#7 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

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 3,220 prospective students applied, and 2,846 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 510 enrolled in the school.  2,507 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 199 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $46,816 plus fees of $1,410. PLU is ranked 329 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



PLU is rated within the top 39% 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
Pacific Lutheran University overview
SAT 1150/1376
ACT 22/28
GPA 3.71
Applications Accepted
Pacific Lutheran University overview
Applications Due Jul 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend

Costs for Pacific Lutheran University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$942
Other Fees$1,410
Room and Board $11,482
Budget for Other Expenses$2,913
Total One Year Cost$63,563

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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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