Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA
Christian college

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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.

Questions and Answers about Pacific Lutheran University

Efren G.
4 months ago
What are some activities available to students during the summer semesters?
Bruce N.
7 months ago
Are athletes housed together?
Pacific Lutheran University
Hi Bruce! Athletes are sometimes housed together, it really depends on the teams preference. But a lot of athletes live in Pflueger or Tingelstad because of how close they are to the athletic facilities
Lexie F.
7 months ago
What kind of meal plans are offered at PLU?
Pacific Lutheran University
Hey Lexie! PLU offers a hybrid meal plan which means some meals are All You Care to Eat and some are a la carte. You can check out the different meal plans and menus here:
Lexie F.
7 months ago
What kind of facilities are available for the PLU nursing program?
Pacific Lutheran University
We just opened a new Skills Lab in addition to the Nursing classroom spaces.
Lexie F.
7 months ago
What kind of security is present on Pacific Lutheran campus?
Logan Y.
8 months ago
Are freshmen required to live on campus at Pacific Lutheran University?
Pacific Lutheran University
Yes, students are required to live on campus for two years unless they are 20 years of age or Junior standing.
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Majors offered at Pacific Lutheran University

Biggest majors
Business Administration, Management and Operations
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
Sports, Kinesiology, and Physical Education/Fitness

Academics at Pacific Lutheran University

SAT Score Range
Required with application
ACT Score Range
Required with application
Student Faculty Ratio
12 to 1
Less Selective (80% Acceptance Rate)
School type
Non-profit Private 4-year institution

Demographics for Pacific Lutheran University Students

Ethnicity BreakdownAsianBlackCaucasianHispanicMiddle EasternNative AmericanPacific Islander
Pacific Lutheran University Students22%17%49%24%1%4%4%
All College Students11%21%37%25%2%2%1%
Gender breakdown
Pacific Lutheran University Students
< 5% Gender nonconforming
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Common careers for Pacific Lutheran University students

Common Careers and Their Average Annual Salary

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP)104k
Software Engineer84k
Human Resources (HR) Manager75k
Marketing Manager63k
Marketing Director62k
Financial Analyst60k
Communications Specialist56k
Based on 2,835 student responses
55kAvg. Early Career Pay
101.1kAvg. Mid-Career Pay
54%in High-Meaning careers
20%in STEM careers

Net price of attending Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University financial aid

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Student reviews of Pacific Lutheran University

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Recommended by

100% of students

Known for

Awesome study spaces and libraries
Accessible and helpful professors
Beautiful campus
Welcoming student body
Close-knit community
Praise Austin
Law + 4 others



I love the community of PLU. I appreciate how everyone is very accepting no matter your race, sexuality, or identity; PLU prides itself on building and strengthening its community.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I don't like how some students and teachers hold institutionalized racist beliefs toward students of color. I believe that to achieve that welcoming status they need to be aware of how they approach certain students.

Rosalyn Tobeck
Biking And Cycling



I think that Pacific Lutheran University does well to create a strong sense of community. It was not the first college on my list, but I feel like I fit in much more than I expected to. The small class sizes and welcoming faculty contributed greatly to this sense of community.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

You should be aware that this is not a college you can just breeze through. You need to go in with a plan if you can so that you do not fall behind. Especially with certain programs.

Gabrielle Sutton
Makeup and Beauty
True Crime
Bowling + 3 others



It’s a really good school with caring professors and a very welcoming and friendly community. Most students received academic scholarships to help with the cost of tuition and the school is very active in accommodating everyone’s needs.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

I think tuition is really high and the dorms aren’t the prettiest or nicest rooms by any means.

Melissa Ryan
Dance + 7 others



Never have I had such open, honest, and consistent communication with any of my advisors at any school I’ve ever gone to. My advisors at PLU check in with me weekly to see how I’m feeling, if I have questions or concerns, or if they can help my educational journey be any smoother in any way. I feel immensely supported at this college and am grateful that my life path led to me being here!

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

It’s a little costly, BUT the advisors are great at assisting with covering costs by providing several financial aid resources and loan opportunities.

Christine DesRoches DesRoches
Painting and Studio Art
Hiking And Backpacking
Swimming + 31 others



PLU has a lot to offer. What work you put into your campus is what you will get out of it.

WHAT I didn’t LIKE

There hasn't been one thing that I haven't enjoyed about PLU.

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