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A University of Distinction

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"Pacific Lutheran University seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities and for the earth."

Pacific Lutheran University is a learning community that distinguishes itself by developing generations of globally conscious, self-aware citizens who are equipped to engage the world in serious and meaningful ways.

"Our stature is measured by how we serve students and how they in turn serve the world."- Loren J. Anderson, President

PLU lives out its Lutheran heritage by providing each student preparation both for a successful career and for a lifetime of service to others.

With a unique commitment to student-faculty research, an academically rigorous and internationally distinctive curriculum, and purpose-centered learning that forms and engages passionate leaders and learners, PLU is one of the premier comprehensive universities in the West.

PLU prepares students to learn and to teach; to understand and to be understood; to collaborate and to lead. The university is determined to foster a new generation of leaders who will shape a just, healthy, sustainable and peaceful world.

An innovator in values-based, globally-focused education, the campus community is committed to a set of priorities that enliven its mission of serving the world. We now invite others to invest financially in the PLU experience and the priorities of Engage the World: The Campaign for PLU.

Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Students engage the world –
both here and abroad
With 40 percent of our student body participating in at least one study-away program (compared to the national average of 3 percent), the numbers speak for themselves. Add in the students who study away near campus, and more than half the PLU community studies somewhere beyond campus boundaries. For this reason, PLU has made a conscious decision to talk about "study away" rather than "study abroad" – when South Puget Sound is so richly diverse, students need not travel more than a few blocks to have a cross-cultural experience. That fact was reinforced last year when PLU received the 2009 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, a prestigious award that honors outstanding efforts on and off campus to engage the world and the international community. So prestigious, in fact, PLU was the first and only private college in the West to receive the honor.

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