Overview

Applicants
3,438
Acceptance Rate
75%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

52%
Over 3.75
20%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
7%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
490 - 610
SAT Math
490 - 600
SAT Writing
470 - 590
ACT Composite
22 - 29

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Application Essay

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
353
with Terminal Degree
247

198
Women
155
Men
50
Minority

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
49%
Graduate in 5 years
65%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Chinese Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Business Administration and Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Education, General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Engineering Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General
  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
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

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,732

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,449

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,963

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,459

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
73%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,784

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
$3,220
Transportation for Commuters
$1,360

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,959
Out of State
20%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
25

Demographics

7.29%
Asian
2.95%
African-American
8.50%
Hispanic
70.79%
Caucasian
4.94%
International

63% female
37% male
20% are out of state
96% are full time
4% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

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
7

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

25% participate in intramural sports
16% participate in intercollegiate sports

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
Minority Support Groups
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%

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
100

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

Contact
Julian Franco
Campus Visit & Hospitality Coordinator

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
Point Defiance Park and Zoo,Tacoma Art Museum

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

3,438
Applicants
2,959
Size
75%
Acceptance Rate
1100
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists