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  • 08/21/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 out of 17 people found this review useful. 1 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is EXCELLENT for those who are responsible, serious about their future, are studious, athletic, religious (don't worry, you won't be attacked if you're not), and/or overall want to to obtain a higher quality of education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study!! Do it as much as you can! If you don't, you will have a hard time keeping up, especially during your first year. PLU is NOT a party school, though there are some energetic crowds on lower campus. The in crowd happens to be those who get good grades, and, for the price you pay to attend, you don't want to be flunking out.

    Bang for the buck

    PLU is very expensive, but the quality of education you receive is outstanding. It is never weird or uncomfortable to ask the instructor for help, whether via email, after class, or during office hours. The library is open until 1 am weekdays and offers free tutoring programs if you need help.

    Am enjoying being here

    The students and professors are very friendly. The campus has an overall warm feeling about it. If you ever need anything, whether it be someone to talk to or assistance for problems, there is always someone willing to help.

    Am learning a lot

    The programs are rigorous, but wonderfully small and provide many resources for help and additional learning. The homework and reading are heavy, and going the extra mile in your studies pays off.

  • 06/09/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    13 out of 13 people found this review useful. 2 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students interested in the liberal arts, who want a smaller environment where you can really get to know everyone....from the people in residence hall to your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships....they add up. Also, private universities like PLU look very expensive on the surface, but they give many more grants and other financial aid opportunities than the public universities do.

  • 12/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 11 people found this review useful. 3 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Natural Sciences Those who want to study abroad (40% of PLU students study abroad, compared to the national average of 3%; PLU was also the first college to ever have students studying abroad on all seven continents simultaneously) Music/Art

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't look at the starting price tag for colleges: look at the financial aid you get and *then* compare schools. Also, know what you want from a school. If you want a great economics program or sports team...you might want to look elsewhere. But if you want to actually participate in sports, or lead a student group focused on economics, you might be in the right place.

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid office went out of their way to help me find the money to attend. It was cheaper for me to attend PLU than a state school, and when you factor in the small class sizes, resources for students, and personal attention from professors-PLU is the easy choice.

    Am enjoying being here

    My classes are awesome, I love my job (office assistant for the Registrar), and it's super easy to get involved in clubs, sports, and other activities (Biology Club and student newspaper, for me).

    Am learning a lot

    When preparing for college, you only hear stories about how difficult the work is. Fortunately, at PLU, the professors have such a passion for what they teach that the subject matter is made fascinating. I knew learning biology was going to be rough, I just didn't know how fantastic the faculty was going to make the experience for me.

  • 12/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 4 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for pretty much all types of students. It is an open-minded campus and there is something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Do work on time. -Search for scholarships early. -Get to know your professors.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is extremely expensive, but you get so much out of the school that it is worth it. Plus the school financial aid office helps find ways to make the school more affordable.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a beautiful campus with so many resources, such as health centers and tutoring. The people are friendly and it is a great place to be at school.

    Am learning a lot

    You learn so much. The professor are engaging and will take time outside of classes to help you, which was something the other, larger campus professors would not. There are such a variety of courses you can pick what interests you.

  • 06/16/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 5 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    self motivating and want to succeed

    Tips for prospective students

    Beautiful campus, great people to work with

  • 02/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 6 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love to feel involved, PLU is the place for you. There is always something going on, whether it's a school wide dance, a Harry Potter premiere party, or an Outdoor Rec ski trip to Snoqualmie. It is super easy to get involved in clubs, intramural sports and other organizations, and if you have an interest in music choral and instrumental ensembles are only an audition away.

    Tips for prospective students

    PLU weights your grades when you apply, and many of the scholarship opportunities are based on that weighted GPA. Not too many universities do this but if you are a sophomore or a junior and you're pretty positive that Pacific Lutheran is the place for you, I'd especially recommend spending your remaining years earning that AP credit. A B in an AP class is equivalent to an A in a regular class, and each AP A gives you an extra boost to your GPA. With that extra cushion, you don't have to be afraid to test your mind a little.

    Bang for the buck

    When you ask around campus for the reasons students chose PLU, the great financial aid package is almost always listed in the top three. Yes, it is a private university so obviously it's going to be a bit spendy, especially when looking at the price tag on this site and others like it. However, I strongly encourage you to ignore that terrifying number, at least for now. After applying all the aid they gave me, it was cheaper to attend here than both the instate schools I applied to. Pair that with a small campus atmosphere, small class sizes and other private school perks and I'm practically stealing a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here! I've learned a lot, met great people and made some seriously crazy memories and my experience is only just beginning.

    Am learning a lot

    This semester I am taking a literature course in a class with seven other students. I am also taking an anthropology course in a huge class of about fifty. The professor apologized for the outrageous amount of students taking the class and in hopes that we would never feel like just a number, vowed to try his best to learn all of our names and encouraged us to meet with him during office hours. I have a friend at CU-Boulder in a chemistry class of 600. If you are the kind of student who enjoys a seminar type atmosphere rather than lecture in the majority of your classes, I highly encourage you to look at PLU, especially if your are looking at a degree in the humanities or social sciences. I am only a freshman, but I can say that so far all of my professors have been extremely intelligent, professional and passionate experts in their field with the most fascinating and inspiring stories. Pacific Lutheran is a great place to get an education.

  • 01/22/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 7 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PLU is great for students who are looking for a challenge, music students, students who are not afraid to ask for help, and self-motivated learners. It is also great for students who are interested in exploring the role of religion in their everyday life, however students with no religious affiliation can also thrive here.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to attend PLU, it is important that you are an involved student in High School. A big thing here on campus is vocation, so if you know your vocation already, mention it in your essay, application, or interview!

    Bang for the buck

    I am at Pacific Lutheran University on full tuition scholarship, but even if I was not, PLU being a private University gives several scholarships. Under few circumstances will a student attend on no scholarship. And again, even if they were paying full tuition, for the one-on-one time with professors, it is well worth the around $30,000 tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I cannot imagine going to school anywhere else! The community of students and teachers makes every student feel important and valuable to the University on the whole. Student life is fantastic. There is plenty of fun activities to do on campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here at Pacific Lutheran University are fantastic! The professors make it their business to help students who need help! Their dedication to one-on-one education helps students to learn at their own pace, increasing the student's ability to learn in the University environment.

  • 10/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PLU is only great for students who are very serious about their school work. All kinds of people are accepted at PLU. There are support groups for EVERYTHING and they have many different clubs and activities to get involved. I wouldn't say PLU is for the partyer because parties here start at dark and end at midnight because people value their sleep. Leave your social lives at the door if you plan on going to PLU.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships like crazy because it is expensive. Talk to students who go there and do an overnight visit if you can. Don't forget your map!

    Bang for the buck

    Live on lower campus if you are looking for a nicer dorm. You pay the same to live in the dorm that is 100 years old so apply early to get the one you want. Upper campus is also located near everything (classrooms, University Center, Admin., etc.) and lower campus is more loud and social. Harstad is incredibly outdated compared to the other dorms, but they are huge so apply early if that is important to you. Also GO TO EVERY CLASS!

    Am enjoying being here

    Study as much as possible because getting accepted is the easiest part about going here. Staying at PLU is the hard part. Also, I have never met so many different kinds of people in my life. Everyone at PLU is so accepting, nice, and different in their own way. There is something about PLU that draws in different kinds of people.

    Am learning a lot

    Be prepared for the transition between high school and college because it is QUITE different. You don't just learn a lot about anthropology and economics, but you learn a lot about yourself too. PLU helps to develop you into a well rounded person. I can already see myself changing since I've been here for only 2 months.

  • 12/31/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You will be great for PLU if you have an open mind and enjoy meeting new people in a safe, and beautiful environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on upper campus! If you want to go to parties and be loud, you can walk down to lower campus, but it is nearly impossible to study down there.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive but they have really good scholarships if you apply. The dorms are not exactly gorgeous but living on campus is worth the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    The PLU environment is warm and welcoming. From the Red Carpet Club to the Orientation Guides, everyone on campus wants to make the university experience one to enjoy and cherish for the rest of your life.

    Am learning a lot

    I walked onto campus thinking I knew everything but I've learned more in this one semester in classes and in random conversations then I have in the past four years of high school.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 10 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    PLU is great for both extroverted and introverted people; because of the diverse community we have, you will no doubt find a niche. It is school that will foster learning for ambitious and curious students, and it is a school for students with a lot of passion and positivity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for as many scholarships as you can; it never hurt anyone to try. In addition to this, please come visit the campus and stay for a while with one of the current students. You will be welcome to sit in on any class and get a better idea of what life will be like on campus. Another tip is to get involved! There are so many things to be a part of on campus and it will really make your college experience. Lastly, invest in a sun lamp; it rains quite a bit here, so you may have to seek out alternative means of getting Vitamin D.

