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
Based in the suburban Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, on a 156-acre woodland campus, Pacific Lutheran University offers approximately 3,500 students a blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, PLU is a private university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university offers three pathways to academic distinction: global education and service to the world; robust student-faculty collaborative research and creative projects; and helping students discern meaning and purpose in their lives.
A central tenet of Lutheran higher education – and core to PLU’s mission – is the emphasis on education for lives of service, and finding one’s calling, or vocation. 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, originally through a generous grant from the Lily 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...