What does that mean for you?

If, by your senior year, you have a cumulative 3.3+ GPA and have taken Intermediate Algebra, you are guaranteed admission (and a scholarship!) to PLU and get to skip the PLU Common App process.


What is the Automatic Admission Partnership?

PLU has partnered with school districts throughout Washington to offer this program. We work with counselors at your high school to identify seniors who meet our academic standards for admission and who would also be great members of the PLU community.

If you have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA and have taken Intermediate Algebra by your senior year, your school lets us know and we will automatically send you an admission offer via email and mail.

You then get to skip the application process! To move forward in the process, you’ll fill out a simple “Acceptance Form”.

If I'm automatically admitted, will I still need to write an admission essay for PLU? Send a letter of recommendation?

Nope! This partnership really means you are automatically admitted and won’t need to write an admission essay or submit a recommendation letter. As part of the partnership, your school will send us your official transcript, so you won’t have to request that either.

As mentioned in the previous FAQ, the thing you’ll need to do to move forward in the process is fill out an “Acceptance Form” that will take about 15 minutes to complete.

If I am automatically admitted, and fill out the “Acceptance Form”, have I committed to attend PLU?

No! Filling out the form just means you want to learn more about PLU.  It will allow us to send you more information to see if PLU is the right school for you – academically, socially and financially.

How do I find out about financial aid and scholarships?

If you’re eligible for the Automatic Admission Partnership, you will also be offered an academic scholarship worth at least $23,000 per year. Once we know that you are accepting our offer of admission by filling out the “Acceptance Form” we can determine your exact scholarship amount.

Interested in art & design, dance, media, music, or theatre? Consider applying and auditioning for our Artistic Achievement Scholarships, which range from $1,000-$7,500 per year (and are stacked on academic scholarships).

We’ll also encourage you to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). PLU’s FAFSA code is:003785. PLU uses information from the FAFSA or WASFA to determine what need-based scholarships and grants, as well as loans and work study we can offer you. (The WASFA is for Washington residents who are not eligible to complete the FAFSA, i.e. undocumented students)

I am a Running Start student. Will you accept all of my credits?

Yes, generally we will! You’ll find details on our Running Start Students webpage.

I have taken Cambridge/AP/IB classes. Will I receive college credits for that coursework?

It generally depends on the scores from your exams or the type of program you completed.  You can find details on our College-level Credit Policies webpage.

Do I have to live on-campus?

PLU has an on-campus living/residency requirement for first-year students. First-year students must live in on-campus housing unless they live at home with parent(s) within 25 driving miles or have achieved Junior status before September 1 of the academic year.

There are certain advantages to living on-campus, including some of our themed learning communities based on interests or identities. You can learn more about living on-campus on the Residential Life webpage and on the Learning Communities webpage.

There’s also a strong community of and resources for students who live off-campus (commuters)! Check out our Commuter Students webpage.

What if I'm not selected for the Automatic Admission Partnership, but go to school in a partner district. Does that mean I shouldn't apply to PLU at all?

If you are interested in PLU, we do want you to apply! Not being selected for automatic admission just means we would like to get a bit more information about you, which our application process will allow us to collect. Apply to PLU through the Common Application (it’s FREE!).

Meet Your PLU Admission Counselor

Your PLU Admission Counselor is here to help! They can answer any questions you have about the automatic admission partnership, financial aid, and PLU in general. Find your personal Admission Counselor below.


School DistrictAdmission CounselorTextEmail
Aberdeen School DistrictShaun
Auburn School DistrictNatasha
Bethel School DistrictBrady
Clover Park School DistrictBrady
Federal Way School DistrictNatasha
Fife School DistrictBrady
Franklin Pierce School DistrictBrady
Granger School DistrictMary
Highline Public SchoolsNatasha
Montesano School DistrictShaun
Moses Lake School DistrictMary
Mount Vernon High SchoolShaun
North Thurston School DistrictShaun
Olympia School DistrictShaun
Peninsula School DistrictHillary
Puyallup School DistrictBrady
Selah School DistrictMary
Summit AtlasShaun
Summit OlympusNatasha
Summit SierraShaun
Sumner-Bonney Lake School DistrictMelody
Tacoma Public SchoolsNatasha
University Place School DistrictBrady
Vancouver Public SchoolsShaun
Walla Walla Public SchoolsMary
Wapato School DistrictMary
West Valley School DistrictMary
Yakima School DistrictMary
Yelm Community SchoolsShaun
Zillah School DistrictMary

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