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Pacific Lutheran University Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Pacific Lutheran University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Pacific Lutheran University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Pacific Lutheran University was awarded 25 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education grade specific.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, PLU is ranked #370 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

PLU also holds the #9 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

See all of the rankings for Pacific Lutheran University.

Is It Hard to Get Into PLU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Pacific Lutheran University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 75%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 84% of students accepted to PLU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 520 and 640. Math scores were between 520 and 630.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 520 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 520 to 630 )
PLU received ACT scores from 29% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for Pacific Lutheran University  ( 21 to 27 )

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Pacific Lutheran University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At PLU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Pacific Lutheran University is 64%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  64 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific Lutheran University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Pacific Lutheran University has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At PLU the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 52%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  52 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at PLU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,766 undergraduates at PLU with 2,655 being full-time and 111 being part-time.

PLU Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for PLU is 81.53 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  81.53 out of 100
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How Much Does Pacific Lutheran University Cost?

The overall average net price of PLU is $23,821. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for PLU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,389 $17,754 $20,845 $26,656 $33,349

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of PLU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At PLU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $7,342 a year. That adds up to $29,368 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PLU is 3.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do PLU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from PLU make around $49,400 per year during the early years of their employment. That's great news for PLU students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Pacific Lutheran University make the most money.

Location of Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

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Location of Pacific Lutheran University

Contact details for PLU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 12180 Park Ave South, Tacoma, WA 98447-0003
Phone: 253-535-8145

Pacific Lutheran University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 43 majors graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. Of these students, 728 received undergraduate degrees and 192 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 102 $39,900
Nursing 70 $67,400
General Biology 64 $23,400
Health & Physical Education 47 $29,200
General Psychology 45 $29,900
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 35 NA
Communication & Media Studies 29 $30,300
Chemistry 25 NA
Computer Information Systems 24 $65,700
Music 22 $18,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Pacific Lutheran University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

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