Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

Tacoma, WA

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Pacific Lutheran University Student Essentials

Pacific Lutheran University Student Essentials
Region: Northwest
Setting: Mid-size City Setting
Type: Private
Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
Size: Medium (2,000 to 5,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Lutes
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Selective
In-State Tuition: $33,100
Out-of-State Tuition: $33,100
Retention Rate: 83%
Enrollment: 3,864
Year Established: 1890

About PLU

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University was founded in the Lutheran tradition and supports the academic and spiritual growth of its students.

Bachelor’s degrees can be earned in almost every traditional concentration, while graduate programs are more limited. Graduate degrees include master’s programs in Business, Creative Writing, Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Nursing.

Students seeking a master’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University can be certain they are learning from experienced professionals and dedicated academic minds.

Student life dominates the campus. From community service programs to student organizations, there is something for everyone. Pacific Lutheran University believes involvement is the key to professional, academic, spiritual, and social success.

Students are encouraged to live on campus, participate in student clubs, and explore campus ministry. Athletic teams and study-abroad opportunities are also available.

Struggling students need not worry. Support services are readily available to all students. Services provided include academic workshops, a health clinic, counseling services, a women’s center, career advising, financial aid counseling, and much more.

At Pacific Lutheran University, every student has an opportunity to develop his or her academic, spiritual, and professional self.

PLU Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave Pacific Lutheran University 4 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

I love PLU for its small size and diversity. The university has about 3000 students so its very easy to make many lasting friendships. For those considering PLU, I would highly recommend going especially if you are a music student. No school in the Northwest is better for a music education or just being in a music ensemble. When you get here make sure to study abroad or get involved in at least one program. They give you plenty of opportunities.

PLU Map & Location

Pacific Lutheran University
1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447

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Getting Around PLU


Very good walkability. We recommend walking in this area.


PLU Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 3,425
Freshman Class 827
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 3,864

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 6%
  • African American: 3%
  • Caucasian: 76%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 8%
Latino 6%
African American 3%
Caucasian 76%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Unknown and Other 8%

Undergraduate 89%
Graduate 11%
Full-Time 76%
Part-Time 24%
Women 64%
Men 36%
International 4%
Domestic 96%

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