    Bang for the buck

    Most, if not all of the professors at PLU are here because they really want to be here; they have a passion for teaching, for their subjects and their students and its very apparent in classes. It is quite an investment to come here, but PLU is extremely helpful in the amount of financial aid that it's students are given. If you want to come here, PLU will find a way to get you here, and if it is your goal that it will be worth your money, it will be.

    Am enjoying being here

    PLU has a very open and accepting community; because of its rather small size, you tend to get to know a decent portion of the school. I have found people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life, I have had multiple amazing opportunities to do what I love and be recognized within my department, and some of my fondest memories are from my three years I have been here.

    Am learning a lot

    You learn as much as you are willing to learn here at PLU. There is ample opportunity to learn, not just in the classroom, but through clubs, organizations and even just events and lectures that are constantly taking place.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 11 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like the small atmosphere such as in high school, don't mind studying a lot and visiting office hours, and don't mind if they miss out on things you'd have at a big school (large sporting events, large classes, more variety of clubs and more research opportunities) then PLU would be right for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work hard for every class. Attend every lecture, take good notes, and read and study as much as you need to in order to learn the material. If you have questions, don't hesitate to go to office hours. If you don't want to use office hours or don't really care, go to a big school instead. A small school like PLU is meant for you to be able to get to know your professors as well as ask them questions, which they encourage. Overall, you want to make sure that you do well in school as well as take advantage of office hours. Otherwise, you are just wasting your money.

    Bang for the buck

    While you do learn a lot and are able to get to know your professors as well as they can get to know you, the school is fairly expensive for what it offers. Therefore, if you do come here it is imperative that you do well as well as take advantage of office hours. While the campus is nice, it does not look like it is $40k a year school. Many buildings need renovating/remodeling, and to be fair the school has plans on doing so for buildings on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people you will meet here are awesome. Everyone, students and staff, are extremely friendly so it won't take you long to find new friends if that's something you are worried about. However, the school is not located in an area with a lot of things to do, but Seattle is not far away. In addition, there are no big sporting events that draw a large crowd. Attendance to athletic events are probably comparable to what it is like in high school, but those that go are there to root on the Lutes.

    Am learning a lot

    Professors push you to learn by more by having you relate what you are learning in class to things either occurring in the world or by how it relates to you outside of the classroom. Many professors hold plenty of office hours and are happy to help you.

  • 06/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 12 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a smaller community where everyone knows everyone, want to be involved with tons of campus events, and want to have the opportunity to get to know professors as well as many different people on a friendly basis are the kind of students who would fit in here. Students who also have an interest in a wide range of academic experiences and a thirst for growing as an individual with great people around them would fit in perfect at PLU.

    Tips for prospective students

    My biggest tip would be to expect the unexpected. It is a tough transition going from high school to college, but if you persevere and and manage your time well, you will have no trouble being successful. I would also say that you need to take time to relax and hang out with your friends as well as doing your work. Academics is what you are there for, but the relationships you build with people will be something you cherish for the rest of your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course attending a private school means the cost will be somewhat higher then a typical state school. However, the amount that you learn here and the great experience you get exposed to is worth the price of admission. The type of education you get is hard to match in the area and being such a small school the professors take the extra time to explain things and help you learn as much as possible in your time at PLU.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is something that can't go without being noticed. It is the first thing that grabs you when you step onto the campus and it is truly beautiful. The combination of people that are on campus, personality and value wise, is something that cannot be substituted with anything else; it is truly a great opportunity to get to know different kinds of people as well as yourself. When you walk through the campus you can stop and talk to any random person and have a great and friendly conversation with them. It really is a happy place to be around. Also you never think you'll change, but after a year in college, you go back home to see all of your high school friends and you feel different. It changes you, but for the better. It is nothing less then unique.

    Am learning a lot

    You definitely have to be ready to learn tons of new stuff in your first year of college. The difference between work loads in high school and college is crazy. Within your first semester you learn more then you ever learned in your four years of high school. You must be a person who has great time management; and if you aren't one of those people, you'll have to learn quickly. After the first couple off weeks you adjust and then the sky is the limit for what you will learn.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 13 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    this school does have greek associations and living facilities.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can not participate in clubs if you live off campus because they all meet at 8pm.

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is a school for young students with no outside obligations and are looking for a place to get socially connected.

    Bang for the buck

    I was excited to start this school and was led to believe that the price could be justified by the quality education and care of the staff. After attending the school I can to realize that these claims were false ploys to recruit new students. The quality of education can be received at a community college, and the staff shows no true concern for the students; the school is WAY overpriced for what you receive.

    What to do for fun

    plu has a number of clubs, activities, music groups, and special events that take place in the center of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The dining facilities are well decorated, but there are not many options (especially for the health conscience student.) Price plans are comparable to other universities.

    Dorm Life

    I stay off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic expectation was the same as that of Tacoma Community College; the institute I transferred from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that if you attend here, you are prepared to dedicate your time around the clock to this school. Avoid outside activities, jobs, or family.

    In three sentences

    This school claims to take personal interest in the success of their students. However, once enrolled in classes and attending the school, the staff quickly became uninterested and unsupportive. After attending this school I became extremely regretful; PLU was a huge disappointment.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 14 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great campus safety. Get emails regularly from Campus Safety on updates, problems on campus, etc. Campus Safety cars always driving around to make sure things are going correctly and no strangers or unusual activity going on. Little emergency booth around the campus to keep people safe when no one around

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of activities and clubs for each student. Always new activities and clubs growing.

    Great for these types of students

    The students like being involved in the community and helping others and the planet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The red square chapel upstairs room is really cool because of the stained glass.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of things on campus are expensive and you are required to pay for things you never use.

    What to do for fun

    Right across the street is bowling. A lot of little food joints around the campus. Plenty of sports related activities that are open for those who aren't in sports. Golf course on campus.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of variety of food and good system so you aren't waiting in line forever.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived on campus but I hear the dorms are ok yet many students would rather live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    PLU is not easy but you do learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in class and talk to Profs. They want to help you succeed, especially if you show you want to succeed.

    In three sentences

    Great community of staff and students. A lot of diversity and activities for students to expand their friendships. Awesome Professors with are dedicated to students' learning.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not the brightest bunch of people, but there are lots of police officers around campus, so safety is not usually an issue.

    Great for these types of students

    People who are willing to work hard!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love sitting in the UC and people watching!

    Bang for the buck

    In my opinion the school is very expensive, as are most private universities these days. It is a great school, and has a great reputation, so it is kind of up to you to decide what you think. Each person comes from different backgrounds with different financial situations. One thing I will say is that they have amazing financial aid opportunities.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do for fun in the area. You can join sports teams--I recommend ultimate frisbee. There are nearby movie theaters and bowling alleys. Not too far away is the Point Defiance Zoo.

    Food and Dining

    PLU's dining is great compared to what I have heard about different schools. The food is mostly organic. The pricing is a little high, though.

    Dorm Life

    I no longer live on campus, but to be honest, when I did I didn't really like it that much. I would recommend living off campus, especially because housing around the area isn't too expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    I am sure each department is different, but I am in the art department. I find the classes challenging enough to learn, but not so hard that it is overwhelming. In some of my classes I spent 20+ hours on one project.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will receive the grade that reflects the amount of effort you put into your class. Let teachers know that you care, and they too, will care about your success.

    In three sentences

    The art department at PLU is fantastic. The classes are really fun, and teachers are involved in student's success. It is little expensive, though.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great here. I often see what we call campo driving around the perimeter of the school at given times of the day. There are multiple checks by Campus Safety Officers (as well as Resident Assistants) during the night to ensure our safety. The different phone numbers for Campus Safety and Campus Safety Emergency are provided to all students. I have never worried for my safety here. I love that.

