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IPEDS ID: 236230
OPE ID: 00378500
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Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, Washington 98447-0003
General information:  (253) 535-8145
Website:  www.plu.edu
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  3,207 (2,836 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  12 to 1
Admissionswww.plu.edu/admission/
Apply Onlinewww.plu.edu/admission/first-year/
Financial Aidwww.plu.edu/financial-aid/
Net Price Calculatorwww.plu.edu/financial-aid/HEOA-Required-Consumer-Information/net-price-calculator.php
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and Veteranswww.plu.edu/admission-military/
Disability Serviceswww.plu.edu/dss/
Mission Statement
  PLU seeks to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care - for other people, for their communities and for the earth.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army)
Teacher certification
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2018Full timePart time
Total faculty199126
Instructional199126
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-0
Instructional-0
Research-0
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
Tuition and fees$37,950$39,450$40,722$42,4364.2%
Books and supplies$1,050$825$840$8400.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,330$10,330$10,520$10,7902.6%
Other$2,508$2,703$2,718$2,7180.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$10,330$10,330$10,520$10,5200.0%
Other$2,508$2,703$2,718$2,7180.0%
Off Campus with Family
Other$6,290$3,255$3,270$3,2700.0%
Total Expenses2015-20162016-20172017-20182018-2019% change 2017-2018 to 2018-2019
On Campus$51,838$53,308$54,800$56,7843.6%
Off Campus$51,838$53,308$54,800$56,5143.1%
Off Campus with Family$45,290$43,530$44,832$46,5463.8%
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 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2018-2019
Tuition$30,146
Fees$100
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid161599%————
Grant or scholarship aid60998%$17,854,233$29,317
Federal grants19932%$1,076,293$5,409
Pell grants19832%$885,256$4,471
Other federal grants19932%$191,037$960
State/local government grant or scholarships21435%$1,789,055$8,360
Institutional grants or scholarships60498%$14,988,885$24,816
Student loan aid35057%$2,536,659$7,248
Federal student loans34255%$1,875,712$5,485
Other student loans488%$660,947$13,770
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,56296%$64,706,056$25,256
Pell grants83731%$3,693,419$4,413
Federal student loans1,51557%$16,920,299$11,169
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
2015-20162016-20172017-2018
Average net price$25,219$24,567$24,174
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2015-20162016-20172017-2018
$0 – $30,000$15,640$18,273$17,389
$30,001 – $48,000$17,960$18,068$17,754
$48,001 – $75,000$22,065$21,630$20,845
$75,001 – $110,000$27,022$26,946$26,656
$110,001 and more$29,587$29,988$33,349
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2018
Total enrollment3,207
Undergraduate enrollment2,836
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment177
Graduate enrollment371
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 96%
Part-time: 4%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 36%
Female: 64%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 10%
Black or African American: 4%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 58%
Two or more races: 10%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 3%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 89%
25 and over: 11%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 73%
Out-of-state: 26%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2017.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 71%
Part-time: 29%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 0%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 100%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2018
TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants3,7401,4442,296
Percent admitted80%78%81%
Percent admitted who enrolled22%20%23%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommendedConsidered but not required
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
RecommendationsX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
Test Scores: Fall 2018 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
SAT57288%
ACT7712%
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
NOTES:
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing540640
SAT Math530630
ACT Composite2028
ACT English2129
ACT Math1826
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 83%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 77 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2018.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2010]
4-year: 58%
6-year: 71%
8-year: 71%
[Began in Fall 2012]
4-year: 65%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 59%
Female: 72%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 38%
Asian: 63%
Black or African American: 54%
Hispanic/Latino: 65%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 17%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 51%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 100%
Non-resident alien: 83%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • Alternative measures of student success are reported by degree-granting institutions to describe the outcomes of degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who are not only first-time, full-time students, but also part-time attending and non-first-time (transfer-in) students. These measures are also reported for students receiving Pell grants and those students that do not receive Pell grants. These measures provide the 8-year award-completion rates by award level (certificates, associate's and bachelor degrees) after entering an institution. For students who did not earn any undergraduate award after 8-years of entry, the enrollment statuses are reported as either still enrolled at the institution, or subsequently transferred out of the institution. Unlike the Graduation Rates data, all reporting institutions must report on their transfer outs regardless if the institution has a mission that provides substantial transfer preparation.
