PLU, a nonprofit private institution, offers an assortment of program options, allowing students to choose which major is right for them. Located in Tacoma, Washington, the school resides in a suburban setting for students to study in. The Evangelical Lutheran Church affiliation at the school is an important part of the history, education and vision that defines the school. Over three thousand students enroll at PLU annually.
Here is a list of some of the popular programs Pacific Lutheran University offers:
- Business And Marketing Studies
- Health And Clinical Professions
- Communications And Journalism
- Biological And Biomedical Sciences
The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then reviewed by admissions staff. An ACT or SAT exam may be required prior to applying, with scores in a range of 1450 - 1820 on the SAT and in a range of 21 - 27 for the ACT exam is common among students admitted to this school. Pacific Lutheran University admits roughly 80% of applicants yearly. Of those applicants admitted, about 29% of students enrolled. More information regarding admissions can be found at plu.edu.
Tuition is approximately $34,000 per year, though it may change based on different types of circumstances. Students should visit the school's price of attendance calculator to get a more personalized estimate of costs. School housing is available on-campus for students. The yearly cost of housing is approximately $4,900. PLU may offer financial aid for students who qualify as loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.
The Pacific Lutheran University "Lutes" have a number of intercollegiate athletic programs through participation in the NCAA. Available sports offered may include:
- Baseball (NCAA Division III)
- Basketball (NCAA Division III)
- Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
- Football (NCAA Division III)
- Golf (NCAA Division III)
Students who wish to get more about Pacific Lutheran University can take a look at their website at http://www.plu.edu.
Admission Requirements & Details
The information regarding admissions below may provide a better idea of the students PLU accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.
College Credits Accepted
- Dual Credits
- AP Course Credits
The total student enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University is about 3,200, with undergraduate students making up about 90% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- The estimated tuition range is around $38,000-$45,000 per year
- Part time students pay in the range of $1,200 to $1,400 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||98%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$23,284|
|Receiving Student Loans||67%||$6,456|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo help students and recent graduates, Pacific Lutheran University may provide student services including:
- Online classes
- Classes offered on nights and weekends
- Counseling assistance
- Student employment
- Employment search assistance
With a high graduation rate of around 70%, PLU is among the most successful schools in the area.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||55%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||13%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||3%|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Music Program
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
- Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
- Master's Degree in Nursing (MSN) Program
- Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
Pacific Lutheran University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:
- Baseball (Northwest Conference)
- Basketball (Northwest Conference)
- Track and Field (Northwest Conference)
- Football (Northwest Conference)
- Swimming and Diving
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Pacific Lutheran University by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Private Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Pacific Lutheran University.
- University of Washington - Tacoma Campus in Tacoma, WA (7 miles away)
- University of Washington - Bothell Campus in Bothell, WA (44 miles away)
- Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA (110 miles away)
- Western Oregon University in Monmouth, OR (163 miles away)
- Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA (229 miles away)
Also, check out our college lists below, which can help students compare schools to one another:
- Visit the main Washington colleges & universities profile page
- Get a list of all private colleges in Washington
- Compare other Washington Christian and Bible Colleges
Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Pacific Lutheran University for official up-to-date information.