PLU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Pacific Lutheran University
|Applicant Competition||Very Low|
How hard is it to get into PLU and can I get accepted? The school has a 75% acceptance rate ranking it #8 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,736 out of 3,629 applicants were admitted making Pacific Lutheran University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 40 percent. Pacific Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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PLU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT84%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||570|
|SAT Math 25th||550|
|SAT Composite 25th||1120|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||680|
|SAT Math 75th||650|
|SAT Composite 75th||1330|
|Average SAT Score||1230|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Pacific Lutheran University?
Pacific Lutheran University typically requires applicants to be in the top 37 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1120 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1010. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1230 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 84 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1330 and Above||Good||>84%|
|1225 to 1330||Avg +||75%-84%|
|1120 to 1225||Avg -||64%-75%|
|1015 to 1120||Reach||51%-64%|
|Less than 1015||Low||<51%|
PLU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT29%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||21|
|ACT Math 25th||21|
|ACT Composite 25th||21|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||27|
|ACT Math 75th||27|
|ACT Composite 75th||27|
|Average ACT Score||24|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into PLU?
Admission data indicates that PLU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #8 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pacific Lutheran University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|27 and Above||Good||>84%|
|24 to 27||Avg +||75%-84%|
|21 to 24||Avg -||64%-75%|
|18 to 21||Reach||51%-64%|
|Less than 18||Low||<51%|
Avg. High School GPA3.66
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Pacific Lutheran University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Pacific Lutheran University was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as PLU accepts 75% of all applicants.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||19%||Avg -|
|3.25 to 3.50||12%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||10%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||5%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
70% of Pacific Lutheran University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||35%|
|Top 25% of class||70%|
|Top 50% of class||92%|
|Bottom 50% of class||8%|
|Bottom 25% of class||1%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||23%||23%||23%|
What are the requirements for admission to Pacific Lutheran University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236230 IPEDS survey data for Pacific Lutheran University.