking for my education degree, all of my classes are integrated together, where information from one class is directly applied to the next. They all link together to where my knowledge in each area is increasing relationally, instead of focusing on one subject and forgetting everything I've ever learned about any other class.

  • 12/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 5 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This university is especially great for students seeking an education firmly rooted in faith.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Christian aspect is a huge part of SPU. You won't be forced to believe anything, but you will be encouraged to discover what you believe. Be ready to meet students who are very active in their faith. Take part in as many campus activities as possible. They are there for a reason! These will help you get engaged and make lifelong friends. This will make for a better experience all together. Live on campus and leave your dorm door open.

    Bang for the buck

    Its a fairly expensive school, but they award very good scholarships. Even though I am paying a little bit more for this school than I would for a state school, the experience is priceless. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community is exceptional. I have never felt so accepted. After only a few months, I can tell I have made some life long friends. Dorm life is fun! The school makes an effort to keep students involved in campus activities. There is always something to do. And if you can't find something that interests you on campus, SPU is located in the heart of Seattle!

    Am learning a lot

    The class sizes are small. The professors are actively engaged in their students life. You can tell they care about their subject and their students. All my professors have been willing to put in extra hours to make sure I fully understand the material. There are a variety of classes and majors to choose from.

  • 01/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a Christian community, this is the school for you. They also have a good music technology program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for diversity!

    Bang for the buck

    It is very expensive but I believe it's very high quality education. I have loved all of my professors, and they have all been masters of their craft.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is very family-like and friendly. There's lots to do around the school since we're practically in downtown seattle. I love being here!

    Am learning a lot

    Not only am I learning a lot, but I've found I'm enjoying learning more than ever! The classes here are very interesting especially the university core classes.

  • 11/25/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 7 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    The friends you make at the beginning of the year are not necessarily the people you will be friends with later. Make the most of every situation and don't be afraid to be friendly and outgoing. College is what you make out of it! Make sure you are just able to to balance your time, you'll regret it later if you don't. By the way, sharing a bathroom with 35 other people is not nearly as bad as one may expect, I promise!

    Bang for the buck

    I have friends at big schools and they have 500 people in their classes. SPU has way less than that, with the biggest classes being about 100. My classes are generally about 20-30 people. Being at a private school is definitely worth it, with small classes, great food, fun people, and amazing professors!

    Am enjoying being here

    The halls have so many great traditions and people are so friendly. I meet new people everyday! Dorm life is amazing and all about what you make it. The professors are great, the people are great, and the city is less than 2 miles away. There is so much to do you can never get bored!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are amazing and will help you with whatever you need. My English professor had us go on a class field trip to see a movie that had to do with what we were learning about. Another one of my professors spent 2.5 hours with me and a few others going over information for the quiz the next day, staying well past her office hours. SPU is challenging but you really enhance your learning and get so much out of the experience.

  • 10/19/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 8 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    There is certainly a big music scene is Seattle, and it is also present at SPU. If you're into music, art, or writing, this is definitely a great place for it. I've also heard good thing about the business program, but I am not very knowledgeable about it.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a great experience so far. Just don't forget to study!

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is certainly not a cheap school, but I am feeling more confident that in the end it will have been worth the price. Food and housing are both great (I live in Emerson Hall). The education is very extensive and you learn a lot. You definitely get what you pay for, which is a lot.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love Seattle. I am thoroughly convinced that the Northwest is the best part of America. SPU is located in Queen Anne, which is a beautiful neighborhood that borders Fremont and Ballard. This is great for audiophiles like myself, because of the sheer number of record stores a store distance away. The campus is very pretty, especially in fall, as it is now, and it provides a great environment to live in. The people are super nice as well, and socialites will have plenty of friends to be made here.

    Am learning a lot

    I am an English major and Philosophy minor, and I am currently enrolled in an English literature history, literature analysis, and logic class. I have already learned a lot in the first three weeks. There is a great wealth of knowledge to tap into, and the professors are very personable. I feel that by the time I graduate, I will be plenty prepared with the knowledge I gained from my English major.

  • 11/30/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 9 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those who want to have fun and not the kind of fun where you just go out and party all night and get drunk at. This school will challenge your faith if you let it and it's perfect for if you want to get involved and learn a lot as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are interested, start researching the school earlier because the faster you know if you want to go the earlier you can apply. Also the earlier you apply the more financial aid you receive and the more priority you are given.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a bit pricey, I have to say, but it is worth it in my opinion because of the quality of life you get to lead here. This school, even if you cannot afford it, will help you make it possible. They want you to be able to come here. Unlike most schools, they offer you scholarships first and then they hand you the loans.

    Am enjoying being here

    The community here, no matter how corny it sounds, is amazing! I love the people here and I have already made life long friends here! I have never had so many close friendships before in my life. If you want to be involved you can get involved! I love being here so much!

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are great for the most part but like every school there are the good and the bad teachers. The courses here will challenge you if you allow yourself to be chanllenged.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is very good. Sometimes I think we're spoiled.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun, but don't forget to study hard!

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a great school. They have good food, great faculty, and kind fellow students. I believe my next three years here will be very good.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SPU is a very safe campus. It's in a nice, clean, urban neighborhood and there are always multiple campus security officers on duty. Emergency phones are present around campus, and if you ever have a late study night and don't feel comfortable walking back to your dorm, use the emergency phone and the safety and security officers will be happy to give you a ride back. I've never felt unsafe at SPU.

    What to do for fun

    It's Seattle! What would you LIKE to do? You'll find it here. SPU is really in the PERFECT location because it's just a 5 minute drive from the heart of downtown, but you're living in Queen Anne which is one of the safest, most beautiful neighborhoods in Seattle. SPU offers bus passes for a very small and reasonable fee so you're always free to roam the city. Seattle Center and the Space Needle are just over the hill, Fremont and all it's quirky festivities are right across the bridge, and if you're looking for a place to go for a walk, the canal is literally about 50 yards from campus. There's really more to do around SPU than you can write in a little text box.

    Food and Dining

    On campus, your general options for dining are Subway, Starbucks, Bagels, or Gwinn Commons (our cafeteria). Gwinn is where you'll eat most of your major meals. It is buffet-style dining and there are always numerous options in food. There is always a salad bar, various cereals, pizza, and desert bar offered, as well as other hot foods which vary day to day. You won't ever go hungry with Gwinn around. There is also a Subway on campus in the C-store (a convenience store of sorts), two Starbucks locations, and Einstein Bagels in the SUB (Student Union Building).

    Academic Rigor

    I won't sugar-coat it, the school work at SPU is tough. As a transfer student and biology major, I can attest to the fact that the courses are more rigorous than at other schools, however it's not blind knowledge. The professors are invested in their subject and want to make it fun for you to learn. There are always opportunities outside of class for extra help, and if you ask for help right when you need it, you'll have no problem getting good grades. I find that I'm much more confident in my knowledge now that I am held to a higher standard, and that's a terrific feeling.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus! SPU offers events for prospective students on some fridays (check the website for exact dates) where you are able to tour the school, speak with students and profs, and explore the SPU culture. I would also advise getting in touch with a prof or two from the major you are interested in. They would love to sit down with you and discuss academia and opportunities you will be presented with.

    In three sentences

    SPU is a very welcoming and embracing community. Professors are always accommodating and will help you out in any way they can. The campus is in an absolutely beautiful location which will have you wishing you could live there forever.

  • 12/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school says it accepts non-Christian students and it does, but it can be really uncomfortable if you aren't Christian. The professors don't seem to mind, but the students can be kind of exclusive at times, and there's an expectation and kind of assumption that everyone is Christian.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely apply for the honors program, and apply for as many outside scholarships as you can.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is really, really expensive, and their work study program is terrible. I've been trying to find a job to help cover costs and, despite being promised work study, can't find anything, on campus or not.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've made a lot of wonderful friends here, but I know of two people who had to leave after their first quarter because scholarships and work study did not pan out as promised, which is making it tough. the housing regulations can get a bit irritating at times, and can limit the ability to study and hang out with friends. Even so, the people are really great.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging and the science program is excellent. The professors are great about helping students when they need anything, and are open to answering questions.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who want to have an expanded view of education, people, and God. This school will break down many boxes you may have put yourself in, others in, or God in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Choose Hill Hall if you live in the dorms. It is my favorite.

    Bang for the buck

    I am generally a stingy person, but when it comes to education you can't put a price on it. I chose this school mostly because the financial aid package I got through FAFSA was significant enough that I could afford it. I think that this will be the case for most anyone who applies. The only thing is that the loans will catch up to me in the future, but they will be manageable.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have experienced living in a building of more than 500 students for two years. Living in the residence halls is a requirement for the first two years of attendance. This experience offers a wide range of experiences from new cultures, to new world views, to new religious backgrounds. I have learned a lot about others through this experience, and I have had a ton of fun doing it.

    Am learning a lot

    The setting at this school has allowed me to learn a lot. I have learned through the setting that the school makes. the kind of students SPU attracts and the thought provoking professors make this school a prime place to learn more about philosophy, theology, and a cornucopia of other topics. The one thing that I most enjoy about it though, is that it doesn't limit the broadness of each field. SPU allows and encourages the different perspectives of each field to affect each other.

  • 01/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    love safety and security

    Greek Life

    not existent

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of healthy ways to stay involved at any level of time commitment.

    Great for these types of students

    any!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    humans vs. zombies and holiday traditions

    Bang for the buck

    the professors are amazing and will always build interpersonal relationships with all students.

    What to do for fun

    spu is in a great location because everything is close by. there is also a lot of fun to be had on campus with other students, like ultimate frisbee and other sports.

    Food and Dining

    there is a lot of places to eat on campus, as well as in the surrounding areas. careful not to spend too much money!

    Dorm Life

    i absolutely love my floor. there is a great sense of community in all the dorms and it is a great way to meet new people and build healthy relationships.

    Academic Rigor

    classes are difficult, but the professors always keep the material interesting. the course loads can be challenging but part of the fun is keeping busy!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply early and visit the school! great things will come when you become involved in the community.

    In three sentences

    seattle pacific university is a great college for any type of student. with the great variety in career options, as well as extra curricular activities, all are welcomed into the loving community. not only are the professors amazing, but the location is great for all types of activities.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe campus! campus security can always be spotted driving around campus!

    Greek Life

    none!

    Clubs and Activities

    open for incoming leaders to create more clubs!

    Great for these types of students

    private school, like small chill campus, like calmness of a university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there are dorm raids and roomies, a way to mesh guy and girl floors. spu traditions, which gathers whole campus for fun skits. homecoming etc.

    Bang for the buck

    very expensive school, but then again its private!

    What to do for fun

    not much but be outdoors, or take a bus to the surrounding areas to find something to do including: u district, ballard and downtown.

    Food and Dining

    really great food!

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is fun. not for everybody however, but for some its great!

    Academic Rigor

    academic is highly valued.

    Tips for prospective students

    public school students, may be at bit of a cultural shock when first arriving. if you live in ashton hall, get ready for great calves work outs everyday walking up the hill. the food is very good, if thats what you're looking for in a college.

