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).
For students in the middle of exploring and applying to colleges, we know that doing so while living through a global pandemic and doing remote and/or hybrid learning 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 application process.
Campus & Visits
Is PLU open?
PLU began the 2020-21 academic year with a staged approach to reopening. We have a number of policies and protocols in place to ensure appropriate physical distancing, availability of facial coverings and disinfection supplies, and proper testing capabilities for COVID-19, all in accordance with the State of Washington’s Reopening Guidelines for Higher Education, the Campus Reopening Guide, and their related directives.
To help reduce the number of people (population density) on campus, we’ve reduced the number of students living on-campus in the residence halls, and suspended the university residency requirement for the 2020-21 academic year.
We’ve created a visual representation—a status dial—to ensure that our community members can quickly and easily see which stage we’re currently in, from fully remote learning and working to full capacity with in-person operations. As public-health conditions continue to evolve over the next several months, the PLU dial will be a regular part of our guidance for learning, living, and working on campus.
Our university officials are closely monitoring and assessing the potential spread of the virus, as well as existing policies and procedures to mitigate it. COVID-19 testing of students exhibiting symptoms associated with coronavirus, or of those who have been in close contact with an infected individual, are available at the Health Center. We also have the capacity for surveillance testing and contact tracing with the assistance of the Tacoma/Pierce County Emergency Services and County Health Department.
Our university administrative offices, including the Admission Office, are open.
Can I visit in-person? How do I "virtually visit"?
In-person Visits: In-person visits are currently available and require an RSVP at least 2 days in advance. We will not accommodate walk-in requests. Tours are limited to one prospective student per tour time and up to 3 guests from the same household. We enforce strict mask wearing and physical distancing while on campus and buildings you enter are extremely limited. Visits include a campus tour led by a current student and a one-on-one counselor meeting with an Admission Counselor. Go to our visit webpage to sign up.
Virtual Visits: We are offering a variety of Virtual Visits and Information Sessions for both first-year students AND transfer students, as well as student panels, program-specific webinars and virtual tours! These sessions and tours are an opportunity for you to hear from current students, PLU Admission Counselors, and include Q&A time at the end of each session. Go to our visit webpage to sign up.
Virtual Events: We’ve got a number of virtual events coming up, including Application Workshops, Lute Life Days for prospective students, and our signature Admitted Student Events to help you learn even more about PLU. 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.
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.
I couldn't take the SAT or ACT test I was planning on taking because it was cancelled.
PLU is a test optional school. If you weren’t able to take the SAT or ACT test it won’t hinder your ability to apply now or in the future.
AP, IB, and Cambridge Credits
Will PLU accept 2020/21 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.
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.
The COVID-19 situation and/or school closures is impacting my family financially.
What are PLU's plans for the fall?
We are currently planning for a full return to in-person learning and campus life for Fall 2021. This decision is being made in full consideration of public-health guidelines and community safety measures, but with risk-mitigation strategies already in place at PLU, the currently declining COVID-19 case numbers in Washington, and the release of multiple effective vaccines, we have reason to be optimistic. We’ll be able to share more details in the coming weeks as they become available.
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.