    Greek Life

    One of my favorite things about PLU is that there is no Greek life here. Students can join together to rent houses just off campus instead. I think Greek life can negatively impact college student's lives and without it, PLU discourages those other college traditions such as hazing and fraternity or sorority parties. It makes PLU unique and I value that aspect of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    I came from a small high school, so seeing and hearing about all the opportunities for clubs and sports was amazing! I know of at least three different youth, religion clubs on campus and the sports teams here are strong and close-knit. If there is not a club you were hoping for, starting your own is a lot easier than you would think.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to come to a smaller school would like it here. It feels individualized and personal. If you walk to the market, you are bound to see at least two people you know and will more likely than not recognize most faces around campus. It is still easy though to see new faces every day. It's great for social students that don't want to get lost in a sea of people. This is a medium sized pond for any size fish, metaphorically speaking.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As for traditions or unique locations on campus, I would not say there are many. One particular location though is Lagerquist Hall which is located in Mary Baker Russell's Performing Arts building. There is a gargantuan, ornate organ which is simply breathtaking. The whole room has this beautiful quality about it. I look forward to any musical concert or performance held there because it is, in my opinion, one of the most exquisite places on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I know, tuition is expensive. However, I think this is one of the greatest schools I have visited. You really get what you pay for education wise. Teachers help you as much as they can, it's their job (and they seem to take pride in it) to see you succeed. It is 100% worth how much you pay. The classes are smaller which is an added bonus because it really gives you the chance to know your professor and for him or her to know you.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of different activities and clubs that PLU offers on campus. It provides a gateway to students to find others with similar interests. All groups are very welcoming, and there is almost always something going on somewhere on campus. There are equal opportunities to stay in a residence hall and have a movie night, or take a bus or car over to Tacoma and explore the nearby city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services offer a lot of choices to students who have food intolerances, which has been really helpful. I love that they always have different stations with different food available. If you're feeling like pizza or pasta, there's a place for that. Or if you want a sandwich, there's a place for that too. Dinners are all you care to eat (except Saturdays) so a student can really take full advantage of how much he or she is paying for his or her meal plans.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life allows students to expand their social circle. Many exciting opportunities and activities are provided, residential life really helps students create strong friendships with the people living around them.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes taken, the courses here can be very challenging. Professors are determined more to see the challenge they provide to result in a student's success and advance their morale.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships! It is one of the best things you can do. Although initially tuition seems high, there is a lot you can do to bring it down to more of a state school price. Make sure you tour the campus, it is the best way to get a feel for the college and aid your decision process. You may find you love this beautiful, scenic campus.

    In three sentences

    PLU is the perfect fit for students who aren't striving for a big, city setting. The personalized education that is offered to the students makes this school well worth going to. The sense of community here is heart-warming and welcoming to all.

  • 02/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for people who like a small group environment, but still enjoy being around a lot of people. The students and faculty are very friendly and everybody is connected through clubs and residential halls. Most people leave their dorm room doors open for others to come in and hang out.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to attend PLU, I suggest that you get involved in many different activities. This is a great way to meet new people and get involved in your new school. I also suggest applying to as many different scholarships as you can.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is expensive but PLU offers many scholarships to those who need and deserve help.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy PLU very much. The students and faculty are friendly and always willing to help with any problem you have. Clubs are welcoming to anyone who wants to join and they can help you figure out what your passions are.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very dedicated to helping their students learn. Most are friendly and more than willing to help a struggling student who comes into their office during office hours, or even reaches out through e-mail.

  • 04/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for individuals who are driven to succeed in academics and are at college for the education. It is also good for any individuals who are leaders in their own community or who want to become leaders as there are tons of opportunities to become involved on campus and even lead the way. Of course it is a great school for people who also enjoy balancing a good work load with a drive to explore the surrounding areas of Washington as well as the PLU campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to campus and take a tour, spend the night, eat in the cafeteria! Anything that will get you on campus is awesome cause then you'll be able to feel the vibe PLU gives off. It was my visit and the amazing vibe I got from PLU that made me want to come all the way out to Washington for college. Also make appointments with everyone and anyone you want too. The financial aid department will make PLU affordable while the academic advising center can direct you in a path you'll need to achieve your dreams.

    Bang for the buck

    I would have to say 5 out of 5 because I am receiving a scholarship for my academic achievements so the price of the University is something that I can afford while achieving a top education. The teachers, in my major department, are always willing to help out and know their stuff which makes every penny I am spending worth it. Of course it would be awesome if they had more variety in the food at the cafeteria with the money I am paying for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There has been some challenges as I moved out of state away from my entire family and friends yet the individuals at the school are extremely nice and welcoming. Everywhere you go you are met with a smile.

    Am learning a lot

    I love being able to go to a class where not only do I love the professor and the curriculum that is being taught, but I am learning tons of information that I truly care about.

  • 11/21/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    19 of 61

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Personally, I think PLU is great for all types of students. Just be ready to work hard, have fun and learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply very early to give you time for extra aid and get everything in order before had. Also be sure to be applying for scholarships as early as your junior year if possible. If your not sure what to major in, I suggest talking to current students or figuring out what you really enjoy ahead of time.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of choices in the meal hall. Though the dorm rooms are small, the accommodations are pretty big. I only wish there was more grants available for students with extra financial need. However, if you do need help in obtaining extra aid, the financial aid office is very helpful and sweet.

    Will enjoy being here

    Everyone has been very friendly to me so far, and I like the small homey environment yet the fairly large campus. I think that people from all different backgrounds or cultures will be perfectly comfy here and enjoy every moment of it.

    Will learn a lot

    I think there is something for everyone to learn at this school. Regardless of your major, the environment at PLU has something to offer you and things that everyone can enjoy. You will be challenged everyday, and presented with new information constantly.

  • 12/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the colleges you want to go to, stay overnight and see if you like it. Explore all of your options.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is a private college so it will be expensive. But for me personally it is too expensive and if I don't receive help with scholarships or other means I might have to transfer to a cheaper institution of even a community college.

    Am enjoying being here

    When I heard that my fellow high school class mates had 700 student class sizes, I immediately began to appreciate the class sizes here at PLU. Because I am a bit of a shy person, in those large numbers I would have been swallowed up in the classroom. But here at PLU the instructors care about your success and actually push you to do better and offer help.

    Am learning a lot

    I learn new things basically every time i step into the classroom. From my religion course, that keeps of baffling me with how little I actually knew about the bible to my history class where each day we engage in group discussions and analyze the texts we have read and why they were important.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    hangout with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know as much people as you can so you can feel more comfortable.

    In three sentences

    it is small. everyone is nice and welcoming. it has a very nice environment.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are parties that go on, along with plays, musicals, and religious services. There are stores near by, along with libraries.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different meals plans that are based on what one can afford. They do have different types of food to eat. Lately, I have been bringing my lunch as I am trying to manage my money better.

    Dorm Life

    I am not in an dorm due to my situation with my grandmother being handicapped. I have heard of the dorms being cool and it allows one to learn how to deal with roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes at PLU are really tough and it involves working with others, in order to get a good grade. Majority of the classes involve many essays, presentations, and group projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't give up just because there is a huge price tag attached to this school. Involve youself in volunteer projects, get good recommendation from teachers that really know you and kkep up on the school work.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is a great school to attend. So far, I had a lot of help from fellow students and teachers. The classes are really interesting and helps me in accomplishing my dreams.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    When you have a meal plan the food is wonderful because you aren't paying up front for it. But commuter students have to pocket out a good amount of money for not that much of food. The food is good nevertheless but far too expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I only was given the opportunity to live in the dorms during the January term at PLU but it was probably the best time of my life. For the most part, the dorms are very relaxed and quiet hours are respected. They aren't that new but they are much bigger rooms than other universities I've visited.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics here are what makes PLU so outstanding. While every class will require much outside work and will be challenging, from my experience, the professors are there for the students helping them every step of the way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships and understand your financial aid while you are dealing with it. Taking responsibility for yourself financially makes the college experience more focused on your education.

    In three sentences

    This University is established with some of the most amazing Professors. The education and student life here active and constant. This school seems expensive but is very much worth it.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    If we don't have it- you can make it. Activities and clubs are a great way to knit a social system.

    Great for these types of students

    Mostly everyone. PLU has a really diverse student body. There's a place for everybody. Really, everyone!

    Bang for the buck

    For what some students pay- it's really not worth it. PLU is very expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Parkland isn't the place to have a lot of fun. Learn the bus systems and you can get out to Tacoma for 75 cents. It's really not difficult to get off campus and do something fun, but the bus is key.

    Food and Dining

    The dining services get really repetitive and don't offer much variety. The food is cooked in mass, but could be done better. I think that that the school cuts short in this department. It makes it really difficult for students to maintain a healthy diet.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is really fun! It's a good community for people in the school. PLU is a small school, so it's a good way to connect with a large amount of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Different majors provide different rigor, but overall, for the most part a student can be really challenged here. The small class sizes make learning really personable and one can't just walk into class not having studied or reviewed material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't procrastinate, don't loose yourself. Procrastination is really easy in the social scene in college, especially at PLU when things and events are happening every day and every night. Learning to balance a schedule is the key to doing well your first year...and all years.

    In three sentences

    PLU's a well rounded school that focuses on balancing a student. The course load of that helps a person to learn in different styles and settings. The campus is very welcoming and provides a home feeling.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are always on top of their game, and is run by an awesome officer liason with the local police force. Get emails/texts/calls from CS with any updates or problems on campus or even nearby campus, in addition to drills for almost any situation. CS cars are always driving routes to ensure that no strange activity is going on, and you can report via text or call 24-7, or by going to a strategically placed emergency booth that can be found intermittently about campus. I have never felt unsafe on campus.

