Racial Demographics & Diversity

Racial Diversity

A college's ethnic diversity is indicated by the student body's equal inclusion of students from different backgrounds . Students at PLU are primarily White with a small Hispanic population. The school has medium racial diversity. 32% percent of students are minorities or students of color. The ethnic breakdown is detailed in the following table.

Racial demographics of Pacific Lutheran University students
Race Percent of Students
White 68%
Black 3%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 8%
American Indian / Alaskan 1%
Hawaiian / Pacific Islander 1%
Two or more races 7%
International 4%
Race Unknown 1%

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Gender Demographics & Diversity

Gender Diversity

There are 87% more female students than male students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University with a gender ratio of 65% women to 35% men. Compared to the US average of 56% female students, PLU has a lower gender diversity than other US colleges and is less inclusive of males.

Male to female gender ratio for Pacific Lutheran University students
Gender Percent of Students
Men 35%
Women 65%
Enrollment by gender for Pacific Lutheran University students
Gender Number of Students
Men 1,118
Women 2,089

Geographic Diversity

Geographic Diversity

PLU serves a low number of students outside of Washington, with 73 percent of the student body residing in-state.

Enrollment by geographic location for Pacific Lutheran University students
Origin Percent of Students
In State 73%
Out of State 26%
Foreign 1%
Unknown Location 0%

Economic Diversity

Median Household Income
$65,366 per year

30% of students can be considered low-income as indicated by their receipt of Federal Pell Grant Aid.

Undergrad Student Population

Undergrad enrollment by age and part time status
Segment Percent of Students
Students Over 25 Years Old 11.6%
Part time Undergrads 2.1%

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236230 IPEDS survey data for Pacific Lutheran University.

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