Seattle Pacific University, founded by Free Methodists, has 4,000 students

The Seattle TimesJune 5, 2014 

— Seattle Pacific University is a private Christian university on a 40-acre campus on the northern slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle. It was founded by Free Methodist pioneers in 1891, and has an enrollment of about 4,000 students, most of whom are undergraduates.

Women make up about 67 percent of the enrollment, and in 2013, about 43 percent of its incoming freshmen were from out-of-state.

Its stated mission is to engage the culture and change the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The university is known for its business program, health sciences and engineering, and its classes are small, usually averaging 22 students. Most students go to school there full-time.

It has six colleges — the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Health Sciences; School of Business & Economics; School of Psychology, Family & Community; School of Education; and School of Theology. A year of tuition and fees is about $34,000.

The university has its own safety and security staff, and offers such things as an escort service 24 hours a day for students going home after dark, said spokeswoman Tracy Norlen. The security officers are not armed, she said.

The school has an emergency and crisis management plan, and uses email and text messages to alert students if there is an emergency on campus. It also conducts regular drills.

The shootings took place in Otto Miller Hall, a two-story building that is primarily made up of classrooms. It was renovated in 2004, and renovations included include better building security and a fire alarm upgrade. The hall supports math, computer science, engineering, physics and science education departments.

SPU reported very little crime on campus in 2012, with only six burglaries on campus and one theft of a motor vehicle.

The university’s president, Daniel Martin, took the office in 2012, replacing Philip Eaton, who was president for 16 years. Martin had been president of Mount Vernon Nazarene University, a small Christian liberal arts university in central Ohio.

In February, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke on the SPU campus. The school’s commencement speaker this year is Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund.

Friday is the last day of classes for the academic year, and finals were to start on Tuesday.

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