    In three sentences

    seattle pacific university is a very small university. its a very friendly environment. it has really good food!

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    lots of on-campus activities and cultural events.

    What to do for fun

    for a quick getaway from studying, one can go to queen ann/up town, which is only 10 minutes away or fremont which is 15 minutes away. for the weekend nights, you can head to downtown seattle on the bus which is an easy 20-30 minutes.

    Food and Dining

    campus food tends to be repetitive, but spu has a selection of healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    can used a bit of touch ups.

    Academic Rigor

    professors in each of their fields are wonderful and well groomed to help their students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage office hours that your professors give you. don't be afraid to ask questions, even if the may sound dumb.

    In three sentences

    professors really do take the extra step to get to know each of his/her students, making a more meaningful experience in education. fantastic campus and location. well maintained buildings.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 80

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    get involved in clubs.

    Food and Dining

    food is awesome, but expensive.

    Dorm Life

    its very expensive and not worth it. live off campus and be involved in clubs.

    Academic Rigor

    it's difficult, but professors have grace and there is room for mistakes.

    Tips for prospective students

    talk to the financial aid department. talk to all your profs after class. don't come to spu to party.

    In three sentences

    great school, but it is very expensive. the campus is beautiful. seattle is awesome.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    hipster

    What to do for fun

    there is so much at your fingertips

    Tips for prospective students

    come visit! we would love to see you.

    In three sentences

    seattle pacific university is absolutly beautiful. i knew god was calling me here the second i walked onto campus. eveyone is so friendly here.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Awesome

    Greek Life

    none

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown and the little communities around the school

    Food and Dining

    Food starts great and then slowly goes down hill

    Dorm Life

    great to get to know new people

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what your studying you will be studying and working hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and you will do well

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University allows you to grow and engage the culture in the surrounding areas. The school allowes you to be engaged by a friendly staff. THis school allowes you to grow with God and in your faith.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    All kinds, as long as you can deal with cloudy, slightly cool weather a good majority of the time. Winter Quarter is almost always that way. But Spring Quarter is GORGEOUS, and it totally makes up for the gloomy-ness of the winter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know what you love to do, and do it! I have spent my freshman year not playing my flute in band, because I thought I wasn't good enough to do so, but I missed it terribly. Live your life while you're here! And if you don't think you're good enough at something to join others in doing it, work at it. That's the reason I'm able to be in band next year. :).

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is certainly expensive, but the education and life experiences you get are DEFINITELY worth it. Plus, they have a lot of scholarship opportunities and such to offset the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    Oh goodness... life in Seattle is great, and the community here on campus makes it even better!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are spectacular!!!!!!!!

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I would strongly recommend this college for students interested in faith, whether it be seeking religion, already strongly religious, or simple curious this is a great school which will provide plenty of support.

    Tips for prospective students

    more then likely don't bother with the unlimited meal plan, unless you are going to be eating three meals a day, every day at the cafeteria I would suggest going with the 14 block a week meal plan.

    Bang for the buck

    Once again this is a private school so it is going to be expensive, but college is expensive and there are plenty of great opportunities to get grants and what not.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great since of atmosphere, a beautiful campus with pretty great placement not too far from the U district and right by the Fremont bridge. Further despite being a catholic college, they don't really beat u over the head with religion. As a non believer myself i found that I am never really feeling out cast or offended by other students.

    Am learning a lot

    being a private school the there aren't really many seminar style classes. Most classes are probably around 30-40 people, depending on the class. The intro level classes are going to be a bit more crowded but other classes are significantly smaller.

  • 06/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    22 of 80

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is university that is genuinely committed to the idea of building a community of individuals rather than a disconnected group of competitors. If you are looking for a place to make life-long friendships with a diverse group of students from various backgrounds, this is the school for you!

    Tips for prospective students

    The best way to find out if any university is the perfect for you is to engage in it's culture! Stay overnight. Attend chapel services or sporting events. Get involved so that you can decide whether or not you can imagine yourself committed to being a part of this awesome community!

    Bang for the buck

    Every single detail of the residence life, scholastic curriculum, campus events and traditions, and spiritual activities are thoroughly planned out and adapted to the environment and opinions of the students themselves. This is a place in which your money will be well spent.

    Am enjoying being here

    When any first-time college student arrives to their dorm room or college class for the first time, it is, without a doubt, a bittersweet experience. Seattle Pacific University does an amazing job of immediately making campus home to its students! The hardest part about college quickly becomes knowing that, at the end of the last quarter, you have to leave.

    Am learning a lot

    Nine months is honestly a short amount of time. Throughout the past nine months of my life, I have learned more than I ever have scholastically, socially, and spiritually. Seattle Pacific University provided me with a whirlwind of experiences that allowed this growth in me. I am looking forward to learning more in the fall!

  • 08/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Seattle Pacific is a great school for really anyone. It is very diverse and is accepting of others. Whether you are Christian or not, you will learn a lot about different religions and cultures. If you are looking for a smaller school, but not too small where everyone knows everyone and everything about each other's lives, than SPU is a great choice. It is just big enough where you can still meet new people throughout the year, but also small enough to get involved and feel included. SPU has one of the best nursing programs and also a fairly large business school.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise you, if you are questioning staying in state or going out of state, to go out of state. I was very nervous when I made the decision but I am so happy that I did! It is so fun to be able to have the chance to live in a different state for a part of your life. Also, it is always better to go away and then if you do not like it come back to your home state. If you never go out, then you will never know what it is like.

    Bang for the buck

    Seattle Pacific is very pricey. This would be the only downfall for going to this school. Since it is extremely expensive, I have to work throughout the school year and summer and I am still going to have a lot to pay off after i graduate. However, I think that by paying more than I would at a public state school, I am paying for the experience. I would never be able to get the sort of attention I get inside the classroom if I attended a large university. Also the kind of friendships I have made, would have been difficult to find at a huge school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love going to SPU. My first year was amazing and made so many awesome friendships. Since it is a smaller school, it is very easy to get involved in clubs, sports or find friends. I never thought that I would enjoy going to college this much. Over the summer, I have been counting down the days until I get to go back. Seattle is such a great place to go to school because you are located so close to downtown, where you can explore and find neat shops. But there is also the outdoors where you can hike, camp and go biking. I would never want to go anywhere else for school.

    Am learning a lot

    Seattle Pacific is a small school, but not too small. The class sizes are perfect for a learning environment because it allows you to build a relationship with not only the professor but also with your fellow classmates. I feel comfortable to speak up in a class and ask questions. The professors are very understanding and will even meet with you after class to get coffee and talk about something you did not fully understand, or to just chat about life. The curriculum challenges you and makes you gain stronger study habits, but also allows you to gain more knowledge in the areas you are studying in.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus if you are interested in a school. It really helped me make my decision. Also, if you have questions ask current students or your academic advisor. they are more than willing to help.

    Bang for the buck

    Apply for scholarships and contact financial services if you have any questions.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone on my floor (Hill) is so nice. The whole school has a sense of community and family. I love it here!

    Am learning a lot

    I love all of my profs and they are all very willing to help. Most have open office hours or will sit down and have coffee with you. They actually care about their students!

  • 11/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    SPU is great for Christian students, who would like to seek shelter from normal college experiences in a wholesome environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not attend this school if you are looking for a cost effective, or if you would like your faith, or the faith of others separate from your education.

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely expensive, and I believe I could get the same or better education else where. I do plan on tranfering to a school that is more cost effective.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school is extremely expensive, and I must work to scrape by. Granted, I am not living on campus so I may be missing out on some of the fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the classes are centered around the Christian faith. This is not something I find pertinent to my education, and was somewhat disappointed to find that I could not take even a science or art class without it.

  • 12/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Desire a small school in a big city. (I think it is the perfect balance) Okay with religion (the Christian faith) being a prominent idea in the classroom!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get scholarships! Come and visit. It is a unique school and I think visiting will be the only way to see if it is the right institution for you.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is so expensive! I believe it is worth it. It is also generous with financial aid in my experience. Acquire outside scholarships and you will be in great condition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love SPU and the community. SPU love love loves community! There is something for everyone. I will forewarn that is a very Christian-centered environment. That being said, there is no pressure to follow that faith, but you should be comfortable with the majority of the student body being of Christian faith.

    Am learning a lot

    Seattle Pacific allows students to decide how much they wish to be challenged. I am in the UScholars Honors program and finding the most difficult courses. I personally have grown and learned so much in typical liberal arts fashion. ALL classes are taught by the professors, no TA teaching. Average classes are 20 to 30 and the largest classes here are barely over 200 students.You learn in a very intimate setting.

  • 02/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    close to downtown and coffee shops. theaters. sporting events.

    Tips for prospective students

    you will love this campus.

    In three sentences

    great class room sizes and teachers. inviting environment and great campus. close to downtown and great restaurants.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    anything in downtown seattle, fremont, or queen anne.

    Food and Dining

    the cafeteria is pretty darn good for being cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    excellent, and they are great at pairing up people as roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    it's not harvard, but it is difficult and academic.

    Tips for prospective students

    just be yourself!

    In three sentences

    it is a wonderful academic school. it engages the student and provides great opportunities. it is a community.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Although you don't have to be Christian to attend SPU, it is definitely an integral part of the environment. So, I would say Christians who want to go to an intellectual school surrounded by great (if slightly eccentric... in a good way!) people, and who want to challenge themselves academically and see all Seattle has to offer!

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is pretty pricey, but they still managed to bring my tuition down a lot. My advice is to apply for scholarships early, and do as many as you can! Still, affordability is one of the biggest reasons SPU didn't make the cut. It is pretty expensive, but it is also a great school, and if it's the one for you then it's definitely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much! SPU is in the Queen Anne district of Seattle, which is one of the safest districts, and you can walk to so many different stores and shops. We walked to a store that only sold cupcakes! It was adorable, and so good. There is a lot to do around campus too; zombie-versus-human nerf wars, music recitals (and there are pianos in pretty much every dorm, which means music can be heard very often), plays, dorm projects, etc...

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of variety at SPU's dining hall, and the food is very good. They have options for people who are lactose intolerant, vegetarian and even allergic to gluten. However, on the weekends, Gwinn dining hall has a lot less variety. Luckily, there are places you can walk to within minutes.

    Dorm Life

    I stayed in Emerson, which is the quietest dorm and a pod-style, meaning there are four dorms with a common living room area. The bathrooms were great (as weird of an observation as that is), and each pod had 2, which is a lot nicer than only one or two to a floor. The girls seemed like best friends, and it was really cool to get to know all of them while I was there.

    Academic Rigor

    The nursing program (which is what I looked into) seems great, though time-extensive. They have a program called SPU Scholars which replaces your gen-eds if you get into it. In SPU Scholars, you read things like Plato and Aristotle, and they have two teachers from different areas teach the class, so you get a bit of a different prospective.

    Tips for prospective students

    SPU is costly, so try and apply for any scholarships you can. And definitely visit, and try and stay in the dorms when you do.

