Rankings

Pacific Lutheran University prepares students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.

PLU is routinely recognized as one of the best universities in the United States. The university is ranked among the best master’s universities in the country by Washington Monthly, the one of Forbes “Top Colleges”, and included on College Factual’s list of “Best Nationwide Colleges for your Money.”

PLU is known for its commitment to work-study opportunities, generously endowed scholarships and it’s user-friendly financial aid application process. The university is ranked 10th on the list of the country’s “Best Value Schools” by U.S. News and World Report and was named one of the best value schools in Washington, by both Niche and Best Value Schools.

PLU is ranked 12th on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best Colleges for Veterans in the West.” The university is a Yellow Ribbon school that has long been highly praised for its commitment to fostering a campus and classroom environment that is welcoming and accommodating for veterans, active-duty service members, military partners and ROTC students.

The PLU School of Nursing has earned a reputation of excellence in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the country. The university has been named one of the best nursing schools in Washington by Niche, the 15th best school of nursing in the West, and is among the top private nursing schools in the country according to Nursing Schools Almanac.

PLU was named one of the 295 best business programs in the country and one of the best in the West by The Princeton Review, among the best value colleges in the country for business, management, and marketing by College Factual, and one of Niche’s best colleges of business in Washington. PLU’s business programs prepare students for success in finance, management, marketing, and accounting.

PLU has been recognized for its commitment to environmental sustainability by a wide variety of organizations ranging from the Arbor Day Foundation to CBS News. The university is one of the Princeton Review’s “353 Green Colleges” and ranked one of the 150 most environmentally sustainable schools in the country by the Sierra Club.

PLU is ranked as a top Christian college by Niche. The university was founded in 1890 by Lutheran immigrants from Norway, and the core elements of Lutheran higher education continue to guide PLU’s mission.

PLU’s School of Arts and Communication is dedicated to building and enhancing communities through the study, practice, and understanding of artist expression. The university is among the best value schools for music in the country according to College Factual and the eighth-best college for communications in Washington according to Niche.

Named one of the 50 best college towns in America by Best College Reviews, Tacoma is home to three universities, a historic downtown core, world-class museums, vibrant local arts and music scenes, and is a stone’s throw from Mount Rainier and Seattle.