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  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
    A-
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98447
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
From Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University educates 3,100 students for lives of thoughtful service, leadership, inquiry and care. We purposefully integrate the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement through 40+ majors and 50+ minors. Students take part in student-faculty research, internships, lab work, field studies and numerous other hands-on learning experiences, and work closely with professors who are experts in their fields.

Located in Tacoma, WA, PLU is the closest university to Mt. Rainier National Park and a short drive from Seattle, with multiple opportunities for internships at world-class organizations, and many ways to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As a national leader in global education, PLU was the first American university to have classes on all seven continents and over half of all students study abroad. Graduates are prepared for success – 90% of recent graduates were either employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduating.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
80%
SAT Range
1070-1270
ACT Range
20-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$24,174/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$29,317/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.69 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.68 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,730Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
106
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 36 responses
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  • Open and friendly
    67%
  • Open-minded
    25%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    6%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
Poll
87%
of students say they don't have Greek life.71 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.92 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    55%
  • Supportive
    28%
  • Diversified
    13%
  • Home away from home
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $49,400/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    67%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses

    Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

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    Amazing experience. There are so many different activities, clubs, and opportunities for students to partake in that my 4 years felt like 10! I was soooo busy, but I made incredibly close friendships. Like any school, there are some judgmental, close minded people, but just ignore them and find your community of kind and accepting friends. You will, easily! The music department is first class, as are all the departments in the humanities. Can't speak to the other programs at PLU, but I've heard wonderful things! My professors have become my biggest support system at PLU and in life. COME TO PLU! It's a beautiful place.
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    Honestly this school was a perfect fit for me. I love the community, I built relationships with professors, and dealt with an expected amount of drama for being in one of if not the largest schools on campus. I had very few bad experiences with professors, most of whom were either new or about to retire (i.e. didn't care anymore or were problematic). I feel at home on-campus. The academics are generally very rigorous, but you couldn't ask for a better school to prepare you for being a hardworking and thoughtful employee, community member, or person in general!
    Amazing community, academics, faculty, and extracurriculars. Put in the effort, you will have a beautiful time at this school. Hard work is rewarded with opportunity. The support I felt while at PLU was like a warm hug for all four years. I seriously cannot recommend becoming a Lute more. Do it! You won't regret the choice. Attaway!