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Pacific Lutheran University
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  • 4 Year
  • TACOMA, WA

Direct Admissions

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Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade B minus
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B
  8. Location
    grade C minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade A minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

12180 PARK AVE SOUTH
TACOMA, WA 98447
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Division III Independents
From Pacific Lutheran University

PLU is the small, private university where caring means more than kindness and consideration - it means a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice. Our students aren’t afraid to do things differently to leave the world better than they found it.

We are a community of seekers, trailblazers, creators, and reformers who know that we can accomplish more together than apart. The PLU experience allows your ambition to blossom into purpose, your skills to sharpen into tools, and your caring to become a transformative force.

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Pacific Lutheran University Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
88%
SAT Range
1150-1290
ACT Range
22-28
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$23,568 / 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
$34,413 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
99%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
83%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 60 responses
55%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 82 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 81 responses

Majors

Direct Entry into PLU's Nursing Program

academic spotlight

The PLU School of Nursing now offers first year students direct admission to the traditional Bachelor's of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Your application to PLU is also your application for direct admission to Nursing! Students who meet the admission requirements and criteria and who apply by January 15th will be guaranteed a spot in the Nursing program starting their junior year.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    95%
  • Online
    2%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,279 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
94
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 49 responses
  • Open and friendly
    65%
  • Open-minded
    20%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    6%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    4%
  • Stressed
    2%
  • WHITE
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
55%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 84 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 105 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 53 responses
  • Welcoming
    53%
  • Supportive
    25%
  • Diversified
    11%
  • Home away from home
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    2%
  • Horrible dumpster fire of a school
    2%
  • Strict
    2%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,400 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
69%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
89%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 35 responses

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