    Greek Life

    PLU does not have a greek life, but the residence halls serve as small communities that become family.

    Clubs and Activities

    If there isn't a club with what you want, you can make one! We have everything from a unicycling club to a Minnesota club. Campus abounds with life!

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to be really involved: in classes, in events, in opportunities. There is always the ability to interact with such a diverse set of people, and to really get to know your professors. There's an experience for every interest and PLU excels in satisfying personal growth. It's true- there really is a niche for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From skipping stones on Red Square because there is an old bomb shelter underneath to going up to the tower chapel in Eastvold to just sit and admire the beauty of the Rose Window (especially during finals week when everyone is stressed out, it's a great place to decompress).. PLU has a bevy of cultural aspects about it (like our Scandinavian center) as well as just quirky things that make campus so interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    Amazing academic setting, tight-knit community of a campus, and plentiful scholarship money that make PLU such a wonderful collegiate experience. Just make sure you stay on top of your scholarships, because every college is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    There's a neat bowling joint down the street, alongside Garfield Commons where there are lots of small, local, family-run food joints (and the delicious Yummers 2 the 3rd Power cupcakes!). Even if you aren't a part of sports, attending games is super fun and there is also an active intramural division for you! The bus is 75 cents if you want to go off campus for a short ride to the wonderful Downtown Tacoma on the waterfront!

    Food and Dining

    Great variety in food with a rotating menu, with a good system so you aren't in line forever. Cafeteria style in the Commons, but also with two coffee shops/delis across campus and a bakery/deli set appropriately on lower campus. Also a great place to get an on-campus job!

    Dorm Life

    Lower campus tends to be the more rowdy crowd, but it's also central to all food locations. Upper campus is the more traditional, historically significant aspect of campus, but they still have a good time. PLU isn't a huge party school, but if you're looking to go out, you can find things to do. Living on campus does require a meal plan, so living off campus is traditionally cheaper.

    Academic Rigor

    Like every school, you will have a rigorous schedule if you make it that way. The professors push you to learn more and are always happy to answers questions whether it is via email, phone, or office hours. The passion the professors have makes class interesting and a great experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Wait until financial aid comes in to really decide- PLU was cheaper than going to a state school for me, and they give you a lot of scholarships you don't have to apply for! This school is great if you want a close-knit community where you can have best friends, but still be on friendly terms with everyone on campus! Get to know those professors!

    In three sentences

    A small school that doesn't sacrifice academics because of size, with a united campus that embraces and advocates social justice issues and diversity. Great professors that are happy to sit down and have a coffee with you, or to help you out during office hours. Gives numerous scholarships and grants so that it really isn't much more than-if more at all-than most other state or private schools!

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Argyle Thursdays!

    What to do for fun

    Play frisbee, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely get involved in clubs because it can be difficult to meet people. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors.

    In three sentences

    Small classes. Enthusiastic teachers who truly care about your learning. Challenging but not impossible.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    always ready to help you out. 24/7 escort services.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    80+ clubs on campus and it is easy to make a new one.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    underground bunker beneath red square.

    Bang for the buck

    96% recieve financial aid and the average package is $27,000.

    What to do for fun

    Tacoma, Seattle, Museums, Sports, and much more.

    Food and Dining

    options for tastes of al kinds.

    Dorm Life

    LOVE IT! i made the most amazing friends ever.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult but made easy with great professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    use the professor hours!

    In three sentences

    I love this school. It is friendly and full of wonderful people. The curriculum is challenging yet learning is made easy through the easy access to professors, tutors, and other school led help services.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Super easy to get ahold of if you need anything. They provide late-night escorts, which are great if you have to much to carry. ;)

    Greek Life

    None, except for our theatre honor society thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have everything you can imagine! And if they don't have it, it's easier to get one started!

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody, except maybe a partier. We're a dry campus, mostly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a great cupcake shop down the street- It's family-owned and they competed on the cupcake wars tv show!

    Bang for the buck

    They're really good about offering scholarships to help bring down the cost, but it's still pretty expensive. I love my school, but don't love the cost.

    What to do for fun

    Join something, or go adventuring at the stores and parks nearby! Outdoor Rec has cheap trips every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    One word- yuck. They could do a lot better, esp. regarding their vegetarian options. But they try, and I've seen improvement even over the year I've been here.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is great. All of the girls in my hall have become super close. Our lounge is almost always full of people chatting and socializing, or sometimes it's full of silence as people study or work on homework.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors really want you to learn, not just do well on exams. They're always around if you need assistance, and are open to discussing opposing views!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get involved! There are so many opportunities; it's near impossible to not find something fun!

    In three sentences

    I love it! The campus community is so friendly, and I feel challenged in class every day. I wouldn't mind it being a bit less expensive, though!

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a gum tree in the middle of campus, where students place there gum. A giant slug can be found in the science building. Frisbee-golf, a hobby you may have never heard of. Many more that can be discovered once you are on the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out on campus is the fun in itself. On Foss field you'll find yourself doing any type of physical activity or just hanging out. The halls offer many campus events. Dances go on in the cave. Frisbee-golf across campus and jam sessions in numerous dorms. Break dancing goes on in the lower University Center.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good. The dining services work hard on serving what the students want. They do well at keeping it clean and offering a diverse array of food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great experience for first year students. Resident assistants are very helpful, welcoming and inclusive. If you don't feel you fit into one dorm you can always move to another or just spend a lot of time there. Getting involved in your dorm is a great way to find friends and stay informed on the cool things and important event on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at this school are great. If you do not have a major academic assistance is always available. If you are going into a certain program, like nursing, know that is what you really want to do and work hard because it is very rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students I would say get involved as soon as possible. The school is very competitive. If you are offered a note taking job, take it. Always have a lot of vitamin D.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran was a great school for me. It is relatively small, with a community oriented atmosphere. This school has offered for me great opportunities in education, athletics and leadership.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As a former Campus Safety officer, I can confidently say that PLU's Campus Safety Department is one of the best in Washington state. The officers are trained in self-defense with the local police department, and CPR certification is a requirement for the job. Each officer must pass a physical fitness test and the Department is open 24 hours a day.

    Greek Life

    PLU does not participate in Greek Life. There are, however, various societies on campus that participate in social events and community service, similar to that of Greek Life. For example, Theatre Honor Society. The members participate in a top-secret initiation ceremony and even receive graduation cords for their participation!

    Clubs and Activities

    Pacific Lutheran University has a club for just about anyone! Plus, anyone can start their own campus organization. PLU has an Involvement Fair at the beginning of each year which allows students to visit representatives from each campus club. This is a great way to meet students and discover new interests on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is an excellent choice for students dedicated to cross-cultural perspectives, global learning, and community involvement! Students at Pacific Lutheran care about sustainability, diversity, and social development. The University is an ideal choice for anyone interested in public service, human rights, and the perservation of our planet.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pacific Lutheran University has a Women's Center. The center is dedicated to providing advocacy to students in the areas of gender rights, sexual orientation, and personal development. The center frequently participates in social awareness events and campaigns such as Love Your Body Day and Green Dot training, a program dedicated to preventing sexual violence on campus. The Women's Center also provides advocacy to victims of domestic violence on campus, and in the community. I feel much safer on campus knowing that my peers are trained in preventing sexual violence.

    Bang for the buck

    While PLU is considered pricey, it is well worth the money. The University provides considerable scholarships and grants for it's students. For example, vocal, athletic, and even academic scholarships. At PLU, you are paying for a global education from experienced and diverse educators. In my opinion, such an education is priceless!

    What to do for fun

    PLU offers nightly activities through Residential Life or student clubs/organizations. Each week, there is a concert or dance in The Cave, (PLU's main hangout spot). There are also sports teams, and student-lead groups such as Zumba club, and even knitting club! The University is also right off of Garfield Street, which is home to many restaurants and locally owned businesses. My favorite coffee shop hosts open-mic once a week, which is a great way for students to support local talent.

    Food and Dining

    Pacific Lutheran provides it's students with a Cafeteria, a Market (which is like the campus grocery store), a Bakery, and several coffee stands. The majority of the food offered at PLU is locally grown and organic, so students feel that they are making a positive impact in the environment and community while still enjoying the food that they're eating! Not only is the food local and fresh, it is cooked right at PLU and never processed! PLU also provides it's students with diverse culinary options. While there are staple foods such as salad, pizza, and sandwhiches, The Cafeteria features a new dish every night! My personal favorite is Pho night!

