Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

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Tuition & Fees

$46,850

not including housing and food

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

Not Reported

Not Reported

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undergraduateRatios

36%

male

64%

female

12

students

1

faculty

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Not Selective

86%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,853
Declined 453
Total Received 3,306
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Private

2,835

undergraduate students

612

graduate students

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School Facts

Pacific Lutheran University, founded in 1890, is a church-affiliated, private, comprehensive university. Its 156-acre campus is located in Tacoma, Washington.

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Application link Apply online
Public/private Private
Campus enrollment 3,447
Established in 1890
Coeducational Coeducational
Religious affiliation Other

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156-acre, suburban campus in Tacoma (population: 213,148), 30 miles from Seattle. Served by bus and train; major airport serves Seattle-Tacoma. Public transportation serves campus.

  • Campus Setting: Large town

Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA
98447

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
44%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
85%
of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Fun Facts

  • Pacific Lutheran University takes recycling seriously. Rifle-through-garbage seriously. The school sponsored a daylong, campus-wide Garbology event where they picked recyclables from the trash.

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

Not Reported

Not Reported

Admissions Facts

Application fee $0
Other application fee (waived if filed online)
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Recommended
Common application accepted Yes
Application deadline (priority deadline) February 1
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Not Selective

86%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,853
Declined 453
Total Received 3,306

Admissions Factors

Required

Secondary School GPA
Recommendations
Secondary School Record

Recommended

Completion of college-preparatory program

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

Not Reported

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

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Financial Aid

96%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$29,162

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $45,440
Housing $5,170
Food $5,980
Additional fees $1,410
Books & supplies $930
Total $58,930
Average Financial Aid - $29,162
Total with Avg. Aid $29,768

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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 800 678-3243
F: 253 535-8406
finaid@plu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined yes yes
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Football yes
Golf yes yes
Rowing yes
Soccer yes yes
Softball yes
Swimming yes yes
Tennis yes yes
Volleyball yes

Club Sports - Men's

cheerleading, lacrosse, rowing, ultimate frisbee,wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

cheerleading, lacrosse, rowing, ultimate frisbee,wrestling

Intramural/Recreational Sports

badminton, basketball, bowling, disc golf, dodgeball, flag football, innertube, kickball, miniature golf, pickleball, PLU color loop, soccer, softball, spikeball, tennis, ultimate frisbee, volleyball water polo

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Northwest Conference

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Anthropology, General. yes
Art History, Criticism and Conservation. yes
Biology/Biological Sciences, General. yes
Business Administration and Management, General. yes yes
Chemistry, General. yes
Chinese Studies. yes
Computer and Information Sciences, General. yes
Creative Writing. yes yes
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General. yes
Economics, General. yes
Education, General. yes yes
Educational Leadership and Administration, General. yes
Elementary Education and Teaching. yes
English Language and Literature, General. yes
Exercise Science and Kinesiology. yes
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing. yes
Financial Mathematics. yes
Fine/Studio Arts, General. yes
French Language and Literature. yes
Geology/Earth Science, General. yes
German Language and Literature. yes
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General. yes
History, General. yes
International/Globalization Studies. yes
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other. yes
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling. yes
Mathematics, General. yes
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. yes
Music Teacher Education. yes
Music, General. yes
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN) yes
Philosophy. yes
Physics, General. yes
Political Science and Government, General. yes
Psychology, General. yes
Religion/Religious Studies. yes
Scandinavian Studies. yes
Secondary Education and Teaching. yes
Social Work. yes
Sociology, General. yes
Speech Communication and Rhetoric. yes
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness, General. yes
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other. yes
Women's Studies. yes

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Residency
  2. Business Administration
  3. Nursing

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary science

3,447

total students

76%

in-state

24%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

82%

2,835
students

Female
64%
1,801

Male
36%
1,034

18%

612
students

Female
73%
446

Male
27%
166

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

96%

2,719
students

Female
64%
1,732

Male
36%
987

4%

116
students

Female
59%
69

Male
41%
47

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
56%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
10%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

6%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Essay or personal statement Required of All
Interview Recommended of Some
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of Some

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: August 15

Spring: December 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transferred

96

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 27
Countries most often represented China
Japan
Norway
Saudi Arabia
South Korea
Vietnam
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
Host family program
International student center
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

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