Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Pacific Lutheran University

Find Schools Near

Pacific Lutheran University Overview

Pacific Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Pacific Lutheran University Known For?

731 Undergraduate Awards
$34,012 Avg Cost After Aid
75% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at PLU have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at PLU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from PLU makes roughly $49,400 a year. This is 21% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average PLU student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Best Schools

Pacific Lutheran University Rankings

PLU is ranked #9 out of 41 schools in Washington.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at PLU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#14 Best Mental & Social Health Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#160 Most Popular Chemistry Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#163 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards PLU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#14 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual
#30 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#36 Best Education Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#89 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual

Where Is Pacific Lutheran University?

Location of Pacific Lutheran University

Contact details for PLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone: 253-535-8145
Website: www.plu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Pacific.Lutheran.University
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PLUNEWS

How Do I Get Into PLU?

You can apply to PLU online at: www.plu.edu/admission/first-year/

Admission Requirements for PLU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into PLU?

75% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
84% Submit SAT Scores
PLU has an acceptance rate of 75%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to PLU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 520 to 640 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 520 to 630 )
200
800
PLU received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Pacific Lutheran University?

$34,012 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
3.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of PLU is $34,012. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At PLU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,248 a year. That adds up to $28,992 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PLU is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Pacific Lutheran University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,627 Full-Time Undergraduates
64% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,695 undergraduate students at PLU, with 2,627 being full-time and 68 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  PLU

There are also 367 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,627 full-time undergraduates at PLU, 36% are male and 64% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  PLU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Pacific Lutheran University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of PLU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 261
Black or African American 95
Hispanic or Latino 331
White 1,499
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 381

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Pacific Lutheran University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 26 countries are represented at PLU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Norway, China, and Vietnam.

Pacific Lutheran University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 102 47 0 149
Nursing 0 70 25 10 105
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 21 55 0 76
General Biology 0 64 0 0 64
Health & Physical Education 0 47 0 0 47
General Psychology 0 45 0 0 45
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 35 0 0 35
Communication & Media Studies 0 29 0 0 29
Chemistry 0 25 0 0 25
Computer Information Systems 0 24 0 0 24
Writing Studies 0 11 13 0 24
Music 0 22 0 0 22
Mathematics 0 18 0 0 18
Economics 0 18 0 0 18
Sociology 0 18 0 0 18
Social Work 0 18 0 0 18
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 17 0 17
Political Science & Government 0 17 0 0 17
History 0 15 0 0 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 15 0 0 15
Romance Languages 0 14 0 0 14
Physics 0 14 0 0 14
Fine & Studio Arts 0 14 0 0 14
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 13 0 13
Drama & Theater Arts 0 13 0 0 13
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 12 0 0 12
Applied Mathematics 0 0 12 0 12
General English Literature 0 11 0 0 11
Anthropology 0 10 0 0 10
Classical Languages & Literature 0 6 0 0 6
Religious Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Ethnic Studies 0 4 0 0 4
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 0 4
Philosophy 0 4 0 0 4
Accounting 3 0 0 0 3
Area Studies 0 3 0 0 3
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 0 0 0
General Education 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Science 0 0 0 0 0
Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3 728 182 10 923

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.