FULL-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 71%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 26%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 64%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 31%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 73%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 24%
PART-TIME, FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
Received a Bachelor's degree: 67%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
FULL-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 86%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 11%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 69%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 28%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 99%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
PART-TIME, NON-FIRST-TIME DEGREE/CERTIFICATE-SEEKING UNDERGRADUATES WHO ENTERED IN 2010-11
Award and enrollment rate:
[All students]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 82%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 6%
[Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 100%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 0%
[Non-Pell]
Received a Bachelor's degree: 80%
Enrolled at same institution: 0%
Enrolled at different institution: 7%
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2017-2018
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
Certificate
Postgraduate
Certificate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Chinese Studies3----
Scandinavian Studies0----
Women's Studies2----
Category total5----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General47----
Category total47----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Accounting and Finance---0-
Business Administration and Management, General9128---
Finance, General-0---
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other09---
Marketing Research-0---
Category total9137-0-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric41----
Category total41----
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General24----
Category total24----
Education
Education, General00---
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other----0
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-0---
Elementary Education and Teaching27----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education0----
Music Teacher Education9----
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0----
Secondary Education and Teaching0----
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-37-0-
Category total3637-00
Engineering
Computer Engineering, General1----
Engineering Science0----
Category total1----
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing1312---
English Language and Literature, General8----
General Literature0----
Writing, General0----
Category total2112---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General5----
French Language and Literature0----
German Language and Literature1----
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General6----
Norwegian Language and Literature0----
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics0----
Category total12----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist0----
Clinical Nurse Leader-20---
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-00--
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling-19---
Nursing Practice--8--
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse76----
Category total76398--
History
History, General14----
Category total14----
Mathematics and Statistics
Financial Mathematics06---
Mathematics, General14----
Category total146---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies0----
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other20----
Category total20----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General0----
Kinesiology and Exercise Science49----
Category total49----
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy4----
Religion/Religious Studies3----
Category total7----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General15----
Geology/Earth Science, General7----
Physics, General13----
Category total35----
Psychology
Psychology, General24----
Category total24----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work11----
Category total11----
Social Sciences
Anthropology13----
Economics, General11----
Political Science and Government, General8----
Sociology23----
Category total55----
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation1----
Art/Art Studies, General0----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General10----
Fine/Studio Arts, General14----
Music, General13----
Category total38----
Grand total621131800
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2017-2018
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 179
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 33
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $21,653
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $15,173
RETENTION RATES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
RETENTION RATES FOR FIRST-TIME, DEGREE/CERTIFICATE EDUCATION BENEFIT USERS PURSUING BACHELOR'S DEGREES
Full-time students: 71%
Part-time students: 0%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2017-2018 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division III with footballMenWomen
All Track Combined5946
Baseball28
Basketball2017
Football92
Golf128
Rowing36
Soccer3436
Softball16
Swimming2324
Tennis711
Volleyball16
Institutional Accreditation
AccreditorStatusNext Review Date
Northwest Commission on Colleges and UniversitiesAccredited since (09/01/1936)12/31/2017
Programmatic Accreditation
Accreditor / ProgramStatusNext Review Date
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's programAccredited (10/01/1993 - 12/31/2004)
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate programAccredited (05/01/1966 - 12/31/2004)
 No Longer Recognized  American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levelsAccredited (01/31/2006 - 04/15/2013)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levelsAccredited since (09/22/2016)05/31/2021
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levelsAccredited since (10/03/2003)12/31/2023
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levelsAccredited since (10/03/2003)12/31/2023
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programsAccredited (09/01/1978 - 08/01/2014)
 No Longer Recognized  National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schoolsAccredited since (01/01/1958)12/31/2019
  • For more detailed information on accreditation for this institution, including all actions and justification for actions, visit OPE's Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs: ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/institution-profile/148919.
2016 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations000
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape233
Fondling012
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary879
Motor vehicle theft115
Arson000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201420152016
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Rape132
Fondling012
Incest000
Statutory rape000
Robbery000
Aggravated assault000
Burglary431
Motor vehicle theft000
Arson000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see http://ope.ed.gov/security.
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201520142013
Default rate2.3%3.7%3.4%
Number in default213431
Number in repayment904916904
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)