    In three sentences

    Although I am not attending Seattle Pacific, I think it is a wonderful school, and I want to encourage anyone who is thinking about attending to seriously consider it. Both the staff and student body are wonderfully caring, extremely intelligent and yet very down-to-earth. It is a great community and it was a very hard choice not to attend.

  • 04/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The dorm 6th Ashton gets to wear orange jumpsuits and cheer on the basketball team.

    What to do for fun

    Ski, there are three local mountains within 1.5 hours away.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn has great food choices for almost any diet.

    Dorm Life

    great sense of community, however don't plan on having your girlfriend spend the night

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on the program you are enrolled in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Taylor your personal essays towards a small christian school.

    In three sentences

    Spu has a great sense of community. All of the professors have a genuine interest in each of the students lives.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety and Security will take care of you! SPU has a high standard for safety of students that is evident in the strikingly low amount of crime. Besides Safety and Security, Student Health Services takes great care of students feeling under the weather.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek system at SPU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great number of clubs for all student interests. If a club doesn't exist, it is very easy to create your own!

    Great for these types of students

    Seattle Pacific University is associated with the First Free Methodists. While it is an incredibly open and non-discriminatory school, students coming from a Christian background, or students wanting to learn more about Christianity will find that SPU is a great environment for discovering or growing in the Christian faith. It is fairly liberal in terms of Christian schools, but fairly conservative when compared to most public universities. Overall, It's a very moderate balance that students from a wide variety of backgrounds will enjoy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every residence hall has their own tradition which students are invited to participate in. They are all fun, bonding experiences that usually end at a local business eating tasty food in the middle of the night! A place of pure magic on campus is in the middle of Martin Square. Stand directly in the middle and clap your hands to hear what happens!

    Bang for the buck

    Seattle Pacific University is consistently ranked among the Best in the West in terms of value. The price tag may seem daunting at first look, but believe me when I say there are plenty of financial aid options available to keep the financial burden as low as possible. The education you will receive here is definitely worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Seattle Pacific University is in a prime location for fun. Just on the north side of Queen Anne Hill, and across a canal from Fremont and Ballard means that fun is always within reach. King County Metro can get you anywhere in the Emerald City within minutes. SPU provides temporary bus passes for students, too, so you don't have to go broke exploring the amazing city of Seattle. The parks are fantastic for hanging out or studying, there are plenty of public beaches, and there are enough businesses and other attractions to keep even the most adventurous souls content for a lifetime!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria - Gwinn Commons - always has great dishes that you don't easily get tired of, and it's a friendly time to share a meal and get to know others. There's also other options including Subway, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Grill 155, and Medley salads. There are also two Starbucks, but if none of these options sound appealing, there are myriad dining opportunities off-campus all over Seattle that cater to college students on a budget. If you're feeling brave, take some friends from your dorm to cheer you on as you attempt to finish a famous 12-egg omelet from Beth's Cafe! The dining options are endless!

    Dorm Life

    If you are looking for a loving, nurturing community that will build you up, Seattle Pacific residence halls are the place to be! There's never a dull moment between the raids, hall traditions, and abundant social opportunities. You will be living in a community of friends that last a lifetime.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are never more than students can handle, although the professors will definitely challenge you. Don't be caught off-guard by the wonderful social life - do your work and you won't have any issues. Plus, you'll receive a fantastic education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join us for a preview event! You'll get a taste of the fun-filled residence hall experience, as well as a taste of our fantastic cafeteria food! Don't let the price tag of this school deceive you - there are more than enough financial aid options to make it as affordable as any public school. Get to know your professors! They are more than willing to sit and talk over a cup of coffee or tea and will be delighted to get to know their students more personally.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University has been life-changing for me. There is a very evident commitment to fostering a grace-filled community, a faculty that genuinely cares and takes the time to know students personally whether it's over a cup of coffee or at a movie night, and the campus is an aesthetic pleasure nestled in a premium location between Queen Anne Hill and Fremont. The amazing combination of community and academics makes SPU more than just a great school, it is a place that anyone would be glad to call their home!

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus takes its students safety very seriously and makes it a top priority on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek Life at SPU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and activities are easy to join and are very welcoming.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who enjoy a smaller student body with more attention from professors and who seek to find a deeper connection with themselves and God.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each dorm has a dance either on a boat or in the Space Needle.

    Bang for the buck

    At this private university, you are treated with a helpful teacher to student ratio.

    What to do for fun

    There are many outdoor activities to do in the fall and spring time in Seattle. There are many gorgeous places to visit with a view and many places to shop.

    Food and Dining

    We have the 9th ranked kitchen in the nation. The food and dining is a comfortable and delicious place.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are a great community and are very welcoming to everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    These are challenging classes that challenge you to push yourself to learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure Seattle is a good city for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a beautiful school that supplies many opportunities for each student here to grow as a person and live out their passions.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    very

    Great for these types of students

    serious

    Bang for the buck

    five stars

    Academic Rigor

    five stars

    In three sentences

    Lovely campus, helpful staff, exciting program

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are always driving around, but it's an urban context, so use common sense. Don't walk through downtown alone at night.

    Great for these types of students

    Absolutely one of the best theology undergrad programs around. Go here if you love theology!

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is a great school, which costs a lot, but it really is worth it. In additional, financial services works with you and they are actually really nice!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do for fun! Hike through discovery park, shop at some great vintage and record stores in Fremont(a 15 minute walk from campus), become a coffee connoisseur at the dozens of coffee shops around, hit up Q-Cafe(or any of the other great cheap venues) for great live music any day of the week, go watch some great slam poetry, visit a museum, kayak in the canal(which runs through campus). The possibilities are endless!

    Food and Dining

    You will get sick of the food at any university you go to. In light of this, SPU's food is good, but you will get tired of it. The nice thing is that you are campus is surrounded by food because we are in the city. Campus is walking distance from great burgers and yummy thai food. And of course, late night pizza delivery ;)

    Dorm Life

    I've been in a lot of college dorms and can say with confidence that SPU has some of the nicest dorms around.

    Academic Rigor

    SPU is a university that will challenge you to think differently and expand your horizons. Classes are challenging, but your professors care about your success and work alongside their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and talk to your professors! They are full of information and will care for you as an individual, not one of the many.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is an amazing school where you will be pushed and challenged academically, make great friends, and learn to engage the world around you. It is located in beautiful Seattle, just minutes from downtown, where the possibilities for fun and recreation are endless. I have never regretted the decision to apply to SPU!

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe.

    Greek Life

    Non-existent. There are no sororities or fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    More than you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    SPU is for students who want to have a holistic college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition is the best tradition on campus. EVERYONE comes out for it in their ugly Christmas sweaters the first week of December. It's a Christmas carnival and an event looked forward to all year.

    Bang for the buck

    Great professors, big residence hall rooms, great value.

    What to do for fun

    It's hard to pinpoint a list of activities. Random fun is the way of SPU. Movies, ultimate Frisbee, open-mic nights and dumpster diving are among my favorite SPU activities. Partying is not the norm, but you can find it if you're looking for it.

    Food and Dining

    There's lots of options and overall quality food.

    Dorm Life

    Your floor becomes your family. There are always opportunities to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    Freshman year is harder than high school, but comparable. Sophomore year on is much more challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as much as you can; you won't regret it.

    In three sentences

    SPU is a top of the line Christian university. The classes stretch your mind and change the way you view the world. The community is incredibly welcoming.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always patrolling and it is easy to get ahold of them. They are very friendly and will help you with whatever you need them for.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs that you can be involved in, and if there isnt a club, you can start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Students committed to school work and are willing to be involved in the goings on on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each hall hosts an event for the whole campus. There are wednesday night group meetings to worship God. Also, a music festival is held in Martin Square each year.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up, and financial aid is a must.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out at the 'beach' above hill hall, going to pike place market, as well as any place downtown, nearby the burke gilman trail, and a short walk away from a bunch of shops in fremont, and ballard.

    Food and Dining

    Good food and good variation, lots to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Hill hall, the fourth floor especially, has made me feel very welcome and allowed me to become a sister to all the girls on my floor, and a sister to my 'brother floor.'

    Academic Rigor

    Need to study hard, but the work is well worth the effort it takes to get a good grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to work hard, not only to get into the school, but in pursuing your degree.

    In three sentences

    This is a very safe campus, security constantly around and available. The campus is clean and centrally located to the whole Seattle area. Professors are very friendly and always willing to talk.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is relatively safe. If you don't feel safe at night within a certain radius from school, campus safety & security will pick you up.

    Greek Life

    Don't have one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities. And you could always start your own!

    Great for these types of students

    You have to like small schools to like it here. Also, it isn't really a party school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you stand in the middle of Martin Square and clap, you'll hear a squeak noise. I still don't get how it works but it has to do with the placement of the buildings and benches around it.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is really expensive but for me, it was worth it. The people here are really great and the Professors want to become friends with you. We get so much guidance and the campus is really beautiful.

    What to do for fun

    SPU is really close to Fremont where there are so many shops and restaurants to go to. SPU throws some events and there are always movies

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn commons does its best to create variety. Food is often bland but you can always add your on salt. Compared to other colleges though, the food here was the best I've seen.

    Dorm Life

    Each of the four dorms have very distinct characteristics. Hill Hall is the most community oriented. Emerson is more expensive and is oriented like a hotel. Ashton Hall is the noisier dorm. And Moyer is typically the quieter dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I am a science major so I can only speak for those interested in science. The rigor is very high. Because the science classes are tough, the school can recognize who are the most capable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get all your books early so that eliminates the stress of waiting for books when classes already started. Also, don't skip class because a lot is covered in each session. Lecture classes are typically 1 hour and 20 min long.

    In three sentences

    The biggest difference between Seattle Pacific University and any other college/university is the big sense of community especially in the dorms (other than Emerson). Everybody is motivated to work hard and most of the professors and advisers are concerned with everybody's success. It provides the perfect college experience as well as a really good education.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Nonexistent. Haha. But dorm life can be similar sometimes.

    Great for these types of students

    Christians, medical majors, politically interested students, people who wish to make changes in the world.

    What to do for fun

    The school is almost right in the middle of Seattle. You can explore and hangout throughout the city, participate in campus activities like intramural sports, go to the beach at Golden Gardens, shop downtown or in the distinct and unique regions of Seattle. These are just a few of the many things to do for fun around Seattle.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a small school so you will get much more attention and personal investment from your professors and the school in general. There are also opportunities for many things; be sure to get involved in things here!

    In three sentences

    This school is amazing! It has a good moral atmosphere, great students looking to achieve great things, great professors who invest a lot of time in the students, and a lot of opportunities to get involved with cool stuff.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SPU is located in Queen Anne; it doesn't really get much safer than that. There is campus security that drives around, though, and they are more than willing to give you a ride at night around campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life, but, just to reiterate, the dorm floors become your brother or sisterhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities ranging from those who play video games to hip-hop to an investment fund. You can start your own club, too. It only takes around 6 people and a faculty advisor.

