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.

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 open?

PLU has begun 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 personal protective equipment (PPE) 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.

For Fall 2020, we began the term with a one-week period of remote learning, and will phase in in-person learning as public health conditions permit ans as it aligns with faculty teaching plans. The first classes with in-person elements will be select labs, clinicals and performance-based courses, as well as some community-building courses for first-year students. The last three weeks of Fall Semester (after Thanksgiving break) will also be fully remote.

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: We will phase-in in-person visits to campus starting September 29, 2020. All visitors are required to register at least 2 days in advance of arriving on campus (sign up on our visit webpage). To maintain safe physical distancing and limit any possible exposure of COVID-19 to all PLU and non-PLU community members, we are limiting all tours to 1 prospective student and up to 3 guests from the same household. *We will not be able to accommodate walk-in visitors or additional guests due to space and physical distancing requirements.

*Note: Per state and university policy, we can only host in-person visitors from the following states at this time: Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

Once you have your visit scheduled, you will be asked to complete a COVID-19 symptom assessment before you come to campus. You and your guests will be required to bring a face covering to wear when visiting campus. Face coverings must cover both your nose and mouth and must be worn at all times.

Virtual Visits: We are offering a variety of Virtual Information Sessions for both first-year students AND transfer students, as well as student panels, program-specific webinars and Zoom live 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 Fall Preview Day, Student of Color Online (SOCO), and a number of Lute Life Days 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.

SAT/ACT Testing

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 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.