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Pacific Lutheran University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 81 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

63% Women
37% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Northwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $51,566)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $45,970)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 31 37 - -
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 19 13 - Yes
Football 98 - - -
Golf 7 8 - -
Rowing 24 17 Yes -
Soccer 30 24 - Yes
Softball - 21 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 18 23 - -
Tennis 11 11 - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country 14 18 - -
Volleyball - 18 - Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Beach Volleyball - - - Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Dance - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Kayaking - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Mountaineering/Climbing - - - Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - Yes -
Sailing - - - Yes
Skiing - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 7.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.9%
Hispanic 7.7%
Non-resident alien 4.9%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.6%
Two or more races 7.1%
White/non-Hispanic 67.5%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Opera
  • Student Film Society
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 28

Notable Alumni

  • Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines
  • Louis Hobson, Broadway Actor
  • Marissa Meyer, Author
  • Joyce Barr, US Ambassador to Namibia
  • Bill Foege, Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Angela Meade, Metropolitan Opera Soloist
  • Sean Parnell, Governor
  • Chris Egan, King 5 Sports Anchor
  • Marv Harshman, College Basketball Coach
  • Rick Larsen, US Representative
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Allison from Richardson, TX
  • 5
  • 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…

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  • Jessica from Tacoma, WA
  • 2
  • 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…

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  • Elise from Auburn, WA
  • 4
  • 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.…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • R
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    I don't know about food and dining.

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  • 3
  • Elizabeth from Tacoma, WA
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Not a ton of options, to be honest, but they change it up, and they have some pretty great meals. A lot of it isn't perfect, but they have solid choices.

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  • 4
  • anon
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    there are many different choices and the menu changes daily. there are many options for people who need gluten free, dairy free, or vegan foods.

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  • 4
  • L.
  • I am a current student here

    I really like the food here at PLU, especially the cross cultures section. I would definitely recommend getting meal plan D though, since even with that (the cheapest meal plan) I still have plenty of dining dollars left over. If you end up using more, then you can add on more dining dollars at no extra cost, so there really isn't a reason to not start low and build up. The food at times can be a bit repetitive, but luckily they have a wide variety of choices - including a lot of healthy ones!

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  • 4
  • nayonni from nevada
  • I am a current student here

    there are no fast food restaurants on campus, only a variety of healthy eateries. the main cafeteria has different stations: standard dinners, sandwiches, multi-culture, and pastas. there are other places on campus to buy food on the go with convenient locations. overall, the food is delicious, nutritious, and stays aware of those with allergies or special diets.

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  • 4
  • Jessica from Colleyville, TX
  • I am a current student here

    THE FOOD IS SO GOOD. Being from Texas, I greatly appreciate Taco Tuesday at the Cross Cultures station. The other stations are Crave which has typical American food, Aglio which has pastas and pizzas, Good Things which is basically PLU's version of a Subway, and the salad bar. The Dining Services team works with the students to create delicious meals (you can also put in your own recipe requests).

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  • 3
  • Brandon from Puyallup, WA
  • I am a current student here

    The food sometimes is good and sometimes is bad. The key is to being able to find the certain things that are good. It takes a lot of practice but a semester there will make you a professional.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • R
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    If you are a music student, it's just life.

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  • 0
  • anon
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    there is no greek life.

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  • 0
  • Elise from Auburn, WA
  • I am a current student here

    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.

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