We are Pacific Lutheran University

Inquiry. Service. Leadership. Care.

Dashed gray lines

PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care—for other people, for their communities and for the Earth.

A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE

Pacific Lutheran University by the numbers.
PLU graduation cap icon
0
Dashed black lines

FULBRIGHT SCHOLARS SINCE 1975

PLU mountain icon
0%
Dashed black lines

EMPLOYED OR IN GRAD SCHOOL SIX MONTHS AFTER GRADUATION

PLU bow mast icon
0%
Dashed black lines

STUDENTS STUDY AWAY

PLU rose window icon
0:1
Dashed black lines

STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO IN THE AVERAGE CLASSROOM

PLU graduates are difference makers who engage the world in all its complexity with open minds and caring hearts. They’re engaged citizens who strive to serve the common good, and who are local, regional and global leaders in fields like health care, technology, the performing arts, and education.

Allan Belton, President

Pacific Lutheran University

My PLU education taught me to think critically, challenge the status quo, and advocate for my community. PLU was also where I found my passion for both the outdoors and environmental advocacy. I fell in love with Puget Sound and Mount Rainier and enjoyed exploring both...I loved my time at PLU.

Shannon Murphy ‘07, President

Washington Conservation Voters

PLU is a caring community that allows you to make mistakes, express yourself foolishly and ultimately be yourself. Your beliefs, values and thoughts will be challenged and you will get the opportunity to reassess these in a supportive environment. This will either strengthen and solidify your beliefs or change them, allowing space for new seeds to grow.

Oni Mayer ‘19, Student-Athlete

Former ASPLU vice president

I can’t imagine myself anywhere else. My time at PLU has made me more thoughtful in my actions, more passionate about my work, and has shown me what it means to care for your community. These values make me a better leader and I have PLU to thank for that.

Kennedy Gwin ‘20, Current Student

Former ASPLU president

CHOOSE YOUR NEXT PATH

MAJORS & ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Pacific Lutheran University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, creative writing, education, kinesiology, marriage & family therapy and nursing. Find the program that fits for you.

MSMR students at PLU smiling while working on a computer
The PLU Years logo
Five Students x Four Years = Five Unique PLU Experiences

Every college experience is different. Each student takes a unique path from arrival, to sticking with it, to forging forward. We followed a small cohort of students over the course of their college careers to illustrate those different paths, and get a glimpse of their PLU Years.

A diagonal cutout of PLU students

YOU BELONG AT PLU

Fulfill your potential with deeply individualized instruction, epic hands-on and travel opportunities, and plenty of space for you to find your great.

When are the important dates?

Find out about deadlines for priority admission decisions, a variety of scholarship opportunities and upcoming Lute Life Days.

Can I afford it?

We know that college costs can be intimidating. PLU can help!

$61M PLU awards university-funded scholarships and grants
98% PLU students who receive financial aid
$37197 2020-2021 average financial aid offer

2021-2022 Costs

$48,226Tuition and Fees
$11,482Room and Meals
$59,708TOTAL

Challenge your perspective!

Study Abroad vs Study Away: PLU values the diversity within the US and therefore offers academic programs both locally and globally. Students earn PLU credit and have access to Financial Aid and Scholarships while studying away for a semester, year or short-term program.

EVENTS SPOTLIGHT

Stay up to date on what's happening around campus.

LIVE STREAM

Looking for PLU's live streamed events?

Disarming Polarization:

Navigating Conflict and Difference

Disarming Polarization:

Navigating Conflict and Difference
Point Defiance Park | Tacoma, WA

LATEST NEWS

Learn more about the amazing things we are doing.
loading items...