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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 3,679 prospective students applied, and 3,165 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 597 enrolled in the school.  2,992 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 215 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $43,264 plus fees of $410. PLU is ranked 333 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
Pacific Lutheran University overview
SAT 1080/1290
ACT 24/29
GPA 3.66
Applications Accepted
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Applications Due Jul 1, 2022
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$900
Other Fees$410
Room and Board $10,876
Budget for Other Expenses$2,808
Total One Year Cost$58,258

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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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