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First-Year Admission

PLU has Admission Decision Priority Dates

PLU has four admission decision dates – October 15th, November 15th, December 15th and January 15th. Students who complete their application materials prior to one of these dates can expect an admission decision and notification of academic merit scholarship eligibility prior to the next decision date.

Can you still apply after January 15th?

Yes! Applications completed after the Admission Decision Dates will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Application Checklist

Undergraduate Application

PLU’s online application is free, and students may also apply to PLU using the Common Application.

Personal Essay

of at least 250 words.

Official Transcripts

from all high school and college coursework. When reviewing applications of prospective freshmen, PLU computes an “Admission GPA” for the applicant. Check out the Weighted GPA section below.

Test Scores

PLU accepts SAT and/or ACT test scores.
For more information, check out the SAT/ACT section below.

Academic Recommendation

from a qualified person familiar with your academic record such as a principal, teacher, or counselor.

Admission Criteria

PLU welcomes applications from students who exhibit capacities for success at the university level. Admission to PLU is competitive. We look for students who:

  • Demonstrate success in a challenging college preparatory curriculum
  • Desire academic and personal challenges
  • Communicate clearly
  • Exhibit leadership and service in their community, church or school
  • Will share unique or special talents

Each application is reviewed based on grade point average, class rank, transcript patterns, standardized test scores, personal essay, and an academic recommendation.

Applications for admission are evaluated without regard to race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disabling conditions, financial resources or any other status protected by law.

SAT and/or ACT tests

First year applicants will need to take either the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). To be eligible for all PLU scholarships, you will want to take the test by November of your senior year. For more information about these standardized tests, see your high school college counselor. To have your scores sent directly to PLU from a testing agency, please use the following codes: SAT: 4597, ACT: 4470.

If you’re applying for Fall 2017, we will accept both the new SAT and the old SAT. We will compare your scores using concordance tables to determine your highest scores on either the new SAT or the old SAT.

Weighted GPA

When reviewing applications of prospective freshmen, PLU computes an “Admission GPA” for the applicant. The admission GPA weights classes that are identified on the high school transcript as International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), Honors, or Accelerated. This weighted GPA will be used throughout the admission, financial aid, and scholarship process. If the applicant’s high school produces their own weighted GPA, the admission office will use the better of the two. The maximum GPA for PLU admission and financial aid purposes is 4.00.

Required Prep Courses

  • Mathematics – Two years of college prep math with an average grade of C or higher*
  • Foreign Language – Two years of the same language with an average grade of C or higher*
  • English – Four years
  • Social Studies – Two years
  • Laboratory Science – Two years
  • Electives – Three years (selected from the areas listed above, as well as courses in computer science, speech and debate, visual arts, etc.)

*If you are deficient in the math or foreign language entrance requirements, but are admissible by all other criteria, you may still be offered admission. You will be required to complete the deficiencies during your first year at PLU.

College-level Credit Policies

If you have taken AP, IB, or Cambridge exams, or have participated in the Washington State Running Start or other college in the high school programs, you may be eligible for college credit.

School of Nursing Conditional Admission Program

Students interested in Nursing are encouraged to apply for the School of Nursing’s Conditional Admission Program. Through this competitive program, a select number of incoming full time, first-year students will be guaranteed admission (after completion of several academic requirements) to the School of Nursing’s BSN program starting their second year.

International Honors Program

For students in any major, the International Honors program is an academically rigorous program rooted in PLU’s emphasis on liberal arts education, and allows students to fulfill General Education Requirements through challenging, creative, and interdisciplinary coursework.  IHON courses explore contemporary issues and their historical foundations through an interdisciplinary, multi-national approach. The IHON application priority date is February 15.

School of Business Direct Admission Program

Through this program, students who express an interest in business are admitted to the School of Business as an ‘Open Business’ major.  To guarantee their spot in the School of Business, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and successfully complete five pre-business core courses by the end of their sophomore year.