Tuition & Fees

$43,264

$43,264

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
38%
500-599
45%
400-499
9%
700-800
6%
600-699
31%
500-599
53%
400-499
10%
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
30%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
30-36
17%
24-29
37%
18-23
42%
12-17
4%
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undergraduateRatios

36%

male

64%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

79%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,984
Declined + 756
Total Received 3,740
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Private (nonprofit)

2,769

undergraduate students

372

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Residency
  2. Business Administration
  3. Nursing
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Codes

SAT 4597
ACT 4470

Social Networks

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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Location

School Facts

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

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 3,141
Established in 1890
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AAMFT (American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

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Tacoma, WA

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.

Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, WA 98447

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
44%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
85%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
8%
600-699
38%
500-599
45%
400-499
9%
700-800
6%
600-699
31%
500-599
53%
400-499
10%
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
30%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
30-36
17%
24-29
37%
18-23
42%
12-17
4%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $40
(waived if filed online)
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline February 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

79%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,984
Declined + 756
Total Received 3,740

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency
Work Experience

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Admissions Contact

Melody Ferguson
Director of Admission
P: 800 274-6758
F: 253 536-5136
admission@plu.edu

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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

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

Financial Aid Officer

Michael Frechette
Director of Financial Aid
finaid@plu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
badminton
baseball
basketball
bowling
crew
cross-country
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
ultimate Frisbee
volleyball
wrestling

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 Directors

Laurie Turner (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Laurie Turner (women's)
Athletic Director
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Northwest Conference
Mascot
Lutes
School colors
black and gold

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Anthropology
Art/Design/Art History
Art/Design/Studio Arts
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Communication
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Economics
Education
Engineering Dual Degree
English
Environmental Studies
French
Geoscience
German
Global Studies
Hispanic Studies
History
Kinesiology
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mathematics
Music
Music Composition
Music Education
Music Performance
Musical Arts
Nordic Studies
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Religion
Social Work
Sociology
Theatre/Acting/Directing
Theatre/Design Technical
Women's/Gender Studies
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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

3,141

total students

77%

in-state

23%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

88%

2,769
students

Female
64%
1,766

Male
36%
1,003

12%

372
students

Female
72%
268

Male
28%
104

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

97%

2,712
students

Female
65%
1,739

Male
35%
973

3%

57
students

Female
48%
27

Male
52%
30

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Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
11%
Hispanic/Latino
58%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
10%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

74%

Transfer applicants accepted

32%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: August 15

Spring: December 1

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

96

semester hours

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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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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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

International Student Contact

Hiro Kuroiwa-Lewis
Director of International Admission
800 274-6758
intl@plu.edu

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