Accreditation and Institutional Research

Pacific Lutheran University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the NWCCU is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding PLU’s accreditation status by NWCCU should be directed to the NWCCU accreditation liaison officer at PLU. Individuals may contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Ave NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

In addition, the following programs hold specialized accreditations and approvals:

Business: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Computer Science (B.S.): Accredited by Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Marriage and Family Therapy: Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Music: National Association of Schools of Music

Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission

Social Work: Council on Social Work Education

Any current or prospective student may, upon request directed to the Office of the President, review a copy of the documents pertaining to the University’s various accreditations and approvals.


Chemistry: (including certified Biochemistry and Chemical Physics Options) – American Chemical Society


Education: State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board

Institutional Research Information

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