    Dorm Life

    Pacific Lutheran's dorm life is lively, welcoming, and creates a true sense of community. Residential Life provides nightly activities, such as Bingo, dancing, sports, and barbeques! Each Resident Hall is responsible for an event each month. These include Haunted Houses, Holiday Parties, and concerts. This is a great way for students to show school spirit, meet others, and have fun!

    Academic Rigor

    Pacific Lutheran challenges students in a liberal arts environment. Professors encourage students to leave their comfort zones by studying topics unrelated to their major. While this is often difficult, a liberal arts education is beneficial, rewarding, and will help you develop opinions you may have never considered. I would have never considered taking a Sociology course, but after taking Sociology 101, I declared it as my major! If PLU did not challenge us to take classes outside of our comfort zone, I may have never found my passion for social service.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider Pacific Lutheran University's study away programs! This is the best way to receive a true global education and gain appreciation for different cultures. The only true way to understand diversity is to experience it! Studying away is the best learning tool for discovering yourself and others. I would also encourage living in a Resident Hall on campus. This is one of the best ways to meet students! Each Resident Hall has their own theme, which makes for fun events and competitions.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University expects and challenges students to consider cross-cultural perspectives and global awareness. This is evident in campus life activities, clubs, and even classes. For example, required courses in Global Perspectives, study abroad opportunities, and even a center dedicated to Diversity.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at PLU.

    Food and Dining

    The quality of the cafeteria food at PLU is fair, even if it isn't always the most tasty. However, there are lots of options even here, including many gluten-free items. There is an All-You-Care-To-Eat dinner every night except for Saturdays, and the spread for Sunday brunch is generally pretty impressive. The Old Main Market in the University Center has lots of snacks, TV-dinners, and pre-made sandwiches, while the Tahoma Bakery on lower campus offers made-to-order sandwiches.

    Dorm Life

    PLU requires students to live on campus for their first two years, unless they are a commuter student. However, I have found the dorm life to be a great experience. I have lived in three different residence halls and each one has its own merits. A few words to the wise: Upper campus dorms are quieter, and in many cases there are a good number of music students in these halls, because the music building is quite close. Lower campus dorms are more rowdy; these are where the party-ers and athletes live, because the fitness center is on lower campus. There is a 20-and-over hall on upper campus (Kreidler), and an apartment-style 20-and-over dorm on lower campus (South).

    Tips for prospective students

    Students interested in PLU should visit campus several times, get a tour, sit in on some classes, and spend the night on campus. There is Passport Weekend for incoming or prospective students, during which the student will be assigned to a PLU host student, attend a variety of campus events, and spend the night in one of the residence halls. Things such as these are the only ways in which to truly get a feel for the school.

    In three sentences

    PLU is a wonderful school with learning opportunities that cater to the needs and interests of all types of students. It is a warm, fuzzy, Lutheran environment and is very accepting, no matter your religious or ethnic background, or socioeconomic status. PLU is set in an urban environment with a transit station nearby, so access to local stores and downtown Tacoma is readily accessible.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is great offering transportation all around campus. They are just a call away!

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I mentioned before, PLU holds everything. From the Psychology club to working with organizations like Progress and Project MoLE, to dancing and acting. The best thing is that if PLU doesn't have it, one has the opportunity to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is a great school for a student who is willing to be 110% dedicated to its studies and perform its best in its academic.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PLU holds many traditions. One of my favorite is becoming a LUTE. In the middle of campus there is a place known as Red Square. In Red Square, there is a statue, which for its weird shape students often refer to as a vagina. Tradition is that in order to become a LUTE one has to go through it. It took 3 tries but I finally did it and I am finally known as an official LUTE!!!

    Bang for the buck

    PLU is a private school, therefore is a bit expensive but no worries as 95% of the student attending this facilities have Financial Aid Assistance of some sort. One should definitely be in the look out for scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    EVERYTHING!!!! PLU is known for having something going on everyday. From clubs, to plays, concerts and raves. One would never need to leave campus as there is always an activity going on.

    Food and Dining

    PLU's Commons has a great deal of space for dinning. Holding 4 different food stations, an open salad bar and different desserts one always has options. The food is okay, definitely edible and sometimes is outstanding. It has its days but of course is nothing compare to home cook meal. I guess for me is hard coming from a household of professionals chef.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is the best experience one would ever have in any college. From small get together, to watching movies and activities in the dorms PLU Residential Assistant do a great job on making one feel welcome. After a while it definitely becomes like a second home!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor at PLU is no joke. Standing as one of the most prestigious school in the North-West, PLU has a reputation to defend. Not everyone gets accept it but those who do most work hard to maintain their current spot. As long as one studies, attend classes and keeps up with the work; the rest is easy going. Teachers happen to be very flexible and understanding as long as they see the student trying its best.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a first year student, I most say is not easy but it can be done. PLU always tries its best to make the transition from High School to College as smooth as possible. They offered Passport Weekend, an event for prospective student to come and spend the night on campus with a current student in order to experience what is the college life about. PLU is great and offers a lot of help and programs from to choose from but always the experience is what you make it. College is like everything one has to put in its best to get a great out come. With that said, prospective student, my advise to you is come with an open mind and ready to learn.

    In three sentences

    PLU is an excellent school, full with a diversity of wonderful people and caring staff that are there for you every step of the way helping with whatever you might need. One of the best school in the North-West. Definitely holds some of the best programs one my find. Everything you want to do is possible at PLU.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus but close to some kind of sketchy areas. You can request a campus safety escort ANYTIME you feel like you may need someone to walk you to your car or to class. They are very nice about it too!

    Greek Life

    No Greeks here!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great number of clubs and it is easy to start your own if you don't find one you are looking for.

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is great for artistic and scientific students. If you are looking for small class sizes and professors who care then look no further.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A great number of musical activities are always in the works at PLU.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive but worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can ride bikes, jog, kayak nearby, walk at the waterfront in Tacoma, antique shopping in Tacoma and Puyallup, go to the mall, STUDY, do something you enjoy in one of the many clubs, or just relax!

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to eat near campus and the food on campus is great too.

    Dorm Life

    I am living off of campus but near enough to stay involved. It is really easy to feel like you live on campus that way.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors expect a lot from their students but it pushes the students to be passionate about their own learning and master the time management skills that will be necessary in either graduate level studies or in your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as you can handle and you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is my music-infused, inclusive home. They communicate in a quick and clear manner and are very helpful in pursuit of your dreams. Class sizes are small and professors have an open door policy.

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Campus Safety at PLU does their best to make sure students are safe through multiple services on campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at PLU.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities, from ultimate frisbee to pre-med to residence hall leadership, anyone and everyone can find a club or activity at PLU that they'll enjoy.

    Great for these types of students

    Whether your focused on academics, athletics or the social scene, there are residence halls for each type of student.

    What to do for fun

    Since Tacoma is only an hour away from Seattle, taking the bus or driving there is no big deal. Seattle offers so many things to do, a weekend there is perfect to get away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Food can always be better, but for a college, PLU's dining services are top notch. The problem isn't what can I eat, but choosing what I want to eat! There are so many choices including gluten-free and vegetarian options.

    Dorm Life

    At PLU, we prefer to call dorms, residence halls, because it is a community, not just a place to sleep at night. I made countless friends from my dorm in a matter of hours.

    Academic Rigor

    I thought I was a smart student, but when I got to PLU, I realized how many smart and successful students there were. Many people here are extremely focused on their academics, including the so-called-dumb football players. It really surprised me how many students take difficult courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students NEED to visit PLU during their senior year of high school. I was set on not going to PLU, but after my mom forced me to spend a night there I realized, this was the school for me.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is an amazing university with a very diverse group of students and faculty members. It makes sure everyone feels safe, welcome and a part of the college. The academics, athletics and clubs are all exceptional.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Going to PLU is very expensive, but many students do get offered scholarships to help pay their way. Room and board is very expensive and the PLU bookstore (Garfield) do not offer textbooks for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk on campus, enjoy the scenery, go to the parks, hang out with friends, go to the library..etc.

    Food and Dining

    Good services, however not a wide variety of food. There is a cross-culture dish served everyday for lunch and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at PLU can be a little lonely since many students are commuters who live within 10-30 miles of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors make sure that students earn their grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to gain admission into Pacific Lutheran University! It's a small campus, but the professors are great and the college offers a wide variety of classes.

    In three sentences

    I would rate Pacific Lutheran University a 7 on a scale of 10, with 1 being worst and 10 being best. The university is small enough for students to become accustomed to college life, but big enough to be different from high school. The student services and help desk people are not the nicest, but this balances out with great professors who devote many of their office hours to helping students.

  • 08/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    PLU does a great job in ensuring the students safety on campus. They have security stations set-up in many locations so when your in need of help you don't have to go very far. This is one of the best things about attending PLU, they put their students safety first so you can feel safe 24/7.

