About PLU

PLU was named to President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
PLU is the first American university to have study away classes on all 7 continents at the same time.
PLU is in the top 15 universities in the west and we're in the top 4 percent of Master's universities in the U.S., according to the U.S. News and World Report.
The Princeton Review recognized our School of Business as one of the nation's best.
Our national rank for Peace Corps Volunteers is 3. Since 2008, PLU has had 318 graduates participate in AmeriCorps program. Seven PLU alumni serve in this year's Lutheran Volunteer Corps Class - the third largest group from any college or university.
The Lute Battalion of Army ROTC won the MacArthur Award - the highest award available - for the second time in three years.

Pacific Lutheran University

PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people, for their communities and for the Earth.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU is an exemplar of the New American University—integrating the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement—in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU seeks to educate its 3,300 students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people, for their communities and for the Earth. The distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education helps students from all faiths and backgrounds  discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

To support students and faculty as they explore life's big questions and engage in fulfilling and meaningful work, the university established the Wild Hope Center for Vocation through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment. A distinctively hopeful exploration, the search for vocation that faculty and students undertake together endures even in the face of the untamed and unpredictable nature of the world in which we live.  MORE...

PLU has won the Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy 15 times in the award's 28-year history.
Some top PLU Employers are Alaska Airlines, Komo 4 TV, Amazon, Microsoft, Cambia Health Solutions, Interstate Distributors Co., Bank of New York Mellon, Centro Latino, Peace Community Center, Boys & Girls Club, Columbia Bank, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, City of Tacoma - Human Rights and Human Services Department, Expeditors International, Group Health Cooperative, United Way Pierce County, Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration, Davita Inc., Metro Parks Tacoma, Good Samaritan Hospital, King 5 TV, Moss Adams LLP, Crystal Judson Family Justice Center, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Puget Sound Educational Services District.
PLU's MediaLab was nominated, once again, for an Emmy Award. That makes 4 nominations and 1 win.
Nearly 50-percent of PLU students study away, compared to 3 percent nationally.
Our women's softball team won the NCAA Division III Championship.
PLU has committed to be Carbon Neutral by 2020.