The PLU Experience

At PLU you will be challenged to achieve at the peak of your ability, given support to meet that challenge and, as a result, find success both in college and in your chosen career.

Challenge means rigorous academic classes that are small and taught by professors, not assistants. A PLU education means you receive individual attention – you are challenged to explore beyond the textbooks, to seek life’s purpose.

With 3,500 students PLU offers more classes, more majors and more opportunities than most liberal arts colleges. PLU provides the type of support that can only come from a close-knit community. Professors are mentors who encourage you to consider new ways of thinking, to take risks and grow. The result is PLU graduates are well equipped to find a career and succeed in the working world.

But we define success as more than a career. We will provide you the tools to excel in life – regardless of what the future holds. You will be prepared to lead and to make a difference in the world. And that is what’s truly important. It’s a special kind of success – a success that is defined beyond the bottom line.

Challenge. Support. Success. They are the PLU experience. It’s all made possible by the people in our community – faculty, students, staff and alumni – they’re people just like you.

A survivor in the global spotlight

Transfer student, Katie Hunt ’11 fought cancer at PLU, leads the emerging field of paleo-oncology and wowed the crowd at TED2014.

Where the classes are hard. And the issues? Harder.

Students are taught to ask the big questions, from many angles, in PLU’s challenging International Honors Program.

Science happens (And so much more!)

Of the numerous student-faculty research projects that take place at PLU each year, there is the science. But that is only the beginning.