Karli Taubeneck

Karli Taubeneck

Admission Counselor

253-535-7497 (office)



Eastern Washington; Northern California; Utah; Nevada; Arizona; New Mexico


Bachelor of Arts in Communication in Public Relations and Advertising, Pacific Lutheran University, 2010

Minors in Business Administration and Religion


Mukilteo, WA


I love being outside. I love skiing, hiking, and finding ways to be on the water. Having been born and raised in Western Washington, I don't let the rain deter me from a day of exploring. I also love spending time with my family and friends, just hanging out or watching reruns of our favorite sitcoms. I look for new opportunities to be involved in my community and volunteer as much as possible.

What is one thing every prospective PLU student should know?

Every prospective student needs to know that he or she is going to be embraced and challenged at PLU. PLU's commitment to diversity is one of my favorite things about this amazing place. We never ask any of our students to be anything other than who they are, but we do expect them to challenge themselves to learn new things by asking big questions and engaging with other students.

What do you love about living in the Northwest?

I love how beautiful it is here. The rain is refreshing and keeps everything green. We have almost every landscape you can think of right at our finger tips. We have mountains for skiing and snowboarding, mountains for hiking and climbing, evergreen forests, a rain forest, dessert, and best of all the San Juan Islands. There are so many new adventures to be had and cultures to experience, you can never get bored!

Name one way that PLU has changed your life

PLU pushed me to find my passions. I left PLU for about a year and a half after graduating before returning to work on campus again. When I got back, I was welcomed with open arms and asked by many people "What is your Wild Hope"? We ask our students the same question. The people at PLU not only care about providing an excellent academic experience to our students, but they seek out ways to help Lutes pair their skills with their passions and find vocational paths that will fulfill them and allow them to live out PLU's mission in their communities.