Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University, also referred to as PLU, is located in Parkland, Washington, United States. It was founded in 1890 by Scandinavian immigrants. It was granted university status in 1960. PLU offers several degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. PLU is organized into the following schools and colleges:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Arts and Communication
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Movement Studies
  • School of Nursing

PLU boasts an active student life. The university fields numerous men's and women's sports teams. It is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Northwest Conference. Their official mascot is the Lutes.

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Pacific Lutheran University
1010 122nd St So
Tacoma , WA 98447-0003
General Phone: (253) 531-6900

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Pacific Lutheran University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts252Scandinavian studies, Chinese studies, women's studies, area and Cultural studies, German language, Scandinavian languages, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, ...
Education and Teaching131education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, special education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, teacher education, English teaching, ...
Business and Management129business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine107registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Science84biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling60psychology, marriage and family therapy
Media49communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy32health and physical education
Family and Social Work21social work
Religion and Philosophy20philosophy, religion
Art Studies13art studies
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science, computer engineering
Drama and Performing Arts9drama
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies
Engineering0engineering science

Number of programs and degrees for Pacific Lutheran University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree79745
Master's degree12511
Postbaccalaureate certificate301

Pacific Lutheran University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Pacific Lutheran University had a total enrollment of 3,661 students (3,707 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 86%
Graduate 14%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 67%
Black 2%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 13%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 35%
20-21 33%
22-24 15%
25-29 8%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
North Dakota1%

Pacific Lutheran University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 100 %

Pacific Lutheran University Room and Board (2007)

Pacific Lutheran University offers campus housing for 1,642 of its 3,707 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Tacoma, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Pacific Lutheran University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490630
SAT Math500620
SAT Writing490600
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2228

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT80%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT20%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Pacific Lutheran University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,800
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,800
Room and board $ 8,200
Room charge $ 3,950
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,250
Books and supplies $ 924
Other expenses $ 2,427

Financial Aid:
Pacific Lutheran University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 378500)

Pacific Lutheran University Faculty

Pacific Lutheran University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year28$65,75922$57,676
Associate professoracademic year29$67,16625$60,016
Assistant professoracademic year42$66,66533$60,424
Instructoracademic year19$53,27830$41,448
No academic rankacademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year120$64,120110$54,606

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Pacific Lutheran University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Northwest Conference
Basketball Northwest Conference
Baseball Northwest Conference
Track Northwest Conference

Pacific Lutheran University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Special Education and Teaching, Other
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Engineering Science

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies, Other
Chinese Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Scandinavian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
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checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
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