What's in a middle name?

What are the values of a Lutheran higher education? What does it mean to attend a Lutheran college or university? Martin Luther, reformer of the Catholic Church in the 1500s, educator, and pastor, had a deep commitment to education at all levels. Luther’s commitment provides a foundation for our education at PLU with the following values:

  • God created and said, “It is good.”
  • Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.
  • My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts.
  • God has given gifts to all to build up the community.
  • You did not choose me, I chose you!
  • Rejoice always! Again, I say rejoice!

Want to know the real deal about Lutherans?

PLU is a university associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Some facts about the ELCA:

  • Baptized Members: 4,930,429
  • Congregations: 10,585
  • Clergy: 17,694 (3,140 female; 570 people of color)
  • Missionaries: 280 in 48 countries
  • Campus Pastors and Ministries: 185
  • Colleges and Universities: 27
  • Camps and Retreat Centers: 45
  • Lutheran colleges and universities with their own congregation: only two! They are PLU and St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.