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
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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

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
980-1230
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$25,219/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,640/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,960/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,065/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,022/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,587/ 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
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Majors

Students

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

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
84%
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
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  • Welcoming
    60%
  • Supportive
    30%
  • Diversified
    10%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$47,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
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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.
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I find PLU to be a great school. Everyone comments on the location but on campus, safety is never an issue. Take precautions and learn to love the community in which your campus is engulfed in. PLU is great for introverts and extroverts, athletes and non athletes, liberal arts majors or stem majors. It is a very accepting community and if you are considering attending PLU, I would recommend!
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