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PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY - [PLU], TACOMA, WASHINGTON

Tacoma, WashingtonLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1890Established Year
  3100Enrollment

Pacific Lutheran University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, Pacific Lutheran University is a private university that provides liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement education to students. The University has produced more than 100 Full bright Scholarship winners since 1975 and is one of the prestigious names in the US Education System.

The institute is the first American University conducting study away classes on all the 7 continents. It is also the first institute in the West Coast to be awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for campus internationalization. Currently, the organization has a total student enrollment of nearly 3100 and operates on a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.

Admissions at Pacfiic Lutheran University are offered on a rolling basis but since the seats usually fill up early, the institute does follow certain deadlines while admitting students. It falls under the category of one of the least selective institutes for studying in the USA which is reflected in its high acceptance rate of around 80%.

Rankings

U.S. News and World Report 2020

  • #20 in Regional Universities West
  • #12 in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #9 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #10 in Best Value Schools
  • #7 in Most Innovative Schools
  • #102 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
  • #161 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

Times Higher Education Ranking

  • U.S. Rankings 2020: =381st

Highlights

University TypePrivate
Campus SettingSuburban
UG Application PortalOfficial website
Retention Rate82%
Annual EndowmentUSD 95.2 million
Work-Study ProgramYes
Mode of ProgramsFull time, Part time
Campus Housing Capacity1582
English language proficiency scoreTOEFL or equivalent
Official Websitewww.plu.edu

Programs, Campus and Accommodation

Courses

The institute provides an array of courses for international students which includes 44 majors and 54 minors with other graduate and professional programs. Programs are offered in various disciplines including business administration, creative writing, education, finance, nursing, kinesiology, marketing, marriage and family therapy.

The University is well known internationally for its program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program including Kurt Mayer Endowed Chair in Holocaust Studies. It is recognized as one of the few universities offering a minor program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The School of Arts and Communication is also nationally acclaimed and has been a hallmark of the University.

The most popular programs offered by the university are the following:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Health Professions and Related Programs
  3. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Physical Sciences

Campus

  • Pacific Lutheran University is located in the Parkland Neighborhood of Tacoma in Washington.
  • Spread across a lush area of 156 acres woodland campus, it is further divided into 2 sections called “upper campus” and “lower campus”.
  • The institute comprises various significant buildings namely Philip Hauge Administration Building, Mortvedt Library, Ramstad Hall, Xavier Hall, among others.
  • The University has a Media Lab that has won an Emmy Award.
  • There are more than 100 clubs and activities engaging students including 19 athletic teams in NCAA Division III Northwest Conference.

Housing Facilities/Residence

  • On campus housing is provided in 9 traditional residence halls namely: Harstad Hall, Hinderlie Hall, Hong Hall, Kreidler Hall, Ordal Hall, Pflueger Hall, Stuen Hall, and Tingelstad Hall.
  • Around 49% students opt for college-owned, -operated and -affiliated housing whereas 51% opt for off-campus option
  • Amenities common in all the residence halls include room cable TV, Wi-Fi, indoor bike storage, kitchen, postal delivery service, storage facilities, study lounge, central lounge, recycling room, vacuum cleaners, and vending machines.
  • Rooms in various residence halls vary in size and floor plans. Commonly every room is designed with twin sharing beds, blinds, desk and chair, dresser, closet, bookshelf, recycle bins, floor covered with linoleum, lounge with pianos, restroom, composting and laundry facility.

Pacific Lutheran University Application Process

How to Apply?

Application Portal: UG applicants - Online application; PG applicants – Standard Application or Fast Track Application.

Application Fee: UG applicants - 40 USD; PG applicants – 48 USD

Application Deadlines: No set deadline. For priority consideration, undergraduate students are advised to submit applications by May 1 for fall semester and December 1 for spring semester. Gradite applicants should apply by April 30 for the fall start.

Basic Admission requirements

  • High school GPA – No minimum requirements
  • ACT/SAT or GMAT/GRE scores
  • English proficiency test scores – International students must submit scores of English proficiency tests such as TOEFL/ IELTS. The minimum requirements of these test scores are:
ExamUndergraduateGraduate
TOEFL - IBT7983
IELTS6.56.5
PTE56-

Note: Standardized test scores of SAT/ ACT are optional requirements for applying to the Pacific Lutheran University. Students having good scores must submit it because it will lead to a better scholarship opportunity.