    Great for these types of students

    If you have a porous mind towards learning and want to soak in as much knowledge as possible. It is a Christian school, so that applies to those kids, too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For an unusual tradition, 6th floor, Ashton Hall house what are called, The Orangemen. Basically, as the story goes, about 15 or 20 years ago (sort of an arbitrary guess), the guys from 6th West were too rowdy at a basketball game while cheering on the team. They subsequently went and purchased orange prison suits and wore them to the next game, and then the next game and so on. They are passed down every year and they are notoriously known for being the loudest and proudest fans at basketball games.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is a little more expensive; that's why I gave it a three, but if you can afford it do your best to get scholarships, it should be worth it. For the School of Business and Economics, the best bang for the buck would either be the Mentor Program, or the opportunity to meet with professors outside of the classroom. Focusing on the former, the Mentor Program is basically a place where one from the working community has offered his or her time to meet with a student 1-5 times to share insight. It is a contact (which is huge) and a great time to learn a little bit more about a particular profession. The latter, getting to know your professors is like finding a diamond in a mine. They have been around and can most likely answer any of your questions. I cannot stress enough how much of an opportunity that it is. I have friends at state schools where professors don't even teach the class sometimes and that it is a TA. That doesn't happen at SPU.

    What to do for fun

    Well, SPU lies in the heart of a city. Depending on what your cup of tea is - no pun intended - there are coffee shops, dance halls, movie theaters, parks, farmer's markets, trails, board game halls, beautiful sights, malls, boutiques etc. Really, it is about as fun as you make it. It is not necessarily the places to go, but who you're with. Anything can be fun if you make it.

    Food and Dining

    SPU has one cafeteria named Gwinn Commons. The food really is to die for. People usually complain after about a quarter or so, but that's really because everyone is and I truly think it is just a mob mentality. Now that I have lived off campus for a year, looking back, Gwinn was one of the biggest perks of living on campus for the first two years. The cooks do a very good job and the interior doesn't even look like a cafeteria.

    Dorm Life

    Since SPU does not have a greek system, the dorm floors tend to be the brother and sisterhoods, respectively. It is very tight knit and at the beginning of your first quarter, you'll realize how much of a bond each floor holds. It really is a lot of fun and there aren't that many horror stories. Yes, college is college, but SPU does a good job of maintaining a hint of class.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel that most of College is really how much you put into it. I know people who do not study that much and get good grades, but they do not retain the knowledge after. Some majors will have it harder than others, no doubt, but if you really want to succeed, buckle up and go for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are plenty of opportunities SPU, and yes, I know that every school says that. If you are looking for the department where SPU tends to lie in the spotlight, Sociology, Education, Nursing, and Business seem to be the more popular and prominent degrees. There is a Center for Career and Calling, which houses great people who will help you build a resume, cover letters, and ultimately can help you with an interview process.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a school located pretty much in the middle of Seattle, WA. It reside on the north side of Queen Anne, which is one of the safer parts of town. The school has plenty of professors that have many different views on life/subjects and are not afraid to make you think and they are more than willing to meet over coffee, which is very much worth way more than you probably know, yet.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe. We have security you can call to pick you up and drive you to your dorm. Building open and close at certain times. The campus is very small, so getting lost by yourself will be pretty difficult.

    Greek Life

    There are no frats or sororities here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Most of the clubs occur at night. I was unable to attend any because of my commuting schedule.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian, open to other religions, someone not interested in partying, someone who appreciates a little bit of strictness, someone who wants a small campus and friendly staff and professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a circle located in front of the library and our Gwinn commons, and if you clap in the middle, you can hear a squeak. It's something fun I like to bring my friends (from other universities) to see.

    Bang for the buck

    They are very welcoming at first but it was definitely hard to adjust to as a commuter and freshman. The professors are very helpful and passionate about their students and it's something I love a lot about my school. The staff is friendly as well as all the students. The academic standpoint is great; challenging but not impossible. I love it here!

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, play frisbee or lounge around on the grass. Our university does partake in the zombie vs. humans game as well. SPU is small, so activities will be known and near by. If anything, it's about 15 minutes away from downtown by bus.

    Food and Dining

    Expensive without a meal plan, but the good is great and buffet style!

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter, but from what I've heard, they can be a lot more strict than public universities.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely depends on your professor, but they all genuinely care about your education and they'll put you to the test!

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to talk to professors and staff! They are very friendly and very helpful! If you commute, definitely sign up for an orca card; it's the best investment you'll make. Always have some points on your SPU student card; you'll never know when you'll need to print a few papers. If you commute, be sure to apply for the SPU collegium; it is our commuter's lounge! I love it!

    In three sentences

    Very welcoming at first. Though, it was quite difficult to adapt to. It is definitely a school I would love to stay at.

  • 08/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    none

    Great for these types of students

    Those who learn best in a possitive, nurturing, smaller class size environment. Loving Christian atmosphere.

    Bang for the buck

    Seattle Pacific is expensive. You could deffinitely attend a state school for much less. Up sid is you're not in a lecture hall with 700 other students competing for the professor's time.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of campus activities to involve yourself in, and that's fun. However, what makes SPU unique is that it's located in a suburban neighborhood & just a quick jaunt to all the excitement of a big city. It's the best of both worlds!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is AMAZING!

    Dorm Life

    There are many dorm specific activities to help welcome & get each individual students involved & accepted.

    Academic Rigor

    College is always a big change and can be difficult. Being a small, private school, SPU offers smaller classes with more personal attention, which helps.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out if SPU offers your major. Secure financing early. Apply for housing early to help ensure your top choice. Get involved. Make sure you take at least 1 nonacademic class just because you think it will be fun.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a wonderful, open-minded Christian school. Students of all faiths and denominations are welcomed. The mission statement, 'Engaging the Culture; Changing the World,' aligns with my own world view and goals.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Seattle is the perfect city for college students. When they feel stressed or depressed, they should go to Pike Place Market or malls in downtown Seattle. Also, there are many local coffee shops in Seattle so students can go get caffeinated! Seattle also has classic performances like ballet or play every week. Great museums like Seattle Art Museum and Experience Music Project are very easy to find.

    Food and Dining

    Seattle Pacific University has one of the greatest cafeteria called Gwinn Commons. Its major goal is to provide healthy meals for students. Every food has a nutrition table and a list of ingredients. Also, it always has a salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorm life happens at Seattle Pacific University! Every floor gets bonded during the first week of school. There are events like Fusion and Welcome Week that happen in the beginning of school. Also, floor-mates become students' closest friends. There are many dorm events that help students build relationships with other floors. Also, floor hours and quiet hours support students sleep and study.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics at Seattle Pacific University is excellent. Professors are very passionate about their subjects and students. Also, SPU has a strong pre-medical program.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students must be willing to try new things at Seattle Pacific University. Also, figuring out what they would like to study is a great summer homework before school starts. Then, they must have fun when school starts!

    In three sentences

    Great professors and friends are gathered at Seattle Pacific University. Also, there is an excellent cafeteria with healthy meals and caring employees. Colleges may seem scary and intimidating; however, SPU is always ready to welcome students.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    My school is great for people who like to be reserved and mellow, but it is also great for people to get noticed and have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each floor has their own dorm traditions. Since it is small enough it makes it fun for everyone to get involved1

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy the biking trail by the school. There is a river that is good for kayaking. there are good trails for hiking. It is also a lot of fun to go downtown since it is not to far away!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the free things like the student learning center. Take advantage of the small classes and being able to talk to teachers and other students.

    In three sentences

    It is a great academic school! The teachers and faculty are available for student help. They really care about the learning of the students and how they can improve and help them.

  • 09/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safety and Security are always patrolling and campus is well-lit. When there was a suspicious person walking around the neighborhood, we were alerted by e-mail, but everyone still felt safe on campus.

    Greek Life

    Does not exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many, many clubs and events all the time!

    Great for these types of students

    Academic, strong religious background, not much into drinking or partying

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Orangemen of Ashton Hall

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but for excellent reasons.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on, like movie nights or sports games. Plus, downtown Seattle is close for shopping or dining.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn food is usually great, and there are many options outside of the dining hall!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms make sure to build a sense of community, but SPU has lifestyle expectations which ban certain activities such as drinking alcohol, with serious consequences.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors keep classes engaging and interesting!

    Tips for prospective students

    It is definitely easier if you have a strong Christian background! However, students and faculty are accepting of everyone.

    In three sentences

    SPU has excellent professors and courses, in addition to wonderful dorms and campus life! Downtown Seattle is just 15 minutes away by bus. Fremont/Ballard neighborhoods are also fun to visit and get away from campus.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food court serves a delicious variety of food and the beautiful campus has other places to meet, study and eat with fellow students.

    Dorm Life

    I am not staying in the dorms,but have heard that they are nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is considered one of the best for those considering a career in education. The classes are smaller and provide more one on one time with the instructors.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is a plethora of things to do for fun. There are many local shops withing walking distance of the school which are fun to just visit and have fun exploring the community

    Food and Dining

    We have one of the highest ranking dining halls in all of the nation. the food is well prepared and the staff are friendly

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are really clean and pristine and the people are relatable and amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are fun and personal but difficult and rigorous. Work hard to Play Hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind open and just visit the college before making any real decision. See if this is the place for you.

    In three sentences

    The staff, students, and classes are absolutely amazing. The classes are small and connected. Students learn directly from the professors.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is just a call away. They are always really helpful, especially at night if you feel like you need a person to walk with back to your dorm, campus apartment, or if you lock yourself out of your room.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club or group on campus for every interest. If there isn't something that you are interested in, it's very easy to start up one of your own.

    Great for these types of students

    SPU is so diverse in the types of students here, that it is really for every person no matter what interests you have or how you grew up. Looking around campus, there is no 'typical' student because everyone is so different, but at the same time, we are all sort of the same because we are all here to learn and we are all here for each other.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One of the first nights that the freshman were on campus, we had a campus wide dance party. We had the middle of campus devoted to line dancing, and a building devoted to a hip hop dance party. We also had a big room above the cafeteria for board games. Each dorm has a different tradition that we all do on the same night. Some have huge ice cream parties, dance parties or nights on the town. We try to do things as a floor so that we can get to know the people we are living around a little better. My floor had a paint war with the boys floor on the soccer field at night. Each floor or section of the buildings have their own fun traditions and sometimes 'raid' other peoples dorms. This is when they wake the students up in the middle of the night or early morning and take them someplace fun close to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Seattle Pacific is kind of an expensive school for those who come from lower income family, but the opportunities here and the quality of their classroom education and the mentoring here makes up for it. There are always help tables for most classes and staff devoted to helping students who are struggling in classes. Plus, the professors are really nice and they really do want to help.

