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 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.
We are also continuing to require the use of masks in all indoor locations, as currently required by local and state mandates.
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. As with the rest of the campus community, we require the use of masks in all indoor locations, as currently required by local and state mandates. Go to our visit webpage to see all of the in-person visit options and to sign up.
We are also excited to be offering in-person visit events again this fall. Please review the next FAQ for vaccination requirements for our visit events.
Virtual Visits: We are offering a virtual campus tour every other Monday at 6:00pm PT. These tours are an opportunity for you to hear from current students and include Q&A time at the end of each session. Go to our visit webpage to sign up.
Virtual Events: We have a number of virtual events coming up, including a Virtual Fall Preview Day, our Lute Look 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?
If you are attending an in-person visit event at PLU, such as a Lute Life Day or Fall Preview Day, you must show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of J&J/Janssen vaccine. Our professional staff will be checking for documentation before each event. Those younger than 12 are excluded from proof of vaccination or testing, but are required to participate in masking if over the age of two.
Additionally, all campus events require proper mask wearing at all times (covering both mouth and nose), regardless of vaccination status, unless actively eating or drinking.
You can find out more about our upcoming events on our visit page.
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 is impacting 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.