2,709
Students
Financial aid thermometer
32,706
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
75
75%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
Suburban
Setting
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Overview

Pacific Lutheran University is a Comprehensive institution located in Tacoma, WA, in a suburban setting.

Location & Contact

Address 12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA  98447
United States
Contact Melody A. Ferguson
Director of Admission
Email: admission@plu.edu
Phone: 253-535-7151
Fax: 253-536-5136

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
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Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
French Checkmark
German Checkmark
Hispanic And Latin American Languages Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Premedical Studies Checkmark
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Kinesiology And Exercise Science Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Geology/earth Science Checkmark
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
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Theology And Religious Vocations Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
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Music Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

3,629
Applied
2,736
Accepted
2,709
Enrolled
75%
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Female Admissions

2,286
Females Applied
1,778
Females Accepted
78%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

1,343
Males Applied
958
Males Accepted
71%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

40
Application Fee
3.71
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Other requirements exist (see below)
Required for some programs Interview
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.5

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 520 640
SAT Math 520 630
ACT Composite 21 27

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

41,696
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Fees

370
Full-time student fees
10,790
Room & board
4,940
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Employees
Alumni

Financial Aid

32,706
Avg. Financial Aid Package
34,019
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
27,138
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
5,547
Avg. Loan Aid
12,719
Avg. Grant Aid
11,768
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
85%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
24%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,709
Total undergrad students
3%
International Students
22%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 9.01%
Black or African American 3.25%
White or Caucasian 63.49%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.52%
Asian 9.9%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.05%
Two or more races 8.74%
Other 0.78%

Gender

Male (37.28%)
Female (62.72%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 49%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
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Campus events:
Homecoming, Convocation and EXPLORE! Retreat

Student Services

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Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
Most popular organizations:
Delta Iota Chi, Swing Club, Club Keithly, Young Life College Club and ROTC Cadet Activities Council

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
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Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
over 60 surveillance camera monitoring stations. Emergency notification system with indoor/outdoor speakers and text/phone/email alerts

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 3 No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Football Checkmark Division 3 No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Rowing No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 3 No
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Division 3 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 3 No
Football Checkmark No No
Golf No Division 3 No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Rowing No Division 3 No
Soccer Checkmark Division 3 No
Softball Checkmark Division 3 No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Division 3 No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 3 No
Track And Field No Division 3 No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 3 No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No

Faculty

221
Total Faculty
15:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 184
Part-time - 37
Male - 100
Female - 121