    What to do for fun

    SPU always has fun things to do, and we are only a few miles from downtown Seattle. Campus activities are really fun to go to, or if you don't like those kind of things, Queen Anne district is just a few streets away. There, there are parks, small shops, the canal, the boatyards, coffee shops, sports fields and pikes market.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn commons is the main cafeteria on campus, and they serve really good food with a lot of different options. If you don't like cafeteria food, we also have an on campus Starbucks and Subway as well as a small food store.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a big adjustment if you come from a small town, but it is so much fun. There are almost always people around and there is always someone to hang out with. If you need a quiet place to study, there are several study rooms on every floor as well as around campus and in the library. At least once a week, the floors like to get together to play games, watch movies, or go somewhere to hang out. Each building also has their own activities that they do at least a few times a month.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very rigorous and challenging, but they also teach very effectively and the professors are always there to help, if students ever need their help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know the people around you. Chances are, there is someone on your floor or in your building that is in the same class you are in. If you get to know those people, you know where to find them if you need help with late night homework. Chances are, that you will be going to school with these people for the next four years. The more you get to know these people, you might just turn out to be friends for life. Also, get involved! Your school experience is what you make of it. If you get involved and have fun, while staying focused on school, you will have a much better time and you will enjoy yourself more in your time here. There are clubs, groups, sports, activities and things to do for everyone here.

    In three sentences

    SPU is a small, connected school that does a great job of getting students involved in campus-activities and making everyone feel at home. I've never seen a school that has more staff dedicated to helping students with anything from extra tutoring to just having someone there to talk to.

  • 11/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always see our campus security. They're very friendly and always smiling. You could walk around the campus at 3:00 A.M. and be safe.

    Greek Life

    There's no greek life at SPU.

    Clubs and Activities

    The best part of SPU in my opinion. There are so many clubs it's almost impossible to create one without having similarities to another one. Join one if you want to meet new people!

    Great for these types of students

    Hippies. A lot of mellow people go to SPU. It's not necessarily a Christian university in a sense, I know a lot of gay people here too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On my floor we have a treasure chest full of items that I may not name. For initiation every floor does an abnormal activity such as running in boxers screaming a song. We also have something called roomies which is a person you've set your roommate up with on a date.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is a lot lower than normal private schools. Dorms are cheaper and bigger than all Seattle schools. Degrees are all the same.

    What to do for fun

    In the dorms there's almost nothing to do for fun except go on the internet. Outside of the dorms there are a lot of things to do such as go to a Mariners game, Sounders game, Seahawks game but all activities around Seattle cost a lot. If you want to have free fun then go study with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, the food does not taste good to me but I've lived with 2 parents who've had their fair share of successful restaurants so I am spoiled when it comes to food. Most people get tired of the food at our cafeteria called the Gwinn Commons but it's actually ranked highly among colleges for food. I would even recommend buying a refrigerator and cooking or microwaving your daily meals.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at SPU give bang for the buck. The only thing that I don't like about it is the way roommates were done. I had 1 roommate at first but then a month before college started, I was informed of the tragic news that I get a new roommate whom I'm now not fond of.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't feel academically challenged here but I've already learned what people call the hardest part of my major which is programming. In computer science I'd say my math class is the hardest. All electives are fairly easy and I wish I took a 1-3 credit class.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you come to your first advising make sure you get a 1-3 credit class. That way you're ahead of most freshman in your class and you get to register earlier. It doesn't cost anymore than the normal cost of tuition if you stay under 18 credits and you'll find yourself wondering what to do with so much time anyways.

    In three sentences

    My teachers have been okay at best. The campus is not as beautiful as people say but it does look good during Fall. I would not recommend this college as a #1 choice but it is a good backup.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus, well lit, you can call Campus Security 24/7 and they will pick you up anywhere on campus and bring you to your destination if you are afraid of walking in the dark.

    Greek Life

    No Greek sororities or fraternities at SPU.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs ranging from intramural sports, to religious clubs, to service project clubs. Over 40 clubs on campus that anyone can be involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Looking for a small school, like to be pushed academically, Christians, people who love Washington. People who love being close to a big city and everything Seattle has to offer.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions, each floor of each dorm have traditions they do in the first couple weeks of school. These range from bonfires on the beach, to going swimming, to body paint and running on other floors. Humans vs. Zombies, a 4 day competition that involves running around campus and throwing socks at each other. Tradition, a huge Christmas party with live music, pictures with Santa, and a ugly Christmas sweater competition.

    Bang for the buck

    The food, staff, classes, and dorm life all provide exemplary reason to know you are getting what you pay for SPU and more. SPU is expensive but 80% of students who attend here get some sort of financial aid and they are very generous with their aid.

    What to do for fun

    Pike's place downtown, Freemont market, coffee shops in Queen Anne, indoor rock climbing, Discovery Park, and Gas Works park, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ranked 8th in the nation for college food. There are always multiple dishes served for every meal(home cooked, international, grill, salad bar, etc.) and the dining hall is open 12 hours a day. The food is healthy and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are big, the furniture is nice, and the people are great. Open-door policy's are enforced so people are always in and out of each other's rooms. There are minimal rules and what rules there are (curfew, clean bathrooms, ect.) are put in place for a reason and good rules. We do floor events(raids, roommies, etc.) and there is never a dull moment living in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors expect a lot out of their students as this is a difficult school to get into. The material is rigorous but great for college courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay overnight in the dorms when you preview, it completes the college experience. Ask lots of questions about schools and talk to as many people as you can. Do not be shy about questions even if you they are silly.

    In three sentences

    SPU is an amazing university with great professors, great food, a gorgeous campus, and wonderful people. All of the classes are taught by professors and many of them have the highest degree attainable in their field. It is very close to downtown but feels like a whole little world of its own. The food is 9th in the nation and the community is incredible. The student-professor relationship is incredible and often the professors will have their classes over to their houses for dinner or a fun night to play games. The average class size is 22 students and the classes are hands-on and fun.

  • 11/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SPU is a small campus, well-lit, and in a generally safe neighborhood.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds, actually!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    SPU is a safe school, in that it accepts people for who they are. Serious bullying, shaming, or intimidation is unheard of in our dorm.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is expensive, no getting around it. But with hard work, I think it's worth it. If you're looking for a party school, or one where you can slide by on a minimum of work, it's not worth the money to go here. If you're willing to put in the time and energy and put a lot in, it's well-worth the money.

    What to do for fun

    We're close by Queen Anne Hill, Fremont, Ballard, and a bus line to downtown Seattle is actually on campus. There's an incredible amount to do off campus, and there are many student-organized events on campus throughout any given week.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn Commons Dining Hall is reasonably high quality food, but there is little variety. Probably don't work for them unless you really need the cash flow, but the work isn't terrible if you do. Good vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is excellent. Living around other students your age gives you exposure to a dramatic range of new experiences, thoughts and ideas. These people are already some of my closest friends, and I've only live here a comparatively short while.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school where you will get out what you put in. The teachers love to help you, but you will have to make an effort to do well in order to succeed, and do more than scrape by. The standards are high, but not unreasonably so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be an extrovert for the first two weeks! Meet new people, and learn about your classmates (and dormmates, if you live on campus). Living on campus is a fantastic experience unlike anything I've experienced before; I highly recommend it. Even if you dislike meeting new people, I'd encourage you to put that aside as much as possible for two weeks, and just go out and meet people. They will turn into close friends that will help get you through college and life.

    In three sentences

    SPU is more than a school, it's a community. People genuinely care about each other here, and it's the right size that you can always find people you want to be with, or be alone if that's what you prefer. While its academics are highly rated, the community of Seattle Pacific is its defining factor.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe school. I was nervous about how many busy streets there are but for the most part just look at the cross walk, and wait for it to say walk. There are so many campus safety cars every night I always feel safe. Every time I'm out at night I usually see one on campus. They definitely have it secured.

    Greek Life

    none!! It's a great school we don't need this garbage!

    Clubs and Activities

    TONS of clubs. There is an activity for everyone. From fashion club to law club, there is something out there for you!

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who want to excel in school. We don't party, have drugs, sex, or alcohol here. Don't go to this school if you don't care about school. Most of the kids here like to come home to their parents showing them that they got good grades for the quarter. We also have a very trendy art community. We love art, and being creative is an SPU thing. Most of the students are also Christian. We worship together, go to church togther. This School doesn't participate in drugs, party scenes, or alcohol. You sign a waiver that you won't participate in those items.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have christmas time tradition. It was a blast! You get to wear ugly sweaters, and dress up festive. Then you get to go down to Tiffany loop and decorate cookies, make crafts, and listen to christmas music, while also having pictures taken. They have also picture time with Santa! What more could you ask for? They also have every wednesday throughout the school year a worship service called group. It's a student led worship band. They go through a new book each quarter, and there is a sermon to go with the worship music.

    Bang for the buck

    Well worth the money! They give out lots of scholarships. Call their financial aid office if you can't afford it. They will give you more, many of my friends did that.

    What to do for fun

    Walk to fremont, see a big troll under a bridge, look at late night city lights in gas works park, go to Beths for breakfast, go to a hipster coffee shop and get some of the best coffee ever, go to fremont market every sunday, go to queen anne on halloween and see all the cute kids costumes (adorable!), otherwise go to queen anne for trader joes, and local coffee shops and restaurants, quick 30 minute bus ride to downtown and visit Pike Place, and City Target etc..Ballard is amazing as well. Nordic stores, fun ice cream places, great small stores. Go to a concert downtown with some friends one night. Go to the ballard locks and see the boats come in or visit the art meausum on the first Thursday of the month and get in free. Latreia is a service project that occurs every thursday thru SPU where you serve somewhere within the community. A great place to connect with people and serve your community.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing! Gwinn has really great options compared to other colleges. I love that there is always a handful of places to go to in walking distance as well. If gwinn closes and you didn't get lunch you can always stop by subway or the SUB (student union building). Student Union Building has einsteins bagels, a salad restaurant, and a coffee shop.

    Dorm Life

    Great clean activities! We're a school that is christ centered, so we won't be the school to attend if you're looking for dirty dancing. Everyone is so nice! I live in hill and everyone keeps their doors open and it's always nice to drop in for a friendly conversation. The furniture in hill is nice. I think that lounges on each floor could use some updating, but supposedly they will be getting updates next summer (summer 2013).

    Academic Rigor

    Professors are excellent. I have yet to have a professor I hate. Coming from a public school I was amazed that professors pray for their students and how much the professors care about me left me in awe. My classes haven't been bigger than 25 students. Considering UW (local public university) has classes with 700 it's nice to be one on one with professors. Some of my friends have even had dinner at their professors home.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend applying to early action. This allows you to be in priority for room assignments. The people that applied to early action are given their requested rooms first. I would also recommend touring this school. It's beautiful! I know everyone says it rains in Seattle a lot but it's honestly not that bad. People use umbrellas, have northface coats, and sometimes just deal with getting a wet head every once in a while. The Schools location is terrific. You're close to Gas Works park, an abundant amount of coffee shops, Fremont, Queen Anne, and an easy bus ride to downtown. They even have bus passes that you can check out for free as an SPU student to cut down on the costs. So many fun urban places to visit on the weekend, it may make you feel like you're on vacation. The second week of school my friends and I took a bus to Ballard. We had Gelato, went thrift shopping, and just simply enjoyed walking around. Many churches have set up transportation on Sundays. They will arrive at a spot on campus, pick you up and drop you off for free. It's a really great amenity.

