What Does It Mean to be Lutheran?
One of the most common questions we get is “Do I have to be Lutheran to go to PLU?” The answer is: you don’t. PLU doesn’t just welcome, but actively seeks out students from every possible background—all religions, all races, all ethnic groups, all socioeconomic groups, all sexual orientations, from all over the world.
So what, then, does it mean to go to a Lutheran university like PLU? In the 16th century, the great reformer, Martin Luther, advocated the principle of education for the sake of service, or education with a purpose. At PLU, we believe in authentically engaging, questioning, serving and caring for our communities and the world, and educating our students to use their talents, values, and passions to live out their callings—their vocations.