    Greek Life

    This is one subject i don't quite know about yet. But i plan to look into it once i arrive on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless clubs and activities at PLU. If i started naming them all I wouldn't be done for hours. So check out their website at www.plu.edu and see what interest you.

    Great for these types of students

    If your a student athlete i recommend staying in the Foss Hall dorms because that's where a lot of the athletes stay. If your pursuing a career in nursing or as a doctor PLU is the best fit for you. They have one of the top rated nursing and doctor programs in the nation!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I haven't really experienced any unusual traditions yet on campus. And all the locations are basic compared to other colleges.

    Bang for the buck

    They're are many resources you can go to on campus that will provide you with the opportunity to earn money without even leaving PLU. For example, you could help out during sporting events or do yard maintenance around campus. You could even get a job cleaning the insides of buildings and more!

    What to do for fun

    PLU has open gym for students who want to play basketball games with their friends and a golf driving range you can go to on your free time. They also have the students participate in fun competitions between different dorm houses. You can always take the option in enjoying the entertainment of watching one of their many sports programs when they're in season!

    Food and Dining

    PLU provides free course meals for students during their four year attendance. The only food that you have to worry about buying is snacks for your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    PLU does its best to provide the most comfortable and enjoyable dorm life for they're college students. They provide the students with cable TV, storage space, wireless Internet, desks for study time in your dorm, and beds.

    Academic Rigor

    They're standards are set to where each student has a great opportunity to succeed as long as they maintain focus and a good work ethic throughout school. PLU expects that you make the most of your money and time while attending they're University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the cost of the school scare you. They will help you out as much as possible money wise to ensure your deciding on attending PLU. They provide good on-campus job opportunities for students in need of money.

    In three sentences

    They have a great nursing and doctor program as well as in the athletic field for sports. Very nice and organized campus with top of the line buildings and and dorm rooms. They're main priority is making sure each student graduates with a great degree that best fits them for a good job.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    PLU is now charging a fee of $300 per year for health care. It is not an option. They bill you for it. Its so they can hand out birth control and make us pay for it......

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Many safety officers out all the time to protect students.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, active, positive, students who are looking for classes that will challange them.

    Bang for the buck

    Great education in the long run.

    What to do for fun

    lots and lots of things to do around the campus. Too much to list.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and lots of local restaurants to go to when on campus food gets boring.

    Dorm Life

    A close knit community with no fratunities or sororities and very little parties.

    Academic Rigor

    Very hard but there is so much help out there for students as they learn.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try hard to get great grades and score high on the SAT. Though it will be hard work, it will pay off in the end.

    In three sentences

    PLU is a beautiful private school. It is built around a very close community. Also the academics are rigorous but worth the education you would get.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food here is pretty good. The staff is also very friendly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a bit old, but overall they were clean and suitable for living. There are living rooms in each dorm complete with couches, a TV, and a piano.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful! There's a lot of interesting art displayed throughout the university grounds; I absolutely adored the amphitheater. The buildings are quite clean and lovely, the interior design was very nice.

  • 11/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many events on campus that provide free fun for all different types of personalities and peoples.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is what you make it. You have to put the effort into making a community, but it is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try everything, you won't know you do or don't like something unless you try it. Also keep an open mind to what you are learning in classes and your surroundings at college.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University has a great community. It has professors who are helpful and willing to meet with you, as a student to ensure your success. The University also provides many great opportunities to study abroad and get a tangible global perspective.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at PLU is excellent! In numerous locations on campus there are blue boxes which can be pressed, in an emergency, to call Campus Safety . If you ever feel unsafe while on or off campus then you can call Campus Safety and they will come pick you up wherever you are!

    Greek Life

    At PLU we do not have sororities or fraternities because it seems to seperate students. PLU prides itself on being both diverse and welcoming.

    Clubs and Activities

    No matter what interests you there is a club for it at PLU. The clubs range from Green Club to Swing Club and everything in between. If there is not a club for something that interests you it is very easy to start a new club.

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is a great school for any type of students because it is a welcoming and diverse community. At PLU you are not categorized or judged by others for being different; in fact those differences are welcomed and celebrated.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each year PLU has sound-off, an event for incoming students to bond with other members of their dorm through competition. Students learn new words to songs and sing them in front of a judging panel. The winning dorm recieves money and everyone has a great time!

    Bang for the buck

    Although PLU seems very expensive and unaffordable to some, it is worth the money. There are also many scholarships that PLU gives out to students with financial need. Each day you learn so many new things that you may not learn anywhere else.

    What to do for fun

    There is always a fun event going on around campus which include bonfires, concerts, bingo, and many other activities. RHA, PLU's Residence Hall Association, is constantly hosting fun events with games and music. You will never leave a PLU event without talking to someone new!

    Food and Dining

    I am a vegetarian and sometimes it is rather difficult to find good food without meat, but at PLU the food is very diverse. Each day there is a new menu with things like burgers, cross cultural foods, fruits, and many other delicious things. There is always something delicious to eat at PLU.

    Dorm Life

    No two dorms are alike at Pacific Lutheran University except that they are all welcoming, warm, and friendly. The dorms are not full of strangers, but full of new friends. All of the dorms have great educational events led by a phenomenal staff.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are PLU may be challenging, but they are not impossible. The professor expect each student to do their very best and they hold the students to high standards. Although the classes are tough the professors are readily available for questions, comments, and concerns.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Pacific Lutheran University community is incredibly welcoming. At PLU you will never feel left out, bored, or alone. The classes are challenging and entertaining, the students are friendly, and the faculty is willing to work with each student.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is a college that is constantly striving to better itself. The students and the faculty work to make everyone feel welcome, happy, and included. All of the classes at Pacific Lutheran University are challenging and make each and every student work hard to be successful.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    There are SO many resources you are able to utilize at Pacific Lutheran University, partly because of the tuition we all pay. So yes, there is a HUGE band for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    At Pacific Lutheran University, we have fun by hanging out with friends, going to the local coffee shop down the road, or driving into Seattle. All of these opportunities and more help us relax from studying for a while, and focus on the social aspect of college.

    Food and Dining

    The food is either good, or not good. Not really anything else to say about that.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is the only all girl dorm on campus. However, that being said, I do appreciate the residence assistants that Pacific Lutheran University has given all the students living in residence halls. They are extremely helpful, and make me feel more at home.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't count out Pacific Lutheran University just because it is more expensive than a state school. Your ability to receive scholarships is immense, and it is beyond doable to go here!

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran is beyond amazing. The entire school's care for you individually really enhances the learning environment. I could no have asked to go to a better school.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports is always a blast

    Food and Dining

    Food is good, especially dinner.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know, I have never lived in a dorm before.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any college, if you keep up with your work, you'll do we'll. PLU has a log of great professors that teach very well.

    Tips for prospective students

    PLU is a great choice if your close by or even an international student. Great people and great classes.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is an amazing college! The school offers a lot of great one on one time with instructors/professors. It also has a great environment where you really feel like family.

  • 01/29/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    The resident halls look really promising, I would love to live in Hong International Hall in the Norwegian house, seeing as I'm planning on majoring in Scandinavian Studies.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sporting events

    Food and Dining

    Food is good.

    Dorm Life

    Not involved in it.

    Academic Rigor

    Always strive for good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research on tuition because its expensive.

    In three sentences

    I enjoy the school. Off campus can be scary. The professors and students are all very nice.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is absolutely wonderful. They are always around and everyone feels really safe on campus.

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and teams that you can join that are really fun. There are also lots of people who are really fun to hang around.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is not the greatest but they do have a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is great because you get to know people way better then if you didn't. It also gets you use to being around a lot of people all the time, so you learn to work well with others.

    Academic Rigor

    The way they teach you at PLU is to make sure that you understand the information, not just to pass the test. Its a lot of work but its more than doable.

    In three sentences

    PLU is a great place to go to college. Everyone here is very accepting of everyone else. You can really be yourself without fear of being judged.

  • 03/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities located on campus, but Pacific Lutheran University does require students to become involved in a wide range of clubs and activities.

    What to do for fun

    Pacific Lutheran University is located near both Tacoma, WA and Mt. Rainer. Students can participate in a wide range of activities from hikes to shopping excursions.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Admission's office offers tours as well as events such as Passport Weekend. I would recommend taking a tour or attending one of the events in order to learn more about the school. I had a great experience when I attended Passport Weekend as a prospective student.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is great for students looking for a small liberal arts school.

