Frequently Asked Questions

What are my financial aid options as a music student?

For more information on financial aid, please see the financial aid website.

I'm not a music major, what are my options?

Here at PLU we realize that passion for music exists everywhere and in every major, that is why at PLU our performing ensembles are open to everyone. To audition for the an ensemble please see our New Student Information page. Ensemble placement auditions are held during orientation weekend. In addition, scholarships are available to all regardless of major. For those who count music as one of their many passions, we also have a music minor that might be the perfect balance for you.

What is the ensemble audition process?

You will find information regarding our ensemble audition process in the New Student Information. Ensemble placement auditions will be held during orientation weekend. All majors are welcome to audition.

What can I major in?

The Department of Music offers several degree options for students interested in studying music. Please see our degree page for a list of all majors.

I've never heard of Tacoma/Parkland, what's it like?

Tacoma is one of America’s hidden gems – it is the perfect combination of access to urban hustle and bustle and serene country-like dwelling. Tacoma, Washington is a mid-size city nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest at the foot of Mount Rainier and along the shores of Commencement Bay. It is the cultural center for the South Puget Sound Region.

A few highlights:

  • Mountains
  • Lakes
  • Hiking
  • Affordable living
  • Forty minutes from Seattle
  • Thriving arts community