Admission Office Coronavirus Information

Pacific Lutheran University is closely monitoring the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and following the lead of public health officials to do everything possible to keep our community safe and healthy (You can view PLU’s Coronavirus Information page here).

We understand that Washington State Governor Inslee’s announcement to close all K-12 schools in Washington state as a necessary public health measure impacts many of our prospective students, and we know that these are not the only schools experiencing closures. For students in the middle of deciding, applying to, and preparing for college, this adds another layer of stress to an already busy time!

PLU is a community of care and we are here to support you. Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions and concerns you might have, which include the measures we are taking to allow for flexibility on requirements, deadlines, and more. We hope this helps alleviate some of the stress and worries as you continue through your college exploration and decision process.

Have other questions? We invite you to connect with us! Your PLU Admission Counselor is available to answer any questions via call, email or text. You can find their direct contact information here.

Campus & Visits

Is PLU still open?

PLU has transitioned all classes to a distance learning format through the end of our spring semester. The only campus buildings that will remain open will be those that serve essential functions. This means that our Welcome Center is closed and the Admission Office staff has moved to a remote work schedule.

Can I still visit? How do I "virtually visit"?

Unfortunately, we must cancel all visits until further information becomes available, and will contact all students who have previously scheduled a visit.

Virtual Information Sessions: We are offering Virtual Information Sessions for both first-year students AND transfer students. These Zoom webinars are an opportunity for you to hear from a PLU Admission Counselor, and include Q&A time at the end of each session. Go to our visit webpage to sign up.

We also invite you to explore our Virtual Tour and we are happy to help you connect with a professor or other campus resource virtually!

VideOverKnight: Throughout April we hosted student, faculty, and campus staff expert Zoom webinars through a month-long event we dubbed VideOverKnight, which answered YOUR questions about life as a Lute. Visit the VideOverKnight webpage, and you can also check out the YouTube playlist of past panels.

The continuation of on-campus visits and events will rely on ongoing directives from public-health officials. If the need arises to extend campus visits cancellations, we will update this webpage, our visit webpage, and contact any prospective student with a scheduled visit ASAP.

For Admitted Students

I don’t think I’ll be able to make my decision until after the May 1st National College Decision Day.

We understand in these unprecedented times students may need more time, therefore we’ve extended our college decision day to June 1st. Please communicate with your Admission Counselor if you need an extension on the June 1st decision date, which we are more than happy to accommodate!

I have questions about financial aid or my financial aid award - will I be able to get in contact with the Student Financial Services office?

Yes! Student Financial Services will continue to package and send financial aid awards. We encourage you to connect with your personal PLU Admission Counselor with any questions you have about your financial aid award and/or financial aid in general.

The COVID-19 situation and/or school closures is impacting my family financially.

Please connect with your personal PLU Admission Counselor to talk about options, including our special circumstances form for financial aid or deferring your $200 Enrollment Deposit.

What are PLU's plans for the fall?

PLU President Allan Belton recently shared with current and prospective students and their families our intention to return to campus this fall and laid out some of the ways we are thoughtfully and carefully preparing for or are prepared for campus life.

You can see President Belton’s message here.

Is PLU changing the on-campus living requirement for first year students?

Yes. For the 2020-21 academic year, PLU is suspending the 25 driving mile radius, age or junior status requirements to be able to live at home. While we strongly encourage students to live on-campus, as there are many benefits, we understand that there are multiple factors that go into deciding whether to live on-campus or off-campus, especially during this uncertain time.

Residential Life has a helpful resource page of things to consider when deciding between living on- or off-campus.

For Applicants

Is PLU still accepting and reviewing applications?

Yes! We are accepting and reviewing new applications and are committed to getting you an admission and scholarship decision within four weeks.

Because of school closures, I now can’t get my official transcripts.

If you are unable to obtain official transcripts, we will take unofficial ones for the admission review. If you enroll at PLU in the fall, you will then be required to submit official transcripts.

Please note: Though many community colleges and other colleges have transitioned to distance learning, their administrative offices are still open, so we are still requiring official college transcripts.

Because of school closures, I won’t be able to get a teacher recommendation.

We can waive your letter of recommendation – please contact your PLU Admission Counselor to let them know.

Grades from Virtual Learning

Will having a Pass/Fail grade instead of letter grade from this time impact my admission in any way?

It will not impact your acceptance as long as it’s a Pass. As long as you are still able to graduate from high school with that passing grade, there will be no impact on your admission to PLU.

We also don’t use high school grades for placement in PLU math or foreign language classes (we have our own placement assessments for you to complete) , so a Pass grade will not impact your placement in those courses.

SAT/ACT Testing

The SAT or ACT test I was planning on taking this spring has been cancelled.

PLU is a test optional school. If you can’t take your SAT or ACT test this spring it won’t hinder your ability to apply now or in the future.

AP, IB, and Cambridge Credits

Will PLU accept 2020 AP, IB and Cambridge credits? Will your policies change?

There will be no change to our current College-level credit policies. PLU will continue to accept AP, IB, and Cambridge credits if, due to the impact of COVID-19, exams are taken at home.