Chances of getting into Pacific Lutheran University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
79.8%
Admission Difficulty for Pacific Lutheran University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsDifficult
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into PLU and can I get accepted? The school has a 80% acceptance rate ranking it #13 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,984 out of 3,740 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 48 percent. Pacific Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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PLU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1070-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
88%
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 540
SAT Math 25th 530
SAT Composite 25th 1070
SAT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 630
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1170

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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 47 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1070 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 970. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1170 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 88 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.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Pacific Lutheran University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >87%
1170 to 1270 Avg + 80%-87%
1070 to 1170 Avg - 70%-80%
970 to 1070 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 970 Low <58%
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PLU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-28 
Applicants Submitting ACT
12%
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Pacific Lutheran University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 28
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 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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 28 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #7 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 12 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
28 and Above Good >87%
24 to 28 Avg + 80%-87%
20 to 24 Avg - 70%-80%
16 to 20 Reach 58%-70%
Less than 16 Low <58%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. 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 80% of all applicants.

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Admission Statistics

Pacific Lutheran University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,296 1,444 3,740
Accepted 1,863 1,121 2,984
Acceptance Rate 81% 78% 80%
Enrolled 428 221 649
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 20% 22%

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

80% of those who apply are granted admission to PLU. Admission competition is and the college has difficult admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1070 and 1270. 88% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 28. 12% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.