Admission Office Coronavirus Information
PLU is closely monitoring the spread of 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).
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 application process.
Campus & Visits
Is PLU open?
Yes! We returned fully in-person to our vibrant campus this past fall.
We are requiring COVID-19 vaccination for all students, faculty and staff. This requirement is key to remaining a healthy and safe campus and consistent with public-health guidelines. Exemptions may be requested for medical reasons and religious beliefs, including right of conscience.
Beginning March 12, 2022 the PLU campus transitioned to a mask-optional policy, following the change at the state level and recommendations of the Tacoma-Pierce County health department.
Can I visit in-person? How do I "virtually visit"?
Yes, you can visit in-person! We look forward to welcoming you to campus.
In-person Visits: We are fully open for in-person visits Monday-Friday and some Saturdays. We are also excited to be offering in-person visit events again this year. Go to our visit webpage to see all of the in-person visit options and to sign up.
As of March 12, 2022, campus will transition to a mask-optional policy. If you’re more comfortable wearing your mask, please continue to do so. Please note that during a class visit, you may be asked to wear a mask per the professor’s preference and must wear a mask during that portion of your visit.
Virtual Events: We have a number of virtual events coming up, including our Suit Up for Senior Year Series, and various academic information sessions. These will be posted on our visit page.
And finally, 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!
The continuation of on-campus visits and events will rely on ongoing directives from public-health officials. As in-person campus visit opportunities change, we will update this webpage, our visit webpage, and contact any prospective student who may be impacted ASAP.
Do I have to be vaccinated to visit in-person?
Effective March 12, 2022, the university will no longer mandate proof of vaccination for visitors attending campus events.
If you plan on staying the night on campus, please note our guidelines are different and you can review those under “Do I have to be vaccinated to stay overnight on campus?”
You can find out more about our upcoming events on our visit page.
Do I have to be vaccinated to stay overnight on campus?
If you are attending an in-person visit or event at PLU and would like to stay the night as a part of your visit, you must show proof of full vaccination (not including a booster). Our professional staff will be checking for documentation before your overnight stay.
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.
Do I need to take the SAT/ACT?
PLU was a test optional school prior to the start of the pandemic and is still a test optional school. If you decided not to take the SAT or ACT test it won’t hinder your ability to apply now or in the future. It will also not have any impact on your ability to receive scholarships from PLU.
AP, IB, and Cambridge Credits
Will PLU accept AP, IB and Cambridge credits taken during the pandemic?
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.
The COVID-19 situation and/or school closures impacted my family financially and I am concerned about paying for college.
This is a real concern for many families, but we still encourage you to apply to PLU and file a FAFSA or WASFA (all free to fill out) because you may qualify for enough financial aid to make PLU – or any college – a reality. All colleges, including PLU, have special circumstance forms you can fill out after filing the FAFSA to let us know about financial circumstances, such as a loss of income, that are not reflected in the FAFSA or WASFA. Our special circumstances form will be available in October.
Please connect with your personal PLU Admission Counselor with any further questions about financial aid.
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. Please communicate with your Admission Counselor if you need an extension on the May 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.
Will PLU be requiring a COVID-19 vaccination?
PLU will require all students — undergraduate and graduate — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arriving on campus for the fall semester, with case by case exceptions allowed only for medical or religious reasons. This policy, focused on the health of the campus community, is similar to our current requirements for measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination. Where COVID-19 vaccination exceptions are granted, the university may require additional COVID-19 testing, social and access restrictions, quarantining and other limitations or requirements.
For comprehensive information and updates, please visit the PLU Coronavirus Information website.