PLU

Pacific Lutheran University

12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, United States
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  • Total Documents
    5
  • Class Notes
    5
  • Textbook Notes
    5
  • Study Guides
    0
  • Currently Enrolled
    16
  • Previously Enrolled
    17

Overview of Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

About this school

Pacific Lutheran, founded in 1890, is a church-affiliated university. Its 126-acre campus is located in Tacoma.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,709
    • Men:1,010 Men (37.3%)
    • Women:1,699 Women (62.7%)

Location

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Admission Information (PLU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Pacific Lutheran University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
2
3
Science
-
2
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
3

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 30
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Tacoma, WA 98447
Phone
(253) 535-7151
Fax
(253) 536-5136
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
75% of 3,629 applicants were admitted
Women
78% of 2,286 applicants were admitted
Men
71% of 1,343 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
781 (29%) of 2,736 admitted students enrolled
Women
494 (28%) of 1,778 admitted students enrolled
Men
287 (30%) of 958 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.71
375 And Above
53%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
520-630 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
6%
• Score 600 - 700
31%
• Score 500 - 600
48%
• Score 400 - 500
14%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
8%
• Score 600 - 700
39%
• Score 500 - 600
40%
• Score 400 - 500
13%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
21-27 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
11%
• Score 24 - 29
47%
• Score 18 - 23
35%
• Score 12 - 17
7%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (PLU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $40,722 (74.31%)
  • Room & Board: - $10,520 (19.2%)
  • Other Expenses: - $840 (1.53%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,718 (4.96%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Pacific Lutheran University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline December 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 16
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003785
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
496 (92.9%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
422 (85.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
421 (99.8%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
111 (26.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
90%
Average Award
$34,019
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 303 (72.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $13,194
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 303 (72.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,307
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 401 (95.2%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
22 (4.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,809

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
2,174 (82.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,967 (90.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,958 (99.5%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
471 (24.1%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
85%
Average Award
$32,706
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,444 (73.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,768
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,452 (74.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,343
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,841 (94.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
108 (4.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $12,719

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
70%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$26,379
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
4.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships, ROTC Scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Dance, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Out-of-State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (PLU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


184

Part-Time Faculty


37

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


79%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 18% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 30% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 13% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 3% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 3% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 59% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 41% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
299,894
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
810
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Pacific Lutheran University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


83.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


55.5%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


65.8%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


68.0%

Programs & Majors (PLU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (41)


  • Anthropology
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Military Operational Art and Science/Studies
  • Movement Therapy and Movement Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Norwegian Language and Literature
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Social sciences

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Nursing Practice

Master's Programs of Study (9)


  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Marketing Research
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Nursing--General
  • Writing

Campus Life (PLU)

Location & Geography

Population


203,446

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Seattle

Campus Size


156 acres

Weather


Temperature
35.2 average low in January, 69.9 average high in September
Rain
151 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Tacoma
Nearest Train Station
10 mile(s) from campus in Tacoma

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


49% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


51%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
-
School Colors
Black and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Crew
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, football, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Pacific Lutheran University offers choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, delta iota chi, swing club, club keithly, young life college club, rotc cadet activities council

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,638

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,709
Women
1,699
Men
1,010

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 10.2% Asian
  • 3.4% Black/African-American
  • 9.3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 9.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 1.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 65.6% White
  • 0.8% Unknown

International Students


3.2% from 19 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


355

Student Resources (PLU)

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