Seattle Pacific University (SPU) Seattle Pacific University is a small, private university. It is known for academic excellence and has professors who are renowned scholars. The university was also ranked as one of the top 5 “Best Values” in the West by U.S. News & World Report. The school has an active campus life and students are involved in many sports and clubs. SPU offers conditional admission for undergraduate programs in all departments, as well as graduate programs in the School of Business and Economics.