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Parent Handbook

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Jeff JordanFrom the Vice President for Student Life: The Taste of College Life

Food is an essential part of the holidays. As I remember the decades of Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings with my family and friends, food -- wonderful food -- played a key role. Food also provides an apt way to illustrate your student's first quarter at Seattle Pacific University.

There are five typical senses that we distinguish when eating: bitter, sour, salty, sweet, and savory. These are very different taste sensations, and they can also represent many of your student’s life experiences.

Perhaps there has been the bitter experience of a broken friendship or an unexpected grade, or the sour taste of confusion surrounding majors or after-graduation plans. Salt — a common, everyday flavor enhancer — can be under-utilized or overwhelming. Keeping a balance is important. 

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News for Parents and Families

Senior Week Life After SPU Week
While your student is home for the holidays, engage him or her in conversation about career plans. If your student has more questions than answers, share this information about the Center for Career and Calling’s upcoming career week:

During the week of January 12–16, students can attend workshops, networking events, and employer panels. Topics will include vocational discernment, professional development, conducting a job search using social media, how to dress professionally on a tight budget, and more. Students who attend four or more events during the week will receive a free portfolio from SPU’s Alumni and Parent Relations Office.

Tuscan Table At the Tuscan Table
More than a dozen SPU students traveled to Florence this year, soaking up la dolce vita. During this first-ever participants in a new study abroad program that focuses on sustainable food production, the students filled their days with classes, cooking workshops, language study, and excursions into the countryside.


In Context Weekly Discussions Examine How Race Shapes Experience
In Context, a unique campus discussion group, invites students to talk about race, diversity, and reconciliation. Purposely and gently, the discussion group gives students a safe place to consider and break down long-held stereotypes about people from other cultures. Learn more.


Alexander HallThe Alexander Hall Campaign
Alexander Hall is central to the story of Seattle Pacific — a story that began in 1891 with a vision for outstanding Christian education that would equip students to do good in the world. Set on an uncultivated plot of land in early Seattle, Alexander Hall —our first building — brought that vision to life. Learn more.

most beautiful campusUndergraduate Tuition Rates

On March 3, President Daniel Martin sent an email to SPU undergraduate students about 2014–15 undergraduate tuition rates.
Read President Martin's email.