Resources for High School Counselors
Profile of PLU
Pacific Lutheran University is located six miles south of Tacoma, WA, in suburban Parkland, on a 156-acre woodland campus. PLU offers its students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. PLU was founded in 1890 by Scandinavian immigrants and remains affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
For more detail: PLU Profile
PLU offers a full range of liberal arts academic programs – such as psychology, history and the natural sciences – anchored by a college of arts and sciences. The university also provides students the opportunity for professional study in business, communication and arts, education, nursing, social work, and kinesiology. Each of these programs maintains a strong liberal arts emphasis at its core. There are over 40 majors and about 50 minors available to PLU students. PLU follows a 4-1-4 calendar that consists of two 15-week semesters bridged by a four-week January Term. Summer consists of two four-week terms.
A searchable list of available majors and minors: Majors & Minors
PLU General Catalog: Catalog
(2014-15 academic year)
Total: 3,275 students
Undergraduate: 2,936 Graduate: 339
- 62 percent female, 38 percent male
- 95 percent of first-year students enter PLU with 3.00 GPA or higher
- 43 percent live in campus residence halls
- 23 percent are students of color
- 76 percent are from Washington state
- 10 percent are age 25 and older
- 19 percent are Lutheran
- 5 percent are international students representing 26 countries
- Average GPA for first-year students: 3.66
- Average SAT for first-year students: 1100 (Math & Critical Reading scores only)
- Average ACT for first-year students: 25 composite
More student data: Institutional Research
PLU participates in NCAA Division III athletics. More than 400 Lutes in all sports have been named first-team NCAA All- Americans.
- Women’s intercollegiate sports: Soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, tennis, rowing, golf and softball.
- Men’s intercollegiate sports: Soccer, football, cross-country, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball, golf and tennis.
- Club Sports: Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee; Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse; Men's Rowing.
More about PLU athletics: Go Lutes!
Admission to PLU
PLU welcomes applications from students who exhibit capacities for success at the university level. Admission to PLU is competitive. Each application is reviewed based on grade point average, class rank, transcript patterns, standardized test scores, personal essay, and an academic recommendation.
PLU has four Admission Decision Priority Dates - October 15th, November 15th, December 15th and January 15th. Students who complete their application materials prior to one of these dates can expect an admission decision and notification of academic merit scholarship eligibility prior to the next decision date. Applications received after January 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
PLU's online application is FREE and we also accept the Common Application (with no application fee).
Complete information on applying to PLU: Apply to PLU
Official PLU Online Application: Apply
Tuition for the 2014-15 academic year:
Tuition and Fees: $36,530
Room and Meals: $10,230
PLU offers numerous scholarships that are both merit and need-based. In 2013, the average student financial aid offer was $26,844.
Financial Aid quick links:
Other important links
- Advanced Credit Policies
- AP credits
- IB credits
- Running Start & College in the High School credits
PLU encourages students to visit campus – it a great opportunity to take a tour, chat with an Admission Counselor about admission, academic programs and financial aid, attend a class, and/or meeting with an athletics coach or music director. Appointments are recommended, but not required.
PLU Office of Admission
Tacoma, WA 98447