Tuition & Fees

$40,722

$40,722

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
6%
600-699
25%
500-599
41%
400-499
24%
300-399
4%
200-299
0
700-800
5%
600-699
28%
500-599
42%
400-499
22%
300-399
3%
200-299
0
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
30%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
30-36
16%
24-29
48%
18-23
30%
12-17
6%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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undergraduateRatios

37%

63%

male

female

1
11

teacher

students

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Moderately Selective

76%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,896
Declined + 874
Total Received 3,770
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Private (nonprofit)

2,782

undergraduate students

294

graduate students

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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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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 3,076
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)
•  CSAB (Computing Sciences Accreditation Board)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

Tacoma, WA

156-acre, suburban campus in Tacoma (population: 211,277), 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

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
48%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
81%
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

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
6%
600-699
25%
500-599
41%
400-499
24%
300-399
4%
200-299
0
700-800
5%
600-699
28%
500-599
42%
400-499
22%
300-399
3%
200-299
0
700-800
2%
600-699
17%
500-599
46%
400-499
30%
300-399
5%
200-299
0
30-36
16%
24-29
48%
18-23
30%
12-17
6%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

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

76%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,896
Declined + 874
Total Received 3,770

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Essay
Secondary school record

Important

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

Considered

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

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Admissions Contact

David E. Gunovich
Dean of Enrollment Services
P: 800 274-6758
F: 253 536-5136
admission@plu.edu

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $4,218,545
State $4,540,725
Institutional $36,657,175
Other external $874,495
Total $46,290,940

Non-need-based

Federal $19,425
State $41,889
Institutional $12,655,314
Other external $1,552,795
Total $14,269,423

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
swimming
tennis
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

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

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Anthropology
Applied Physics
Art
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Chinese Studies
Classical Languages
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Dairy Management
Economics
Education
Education/Dual Elementary/Special Education
Education/Secondary
Elementary Education
Engineering Science
English
Environmental Studies
Finance
French
Geoscience
German
Global Studies
History
Individualized Program
Kinesiology
Marketing Research
Marriage/Family Therapy
Mathematics
Mathematics/Educational
Mathematics/Financial
Music
Musical Arts
Norwegian
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Politics/Government
Print/Broadcast Journalism
Psychology
Religion
Scandinavian Area Studies
Secondary Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre
Voice
Women's/Gender Studies
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Undergraduate

90%

2,782
students

Female
63%
1,747

Male
37%
1,035

Graduate

10%

294
students

Female
68%
199

Male
32%
95

undergraduateFull-time

97%

2,702
students

Female
64%
1,711

Male
36%
991

undergraduatePart-time

3%

80
students

Female
45%
36

Male
55%
44

Student Break-down

3%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
9%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
8%
Hispanic/Latino
65%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
8%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

71%

Transfer applicants accepted

30%

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: rolling

Spring: rolling

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
  • 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
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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
  • Reader services
  • Special transportation
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 14
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
Associate Director of International Recruitment
253 535-8177
kuroiwalewis@plu.edu

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