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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
    A-
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A-
Pacific Lutheran is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Parkland, Washington in the Seattle Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,655 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Pacific Lutheran acceptance rate is 75%. Popular majors include Business, Nursing, and Biology. Graduating 70% of students, Pacific Lutheran alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,200.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
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
75%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1040-1270
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$24,567/ 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
$26,984/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Academics

Professors
A-
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
53%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,655Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
111
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
17%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 34 responses
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  • Open and friendly
    65%
  • Open-minded
    24%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    6%
  • Diverse
    3%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life.68 responses
Poll
69%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    57%
  • Supportive
    27%
  • Diversified
    14%
  • Home away from home
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
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
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At Pacific Lutheran University, you feel at home. They do everything they can to help their students feel comfortable by creating a happy and "homey" atmosphere. PLU coordinates lots of activities and fun organizations and clubs on campus, so you never feel bored! The professors are committed to helping you and want to be sure you graduate feeling confident and excited to have your degree and be stepping into the real world!
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The university provides a very inclusive community of students and faculty aimed at helping you to succeed! With a lovely campus and campus life, I would recommend Pacific Lutheran University to all students! Although I myself am not of a particular religion, I was initially concerned about the faith aspect of the college however came to find that the campus is extremely open when it comes to differing views and as an LGBTQ student, was even invited by the school's pastor to attend any sort of event that would be held regarding the spiritual elements of the school. Overall, a wonderful experience thus far.
PLU is a wonderful school, it has challenged me the last three years both mentally and emotionally. This university is a liberal school, so they require a handful of classes be taken that have no relation to one's intended major. Also, each professor that I have encountered challenged me to think with a different mindset. At PLU, part of the university's statement is, "seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry". I have personally experienced this in the requirement to take religion courses, even though I am a nursing student. However, taking these classes encouraged me to understand the spirituality of people and how that may impact my ability to offer adequate care for my future patients. If this is the type of education you are seeking, then PLU is the place for you.