Supporting Documents:

  • Essay
  • 2 recommendation letter
  • official transcripts from previously attended schools translated in English
  • Declaration of finances through bank statement showing sufficient funds (61,038 USD less the scholarship confirmed during admission)
  • English proficiency test scores
  • Copy of photo page of passport
  • Updated resume with employment history and significant achievements
  • Personal statement in 300-400 words describing educational and professional goals and skills

Pacifc Lutheran University Cost of Attendance

If you are a prospective candidate of the university, the below mentioned estimated budget for international students looking to study in the US might come in handy for you.

ExpenseEstimated Cost
Tuition and Fees45,750 USD
Room and Meals11,150 USD
Health Insurance + Books + Personal Expense4138 USD
Total61,038 USD

Scholarships/Financial Aid

The institute offers a range of financial aid for its students like awards, grants and scholarships for international students to study in the USA. While the university awards 97% of students financial aid, all students must be prepared to pay at least a part of the tuition fee, living cost and personal expenses. It spends 61 million USD in awarding financial aid. On average students receive 37,075 USD as financial aid.

International students can avail on campus work opportunities where they are allowed to work for 20 hours a week with a wage rate of 13.50 USD per hour. Besides this, international students meeting eligibility criteria will be awarded grants and scholarships to study in the USA. The table below represents details of such scholarships and grants:

Scholarship/ Grant NameEligibility CriteriaAmount Awarded
International GrantsInternational overseas students6000-28000 USD per year
Artistic Achievement AwardsExceptional skills in art, dance, theatre, forensics and music1000-7500 USD per year
PLU Academic ScholarshipsFirst year applicants will be awarded on the basis of high school GPA6000-28000 USD per year
President’s ScholarshipStudents with GPA 3.8, SAT score 1310 or ACT score 2833000 USD per year
Harstad Founder’s ScholarshipSelected for the President’s Scholarship38000 USD per year

Alumni Network

The university alumni enjoy several benefits like study away programs, live streaming of events, lectures, alumni card offers discounts on sports events, bookstores, music events, museums.

They can use athletic club facilities like the gym, racquetball court, Fitness Center, career services like creating resumes, connecting with a career advisor, continued education opportunities, short term health insurance, use library resources and request transcripts.

Distinguished alumni of the institute who have been awarded in the recent year are: Munro Cullum – Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery at University of Texas, Jen Cohen – 15th and only female athletic director in Pac-12, and Samuel Torvend – Professor and Endowed Chair for Pacific Lutheran University.

Placements

A total of 90% of the students were either employed within 6 months of graduation or enrolled for continuing education. The median starting salary of its alumni is nearly 50,600 USD.

Unievrsity graduates work at established companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Columbia Bank, Alaska Airlines, Peace Community Center, Expeditors, and Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital etc.

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Pacific Lutheran University Overview

Institution TypePrivate (Not for Profit)
Student Population3533
FAFSA Code003785
Application Cost$55
Accreditation NWCCU
Average Cost of Attendance$41,696 / Year
Student : Faculty Ratio1 : 1

Admission & Dates

Early action Deadlines

November 01

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

Regular decision Deadlines

January 15

Application Deadline

April 01

Application Results

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Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
TOEFL-79- -
IELTS-6.5- -
PTE-56- -
Undergraduate
SATCheck Detailed Score115510401270 84%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing580520640-
Mathematics575520630-
ACTCheck Detailed Score242127 29%
English242127-
Mathematics242127-

Pacific Lutheran University Acceptance Rate

75.4%

Acceptance Rate

3629

Total Applicants

3533

Total Enrolled

Male
Female

36.8%

Male

63.2%

Female

Undergraduate
Undergraduate Program75.4%
Total Applicants3903
Total Enrolled2942
Graduate
Graduate Programs75.4%
Total Applicants784
Total Enrolled591

Pacific Lutheran University Enrollment

Enrollment
Pacific Lutheran University Enrollment3533
Undergraduate Enrollment2942
Graduate Enrollment591
Graduation Rate
Average Graduation Rate61.4%