    In three sentences

    I love this school! I am on break and already miss it! Way better than I expected it to be.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Fishbee!

    What to do for fun

    Pike markets!

    Food and Dining

    It's good for cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great! So much fun and you do lots of things as a floor.

    Academic Rigor

    It is average as for difficulty. Not the hardest school work but not easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out lots of scholarships. SPU may be expensive but it is worth it.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy SPU. The professors are great and helpful. All the students are really nice.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Walk around Seattle.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for sure.

    In three sentences

    This is a great area and the school has many amazing classes.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I haven't had any safety issues but campus safety and security is always around and on-call.

    Great for these types of students

    SPU is good for almost any kind of student. There are places to study and have quiet time but there are also many social spaces to study or get together in. There are multiple coffee places on campus and around campus as well.

    What to do for fun

    In the fall there is Tradition which is a Christmastime event. There is live music, cookie decorating, hot cider and hot chocolate and dancing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the Center for Career and Calling. They will give you free advice on resume's and interviews. SPU also has many resources to get you networking with people working in the field you are interested in. They make internships easy.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is conveniently located in Queen Anne right by downtown Seattle. Here you get the comfortable neighborhood atmosphere with the perks of the big city. The staff and students are dedicated and willing to help.

  • 01/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is small enough that your in a relatively closed community. Security is top notch in terms of response time and ability to asses the situations. You really will feel safe here.

    Greek Life

    None

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs here on campus it's hard to list them all. You can do anything from host your own radio show, live homeless for a week, to ultimate frisbee. If we don't have it, you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing. Shy. Adventurous. Sporty. Active. Laid back. Most anyone can fit in here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really don't think I can express the beauty of this campus to you in words. Its location and size make it one of the most amazing places you will ever live.

    Bang for the buck

    Certainly a premier school. Worth 40,000$ a year? Debatable. But you really are getting what you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    You live just outside of Seattle. Your minutes away from the University of Washington. 45 mins away from endless hiking, snowboarding, skiing. Right by multiple lakes and the ocean.

    Food and Dining

    Exceptional food for being cafeteria food. Many options at every meal, with awards for being one of the best dining halls in all of the U.S.

    Dorm Life

    Community. Community. Community. Dorms here are all about creating a flourishing community of activities, academic help, and most important of all, sports!

    Academic Rigor

    Not the hardest classes in the world, but you will learn so much more then at a University with large classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for a checkbook shock. This is an AMAZING school where you will get to know each and every professor is you choose to do so. The level of education goes much deeper as class sizes are small (between 15-30 on average). Opportunities here are endless, and you have much more of a say in what goes on throughout the campus.

    In three sentences

    Small Classes. Enjoyable Community. Very expensive.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have had no problems at all

    Great for these types of students

    Be outgoing!

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in Seattle, whether you are hiking, going to awesome parks for a view of the skyline and Space Needle, going to a sports game, or simply hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good for the most parts but has some off days.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm is awesome! Everybody is so accepting and you will have no problems making friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The work is pretty rigorous, so get ready to work and study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are ready to work! There is a lot of work but the professors are great and very helpful!

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific is awesome. Everybody is super nice. This is quality education!

  • 01/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is extremely safe! The neighborhood is very safe, and the campus security team is more than willing to help if you need them, even if it's just picking you up and driving you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    Doesn't exist here.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive, but I feel it's totally worth it. They offer great financial aid, and because you make such great connections with so many different people, including professors and potential employers, I'm more than willing to pay for this experience.

    What to do for fun

    Go explore Seattle! Seattle is such a big city with many different parts. Taking walks up into Queen Anne or Fremont is one of my favorite things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining hall, Gwinn Commons, can be hit or miss. When it's good, it's amazing! However, it gets repetitive easily.

    Dorm Life

    My experience in the dorms have been amazing. I've found friends that will be around for my entire life. My floor is extremely close, and we have floor events quite often.

    Academic Rigor

    While classes are manageable, they are difficult. You need to make time do study in order to do well here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus, if you get the chance! It was helpful to see the campus on a normal school day and sit on on classes.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a great place to connect with people. All of the professors take time to get to know students, and are very welcoming and willing to give up their time to talk to you. Academics are great, and Seattle is an awesome place to live!

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety and security is great. They're a call away, and they will pick you up even if you're a little ways off campus. If you get out of class late at night and you're nervous about going all the way across campus alone in the dark, they are more than happy to drive you back to your dorm. They are also great about keeping potential threats/dangerous people off of campus and out of classrooms. It's a very safe university - one of the safest I've heard of.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus, including the Military and Veterans Support Club, which brings awareness to/supports the ROTC and military veteran students on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are ok with rain; who love to explore Seattle; Christians; Business; English; Nursing; etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The path along the canal is beautiful, as is Tiffany Loop. Each dorm has traditions, specific to the dorm building and each floor.

    Bang for the buck

    SPU is very generous with scholarships. The classes are worth the private-school cost.

    What to do for fun

    We're in the heart of Seattle here at SPU. Downtown Seattle is just a few minutes away. Or, take a short trip up to Queen Anne for the boutiques, restaurants, movie store, shopping, and entertainment. SPU has campus events nearly every night, including private movie showings, chapels, dorm events, and sports games.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn (the dining hall) is one of the best university dining services in the country. The food is typically delicious, and there's usually always something you can find to eat, such as thick-crust pizza, flatbread pizza, a salad bar, omelets or pancakes or french toast for breakfast, pot roast, gyros, grilled cheese sandwhiches with tomato soup, cheeseburgers, and more. If you visit campus, be sure to visit Gwinn! We also have Einstein's Bagels, Starbucks, and several local restaurants that are affordable and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The community you'll find in SPU's dorms is uplifting (it has been for me, at least!). The Student Ministry Coordinators and Peer Advisors look out for you, and everyone really wants you to succeed. (A bit of advice, which is good to heed: Do NOT room with your best friend. It is better to room with a complete stranger. You'll still get to see your best friend every day anyways. Rooming with your best friend will, I almost guarantee it, change your friendship in a negative way. My roommate and I get along great, and we did not know each other before this summer).

    Academic Rigor

    While it's certainly not Harvard or one of the highly-competitive Ivy League schools in the U.S., SPU is challenging. However, professors are always very helpful, and you actually have relationships with them since the class sizes are smaller than state universities like UW.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the preview days that the University offers. Spend at least one night in the dorms, and try to visit a few classes. And remember, first impressions aren't everything. Ask the students who go here how they feel about attending this university. In your application, try to see if you can have the fees waived. SPU usually does this for applicants. Also, make sure you express who you really are in the personal essay. That's what they want to see. And once you get on campus, get involved in as much as you can. This is where you meet friends and learn new things. There are so many opportunities at SPU that you need to experience - and you've only got four years to experience it until you're in the real world. Make the most of your time in college and attend SPU!

    In three sentences

    SPU is a welcoming environment, with teachers and students who really care about you. I could not imagine going to any other college. SPU has valuable connections to local businesses and agencies like the FBI, Boeing, Microsoft, etc., which can lead to success for many students.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Officers are usually always roaming about and keeping students safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are good clubs and definitely a lot of activities to be part of each week and students are very good at advertising and letting the whole school know about these events.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian or religious people. People that like cloudy and rainy and people that like to be unique, since it is in Seattle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have Humans vs. Zombies where students where head bands for a couple of days and you become a zombie if a zombie catches you on specific places on the campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are always a lot of things to do in school from doing community service, to attending games, to being part of games, and going to Group and having prayer. Also being in Queen Anne is fun, because you take one bus and you are in Downtown and there are a lot of stuff you can do at Downtown, from going out to eat, going to Pike Place Market, going on the new wheel, going to the club etc.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of students complain about Gwinn but the food isn't as bad, what else do you expect of school food?

    Dorm Life

    I've heard it is very fun and each year they have events where they invite other students from the school to plays and fun events.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are definitely not so easy, they are challenging but in a useful way that makes you learn better. The courses are very nice because they blend in Christian values so it makes a connection to real life situations.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not sure about your religious status, SPU could help you find your path and since it is a private school, classes will have a touch of Christian faith. Make use of the staff that are there to help you because they will help if you ask. Get to know teachers and upperclassmen because they can help you network and it makes the school and knowing what courses to take very easy.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University has very welcoming staff that are interested in you not just your academic life. Everyone is very nice and friendly and classes are fun to be in.

  • 03/08/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Lots of sun things to do in the Seattle area! Pike places, ride the duck, Pudget sound. Lots of fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food was okay. Nothing amazing.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't see the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the Desert Reception! Lots of fun and tips for college in general!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus! Small and personal.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety and security do an amazing job.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are great, more people need to join in.. there aren't a lot of members in the club.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for Christian students who don't mind decent food or education. Great for people who get along with everyone, love socializing just on-campus and with mainly white people. NOT GREAT FOR: Ethnic individuals who want to gain more of an understanding of their ethnic back ground. Vegans/Vegetarians - due to Gwinn's poor dining options for those of us who don't have dietary restrictions, and are starving. Liberal/other political views - SPU is mainly conservative, and a lot of the students don't want to talk about politics, when they do however they are always thinking that their views are the right ones since there are many in support with them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming week - January Tradition - September Experience Moyer Project - Feb Hill Hall Decade Skate/Ashton Cup - Feb Emerson Movie Night - Feb *All halls have their events in Feb*

    Bang for the buck

    Food isn't that great, we never have outside speakers or performances on campus. I'm not excited that my tuition money is going toward this.. SPU feels to easy to be spending $43,000 a year for this.

    What to do for fun

    Go to pike's place market Downtown Concerts and Shows in Seattle *Borrow a bus pass right at closing on Sat night, and you get the pass until Monday*

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn Commons is horrible. The food is all manufactured by Sodexo (look it up online) and other colleges have banned this company. The food isn't that great, classmates are the servers and are told to give portions based on size (athletes will get more food than the avg person). There's always a salad bar, bread and toaster, and cereal but that's it for 24/7 food. The C-Store and Starbucks close fairly early on weekdays so make sure you have money set aside or know when things are open so you have snacks.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you know about yourself before you decide which dorm you'd like to live in. Emerson/Moyer are dorms for people who like their space, personal time etc... Ashton/Hill are very social dorms and family-oriented. If you're like me, and want personal space from

    Academic Rigor

    SPU is decent. I wanted more of a challenge, but in order to get more out of school think about joining the University Scholars Program. It's for students who get a 3.8 gpa or up. Group oriented and close, it's nice to have other students who are ready to get the most out of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Though it's a liberal arts college, most of the students attending SPU are pretty conservative. Not a bad thing, I wasn't expecting that when I came to SPU. Also, there are WAY MORE GIRLS than boys that attend the school. Don't come looking for a boyfriend, or to get married (ring for spring) come if you want to focus on your studies. Ive seen way to many people focused on relationships here instead of grades... it's a little disappointing.

    In three sentences

    SPU is a christian school. SPU is an awesome seattle-based school that allows you to travel where ever you want, whenever you want. SPU is not very ethnically diverse, but still a good school.

