Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA, USA
3.89 Average Rating

Originally founded by Norwegian immigrants, Pacific Lutheran University is a 4-year Lutheran liberal arts university in the Seattle metro area. PLU confers undergraduate degrees in 44 academic majors and 54 minors and is one of the only schools in America to offer a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. In addition, PLU is the first university in the nation to offer study abroad programs on all seven continents. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, PLU holds chapel services two days per week. 

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting Suburb or town
In-State Students
64%
Out-Of-State Students
32%
0
100
77%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 26
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1208
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Rolling Admissions

The college has rolling admissions, which means applications are accepted any time throughout the year.

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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
3,141
Total Number of Undergrads
2,769
Academic Calendar

Four-one-four plan

Non Traditional Learning
  • Online Classes
  • Summer Sessions
  • Some Programs Requires Co-Op/Internship
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
  • Teacher Certification Offered
0
100
58%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
71%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
12:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$24,174
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$43,264
Out-of-State Tuition
$43,264
0
100
86%
Need Met
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%
Average Aid Per Year
$13,122
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
36%
64%
Student Organizations
66
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
On Campus Women's Center
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Seattle
Portland
San Francisco
Spokane
Los Angeles
Employed
6 mos. after graduation
65%
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$47,700
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What Students Are Saying

3.89 Average Rating
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!
Allison from Richardson, TX
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.
Elise from Auburn, WA