Attendance Cost

$41,696

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$41,696 / Year
Post Graduate Program$50,960 / Year
On Campus Accomodation
Books & Supplies$840 / Year
On campus, Room & Board$10,520 / Year
On Campus, Other Expenses$2,718 / Year
Off Campus Accomodation
Off campus (not with family), Room & Board$10,520 / Year
Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses$2,718 / Year
Off campus (with family), Room & Board$3,255 / Year
Off campus (with family), Other Expenses$3,270 / Year
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Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Program Wise Accreditations
Music ProgramsNational Association of Schools of Music
Nursing ProgramsCommission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing ProgramsAccreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Faculty

Total FacultyFull TimePart timeGraduate Assistants
540232912111-
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    RANKED  #327

    Overall (National)

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    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    9.3/10

    10/10academic
    9/10infrastructure
    9/10placements
    10/10faculty
    9/10extracurricular
    9/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Binoya singh dube, INDIA Mba
    Pacific Lutheran University
    Current student , Batch : 2021
    9.3
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    WHY PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY IS THE TOP PICK OF THE MBA ASPIRANTS?

    I did my BBA and started working and then I wanted to do MBA from abroad and Pacific Lutheran University was the best option for me, considering the curriculum, placement, and living expenses. Out of the two universities I had applied for I took admission to Pacific Lutheran University because it was ranked among the top business schools in the country by the Princeton Review. The program is so well designed that it enables the students to develop their own concentration based on their interests. Also, I had to submit $55 for the online application.


    Course Curriculum - 

    This program is designed to help us understand the importance of effective communication and develop critical-thinking skills. Through this program, we get prepared for this globalized world. Our curriculum includes human resource management, non-profit management, entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, production management, etc.

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    12180 Park Avenue S. Tacoma, WA 98447
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    Bus Station

    Pacific Ave S & Garfield St S0.65 Km
    116th St S & 8th Ave Ct S0.66 Km
    116th St S & 8th Ave Ct S0.71 Km
    116th St S & 10th Ave S0.73 Km
    Parkland TC0.77 Km
    116th St S & Park Ave0.84 Km
    116th St S & 10th Ave S0.92 Km
    Parkland TC - Zone F310.81 Km
    116th St S & Park Ave310.81 Km
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    Marvel Food & Deli1.1 Km
    Grocery Outlet Bargain Market3.63 Km
    Boo Han Market4.45 Km
    H Mart4.82 Km
    McLain Frozen And Refrigerated5.22 Km
    Target Grocery5.51 Km
    Los Amigos Supermarket6.67 Km
    La Huerta 2 International Market6.78 Km
    7 eleven7.32 Km
    DLA-DS(DRMO)7.69 Km
    Walmart Supercenter7.71 Km
    Walmart Connection Center7.72 Km
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    Park Plaza Shopping Center1.14 Km
    Hi-Tech Carstar Parkland1.77 Km
    A's Barber Shop 22.25 Km
    Weir Plaza3.51 Km
    Taylor Enterprises LLC3.94 Km
    Cascade Square4.07 Km
    Lakewood Cinema Plaza4.3 Km
    McChord Field Main Exchange4.43 Km
    Pro Tailoring4.46 Km
    Canton Cocstruccio4.51 Km
    Sunglass Outfitters by Sunglass Hut4.61 Km
    South Tacoma Village Shopping Center4.75 Km
    Community Magazine Shopper5.63 Km
    Lakewood Towne Center5.74 Km
    NUEVA GENERACION7.25 Km
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    Eugene book1.3 Km
    Compass Productions2.53 Km
    Comiks The Gathering2.87 Km
    Toy Stable3.48 Km
    Park Avenue Books4.27 Km
    Tony book5.15 Km
    Barnes & Noble5.5 Km
    Socorro book5.52 Km
    Saundra book5.93 Km
    Hyper Sonic Games and Toys6.14 Km
    Champions Centre6.22 Km
    Becky book6.36 Km
    Castle Megastore6.45 Km
    Waiting for Grace by K.D. Gray7.21 Km
    Elmo's Adult Videos & Books7.46 Km
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    PAX Terminal3.1 Km

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