Living Diversity at Pacific Lutheran University

Diversity in the faculty, students and staff is a major source of PLU’s intellectual vitality and innovative spirit. PLU is a welcome home for all regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture.

It is not enough to admit and hire a diverse population; rather PLU promotes leadership in diversity education, in institutionalizing the university’s diversity goals, and in maintaining and celebrating a campus culture where all members of the community demonstrate respect, integrity, honesty and good community relations.

PLU strives to be a community where people of different cultures, intellectual positions and lifegoals can reach their full potential. Such an environment develops respect for differences while fostering caring relationships, cross-cultural understanding, and common educational commitments.

The university is explicit about its responsibility to all members of our community regardless of race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

PLU’s community values diversity, and continues to widen its diversity efforts through the seamless integration of academic and student affairs opportunities that enhance the diversity curriculum. Faculty, students, and community members are all encouraged to participate in diversity scholarship and programming in cross-campus university events.

The PLU Community at a Glance

Enrollment Total: 3,461
62% female, 38% male
45% live in residence halls
4% are international representing 24 countries
21% are students of color
15% are age 25 or older
22% are Lutheran
52% of undergraduate students live off campus or commute
14% of faculty, administrators and staff are people of color

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