From the School

PLU was founded in 1890 by a group of mostly Norwegian Lutherans from the Puget Sound region. Currently there are 3,300 undergraduate students and 200 graduates studying at PLU. PLU is a comprehensive university accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and committed to the integration of liberal arts studies and professional preparation. PLU follows a 4-1-4 calendar that consists of two 15-week semesters bridged by a four-week January Term. Summer consists of three four-week terms

For incoming first-years, the average GPA is 3.61, SAT is 1110 (Math and Critical Reading Only) and ACT is 25. PLU conducts a holistic review of every application for admission and academic merit scholarships.

Overview

Applicants
3,443
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

53%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 610
SAT Math
490 - 610
ACT Composite
22 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay

Overall

From The School

All undergraduates enroll in general education requirements or in the International Honors Program to satisfy PLU's liberal arts core requirement. The International Honors Program reviews problems and issues through multiple disciplines asking students to consider the ways in which their unique interests and intellectual gifts can be of service to the international community.

Studying the liberal arts at PLU such as psychology, history, the natural sciences prepares students for a lifetime of success in a rapidly changing and highly competitive world. They gain skills in decision making, analysis, communication and reasoning. Our fully accredited professional programs in business, education, nursing, physical education and social work prepare them for careers.

PLU has a First-Year Experience Program which enrolls all first-years in a Writing 101 and Inquiry Seminar course helping prepare them to write a variety of college-level papers and to learn the communication, critical analysis and questioning skills necessary for a small classroom environment.

PLU has long been associated with a strong arts program. The Mary Baker Russell Music Center, plays host to more than 100 annual concerts that feature students, faculty artists and renowned guest performers. The Choir of the West has shown off their talents across the country, and recently in China and Europe. In addition, PLU puts on four main-stage theatrical shows each year, and The Wekell Gallery regularly hosts exhibits from students in current art classes.

Over 40% of PLU's students study away during their years on campus. PLU was recognized with the 2009 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, a prestigious award that honors outstanding efforts on and off campus to engage the world and the international community. PLU is the first and only private college in the West to have received this honor. In 2008, PLU was also the first university in the U.S. to have students studying on all seven continents simultaneously (again in 2010 and 2012).

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
277
with Terminal Degree
232

147
Women
130
Men
36
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
78%
Graduate in 5 years
96%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lute Jerstad
Member of first U.S. team to conquer Mt. Everest

William Foege, M.D.
Former Dir. of Centers for Disease Control

Elizabeth Puliam
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

Calvin Goings
Youngest State Senator

Brad Tilden
Pres/CEO Alaska Airlines

Sean Parnell
Govenor of AK

Joyce Barr
Former Ambassador to Namibia

Overview

From The School

Costs for 2012
Tuition & Fees: $32,800
Room & Board: $ 9,620
Comprehensive Cost: $42,420

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$23,407

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,856

Average Need-Based Loan
$9,333

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,639

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
62%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,318

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,180
Required Fees
$350
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,030

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,360

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

From The School

A variety of organizations and activities help keep PLU students busy outside of the classroom. Activities include dance ensemble, theater, speech and debate, newspaper, radio, television, literary magazine. There are over sixty clubs covering many interests including community service, religious, environmental, social justice, political, and cultural/ethnic. Some of the most prominent and active organizations include the Diversity Center, ASPLU (Student Government), Residence Hall Association, GREAN (Sustainability Club) and Outdoor Recreation.

As a part of the Northwest conference within the NCAA Division III, PLU has long been known as a sports powerhouse within. The football team has won four national titles, and more than 400 Lutes in all sports have been named first-team NCAA All-Americans. PLU has won the Northwest All-Sports Trophy 15 times in the award’s 27-year history. Women's intercollegiate sports: Soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, tennis, crew, golf and softball. Men's intercollegiate sports: Soccer, football, cross country, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball, crew, golf and tennis.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,142
Out of State
21%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
21

Demographics

6.34%
Asian
2.89%
African-American
7.45%
Hispanic
73.66%
Caucasian
4.77%
International

62% female
38% male
21% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview

From The School

Pacific Lutheran University is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest in Tacoma, Washington. The 146-acre wooded campus lies in the shadow of the 14,410' Mt. Rainier and is a few miles away from Puget Sound. PLU lies in the bustling Interstate-5 corridor that stretches from the state capital in Olympia to Tacoma and up through Seattle.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
85

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
64
Number of Honor Societies
6

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Lutes)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lutes)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.plu.edu/~xroads www.plu.edu/~harmony

Minority Support Groups: www.plu.edu/~dcenter

Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

The university is a charter signatory of the ACUPCC’s leadership circle. But to truly grasp PLU’s dedication to sustainability, one need look no further than its mission statement, which states that the university’s goal is “to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other persons, for their communities and for the earth.” In line with this, PLU has set environmental goals for waste-diversion, the reduction of water and electricity consumption, LEED-certified buildings (four on campus already), and carbon neutrality (by 2020). Currently, 40 percent of the school’s energy consumption is derived from renewable sources. PLU ensures that all printing and publication on campus is environmentally responsible by mandating the use of postconsumer water printed paper and 100 percent recycled paper for admissions materials. Dining services gets in on the action by using 55 percent of its food budget to buy local and/or organic food. It also runs the “Green Tray Program,” which works to divert as much waste as possible from the landfill through active composting and recycling, the program had composted more than 74,000 gallons of food waste). An impressive 95 percent of the products that the facilities crew uses are Green Seal-certified. However, PLU’s dedication to the environment doesn’t stop there. As you’d expect from an educational institution whose mission includes environmental stewardship, the university provides stellar opportunities for environmental education. Several sustainability fellowships are offered each year allow selected students to conduct funded research with faculty and staff on campus sustainability projects.

Green Rating
86
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
55%
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
25

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
93%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Office of Admission
Tacoma, WA 98447

Phone
8002746758

Email
admission@plu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Keck Observatory
Rieke Science Center
Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Wekell Art Gallery
Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Morken Center for Learning and Technology, Scandinavian Cultural Center, Names Fitness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Mt Rainier National Park
Museum of Glass, Tacoma
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma
Tacoma Water Front
NW Trek Wildlife Park

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 2:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@plu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
During academic year, Monday - Thursday

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Seatac Airport Amtrack Greyhound City Bus Service Taxi Shuttle from the Airport

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate 5: Take exit 127, East Hwy 512 (Puyallup and Mt Rainier exit). From Hwy 512 take the Pacific Avenue exit (Hwy 7), turning right at the light. Travel South to Garfield Street, turn right. Go to Park Avenue, turn right. Go to 121st Street, turn left. The Hauge Administration Building is the 2nd building on the left.

Local Accommodations
DeVoe Mansion, Parkland Holiday Inn Express, Puyallup Holiday Inn Express, Tacoma Best Western Park Plaza, Puyallup Best Western, Tacoma Silvercloud Inn, Tacoma Chinaberry Hill BandB, Tacoma Marriott Courtyard Downtown, Tacoma Shilo Inn, Tacoma King Oscar Inn, Tacoma Best Western Lakewood Motor Inn, Lakewood
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Key Stats

3,443
Applicants
3,142
Size
77%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists