About PLU

More than 70 percent of PLU students applying to medical school are accepted; the national average is 45 percent.
Eighty-five percent of PLU students applying to dental school are accepted, compared to the national average of 41 percent.
The $20 million Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts earned a LEED Gold certification for environmental sustainability.
Our student government won a grant from the Washington Secretary of State for a program to promote voting.
PLU's Dr. Colleen Hacker serves as the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Hockey Team Mental-Skills Coach.
PLU MediaLab: 8 years. 12 documentary films. 24 regional, national and international awards.
Dr. Zachary Lyman was nominated for the Grammy's music educator award.
We are ranked 2nd in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Over the past year, 58 percent of students volunteered 64,710 hours valued at $1,432,258. Seventy-one percent of students volunteer in the community during their time at PLU.

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The first American university to have Study Away classes on all seven continents simultaneously, PLU is also the first private university on the West Coast to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. An honoree on President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, PLU hosts an Emmy Award-winning MediaLab; a MacArthur Award-winning detachment of Army ROTC; an Edward R. Murrow Award-winning public radio station, KPLU; and more than 100 clubs and activities, including 19 varsity athletic teams in the Northwest Conference of NCAA Division III.

The university consistently ranks among the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report's Best Universities in the West and recently was named second in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. It also ranks in the top 4 percent of Master's universities nationwide by Washington Monthly College Guide. The university has produced 100 Fulbright Scholars since 1975, and ranks third in the nation among small colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it produces.

PLU is noted for its commitment to diversity, justice and sustainability. For its record on sustainability, the university was recognized with a Gold Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). And for more than 30 years, PLU has been internationally known for its Holocaust Studies program, which now includes the Kurt Mayer Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies, the annual Powell-Heller Holocaust Education Conference and, beginning in Fall 2014, PLU will be one of only a handful of universities nationwide that offer a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Another of the hallmarks of PLU is its nationally acclaimed School of Arts and Communication. Recent alumni are performing and creating on Broadway (Next to Normal), TV (Glee, The Mentalist, NCIS:LA) and film (The Lord of the Rings), as well as on stages and concert halls around the world (Metropolitan Opera), and at news and media organizations throughout the region. The recently renovated, $20-million Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts center in the South Puget Sound region.

The university offers 44 majors and 54 minors as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, creative writing, education, finance, marketing research, marriage and family therapy and nursing. BACK

Dr. Richard Nance, Conductor of Choir of the West, won the American Prize for Best Conductor.
PLU won the Gold Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
PLU is a national top 10 university in the percentage of undergraduates who study away.
PLU received the award for Excellence in Environmental Education from Citizens For a Healthy Bay.
Choir of the West and University Symphony Orchestra were in residence at the Harmonie Festival in Germany, earning 1st, 2nd, and 4th place awards.
Dr. Gregory Youtz's composition, Drum Taps, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music.
Our Public Radio station KPLU won a coveted national Edward R. Murrow Award for the second time.
We have been named Recycler of the Year twice for recycling 7- percent of waste material. We consistently rank in the top 15 of North American colleges in the Recylcemania Contest.
PLU was named the Northwest Conference Champion in the EPA Green Power Challenge.