Private 4 Year

PLU Admission Requirements

Tacoma, Washington

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Chances of getting into Pacific Lutheran University


Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Pacific Lutheran University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsUnavailable
Applicant CompetitionVery Low
How hard is it to get into PLU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at PLU is 86%.  It ranks #12 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Pacific Lutheran University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 2,853 out of 3,306 applicants were admitted.

Pacific Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.71. 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The PLU application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jul 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Pacific Lutheran University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 88% of students submitted SAT scores and 12% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

PLU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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PLU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class


Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Pacific Lutheran University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into PLU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Pacific Lutheran University was 3.71 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.71 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as PLU accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Pacific Lutheran University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 25.4% Avg +
3.75 to 3.99 28.3% Avg -
3.50 to 3.74 21.2% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 17.6% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 6.8% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 0.7% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Pacific Lutheran University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,080 1,225 3,306
Accepted 1,819 1,033 2,853
Acceptance Rate 87% 84% 86%
Enrolled 383 205 589
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 20% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 2 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Pacific Lutheran University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pacific Lutheran University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Pacific Lutheran University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
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.


Does Pacific Lutheran University prefer SAT or ACT?

88% of students submit their SAT scores to PLU. 12% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Pacific Lutheran University?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to PLU. Admission competition is and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.