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!

More about the ELCA

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

Some facts about the ELCA:

  • ELCA formed in 1988
  • Baptized Members: 3,765,362 ¹
  • Congregations: 9,261 ¹
  • Clergy: 16,435 (of which abt. 25% are female)²
  • Synods: 65 (within 9 regions)
  • Seminaries: 8
  • Colleges and Universities: 26
  • Lutheran colleges and universities with their own congregation: only 2!  They are PLU and St. Olaf College (Northfield, Minnesota).

¹ As of December 31, 2014

² As of September 15, 2015