PLU is the small, private university in Tacoma, Washington where everyone shares a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice. Lutes aren’t afraid to do things unconventionally to leave the world better than they found it.
We look forward to welcoming you to the PLU community!
LUTES MAKE IT HAPPEN
From the classroom to the workforce.
The students we nurture and inspire become the minds and hearts driving the future. The PLU experience allows your ambition to blossom into purpose, your skills to sharpen into tools, and your caring to become a transformative force.
WHEN ARE THE IMPORTANT DATES?
Don't miss a thing.
Five Students x Four Years = Five Unique PLU Experiences
Every college experience is different. Each student takes a unique path from arrival, to sticking with it, to forging forward. We followed a small cohort of students over the course of their college careers to illustrate those different paths, and get a glimpse of their PLU Years.
WHAT'S A PLU EDUCATION LIKE?
Hear it from those who know best, our students and alumni.
"At PLU, the classes are small, and you get to know your classmates and your professors, so you have access to the support you need. You will be challenged and have to work hard, but PLU prioritizes access to student wellbeing services, accommodations, but also and importantly, inclusivity, and identity."
"PLU graduates are difference makers who engage the world in all its complexity with open minds and caring hearts. They’re engaged citizens who strive to serve the common good, and who are local, regional and global leaders in fields like health care, technology, the performing arts, and education."
More affordable than you think.
Tuition (Fixed) & Fees
Room & Meals
After financial aid, the average cost of PLU goes down to just over $19,000.
CAN I AFFORD IT?
Let's do the math.
We know that college costs can be intimidating, but many students like you find that once financial aid is factored in, PLU is an affordable option – sometimes comparable to or even less expensive than state schools. And we’re here to help you through the process from start to finish!
HOW DOES PLU MEASURE UP?
See our stats at a glance.
average class size
students of color
students come from 36 states and 26 countries
average transfer GPA
classes taught by faculty
of the class of 2019 completed an internship, field work or research
WHY IS THE PNW SPECIAL?
From the mountains to the ocean, everything's in reach.
We love our location—mountains, water, and lots of green. Seattle is a short drive away, and even closer is downtown Tacoma. And yeah, it rains, but not as much as you might think. Plus, that’s how everything stays so green!
For PLU students looking to venture off campus and explore, the university’s Outdoor Recreation program is a handy resource for thoughtful, easily accessible adventures in the great outdoors: hiking, rock climbing, skiing, kayaking.