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

Washington Monthly Best Masters Universities

PLU is routinely recognized as one the best universities in the United States. The university is ranked the 15th best master’s university in the country by Washington Monthly, the 15th best regional university in the West by U.S. News and World Report, and included on the Princeton Review’s list of “Best Western Colleges.”

U.S. News and World Report

PLU is known for its commitment to work study opportunities, generous endowed scholarships and it’s user-friendly financial aid application process. The university is ranked 11th on the list of the country’s “Best Colleges for Your Money” by College Factual, the sixth best value school in the West by U.S. News and World Report, is one of “300 universities worth the investment” by Forbes, and one of just six West Coast universities included on U.S. News and World Report’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.

PLU is ranked eighth 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.

Nursing Schools Almanac

The PLU School of Nursing has earned a reputation of excellence both in Pacific Northwest and throughout the country. The university is the 31st best nursing school in the country by College Resource Network, the 16th best school of nursing in the West according to Nursing Schools Almanac, and one of 150 best graduate nursing programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

PLU was named one of 300 best business programs in the country by U.S. News and World Report, the sixth best value college in the country for business, management and marketing by College Factual, one of the “Best 295 Business Schools” in the country by the Princeton Review, and one of “Best Business Schools in the West” by the Princeton Review. 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 a top Christian college by the Global Center for Christian Education and College Choice. 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 is ranked number one by College Factual as the best value school for philosophy and religion studies. The university’s Division of Humanities teaches students to understand the complex traditions that shape how human beings think and act in the world, as well as how to make connections between a living past and current global challenges.

PLU is ranked in the top 20 for best value anthropology (first), sociology (fifth), psychology (fifth), social work (sixth), politics and government (13th), and economics (20th) departments by College Factual. The university’s Division of Social Sciences combines classroom learning and applied settings, such as internships and mentored research, to teach students to understand society while developing the analytical tools needed to resolve complex social problems.

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 third best value music department, as well as seventh best value for fine and visual arts in the country according to College Factual. PLU was also named one of the top colleges in the country for awarding creative arts scholarships by LendEDU.

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.