Seattle Pacific University / Joe Mabel
Seattle Pacific University is a small, Christian school of about 4,000 students.
It was founded in 1891 by Free Methodists as Seattle Seminary, a school to train missionaries for working overseas.
The campus sits at the southern base of Queen Anne hill, near Seattle's Fremont neighborhood.
It is known in Seattle as a relatively conservative campus. The school's Lifestyle Expectations statement for students bans premarital sex, extramarital affairs, couples living together outside of marriage and all homosexual activities.
The school also does not permit students to smoke or drink on or off campus. However it makes "no attempt to preempt the customs of the family or a religious tradition, which may include the use of alcohol at a family meal or family event," as it says on its webpage.
For the school's first 100 years, students were not allowed to dance on campus. That changed in 1990, when the school's first campus dancing event, a square dance, was held.
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