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PLU Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

75.4%
Admission Difficulty for Pacific Lutheran University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

Can I get into PLU? The school has a 75% acceptance rate. 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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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1120-1330
Applicants Submitting SAT
84%
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 570
SAT Math 25th 550
SAT Composite 25th 1120
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 650
SAT Composite 75th 1330
Estimated Average SAT 1230
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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. 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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pacific Lutheran University admission chances by SAT score
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%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
29%
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 21
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Estimated Average ACT 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. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Pacific Lutheran University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Pacific Lutheran University admission chances by ACT score
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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.66
Typical High School Grades
B+

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. 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Pacific Lutheran University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 54% Good
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

High School Class Rank

70% of Pacific Lutheran University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Pacific Lutheran University students
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%

Admission Statistics

Pacific Lutheran University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,286 1,343 3,629
Accepted 1,778 958 2,736
Acceptance Rate 78% 71% 75%
Enrolled 403 216 619
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 23% 23%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pacific Lutheran University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Pacific Lutheran University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Pacific Lutheran University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.