Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA
Christian college

Questions and Answers

Trinity A.
10 days ago
What is the average cost of attendance for Pacific Lutheran University?
Pacific Lutheran University
Average cost is just over $19,000 (Room, Board, Tuition, & Fees). We just announced a new tuition guarantee which means we will not raise tuition while you are at PLU!
Cassidy W.
13 days ago
Would I be able to apply and get into the nursing school without prior experiences or jobs?
Pacific Lutheran University
Hi Cassidy. Nursing does a holistic review of applicants so you don't need prior experience or jobs but they generally do like to see that you have done some research on what it actually means to be a Nurse. This site gives you some good information on what is required to be considered:
Hanna J.
20 days ago
Should high school students who already have their AA apply as freshmen or a transfer student?
Pacific Lutheran University
Great question! Students who are coming in with an AA should apply as a First-Year (Freshmen). You can find out more about how we accept those credits and specific information you need to know at
Cassidy W.
22 days ago
Do students have to apply with a separate application to the Pacific Lutheran University nursing school?
Pacific Lutheran University
Hi Cassidy! Yes, there is an additional application to apply to our School of Nursing. Once you start your general application, you will get a portal login that will take you to the Nursing application. You can find out more about how you should apply to Nursing here:
Sakura L.
1 month ago
Is Anthropology only available as a minor a PLU?
Pacific Lutheran University
Hi Sakura. Yes, Anthropology is only available as a minor.
ashley l.
4 months ago
What is the NCLEX pass rate of Pacific Lutheran University nursing students?
Pacific Lutheran University
95% of PLU students pass the NCLEX on the first try.


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.

Academic details

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

Diversity statistics

59% White
11% Hispanic
10% Asian
9% Multiracial
4% Black
1% Native
1% Pacific Islander
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Common Careers

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

Financial Snapshot

Average Financial Breakdown
Average grant for incoming freshmen
Average Pell Grant
Average Federal Loans

Average Institutional Grant
Average Total Loans
Published tuition and fees (Out of state)
$43,674 / year
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