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First-Year Admission

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

Students can apply via PLU’s online application or the Common Application. Both options are free.

Personal Essay

The essay should be at least 250 words.

Official Transcripts

Send in 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

The academic recommendation must be 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). 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.

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.

College-level Credit Policies
Nursing Conditional Admission

Students interested in Nursing should apply for the School of Nursing’s Conditional Admission. 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.

Apply for Nursing Conditional Admission
International Honors Program

For students in any major, the International Honors Program is a rigorous alternative to the General Education Program, and is designed for independently-motivated students with an interest in pursuing their studies in a global context. The IHON application priority date is February 15.

Learn more about IHON
Business Direct Admission

Students interested in business when they apply are automatically 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.

Learn more about the School of Business