  • 04/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great! Security is always around, and you can call at any time, day or night and they come pick you up!

    Greek Life

    None here!

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, lively, eagerness to learn and grow. TONS of study abroad/mission opportunities, students who want to be in a great location!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You'll have to come see for yourself ;) But, they are a TON of fun, and the whole campus gets involved.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high, but you get a great education. The staff and professors truly believe in the school's mission, to engage culture and change the world, and they are equipping us to do so!

    What to do for fun

    You're one bus away from downtown, the 'Ave' University District, right down the street from the canal, a short walk away from Fremont... The list goes on and on!

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn is amazing. Voted some of the best food in the country! It does get repetitive, but it is tasty!

    Dorm Life

    One word: AMAZING.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, the classes are very in-depth, and cover a good amount of material. I've loved every class I've taken here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seattle is a great place to live; there's always so much to do! Be ready for rain, but a lot of fun!

    In three sentences

    It's a great place to grow! You will be challenged academically, but along the way, you will make amazing friends, and deepen your relationship with God.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    a great bonus

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    artsy, open to religious classes, academic, social

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the 6th Ashton Orange men provide great entertainment as fans at Basketball games. Also too every hear we have Christmas Tradition in December included with hot chocolate, ugly sweater, and campus decked out in lights!

    What to do for fun

    Space needle, visit Seattle parks, Greenlake, Gasworks, fremont Sunday Market, UNiversity district shopping and bubble tea, coffee shop studying

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn is very high quality for a college dining hall. my only complaint is the early closing hours and small portion sizes! (though you can always go back for seconds)

    Dorm Life

    Our dorm halls are split female and male by floors and do have visiting hours. I enjoyed the events put on by the dorms that encourage the community interaction.

    Academic Rigor

    We are most noted for our nursing, buisness, and Pre-med, and theology programs, However each department is equip with very qualified professors who choice to work at SPU because they want to be able to have personal relationship with their students and maintain great ethics in their teaching.

    Tips for prospective students

    SPU has great character. The people who attend this university have interests in mind to help people. Hence our motto, Engage the Culture, Change the World.

    In three sentences

    If you're looking for a small community based university this is the place to be! Not to mention what could be better than being in the midst the Seattle urban city. SPU offers great opportunities to get involved in the seattle community.

  • 05/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people looking to work hard and learn a lot. It perfect for an academic person with a friendly attitude. You're guaranteed to succeed and enjoy school if you make an effort to learn and participate in campus life.

    What to do for fun

    I like to explore Seattle and visit Fremont. Its fun to just hope on the 13, and visit downtown Seattle for some Asian food or do some shopping. Its also nice to get away from campus and just enjoy living in such a vibrant city.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok. I find that the only times it is spectacular is when there are preview students. Otherwise its best to grab food during Breakfast and Lunch only. Dinner is pretty disappointing.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is a great way to meet people and build lasting friendships with your floor mates. It's a great experience because you learn to be respectful and courteous of others. You also have the opportunity to hang out and study in groups without leaving campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The school work is manageable but very intense. SPU goes by quarters so you have to learn fast and make use of your time. Its best to come to class prepared and with a positive attitude if you want to learn. The classes are very informative and rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    For incoming freshman I would advise coming to school with an open mind. Its best to let go of your preconceived notions of college and just go with it. Be prepared to study hard and work your butt off to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a new experience. It has helped me learn about the person that I want to be and enabled me to become more independent. It is a vibrant place filled with many charismatic people and professors eager to experience and and help you grow as an individual.

  • 05/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We live in Queen Anne, aka nothing will every happen to us here. It's a very safe neighborhood and I feel 100% protected.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are weak here! You're better off just getting involved with volunteer opportunities or campaigns off campus. For the most part they don't do a good job at communicating and scheduled meeting times are rare.

    Great for these types of students

    Chill, fun-loving, hard working students who want the best college experience they can get (without the pressures of partying/alcohol/sex/drugs/etc.).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Tradition -- Our Christmas celebration! Group -- weekly night of worship

    Bang for the buck

    This one is hard because it IS such an expensive school. 40k a year is hard to chew. But SPU is incredibly generous when it comes to scholarships and financial aid, making it very comparable to state school tuition. If I recall correctly, going into my freshman year, ~95% of students were given financial aid. Woohoo! That being said, even if it totals more than a state school, you get the benefit of small class sizes, not being taught by TAs, and the comfortability of being known.

    What to do for fun

    ANYTHING. Kayak, hike, ride bikes, paddle board, go snowboarding, go to concerts, operas, movies, go to free events around Seattle, the farmers market, Pike Place, coffee shops, art walks, the Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Central Library, and the list just goes on and on!

    Food and Dining

    At school -- eh. Near and around school -- wonderful! There are A LOT of cool, tasty places to eat all in walking distance of campus.

    Dorm Life

    Best years of my life. 45 of your best friends and the city all around you. I couldn't be more pleased with the community I am a part of.

    Academic Rigor

    Eh, depends on the course, really. Some professors make it easy to rack up points, others don't and then grade VERY hard. But I think the willingness to aid you in your learning outside of the classroom is invaluable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come! I guarantee you won't regret it. Talk with professors, get to know them. They want to help you. Look at the majors and make sure at like 5 things interest you.... Really. You'd be surprised how many different avenues I've gone in trying to find what's right for me.

    In three sentences

    A strong Christian community. Professors who care. Beautifully located.

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I leave my door open 24/7. Nothing gets stolen.

    Greek Life

    Ha. None. Visit UW.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of stuff to get involved in.

    Great for these types of students

    Christian. And gays. Go figure.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ashton Cup/Hill Hall Decade Skate- dorms re-enact movies to pre-recorded audio. Hilarious.

    Bang for the buck

    Edumacation here ain't cheap.

    What to do for fun

    Walk to Fremont or Queen Anne. Gasworks park is beautiful. Lots of intramural sports. It's useful to have a car, but not necessary.

    Food and Dining

    The dining commons is delicious. Don't let ungrateful people tell you otherwise. Two Starbucks, a Subway, an an Einstein Bagels? You'll be set.

    Dorm Life

    Hall councils do a good job planning activities. Hall retreats at the beginning of the year. Hall dance at the end. There's a dorm for everyone.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are challenging. Take advantage of study tables. Professors are generally helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the tuition price scare you away. Even if you're a decent student, they'll give you some financial aid.

    In three sentences

    Hope you love Jesus. The campus is in a really prime location. The professors really care.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Don't expect alot of school spirit. Most students aren't interested in the athletics teams (unless you are a student athlete yourself.)

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, motivated, creative.

    What to do for fun

    Go to Fremont; take advantage of bike trails; explore downtown; ride the bus; go to free museum days.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn is one of the highest ranking cafeterias for a school of SPU's size. They accommodate dietary restrictions well: gluten free, nut allergies, vegetarian, vegan.

    Dorm Life

    Within the dorm, your floor becomes your tight-knit community. Great, safe atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    As with any school, your workload will depend on the challenge of your major.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Get involved in intramural sports! I played girls volleyball and co-ed volleyball and it was a lot of fun. Each quarter there are different sports available.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn Commons is the SPU dining hall and they are really good about trying to cater to everyone. They have vegetarian and gluten free options and if you have a food allergy the chefs are good about finding an alternative for you if you ask.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms at SPU has been a great experience. I was really close with all the girls on my floor and it was awesome to have so many people to fellowship with.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor depends on your major. As a nursing major, my classes have been pretty difficult but I have never been faced with something I couldn't handle.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students would be to study hard and take as many AP classes as you can. These classes really prepared me for what my college professors would be expecting from me.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a small private Christian college. I love the atmosphere and all of the opportunities there are to get involved on campus. All of the professors are Christians which leads to interesting class discussion.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    It's extremely friendly and the teachers are willing to work with you. It's small and personal. It is in an ideal location, not too far from the city but not in it.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You always see a patrol car driving around campus to ensure the safety of all students. SPU is located in a safe neighborhood, so not much happens in terms of safety issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO MANY! There is a long list of clubs and activities that are always open to join, ranging from hiking groups to Saturday morning volunteer groups.

    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a FUN and diverse environment. Those who are passionate about learning and their future careers, but also love the social scene. Those who are looking for an amazing education for the best price out there.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions can vary between dorms, which are all unusual! But as a campus, we have SPUD shots, Shapadooah (a giant end-of-year festival event), annual concerts, lip-syncing competitions, dances on top of the Space Needle, and great school spirit for our sports teams.

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing professors who love what they do and are passionate about what they teach. Financial aid is always available if you fill out the FAFSA as completely as possible. SPU understands that it's an expensive tuition, so they help ease that as much as possible. They have fantastic scholarships and grants to ensure that you get a great, quality education for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    If you're not hanging out and joining the countless activities around campus, there's always the beautiful city of Seattle to explore. If the city is crowding you in, take a short drive out to the surrounding mountains where there are a ton of hiking trails, kyak spots, rock climbing walls, and biking areas. Even skiing and snowboarding in the winter!

    Food and Dining

    The Gwinn Commons dining has great variety for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have healthy options, ALWAYS salad, and a whole range of meals. Other spots around campus have coffee, sub sandwiches, snacks, and on-the-go meals for when you're late to class. Plus, we're getting a Jamba Juice!

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm is different, but alike in that they are all focused on community. There are a ton of fun things to do with your whole dorm, your floor, and just your roommates. Everybody is friendly and welcoming because we're all new to dorm life at some point!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, your work load is definitely tolerable if you can manage your time well. The courses here aren't easy and the expectations are high, but you are given great resources to manage time, get help, and grasp concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and participate in as much dorm and floor activities as you can! The more involved you are, whether it be intramural sports or a dance club, the more you will feel connected. SPU is a great choice...the more bang for your buck! You really feel like the professors genuinely care about your education and well-being.

    In three sentences

    SPU is a great community with opportunities to become lifelong friends with peers and professors. The education is top-knotch with affordable financial aid available to the majority of the student body. It is a Christian university, but it is diverse in all world religions and beliefs, which make it a comfortable environment for all.

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's Seattle! The school is basically in the center. Just a short bus ride to any place in seattle you want to visit. Or hang out with friends on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food is wonderful. There are many options to choose from. There are also places outside of the cafeteria to get food from.

    Dorm Life

    Wonderful people, small room, but the halls are very close and respect one another

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes yet, but i have heard that they can be intense

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your teachers, they want to get to know you and help you succeed.

    In three sentences

    beautiful campus. I loved the environment and the atmosphere of the classrooms while visiting. Amazing location.

  • 09/21/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    On campus I feel safe and at home.There are TONS of ways to get involved through community service type groups, and on campus activities. They seem to provide a great education with the amazing mission of helping the world.

