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Pacific Lutheran University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
2,936
Total Undergrads
Including 81 Part-time
580
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 1 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

63% Women
37% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division III (with football)

Northwest Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

9
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $51,566)
10
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

Diversity

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%
Disabilities
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
Living
  • 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
Other
  • 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
  • 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…

  • May-29-2012 Read More
  • 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.…

  • Feb-04-2014 Read More
  • Amanda from Tacoma, WA
  • 1
  • 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…

  • Mar-26-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Brandon from Puyallup, WA
  • Jan-21-2015 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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  • 5
  • Anonomous
  • Dec-01-2014 I am a current student here

    Many vegetarian options- that taste good!

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  • 4
  • Lee from WA
  • Oct-06-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 5
  • Christopher from Sioux Falls, SD
  • Aug-20-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Elise from Auburn, WA
  • Feb-04-2014 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 3
  • Anonymous
  • Jan-28-2014 I am a current student here

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

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  • 4
  • Kayla
  • Aug-25-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Elise from Auburn, WA
  • Feb-04-2014 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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  • 0
  • Alexander from Tacoma, WA
  • Mar-12-2013 I am a current student here

    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.

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  • 0
  • Riley from Carbonado, WA
  • Nov-27-2012 I am a current student here

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

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