Pacific Lutheran University

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12180 Park Street S

Tacoma, WA 98447

Phone: (253) 531-6900
2013-2014 Tuition
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#15 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Pacific Lutheran University is a private institution that was founded in 1890. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,166, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 126 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Pacific Lutheran University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 15. Its tuition and fees are $34,740 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

PLU is an exceptional academic community in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With acclaimed academics and nationally recognized study abroad and international study programs, PLU combines a rigorous academic program with a caring community ensuring challenge and support for every student. Students at PLU enjoy successful internship opportunities in world-class local businesses, a hands-on classroom experience with professors who are experts in their field of study, and a tradition of excellence and service to the world established by PLU alumni. The Tacoma/Seattle area also offers vast outdoor recreation, cultural events, art exhibits and museums, as well as music and theatre performances.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1890
Religious affiliation Lutheran
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $71,802,576


When applying to Pacific Lutheran University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Pacific Lutheran University is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Pacific Lutheran University is 15:1, and the school has 49.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Pacific Lutheran University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; History; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 82 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 15:1
4-year graduation rate 52%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
History 5%
Social Sciences 4%

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Student Life

Pacific Lutheran University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,166, with a gender distribution of 38.5 percent male students and 61.5 percent female students. At this school, 46 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54 percent of students live off campus. Pacific Lutheran University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,473
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Pacific Lutheran University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, and health service. Pacific Lutheran University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Pacific Lutheran University, 56 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Pacific Lutheran University.

Students who have cars on campus 56%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Pacific Lutheran University, 76 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,670.

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Tuition and fees $34,740 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,100 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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