#5 Best Private Colleges in Washington

Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington

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Student Population
Pacific Lutheran University overview
Location Tacoma, Washington
Online plu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pacific Lutheran University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Located in Tacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University is a small four year private college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.   The school has a religious affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church faith. In the most recent statistical year 3,740 prospective students applied, and 2,984 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 649 enrolled in the school.  2,992 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 215 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2018/2019, excluding room and board, is $42,066 plus fees of $370. PLU is ranked 325 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



PLU is rated within the top 38% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
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SAT 1070/1270
ACT 20/28
GPA 3.66
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jul 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Very Low

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Pacific Lutheran University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$840
Other Fees$370
Room and Board $10,790
Budget for Other Expenses$2,718
Total One Year Cost$56,784

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$52,300 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
66% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Pacific Lutheran University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 14%
Social Sciences 12%
Health Professions 8%
Communication 7%
Education 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236230 IPEDS survey data for Pacific Lutheran University.

Current students may use the Pacific Lutheran University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.