Pacific Lutheran University


Pacific Lutheran University

Named one of America’s top colleges, Pacific Lutheran University educates its more than 2,900 students for lives of thoughtful service, leadership, inquiry and care. PLU offers more than 50 rigorous liberal arts and professional programs, where students work closely with professors and take part in research, internships, lab work, field studies, creative projects, and more. As a national leader in global education, PLU was the first American university to have study away classes on all seven continents, and over half of all students study abroad. 90% of recent graduates are employed or accepted into graduate school within six months after graduating.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Kinesiology

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Religious Affiliation
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Community Service

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


First Year applicants are high school seniors or students who have completed high school or a GED but not taken any college-level courses. Students participating in college-in-the-high-school programs like Washington’s Running Start or others must still complete a first year application, and are considered first-year with advanced standing. When reviewing applications, PLU computes a weighted GPA for IB, AP, Honors, or Accelerated courses, used in the admission, financial aid, and scholarship process. PLU is a test optional school and practices a holistic review of admission applications.


You may apply as a transfer student if you have graduated from high school or earned an equivalent diploma, and seek to transfer college-level credit to PLU from regionally accredited colleges or universities. To be considered for transfer admission to PLU, you need a minimum college-level GPA of at least 2.50 (on a 4.0 scale) and one year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours) of college level, academic coursework. If you wish to apply for admission with less than 30 semester hours of transferable credit, you must submit an official high school transcript or equivalent.

Additional Information

Financial Aid & Scholarships
97% of PLU students qualify for some kind of financial aid, and the average financial aid offer for the 2019-2020 academic year was $37,075. Academic scholarships range from $6,000-$27,000 per year, awarded based on GPA and test scores (if test scores are submitted). We encourage students with a 3.8+ or higher weighted GPA, or a 1310+ SAT score, or a 28+ ACT score to apply by December 1 to our competitive top academic and leadership scholarships, the PLU Presidential Scholarships, which range from $30,000 to full-tuition per year. Fine Arts Scholarships range from $1,000-$7,500 per year, stack on top of academic scholarships, and are available in the areas of music, theatre, art, dance and forensics (speech and debate). You can find more information and further scholarships at

PLU Pledge
PLU strongly believes in the value of our education and that a college degree is an important investment in yourself. That's why we offer the PLU Pledge: A Lute Loan Safety Net. The PLU Pledge is a loan repayment assistance program, a safety net, for incoming first-year students. If, after graduation, a student is earning less than our threshold salary per year, we will help repay their student (and parent PLUS) loans. You can find more information at

Visit us

You’re invited to come see PLU! Tour campus with a current student guide, meet with your PLU admission counselor to learn more about applying and financial aid, sit in on a class, and eat lunch in our dining commons. We can further personalize your visit by helping you set up a meeting with a professor and/or athletics coach and an overnight stay in a residence hall with a current student. The easiest way to request an individualized visit is online at Or, keep an eye out and RSVP for one of our big campus visit events!

"PLU has been the perfect place to watch not only myself, but those around me develop into passionate individuals and authentic leaders. As a Lute you will have the chance to make invaluable relationships, think critically about the world around you, and experience life to the fullest."

Miranda Martens, Student, Class of 2018
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

Pacific Lutheran University, Office of Admission
Tacoma, WA 98447, United States of America

Phone number

(253) 535-7151