  • 03/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    PLU is an open campus, and things happen. While the campus is relatively safe, the university is situated in a lower-income neighborhood, so some of the surrounding areas are not as safe. It is also an open campus. That said, PLU always has Campus Safety officers on duty, as well as RAs who respond to emergencies in the dorms. Having a safe on-campus community is a number one priority.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life at PLU. If you're looking for Greek life, look elsewhere.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a huge variety of clubs and activities available at PLU. These tend to especially focus on diversity, social justice, and leadership, although there are also a large variety just focused on having fun. Community service, study abroad, and music are all big deals on campus, and a lot of support exists for these activities. Sports are fun, including varsity, club, and intramural sports, and they're a great way to make friends, but they aren't a huge deal on campus

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is really great for people who want an open-minded atmosphere. PLU is pretty liberal, so students with more liberal views will probably feel at home. PLU is also great for music students and those who want to study abroad because those are two of the strongest programs. Programs in nursing, business, education, and writing are also particularly strong. It's also great if you're looking for small class sizes and a place where you'll be known as an individual and not lost in the woodwork.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    PLU is pretty quirky, so I probably won't remember all of the quirks. If you visit, throw a rock across the bricks in Red Square; some sections are hollow underneath, and the rock makes a xylophone sound as it skitters across the square. Also spin the big rusty metal statues! Look for the diorama of the giant slug in Rieke, the science building. If you visit in February, you may be able to attend an annual performance of the Vagina Monologues, and look for a performance any time of the year by one of our excellent a cappella singing groups.

    Bang for the buck

    PLU is a really good school. Perhaps it's a little off the radar for people outside Washington state, but it has a good reputation, and you'll get a very good education. There is a lot of support for expanding this education beyond the classroom through internships, co-curriculars, research, and study abroad. That said, it is an expensive school, but it gives good scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    Most students stay on campus. The surrounding neighborhood doesn't have a lot of options for a Friday or Saturday night, but the university often has a concert, play, or other event going on, or it's offering late-night programming like giant Jenga, tie-dying, or a scavenger hunt. It's also fun to go on weekend trips with Outdoor Recreation, which are affordable and fun. On your own, if you have a friend with a car or are willing to take the bus, it's fun to head over to the Tacoma Museum of Glass, road trip up to Seattle for the day, or hike on Mt. Rainier.

    Food and Dining

    People complain a lot about the food at PLU, and it's definitely not home cooking, but as far as institutional cooking in large batches goes, it's pretty good, better than a lot of what I've tasted at other schools. It's also nice that Sunday through Friday dinners and Sunday brunch are all-you-can-eat, although in my opinion lunch is usually the best food. Also, food is available throughout the day at various places around campus, although there aren't as many options as at a larger university, so you can get something to eat whenever you want, except very, very late at night, when everything's closed.

    Dorm Life

    So, there aren't as many dorm options as at some other schools, and many students move off-campus after their sophomore year (you're required to live on campus until you're 20 or a junior), but dorm life is good. It's nice to be close to everything on campus, and close friendships tend to form between people living together in the dorms. There are also several options for students who don't just want a typical dorm experience, including an International foreign language-focused dorm, an arts dorm, a social action and leadership wing, gender neutral housing, and apartments for upperclassmen. Also, speaking as an RA, dorms are very supportive communities for any adjustment issues that come up and also offer lots of fun opportunities to get involved!

    Academic Rigor

    It's not Harvard, Stanford, or Yale, but if you wanted an ivy, you would go to one. PLU's academics are challenging but usually not overly stressful, and there are lots of opportunities to supplement them with lectures, clubs, and chats with professors. The professors are generally excellent, and they're here for the teaching, not the research; they really want to pass on their knowledge and help students to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open-minded, and come in expecting to focus not only on academics but also on co-curricular activities, such music, sports, clubs, and volunteer work. Also, while many people get turned off because Pacific LUTHERAN University is a religious school, be aware that PLU is open to students of any religion, and many students are atheist, Jewish, Muslim, agnostic, or of other religions or other branches of Christianity. So bring an open mind because PLU is open to students of a wide variety of beliefs and identities.

    In three sentences

    PLU is a friendly, welcoming school with small class sizes and a focus on students as individuals. PLU values diversity and an open mind, and as such, the staff, faculty, and student population are accepting of students of many races, backgrounds, financial situations, and sexual orientations; PLU actively promotes greater understanding of diversity in these areas. Also, PLU professors tend to be very good teachers who genuinely love what they're doing and want to help students learn all they can.

  • 04/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is there right away whenever you need them. They are absolutely excellent.

    Greek Life

    None to speak of.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Middle class students whose parents are paying for their education and won't have to take out excessive loans.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is the gum tree, which is covered in gum. Its pretty funny to look at.

    Bang for the buck

    Good school, but definitely overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    On campus activities, for sure. Parkland isn't that exciting otherwise. There is also Seattle, a little ways away, and Tacoma.

    Food and Dining

    The food is heavily overpriced, a $10.00 dinner for every day of the week is taken out of your meal plan at the beginning of each term (with no refunds offered for nights you missed), and most of the food is unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    I'm not one for greek life, which PLU is lacking in, but there are numerous on-campus activities to engage in, over 80 clubs (swing is one of my favorites), and plenty of people you can meet in your dorm. The dorms are relatively clean; often it depends on the people who live there. T-Stad is usually pretty dirty, but the people who live there love it to death. (Note:, T-Stad does not look as nice form the inside as it looks from the outside and from the floorplans).

    Academic Rigor

    While it probably can't be compared to MIT, PLU will definitely cause you to learn and learn hard. The teachers are usually excellent, the assignments are in-depth and educational. The education is incredible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that the advisers are not that great and that the school is expensive. However, if you live off-campus and show sufficient need, the school provides high levels of financial aid. Also take into account how much you want to study abroad. PLU is definitely one of the leaders in study abroad programs. I highly recommend them for that reason.

    In three sentences

    PLU is an excellent school for academia. The campus atmosphere is beautiful and close-knit. However, it has some serious downfalls.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I like to walk my boy friend to the park, she is so cute she just make me laugh by simply looking at her. I listen music sometime too.

    Food and Dining

    I have never in the cafeteria, so I cannot say anything in term of food or cleanness.

    Dorm Life

    I have never been in the dorm; however, by just look out side it is a great place to life with all the natural space and quite to study.

    Academic Rigor

    I have hear so many good news about the school. One time I got the change to attend one of chemistry laboratory. I felt in love with the instructor explanation, I felt I want to learn to do the lab and listen to the faculty's lecture more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just come in and ask, they will help you and answer any question you have.

    In three sentences

    I rate the college is 4 1/2 out of 5 now. I like the campus a lot because not just the campus is nice, but also I get a ton of help from advisors and faculty. They know what I am looking for, and they guide me through the process easily.

  • 06/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always one campus safety patrol roaming the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    PLU is great for any time of students especially those who love a smaller campus over a larger one. and a private college. It's also great for those who have the money to pay the tuition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus has a gum tree which is filled up with gum. Students just pass there and stick their gum on the gum filled tree. The PLU festival held every year for the students. - PLU-ooza

    What to do for fun

    There are many sports offered. A gym to spend time in, as well as a swimming pool. Exploring the campus and it's surroundings is also something one can do. The mall is a few minutes away as well. Many plays and shows as well as fundraisers and the famous PLU-ooza is offered on campus for the students.

    Food and Dining

    Various food is offered at the PLU store. And if that doesn't satisfy your needs the local stores surrounding the campus will.

    Dorm Life

    During my weekend stay I was able to see life in the dorms. It was like a hotel stay just a bit less luxurious and depending on the decorations it felt more or less like home. There were many people to share leisure time with and many activities in the dorms. It felt like a safe place.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a liberal arts college which provides many major options and classes. The classes seem challenging but not impossible.

    Tips for prospective students

    Connect with the PLU staff. Attend the PLU passport weekend, it's so much fun. Read the first year booklet provided by PLU.

    In three sentences

    PLU is has small beautiful campus. The students are helpful and oriented. The staff seems truly honest in trying to offer the best things possible and in providing guidance.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Rated among the best considering the location it is one of the safest places to live.

    Clubs and Activities

    DIV III sports and sports for others in the school are great and competitive. There are over 100 clubs to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    This campus is great for anyone, students from all over the world, so this is for anyone willing to open their horizons.

    Bang for the buck

    While I'm not attending right now, the academics seem to be rated high on the list and will make me a successful college graduate.

    What to do for fun

    I am an avid surfer when visiting Hawaii and other countries and states. I am also very active in the Crossfit Community and entered the crossfit open in 2013. HIking, biking, and any other physical activity are appealing to me.

    Food and Dining

    Great food and they give you different regions of food to select from.

    Dorm Life

    From previous students who have attended is why I have chosen to live in South Hall on campus. It has a good home feeling and everyone is welcoming, this I saw from my tour of the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The rigors of this school are easily maintained however will make you study and understand the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do you research on the schools and compare to PLU, look at the location of where you want to be, both with jobs and future endeavors, and what do you want out of the college?

