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Profile of PLU

Pacific Lutheran University offers 3,100 students a combination of 44 academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. PLU students take part in student-faculty research, internships, lab work, field studies and numerous other hands-on learning experiences, and work closely with professors who are experts in their fields and passionate teachers. PLU graduates are prepared for success – 93% of the graduating class of 2013 was either employed or accepted into graduate school within 6 months of graduating. Nationally ranked for its study abroad programs and commitment to service, PLU lives its mission of educating for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care. PLU was founded in 1890 by Scandinavian immigrants and remains affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

For more detail: PLU Profile


PLU offers a full range of liberal arts academic programs – such as psychology, history and the natural sciences – anchored by a college of arts and sciences. The university also provides students the opportunity for professional study in business, communication and arts, education, nursing, social work, and kinesiology. Each of these programs maintains a strong liberal arts emphasis at its core. There are over 40 majors and about 50 minors available to PLU students. PLU follows a 4-1-4 calendar that consists of two 15-week semesters bridged by a four-week January Term. Summer consists of two four-week terms.

A searchable list of available majors and minors: Majors & Minors

PLU General Catalog: Catalog

Student Profile

(2014-15 academic year)

Total: 3,275 students
Undergraduate: 2,936   Graduate: 339

  • 62 percent female, 38 percent male
  • 95 percent of first-year students enter PLU with 3.00 GPA or higher
  • 43 percent live in campus residence halls
  • 23 percent are students of color
  • 76 percent are from Washington state
  • 10 percent are age 25 and older
  • 19 percent are Lutheran
  • 5 percent are international students representing 26 countries
  • Average GPA for first-year students: 3.66
  • Average SAT for first-year students: 1100 (Math & Critical Reading scores only)
  • Average ACT for first-year students: 25 composite

More student data: Institutional Research


PLU participates in NCAA Division III athletics. More than 400 Lutes in all sports have been named first-team NCAA All- Americans.

  • Women’s intercollegiate sports: Soccer, cross-country, volleyball, basketball, swimming, track and field, tennis, rowing, golf and softball.
  • Men’s intercollegiate sports: Soccer, football, cross-country, basketball, swimming, track and field, baseball, golf and tennis.
  • Club Sports: Men’s and Women’s Ultimate Frisbee; Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse; Men’s Rowing.

More about PLU athletics: Go Lutes!

Admission to PLU

PLU welcomes applications from students who exhibit capacities for success at the university level. Admission to PLU is competitive. Each application is reviewed based on grade point average, class rank, transcript patterns, standardized test scores, personal essay, and an academic recommendation.

PLU has four Admission Decision Priority 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. Applications received after January 15th will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

PLU’s online application is FREE and we also accept the Common Application (with no application fee).

Complete information on applying to PLU: Apply to PLU

Official PLU Online Application: Apply


2015-16 academic year:

Tuition and Fees: $37,950
Room and Meals: $10,330
Total: $48,280

Scholarship Opportunities

PLU offers numerous scholarships that are both merit and need-based. In 2014, the average student financial aid offer was $29,858.

Financial Aid quick links:

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93% of the graduating class of 2013 was either employed or accepted into graduate school within six months of graduating. Click here to see more about PLU graduate outcomes.

Visiting PLU

PLU encourages students to visit campus – it a great opportunity to take a tour, chat with an Admission Counselor about admission, academic programs and financial aid, attend a class, and/or meeting with an athletics coach or music director. Appointments are recommended, but not required.

Contact PLU

PLU Office of Admission
Tacoma, WA 98447
Fax: 253-536-5136