B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B
Pacific Lutheran University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98447
Website

Pacific Lutheran University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
76%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1230
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Pacific Lutheran University

Cost

Net Price
$26,112/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,221/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,631/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,156/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,751/ year
  • $110k+
    $31,596/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,774Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
11%
Pell Grant
33%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • Open and friendly
    63%
  • Open-minded
    30%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    4%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.61 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.82 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    60%
  • Supportive
    30%
  • Diversified
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

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When college site visiting, I found that this was my number one choice for my choice of where I want to go to college. When I went on tour at PLU, everyone was extremely kind, the academic rates were high and the food in the cafeteria was home styled, which is amazing! However, it is very expensive and their scholarship award system is not the best. For example, if you get a new scholarship, they tend to take a away or downgrade another one you have. Overall, PLU is a great college and made me feel like I was at home
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At Pacific Lutheran University, everyone was nice. It truly felt like home. The campus is beautiful and not to mention, it's a private university so classes are smaller! Which means you get to interact with your professor one on one. Staff and many programs are dressed there to help students whenever they need it, whether it's financial or academic.
PLU feels like a close community. I think we all share a certain set of values to make the world a better place. The size is perfect; I like that I am likely to see people I know in multiple positions; my classmates working at the Old Main Market; My catering co-workers writing magazine articles; classmates participating in sports; professors heading various clubs. Although the surrounding neighborhoods are not the greatest, I have never felt in danger on campus. And, I know that in the rare case that something did happen, I would be fully supported by student services. PLU is very clear that it will protect victims of any kind of harassment.
The school is incredibly focused on vocation and preparing us for developing a skill set, not just gaining knowledge. I feel confident that I will be able to have the career I want after I graduate.