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University for me is rated one on my list of schools to go to. Academically it gives students the ability to study in a small classroom environment and for a student to succeed. Also, it allows athletes to play at an NCAA DIV III level while going to school.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great; they will drive you to and from a mile radius of campus, any time.

    Greek Life

    Does not exist!

    Clubs and Activities

    All sorts of clubs; outdoor rec, and I think there was once even a rootbeer club? They come and go...

    Great for these types of students

    All types; it is a liberal arts school. There are venues for people to practice their religion but it's not a mandatory thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We celebrate some Scandinavian traditions and even have a Scandinavian center in the main building. It's pretty neat!

    Bang for the buck

    This school is definitely what you make out of it. If you do your very best to achieve, be involved, and succeed, it will definitely be worth it. If you're kind of drifting or lost, it can be a bit more difficult.

    What to do for fun

    Ultimate Frisbee.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria food is pretty good. They work hard in this area to make sure people are happy. It does get a little tedious sometimes standing in lines.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is pretty cool. Downside is the price and you are usually required to be on-campus your first year or so.

    Academic Rigor

    PLU can be challenging, but not impossible. Research on your area before you enter to see what you're up against.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school has something for everyone and is a pretty decent inclusive campus. I would say definitely plan something out as far as finances go, though; that's been the most stressful for me.

    In three sentences

    The upside of this school is that they have helpful resources like a writing center, help desk, counseling center, health center, etc. The downside of this school is definitely the price. In the end this school will be what you make it to be for yourself.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports/Clubs

    In three sentences

    Challenging school that is not too diverse. Good amount of activities to do. Large amount of student athletes.

  • 01/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency towers everywhere and campus safety is always patrolling. Even the local police department drives around campus to keep us all safe.

    Greek Life

    There is no greek life.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs or do intramural sports. The more you are involved in the campus life and local community, the more you will enjoy PLU.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good. Can be spendy in the markets, but the cafeteria is pretty awesome.

    Dorm Life

    I commute to campus so I do not know what the dorm life is all about.

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely different from high school, or even community college. Find a study buddy or using the tutoring center :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus!! Commuting may be cheaper, but you really miss out on the campus life when you commute from home.

    In three sentences

    PLU is a very diverse, and welcoming school. The faculty is awesome! This small school helps not only the community, but it's students achieve their goals and aspirations.

  • 02/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Small classrooms, interactions with professors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming events

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a campus tour during school hours.

    In three sentences

    Students around campus are friendly. Professors love have students come to office hours outside of the classroom. If finding a major is hard, Academic Advising is always there for help.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    To expensive

    What to do for fun

    Nothing

    Food and Dining

    Not enough meal plan options but its not that big of a deal.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoy living on Campus, nice rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses but not too difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the College

    In three sentences

    Friendly School, where the teachers care about you. The music program is incredible if your interested in traditional and classical.

  • 05/12/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have already been there several times. They have a great dining hall

    Dorm Life

    I am looking forward to spending my first year in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I will be taking Honors classes. I will be majoring in Vocal performance.

    In three sentences

    I love the campus. I cannot wait for this to be my new home. I hope to meet a lot of new people and make lifelong friends.

  • 08/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is its own department in PLU. They will send texts and emails to everyone on campus if there is an emergency. If you lose something, or something is stolen, they will try to find out who did it, but that doesn't mean that they will always be able to get your items back or find the person responsible. There are cameras on campus, so that they can monitor different areas, mainly different parking lots so that they can tell who is coming on campus, and are friendly.

    Clubs and Activities

    I can't say this enough: join a club and go on activities. If you can't find any activity that you like on campus, make a new club that does what you do like. The application process is fairly simple, and PLU will try to get your club started with an advisor. Activities that your club does then are up to you, with your advisor giving recommendations to try to make your club the best it can be.

    Bang for the buck

    PLU offers many different scholarships and grants. These can be need or merit based, and they will try their hardest to make it such that the financial aid package covers the whole cost of tuition with these scholarships, grants, work studies, and loans. Of course, you can choose to accept these or not based on outside financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, join a club or go on a trek with Outdoor Recreation. Most weekends will have something going on. All that you need to do is sign up for activities

    Food and Dining

    PLU has a great kitchen staff. I have many food allergies, and the kitchen made sure that they had all the allergens in foods marked to try to prevent anybody from eating anything that they were allergic to. If you have any questions about something in anything that they make, just ask and they will tell you what they put in it.

    Dorm Life

    There are residence halls on campus to fit almost anyone. This means that it is likely that your top pick for the residence hall will be one that matches your personality the best, with the number of residents and the way the residents act. Sometimes it isn't perfect, but the RAs and RD will always try to help make your experience the best one you can have.

    Academic Rigor

    PLU is a university first. The students are the priority, with teachers trying to make sure that each student gets the attention that they need to succeed. If you need help, they are always there to try to guide you through problems, and will try to work with you to help make up work if you end up getting sick or have an emergency.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply to your colleges early. Don't wait until the last minute, because then you might rush through your application, and miss some important pieces needed by the college to give you the best financial aid package that they can.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a private university that has a welcoming atmosphere and fits many different personalities. The main focus is the academics, of course, but then there are many different clubs and organizations out there for people to join. There is always some event going on with these clubs and organizations, from concerts in Lagerquist Hall in the Mary Baker Russell Music Building to leaving campus for a day on the water or on Mt. Rainier.

  • 10/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety makes me feel secure here. There are cameras watching the parking lots and some lots are gated (additional fee required). I've seen patrol cars quite often driving around. The cars respond to emergencies or will escort you a distance from campus, to campus, or around campus. There are blue boxes which are located throughout the campus to call the patrol or an emergency number. The buildings and rooms are accessed by students or personnel by key card. The residential halls are monitored at the front desk by someone most of the day. The college requires a unit on being an active bystander, that is, being someone to take action.

    Greek Life

    No greek life exists that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many student clubs, ranging from major related such as chem club, to interest related such as anime club. Some clubs have t-shirts and arrange events.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are serious about academics would like this school. Students who think they would get lost would not be here; they encourage questions and provide many people to answer them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are social activities held by certain dorms, such as the toga party and Halloween party.

    Bang for the buck

    This college provides the academics, the resources, as well as entertainment, however it is a bit more expensive than other colleges.

    What to do for fun

    A main street near this college has many dining options, a game store, and the college bookstore with a bistro called Garfield 208. There are clubs to attend, an art gallery to submit art to, and a radio station to work at. Many fliers will advertise the events that are happening, such as theater showings and concerts at the college by artists (they once hosted Macklemore) as well as aspiring artists (music students).

    Food and Dining

    There is a meal plan required, which I wasn't really fond of since they were somewhat expensive. Some lesser priced plans had requirements to be met to qualify. The food is diverse: there are American options, but also cultural options. The source of food is stressed, much of the produce being locally sourced. Allergens are a concern to them, many being listed and some food can be custom ordered. I really like how they have multiple mini cafes located at different buildings besides the main dining building.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm varies significantly. There is a lot of choice to be had here with ten different dorms, each having their own dynamics. Some dorms, such as South and Kreidler, are a bit more quiet but have different requirements for the residents (over 20, or with 60+ credits). Others are more lively, with multiple stories. The school is renovating some of the older dorms. Dorms are clean and have an enforced no drug and no smoking rule. Alcohol is allowed at South/Kreidler but with enforced regulations.

    Academic Rigor

    This college expects somewhat higher standards; many teachers will challenge you, but they will also help you during office hours if needed. The individual professors set their own expectations, some being more challenging to fulfill than others. I've found that a lot of material is covered quickly; lot of reading and work is expected out of class time, about 3 or 4 hours of it per hour of class time. There are many resources such as the academic assistance center at the library for help.

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend communication with a counselor as your first step; they really help to give you the best outlook of the school and also help you understand what steps will help lower your costs of tuition. They offer a Summer Lute Life Day during which prospective students come tour, listen to presentations, and attend an example class lecture. If you choose to live on campus (which is required the first year if you do not live within thirty miles) I recommend talking to people about their opinions of their residential halls; this may help you determine from the ten available which one is best for you.

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University communicates that it is very connected and caring towards it's students. They don't neglect their student; they provide academic help resources as well as personal and academic counseling. They have many student led activities and organizations, including ad publishing, theater and arts, miscellaneous clubs, and a radio station.

  • 10/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many restaurants and movie theaters around. Places to exercise or even go for a stroll?

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your student advisor, and your admission's advisor. Make sure your transcripts from your high school or previous college is send on time. Check your emails. Make friends..

    In three sentences

    Pacific Lutheran University is a great place to go to further your education. The campus is open and accessible by car, bike or by walking. The admission personnel are helpful.