Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

Tacoma, WA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Creative Writing
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Religion/Religious Studies
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Accounting and Finance
Business Administration and Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric


Major Bachelors Masters
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Educational Administration and Supervision
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Engineering
Engineering Science

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Health and Physical Education
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical Nurse Leader
Family Practice Nurse / Nursing
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chinese Studies
Political Science and Government
Scandinavian Studies
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Social Work


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

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PLU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 1 Review

100% of students gave Pacific Lutheran University 4 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

PLU is ideal for those who like smaller class sizes and to be able to work one on one with a teacher. Class sizes are no bigger than 30-40 students and professors make office hours easy to access and are willing to make appointments. Workload is fairly average and exams are easy to take if you study and do the work beforehand. PLU offers a variety of classes and all of them are fairly challenging.

PLU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Four-one-four
Retention Rate 83%
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in September, January, and February.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Distance Learning

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science

Class Sizes at Pacific Lutheran University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 49%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 2%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 49%
  • 100+ Students: 0%
Fewer than 20 Students 49%
50 - 100 Students 2%
20 - 49 Students 49%
100+ Students 0%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 86
  • Asian: 6
  • Latino: 5
  • Unknown and Other: 2
Caucasian 86
Asian 6
Latino 5
Unknown and Other 2

Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University

Total Faculty 251
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 14
Full-Time Professors 637
Male Faculty 116
Part-Time Professors 76
Women Faculty 135

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