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Pacific Lutheran University
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  • 4 Year
  • TACOMA, WA

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Report Card

grade B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B+
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade C
  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

Pacific Lutheran University educates 3,100 students for lives of thoughtful service, leadership, inquiry and care. We purposefully integrate the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement through 40+ majors and 50+ minors. Students take part in student-faculty research, internships, lab work, field studies and numerous other hands-on learning experiences, and work closely with professors who are experts in their fields.

Located in Tacoma, WA, PLU is the closest university to Mt. Rainier National Park and a short drive from Seattle, with multiple opportunities for internships at world-class organizations, and many ways to enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. As a national leader in global education, PLU was the first American university to have classes on all seven continents and over half of all students study abroad. Graduates are prepared for success – 90% of recent graduates were either employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduating.

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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

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
86%
SAT Range
1080-1290
ACT Range
24-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$25,362 / 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
$30,044 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
54%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 70 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 69 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,627 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
68
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Open and friendly
    68%
  • Open-minded
    24%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    5%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
88%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 72 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 93 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 41 responses
  • Welcoming
    54%
  • Supportive
    27%
  • Diversified
    12%
  • Home away from home
    7%

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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%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 34 responses

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