Pacific Lutheran University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Washington


Pacific Lutheran University is a private university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, although only about 30% of the student body is Lutheran. The 146-acre campus is located in Parkland, Washington, just a few miles south of Tacoma. The university offers a mix of liberal arts and professional programs, with business, nursing and communications being the most popular among undergraduates. Pacific Lutheran has a 15 to 1 student / faculty ratio, and all classes are taught by professors, not graduate students or teaching assistants. About 450 students study abroad every year. In athletics, the PLU Lutes compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, Elementary Education, Movement Studies and Wellness Education, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 3652
Total Grad Students: 385
Undergraduate Students: 3267
Faculty: 235

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

Percent Male: 37%
Percent Female: 63%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 52%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 68%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1010 122nd St So
Tacoma Washington 98447


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Main Phone: 253-531-6900

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 21 27
English 21 28
Math 21 27
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 490 620
Math 480 600
Writing 480 600

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 77%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -77%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 972

Other Expenses: 2352

Room and Board: 9250

Tuition and Fees: 30950

Total Cost: 43524

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6979

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 96%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 64%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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