  • 10/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SPU has multiple bus stops right on campus or close to campus so it is always fun to check out bus passes and discover all the places to go and things to do around the city. There are so many plays, concerts, other shows happening all the time to see, as well as museums and parks to go to, shops to shop, restaurants to dine, and many tourist places to experience.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall, Gwinn Commons, has so many varieties of food and many options if you have any diet restrictions. All meals are great and there are always many things to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    There are different dorms with different personalities. They all adhere to the lifestyle expectations of SPU which sets it apart from other public universities making it a safer environment but fun at the same time.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are challenging but they are very helpful through email and their office hours. There are a variety of classes to take both within and outside your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit campus and take a tour or attend one of the preview events where you can stay in the dorms. It'll help you realize if you can see yourself going to the school or not.

    In three sentences

    A small private school that is rooted in it's Christian values and high quality of education. There are not many people which makes it easier to create closer relationships with peers and professors.

  • 10/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Just walk up a couple blocks and you're at Queen Anne! With froyo, shopping, and food it's kind of hard to get bored here unless you sit in your dorm all day long.

    Food and Dining

    I have to say the food is really good compared to other places...some days I wish they had something more but it's pretty decent food. I haven't gotten sick of it but we'll see...

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is super fun! Make sure you stay in a dorm your freshman year if you can because everyone is super friendly and it is one of the easiest ways to make friends!

    Academic Rigor

    For me there's a lot of work but the professors are making time out of their day to help me out in areas I'm struggling in and there are study tables here so I go those nearly everyday and they've helped me a lot! This isn't high school so no one tells you to read, or when to go to bed, or when to eat but you have to be independent and do all your homework, trust me you'll be glad you did it when tests come up!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come with the mindset that you'll be working your butt off but it's all worth it! Prepare to tell people where you're from, your major, and your name about 200 times the first week of school. Make sure you have your textbooks! Don't wait until the day before school starts to order them! If you're not from Seattle,everyone has a Northface so you should consider it....

    In three sentences

    Even though it's not Disneyland, I could say it's one of the most happiest places on earth! Professors care for you so much they are willing to make time for you. You make a new friend within the first 5 minutes you walk onto campus.

  • 10/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to choose from. We have multiple intermural teams and clubs related to your major. There are even clubs just for hiking and sightseeing!

    What to do for fun

    There is an unbelievable amount of things to do for fun around campus and Seattle. SPU is within walking distance of Fremont, and nice area to visit and hang out at the various dessert shops. Also you should try bubble tea! It definitely isn't for everyone, but nonetheless you should expose yourself to new things. You can see the sand troll under the bridge in upper Fremont, you can go to Gas Works at night or during the day to see a gorgeous view of downtown Seattle, or you an see the many landmarks like the Center of the Universe and plants shaped like dinosaurs, just to name a few.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really really good. It's organic, fresh, and healthy and it tastes oh so good! There's always a variety of foods available to choose from, and there's always a salad bar open and you can eat cereal for dinner and lunch! The cafeteria staff are also very helpful and friendly and will help you with everything! Personally, my favorite food here is the many types of pizza, and their sweet potato fries. Yum!

    Dorm Life

    My best experience so far has been connecting with others on my floor and in my building. The first week of school I felt like I belonged at SPU. Honestly, making friends is extremely easy. I'm always hanging out in my friends' rooms and having a great time. It's also much more fun to travel around the city with a group of new friends!

    Academic Rigor

    The first classes you take your freshman year aren't very difficult. As you progress into upper level classes, the work load gets a little heavier, but still manageable. It's all about time management, and if you aren't good at that, then you are in for a wake up call! As long as you do your homework and participate in class, you will do great!

    Tips for prospective students

    You should definitely take advantage of the overnight preview days here at SPU. By staying with a current student, you will get to know how it really feels to be a college student and explore your options. Just by immersing yourself in the SPU community and visiting, you will know if this college is right for you.

    In three sentences

    This is a great private Christian school for anyone that likes small, intimate schools. The community here is unbelievably strong and it is so easy to make lots of new friends. The environment is really friendly and once you see it, you won't be able to get enough!

  • 11/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is always our concern. SPU is thumbs up for it.

    What to do for fun

    There are about 50 clubs to join. Choose one that best fits you! There so many activities going on the campus that are fun and where you could meet new friends.

    Food and Dining

    I never felt that I am away from home. Food prepared and served are like home and fine dinning, and a relaxing atmosphere bistro.

    Dorm Life

    My life from grade school to high school is being home. Dorm life teaches you to be independent especially managing time. It teaches you to mingle with different walks of life and learn to adjust in different situations. The experience is fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic counselors will guide you to your academic goal. Professors will teach you with the field of study and assist beyond if you are struggling or besieged.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to achieve your career while valuing christian life, Seattle Pacific Uninversity is the place you want to be.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University ranked 14 on the Best Colleges 2014 edition in the Universities of the West Region. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/seattle-pacific-university-3788

  • 01/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Call Safety&Security anytime and they will walk you or drive you back to your dorm or house! They're also always patrolling campus so it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not a ton because it is a smaller school, but lots for pre-med and lots of outdoor stuff.

    Great for these types of students

    Active, outdoorsy, studious, likes being in a small class setting, like making friends!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's Tradition which is the Christmas celebration, a halloween celebration, and MANY traditions within the dorms.

    Bang for the buck

    I gave it four stars because it depends on your major. The art department, I've heard, is not very rigorous and is not worth the expense of the university. However, all of the science degrees are renown and it is definitely worth it. The Pre-PT/Pre-OT major, Applied Human Biology, is specifically tailored for physical therapy and occupational therapy grad schools and is the only major like it anywhere.

    What to do for fun

    Besides the dining experience, there's lot's to do in Seattle! Lots of parks nearby (including Gasworks, Kerry Park, and Discovery Park!) lots of safe places to walk, beautiful views (especially off Kerry Park), there's the eclectic atmosphere of Fremont with an indie vibe and the Fremont Troll, The Ave in the U-District has TONS of food options, lots of local shopping and of course there's the Space Needle. Seattle is very health-conscious and environmental and there is lots to do out of doors. It is also has amazing coffee, being Seattle.

    Food and Dining

    The food at Gwinn (the on-campus dining) isn't the best, but there is a Subway on campus as well as an Einstein Bros Bagels. There are also lots of coffee shops on campus and the food in Seattle is AMAZING. From some of the best coffee in America to delicious thai food and sushi (Phoket is amazing), you'll never be short of good food!

    Dorm Life

    I've heard great things about the dorm life here, weekly floor hangout sessions, off campus activities, and diverse people.

    Academic Rigor

    VERY rigorous, in a good way, in the science programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan ahead of time for all four years. Sometimes classes aren't offered every quarter because the school is so small, and it will save you stress if you plan accordingly. Take advantage of the small class sizes and the opportunity to get to know your professors on a personal basis, they are always helpful and willing to talk. They also make great references for job applications or grad schools.

    In three sentences

    SPU has small class sizes, personable teachers, and great programs. They have good sports programs for extracurricular, which is great. Their science programs are amazing.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Christmas Tradition!!!

    What to do for fun

    Campus is in walking distance to so many different, fun, places. Google maps is a great tool to use!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall is convenient. The chiefs really try to accomodate for special dietary needs. They have gluten-free and vegetarian options for every meal. They also have typical dishes that you can count on being served every meal. They also got a brand new espresso machine this year! Also, there are many other eateries on campus that take points that come with each meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are all well kept. The rooms themselves aren't the typical white walled, jail cells that are the norm for most state universities. There is a lot of room for storage and room to debunk the bunk beds or have a refrigerator/ couch. It is community style for four out of five of the buildings, but this makes for closer relationships. On that note, it is not co-ed living. Male and females have separate wings or floors.

    Academic Rigor

    Their is a difference between doing homework and studying. All the courses I have taken, and most of what I have heard of, are quite rigorous. Professors take higher education very seriously. I don't think there are any easy A's at this university. You get out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask anybody--whether its peers, PA's, professors, or a random person--for hlep.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific is the ideal small campus meets big city location. Many eateries, hangout/ study spots are either right on campus or nearby. There is always some kind of activity going on.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The campus is in between Downtown Seattle and the Fremont district, two excellent places for social live, restaurants, shopping, site seeing, and coffee shops. Taking the bus and exploring here is also very easy. There is also an on-campus data base that regularly updates students on up coming events to make sure they can get involved.

    Food and Dining

    The food service here is great with a very up to date dining hall (Quinn Commons). There is also an on campus coffee shop, Subway, and convenience store.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms and campus housing are filled with many friendly student who are eager to befriend each other. Living environments, particularly in the dorms are warm and inviting.

    Academic Rigor

    The quarter system moves fast so time management is important. The demands are not unfair; however, if a student wishes to work or join other clubs then they will need to prioritize in order to meet deadlines.

    Tips for prospective students

    Refine your writings skills for the application and be sure to do some soul searching before committing to a school. Know what you class room preferences are. If you like smaller class sizes this is a good place for you.

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific is a small school dedicated to higher learning. Although the campus lacks some diversity, the city it is nestled in makes up for it. The professors and staff are well trained and empathetic to the needs of students.

  • 02/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety and security can get anywhere on campus within one minute. I feel extremely safe. Campus backs up to a nice neighborhood.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek at SPU. The floors on each hall mimic the awesome parts of greek life such as sister hood/ brother hood, initiations, formals, roomies dates, etc without the hazing, rushing, or emotional/social standards one feels they need to live up to in order to be selected.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want, get at least 3 people, and you'll get funding. Or join one of the hundreds of thriving existing clubs around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    All types!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each residence hall has its own traditions and formals they put on. Ashton hall hosted their formal on the Space Needle in 2013! Other traditions include campus wide Humans VS Zombies, Snowball fights, Ipod dance parties, haunted house, Christmas skate, talent show, quarterly open mic nights with coffee and bagels, and more.

    What to do for fun

    GO EXPLORE. Living in the middle of downtown Seattle is awesome because you have a plethora of areas to go explore that are chuck full of amazing parks, look outs, hikes, restaurants, hip coffee shops, and more. Seattle is a constantly moving city. Immersing ourselves in the Seattle culture is one of the best parts about living here.

    Food and Dining

    Gwinn Commons is an incredible dinning hall. Having tasted others, I can definitely appreciate all the options our dinning hall offers. On any given night you can get a wide variety of types of food from Chinese to classic American, or if you don't see what you like the salad/cereal bar never fails to satisfy.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is the best part. We have co-ed dorms, which creates an awesome atmosphere for a great social experience. The doors on every floor are open almost always, and people are constantly in and out of each others rooms. Spontaneous hang outs, jam sessions, or adventures are one of the most fun things about living in the dorms. Floors become families. You meet your friends for life. It is a blast!

    Academic Rigor

    We have phenomenal programs of study and some of the most highly revered professors around teaching here. Depending on what you take, you can sail through, or really challenge yourself. You get out what you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come out for a preview and stay in the dorms! The community aspect is what makes SPU unique. Get a taste of it, and you just might have to come here!

    In three sentences

    Seattle Pacific University is a beautiful campus in the heart of Seattle with exciting energy and feel. Its uplifting and loving community is unlike anything I have experienced. You will meet some of the most amazing people, learn incredible and challenging things about yourself and the world, and have an exceptional college experience.