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Pacific Lutheran University Stats, Info and Facts

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3,141 Students

75% Admitted

  • 3,141 full time
  • 224 part time
  • 1,111 men full time
  • 1,940 women full time
  • 3,438 applied
  • 2,579 admitted
  • 574 enrolled

2,769 Undergraduates

$43,264 Tuition/Year

  • 276 Graduates
  • 71 Non-Degree
  • $43,264 in state
  • N/A fees
  • $10,790 room & board
  • $840 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Religious affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Far West Large suburb
Highest Degree Offered: Doctorate
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Four-one-four plan
School Mascot: Knight
School Colors: Black and Yellow
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Angela from Tacoma, WA
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  • This school claims to take personal interest in the success of their students. However, once enrolled in classes and attending the school, the staff quickly became uninterested and unsupportive. After…

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  • Tommy from Spanaway, WA
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  • Great community of staff and students. A lot of diversity and activities for students to expand their friendships. Awesome Professors with are dedicated to students' learning.…

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  • Allison from Richardson, TX
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  • A small school that doesn't sacrifice academics because of size, with a united campus that embraces and advocates social justice issues and diversity. Great professors that are happy to sit…

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  • Jessica from Tacoma, WA
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  • The art department at PLU is fantastic. The classes are really fun, and teachers are involved in student's success. It is little expensive, though.…

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  • Elise from Auburn, WA
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  • PLU is the perfect fit for students who aren't striving for a big, city setting. The personalized education that is offered to the students makes this school well worth going…

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Mission Statement

PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and careā€”for other people, for their communities, and for the earth

Pacific Lutheran University
  • Located in Tacoma, WA
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 3,141 students enrolled
  • 75% admitted
  • $43,264 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
  • 5
  • Micheal from Auburn, WA
  • I am a current student here

    When I heard that my fellow high school class mates had 700 student class sizes, I immediately began to appreciate the class sizes here at PLU. Because I am a bit of a shy person, in those large numbers I would have been swallowed up in the classroom. But here at PLU the instructors care about your success and actually push you to do better and offer help.

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  • 5
  • Sara from Tacoma, WA
  • I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Everyone has been very friendly to me so far, and I like the small homey environment yet the fairly large campus. I think that people from all different backgrounds or cultures will be perfectly comfy here and enjoy every moment of it.

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  • 3
  • Kid from WA
  • I am a current student here

    The people you will meet here are awesome. Everyone, students and staff, are extremely friendly so it won't take you long to find new friends if that's something you are worried about. However, the school is not located in an area with a lot of things to do, but Seattle is not far away. In addition, there are no big sporting events that draw a large crowd. Attendance to athletic events are probably comparable to what it is like in high school, but those that go are there to root on the Lutes.

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  • 5
  • Kate from Tacoma, WA
  • I am a current student here

    PLU has a very open and accepting community; because of its rather small size, you tend to get to know a decent portion of the school. I have found people that I will be friends with for the rest of my life, I have had multiple amazing opportunities to do what I love and be recognized within my department, and some of my fondest memories are from my three years I have been here.

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  • 4
  • Robert from Lakewood, WA
  • I am a current student here

    The campus is something that can't go without being noticed. It is the first thing that grabs you when you step onto the campus and it is truly beautiful. The combination of people that are on campus, personality and value wise, is something that cannot be substituted with anything else; it is truly a great opportunity to get to know different kinds of people as well as yourself. When you walk through the campus you can stop and talk to any random person and have a great and friendly conversation with them. It really is a happy place to be around. Also you never think you'll change, but after a year in college, you go back home to see all of your high school friends and you feel different. It changes you, but for the better. It is nothing less then unique.

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