Pacific Lutheran University

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School Overview

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) was founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890 and today is sponsored by 580 congregations of the Region I of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Located in Parkland, Washington, it is a private university which offers professional school programs as well as liberal arts programs. As of 2012, PLU had 3,500 students enrolled and 236 full-time professors. The campus sits on 156 acres of woodland.

PLU has two semesters, spring and fall, with a one month term (J-term) in January and classes offered in the summer. J-term allows students to take one class for the month and have it count as a normal 4-credit class like they would take during a whole semester. PLU is made up the School of Nursing, the School of Education and Movement Studies, the School of Business, the School of Arts and Communication, and the College of Arts and Sciences (which includes the Divisions of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Science).

PLU has 35 undergraduate degrees and the following graduate degrees: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Finance, Master of Business Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Master of Arts in Social Sciences, Master of Arts in Education with Initial Certification, and Master of Arts in Education.

General Information

Admission Office

Office of Admissions

1010 South 122nd Street

Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

(253) 535-7151

(800) 274-6758

Fax: (253) 536-5136



Contact: Karl Stumo

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Main Address

1010 South 122nd Street

Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

(253) 535-6900

www.plu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 3,321

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 716

Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,265

Graduate enrollment: 331

Setting

Suburban setting

Large city (250,000 – 499,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 75%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $25,488 $26,800 $28,100 $29,200 +3.91%
Books and Supplies $900 $924 $972 $972 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,712 $8,200 $8,600 $8,801 +2.34%
Other $2,205 $2,427 $2,607 $2,607 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $7,712 $8,200 $8,600 $8,800 +2.33%
Other $3,264 $3,039 $3,216 $3,216 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $36,305 $38,351 $40,279 $41,580 +3.23%
In-state Off Campus $37,364 $38,963 $40,888 $42,188 +3.18%
In-state with Family $26,388 $27,724 $29,072 $30,172 +3.78%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $21,960
In-state Student Fees $0
Out-of-state Tuition $21,960
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 694 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 693 97% $10,851,792 $15,659
• Federal grants 216 30% $885,024 $4,097
• Pell grants 134 19% $428,797 $3,200
• Other federal grants 199 28% $456,227 $2,293
Local and state government scholarships or grants 114 16% $570,817 $5,007
Institutional grants or scholarships 691 97% $9,395,951 $13,598
Student loan financial aid 461 65% $3,020,920 $6,553
• Federal student loans 460 65% $2,388,157 $5,192
• Other student loans 65 9% $632,763 $9,735

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 757 131 29
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 17
Chinese Studies 5
Scandinavian Studies 2
Women’s Studies 10
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 37
Biology/biological Sciences, General 37
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 104 31 1
Accounting and Finance 1
Business Administration and Management, General 104 31
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 59
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 59
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 17
Computer and Information Sciences, General 17
Education 52 48 28
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General 5
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 35
English/language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education 8
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching 4
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 47 28
Engineering 4
Computer Engineering, General 4
Engineering Science
English Language and Literature/letters 34 13
Creative Writing 20 13
English Language and Literature, General 14
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 27
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 2
French Language and Literature 4
German Language and Literature 6
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 3
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature 12
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 80 39
Clinical Nurse Leader 10
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 9
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 20
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 80
History 30
History, General 30
Human Services, General 11
Social Work 11
Mathematics and Statistics 25
Mathematics, General 25
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 18
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 18
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 29
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 25
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 4
Physical Sciences 22
Chemistry, General 10
Geology/earth Science, General 8
Physics, General 4
Psychology 44
Psychology, General 44
Social Sciences 93
Anthropology 23
Economics, General 23
Political Science and Government, General 31
Sociology 16
Visual and Performing Arts 54
Art/art Studies, General 15
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 17
Music, General 22
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Scandinavian Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Theatre Arts Management B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Education

Elementary Education B
Secondary Education B

Engineering

Computer Engineering – General B
Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
Classics B
French B
German B
Norwegian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B

History

History – General B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Pacific Lutheran University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(253) 535-8145
Website:www.plu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:www.plu.edu/admission/first-year/
Address:12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:3,070
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):70%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:11 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:3,070 (100% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$39,450
Out-of-state Tuition:$39,450
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$25,658

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Pacific Lutheran University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Pacific Lutheran University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services113
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services1
Education263
Engineering2
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics6
Health Professions and Related Programs13
History1
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies2
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences3
Psychology1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences4
Visual and Performing Arts4
Grand total34710

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Pacific Lutheran University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Pacific Lutheran University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$39,450
Out-of-state$39,450
Books and supplies$825

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$25,481
Out-of-state$25,481

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid63098%
Grant or scholarship aid62798%$25,658
Student loan aid33552%$7,602

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid2,68994%$22,774
Federal student loans1,69659%$7,555

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Pacific Lutheran University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Pacific Lutheran University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,7691,3972,372
Percent admitted100%73%79%
Percent admitted who enrolled18%17%18%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Pacific Lutheran University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment3,070
Undergraduate enrollment2,781
Graduate enrollment289

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Pacific Lutheran University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

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