Pacific Lutheran University

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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.


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