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 recent 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 until May 4th, and the Admission Office Staff has moved to a remote work schedule.

Can I still visit?

Unfortunately, we must cancel all visits through May 8th, and will contact all students who have previously scheduled a visit. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our Virtual Tour and we are happy to help you connect with a professor or other campus resource virtually!

Visit Scholarship: We have extended the Visit Scholarship “year prior to enrollment” end date to June 1 for first-year students.

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

Are the April 2-3 & April 16-17 Lute OverKnight events still happening? (for admitted first-year students)

Unfortunately, our two Lute OverKnights have been cancelled. However, we’ve created VideOverKnight in lieu of this in person event! VideOverKnight will still take place April 2 & 3 with a number of live events happening each day. You can tune in throughout the month of April for other live events answering questions we know students have. We hope to ‘see’ you there!

You are also welcome to schedule an individual visit for a date after May 8th. We know that may delay your college decision, which is okay! (See below)

I want to visit campus before I make my college decision, but now won’t be able to visit until after May 1st .

We will begin welcoming visitors back to campus through May 8th at this time. You are still welcome to visit campus beyond that date, and we look forward to your visit . We have extended the Visit Scholarship “year prior to enrollment” end date to June 1 for first-year students.

In the meantime, we invite you to explore campus via our Virtual Tour!

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.

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!

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.

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.