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.
NCAA Division III (with football)
Division III Independents
Pacific Lutheran University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.66 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.65 responses
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- of students say they don't have Greek life.68 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.89 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses
Pacific Lutheran University Reviews
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!
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.