PLU emphasizes the importance of student research and creative projects. From summer-long student-faculty research projects in the natural sciences to student-directed plays in theatre, these opportunities have many benefits and help students explore and learn more in-depth about an area of study or future career path that interests them, gain invaluable hands-on experience and organizational skills, and learn to balance independent and collaborative work.
These research and creative experiences, along with the opportunity to work closely with faculty as mentors strengthen our students’ preparation for careers and graduate programs.
At PLU, you’ll have very few large lecture classes, and all classes are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. Most of your time in class will be close-up, hands-on, working with your professors and fellow classmates. This ability to work closely with faculty is something undergraduate students at most universities–large or small–do not experience. PLU professors are role models who know that it isn’t just what you learn, but how you learn. They work with you in the classroom, in the laboratory, in the performance hall, in the field–and they help you one-on-one. They are mentors who help you discover the professional opportunities in your academic field, and they are colleagues who work side-by-side with you on research and creative projects.
No matter what you plan to do after you earn your PLU degree, you’ll have gained the experience that employers and graduate programs want.