Seattle Pacific University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$46,728
4.76% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$28,367
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
90.6%
3,923 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
3,601
82.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
65.5%
446 Graduates

About

Seattle Pacific University is a higher education institution located in King County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Seattle Pacific University were General Business (70 degrees awarded), General Psychology (64 degrees), and Registered Nursing (32 degrees).

In 2020, 1,204 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Seattle Pacific University. 69.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 30.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (740 degrees), 6.17 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (120 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Seattle Pacific University is $46,728, which is $18,099 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Seattle Pacific University is $46,728, which is $18,099 more than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,367.

In 2020, 95% of undergraduate students attending Seattle Pacific University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 58% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$46,728
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Seattle Pacific University was $46,728. The cost of tuition at Seattle Pacific University is $18,099 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,629).

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Average Net Price

$28,367
2020 Value
1.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Seattle Pacific University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,367. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Seattle Pacific University grew by 1.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,285
Room and Board
$900
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Seattle Pacific University was of $12,285 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $900. The cost of room and board increased by 4.15% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 3.45% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

95%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
58%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

95% of undergraduate students at Seattle Pacific University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.06% with respect to 2019, when 94% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2%
2018 Default Rate
22
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Seattle Pacific University was 2%, which represents 22 out of the 1098 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Seattle Pacific University received 3,923 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 10.6% annual decline. Out of those 3,923 applicants, 3,555 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.6% acceptance rate.

There were 3,601 students enrolled at Seattle Pacific University in 2020, and 80% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Seattle Pacific University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.6%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
3,555
Accepted Out of 3,923

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Seattle Pacific University was 90.6% (3,555 admissions from 3,923 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 90.6%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −10.6%, while admissions declined by −10.6%.

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SAT Scores

80%
Submission Percentage
526
Scores Submitted

80% of enrolled first-time students at Seattle Pacific University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment of 3,601 students. The full-time enrollment at Seattle Pacific University is 2,967 students and the part-time enrollment is 634. This means that 82.4% of students enrolled at Seattle Pacific University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Seattle Pacific University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50% White, 13.5% Hispanic or Latino, 13.1% Asian, 7.64% Two or More Races, 6.03% Black or African American, 0.528% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Seattle Pacific University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (32.1%), followed by White Male (13.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (11.2%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (41.6%), followed by White Male (15.2%) and Asian Female (8.31%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Seattle Pacific University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,601 students. The full-time enrollment at Seattle Pacific University is 2,967 and the part-time enrollment is 634. This means that 82.4% of students enrolled at Seattle Pacific University are enrolled full-time compared with 76.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Seattle Pacific University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84.5%), Seattle Pacific University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,800
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    486
  3. Asian
    471

The enrolled student population at Seattle Pacific University is 50% White, 13.5% Hispanic or Latino, 13.1% Asian, 7.64% Two or More Races, 6.03% Black or African American, 0.528% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.5% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 49.8% White, 15.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.74% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 460 more women than men received degrees from Seattle Pacific University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Seattle Pacific University is white (740 degrees awarded). There were 6.17 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (120 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Seattle Pacific University is General Business (70 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (64 degrees) and Registered Nursing (32 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Seattle Pacific University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees awarded), Education (373 degrees), and Theology (27 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,861,198 people), Secondary school teachers (426,378 people), Education administrators (315,510 people), Postsecondary teachers (214,701 people), and Other managers (195,427 people).

The most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees awarded), Education (373 degrees), Theology (27 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Psychology (118 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Podiatrists, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees awarded), Education (373 degrees), Theology (27 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Psychology (118 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,116,575 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (471,459 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (292,647 people), Individual & family services (179,213 people), and Outpatient care centers (178,603 people).

The most specialized majors at Seattle Pacific University are Cultural & Gender Studies (20 degrees awarded), Education (373 degrees), Theology (27 degrees), English (37 degrees), and Psychology (118 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Seattle Pacific University.
Most Common
  1. 70 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 64 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 32 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Seattle Pacific University was General Business with 70 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

372
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
832
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 372 degrees were awarded to men at Seattle Pacific University, which is 0.447 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (832).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 37 degrees were awarded to men at Seattle Pacific University in General Business, which is 0.974 times less than the 38 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 95 degrees were awarded to women at Seattle Pacific University in Teacher Education & Professional Development, which is 3.28 times more than the 29 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
68%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 53% of students graduating from Seattle Pacific University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Male
Highest Graduation Rate (76.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Seattle Pacific University is Male and Two or More Races (76.5% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    740 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    120 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    96 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Seattle Pacific University is white (740 degrees awarded). There were 6.17 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (120 degrees).

4.49% of degree recipients (54 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    534 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    206 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    80 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Seattle Pacific University is white female (534 degrees awarded). There were 2.59 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (206 degrees).

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Operations

Seattle Pacific University has an endowment valued at nearly $122M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.75M (3.89%), compared to the 3.48% average return ($10.5M on $302M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2020, Seattle Pacific University had a total salary expenditure of $107M. Seattle Pacific University employs 72 Assistant professors, 64 Professors, and 61 Associate professors. Most academics at Seattle Pacific University are Male Professors (40), Male Assistant professors(38), and Female Assistant professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Seattle Pacific University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 216 employees, Management, with 46 employees, and Service with 40 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$122M
2020 Endowment
1.28%
growth from 2019

Seattle Pacific University has an endowment valued at about $122M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Seattle Pacific University grew 1.28% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $180M lower than than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.79M - Federal
  2. $91k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Seattle Pacific University received $4.79M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $91k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$49.2M
2020 Salaries
0.35%
decline from 2019

In 2020, Seattle Pacific University paid a median of $49.2M in salaries, which represents 46.1% of their overall expenditure ($107M) and a 0.35% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.95% decline from 2018 and a 2.68% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 238M (43% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$16.8M
Instructional Salaries
211
Number of Employees

In 2020, Seattle Pacific University paid a total of $16.8M to 211 employees working as instructors, which represents 34.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $69.9M (29.4%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
72 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
216 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Seattle Pacific University were Assistant professor with 72 employees; Professor with 64 employees; and Professor with 61 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Seattle Pacific University were Office and Administrative Support with 216 employees; Management with 46 employees; and Service with 40 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Seattle Pacific University was Male Professor with 40 employees, Male Assistant professor with 38 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 34 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Seattle Pacific University.

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