Transcripts, and Records

Credit Load 

Continuing education students may take no more than 60 credits in an academic year and any credits taken in excess of this limit will be disallowed. 

While formal admission is not required for you to begin taking courses at SPU, if you are interested in pursuing a specific degree or an endorsement, we encourage you to apply for admission as soon as possible.  Once admitted to the University, you’re eligible to apply for financial aid for on-campus Master’s Degree courses and to take advantage of all Student Services.  While this site contains some general information regarding Student Services, students should be acquainted with the specifics in the SPU Graduate Catalog

Enrollment Verification 

Course enrollment and degree verification is verified for current and past quarters by the Office of the Registrar.


Grades will be posted to the SPU transcript within 1-2 business days once they have been received by Seattle Pacific University. Students will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar within one week to let them know when a new grade has been posted to the transcript.

Important Information for Distance Learning Students 

Please allow three weeks after you have submitted your finished course for the course to be graded by the instructor. Please keep this grading-time allowance in mind if you need transcripts for salary increases or certification renewals. 

Transcript Requests 

Visit the SPU Office of the Registrar website to learn how to access an unofficial transcript or request an official transcript.

Transferring Credits 

Since the University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), credits earned at Seattle Pacific University are usually transferable to other accredited colleges and universities.  The decision concerning the applicability of transfer credits to a specific degree or certificate program at another institution rests solely on that institution.  For this reason, it is wise to confer with your program advisor at the institution to which you will transfer if you expect to apply credits earned at Seattle Pacific University to a degree program at another institution. 


The University is committed to protecting the right of privacy of all individuals about whom it holds information.  Access to educational records is restricted to the student concerned, to parents of a dependent student (defined by IRS), to others with the student’s written consent, to University officials who have legitimate educational interest in the records, to officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, to certain authorized government representatives, to organizations conducting studies on behalf of the University, to accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting function, to a court of competent legal jurisdiction, and to appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.  A legitimate educational interest pertains to the demonstrated “need to know” by those officials of an institution who act in the student’s educational interest, including faculty, administration, clerical and professional employees and other persons, including student employees or agents, who manage student record information. 

A student has the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.   

View the complete FERPA Policy available on the SPU Office of the Registrar website. 

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