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Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

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Overview

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

Location & Contact

Address Office of Admission
Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA  98447
United States
Contact Melody Ferguson
Associate Dean of Admission
Email: admission@plu.edu
Phone: 253-535-7151
Fax: 253-536-5136

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Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Chinese Studies Checkmark
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, And Group Studies, Other Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biology/biological Sciences, General Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Business Administration And Management, General Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Sciences, General Checkmark
Computer Science Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Education, General Checkmark
Elementary Education And Teaching Checkmark
English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education Checkmark
Secondary Education And Teaching Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Engineering Science Checkmark
Engineering, General Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
Creative Writing Checkmark
English Language And Literature, General Checkmark
General Literature Checkmark
Writing, General Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
French Language And Literature Checkmark
Hispanic And Latin American Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics, General Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History, General Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Mathematics, General Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
International/globalization Studies Checkmark
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Exercise Science And Kinesiology Checkmark
Sports, Kinesiology, And Physical Education/fitness, General Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Philosophy Checkmark
Religion/religious Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry, General Checkmark
Geology/earth Science, General Checkmark
Physics, General Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology, General Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Social Work Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology, General Checkmark
Criminology Checkmark
Economics, General Checkmark
Political Science And Government, General Checkmark
Sociology, General Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Art/art Studies, General Checkmark
Drama And Dramatics/theatre Arts, General Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts, General Checkmark
Music, General Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

3,220
Applied
2,846
Accepted
2,373
Enrolled
88%
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Female Admissions

1,929
Females Applied
1,744
Females Accepted
90%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

1,290
Males Applied
1,101
Males Accepted
85%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

0
Application Fee
3.71
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 2.5

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen August 15th Not reported
Out of state Fall freshmen August 15th Not reported
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer August 15th Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score 25th % Info icon 75th % Info icon
SAT Critical Reading 633 570 693
SAT Math 624 580 683
ACT Composite 25 22 28

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

49,472
Private
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Fees

1,196
Full-time student fees
11,826
Room & board
8,205
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

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

Financial Aid

36,724
Avg. Financial Aid Package
37,376
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
29,986
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,682
Avg. Loan Aid
13,524
Avg. Grant Aid
11,668
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
100% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
85.2%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
27%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

2,373
Total Undergrad students
1%
International Students
22%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 15.83%
Black or African American 3.39%
White or Caucasian 53.84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.43%
Asian 11.07%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 1.59%
Two or more races 11.24%
Other 1.54%

Gender

Male (36.24%)
Female (63.76%)

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 48%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
Student-run television station Checkmark
Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Fall Engagement Fair, Spring Engagement Fair and RHA Block Party

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
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:
Chemistry Club, Swing Club, Prism Club, Ultimate Frisbee and Anime Club

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark

Athletics

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Men's Sports

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

Faculty

294
Total Faculty
12:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 172
Part-time - 122
Male - 125
Female - 169
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