809 reviews
  1. Tacoma, WA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  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
1010 122nd St So
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%
SAT Scores Range
980-1210
ACT Scores Range
22-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website
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Test Scores and GPA for Pacific Lutheran University

Cost

Net Price
$25,086/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,047/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,805/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,248/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,825/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,405/ 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
2,822Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
30%
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
77%
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 Pacific Lutheran University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
47%
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

Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

809 reviews
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I love, love, love PLU. Amazing, challenging, intelligent, and kind professors. Beautiful campus--in all seasons, but especially fall. Great coffee and food options. This place challenged me in every way and gave me more than I could ever imagine!
Pacific Lutheran is a very nice, modern, and quaint college. Its considered in the area to be very high class and the small classrooms is what makes it so admirable. Diversity is strongly encouraged and there are always events going on for students at the college. The campus itself is very beautiful. I do however wish there was more parking for students and restaurants and things to do in the surrounding area. Athletics do exist here at PLU but only as either Division 3 or clubs. There isn't a stadium and usually not much of a turnout for sport games and what not.
The party is scene is present much as it is a Lutheran based campus. But the students do have their own parties off campus and its just a matter knowing different people and going.
I love PLU because of its small campus sizes and great faculty! Considering the fact that every single class is less than 30 people, it is easy to get to know classmates and most importantly your professors. I am comfortable asking questions whenever I want to and I get great responses. This school really does exceed all of my expectations of a college experience.