Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Pacific Lutheran University Ranked?

2022 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 107 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is teacher education subject specific.

Overall Quality

PLU is ranked #466 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list.

PLU also holds the #11 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

The acceptance rate at Pacific Lutheran University is 75%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that PLU is a good fit for you.

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

The student to faculty ratio at PLU is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 71%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  71 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific Lutheran University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Pacific Lutheran University has a freshmen retention rate of 81%. 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  81 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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Pacific Lutheran University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,695 undergraduates at PLU with 2,627 being full-time and 68 being part-time.

How Much Does Pacific Lutheran University Cost?

The overall average net price of PLU is $23,058. 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 +
$17,344 $17,998 $20,369 $27,598 $28,021

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At PLU, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $7,248 a year. That adds up to $28,992 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at PLU is 2.4%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from PLU make about $49,400 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. 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

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Pacific Lutheran University is a private not-for-profit institution. PLU is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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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 40 majors graduated from Pacific Lutheran University. Of these students, 771 received undergraduate degrees and 181 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 97 $39,900
Nursing 82 $67,400
Health & Physical Education 52 $29,200
General Psychology 49 $29,900
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 44 NA
General Biology 43 $23,400
Chemistry 30 NA
Sociology 28 $29,700
Political Science & Government 28 $32,000
Computer Information Systems 26 $65,700

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

Learn more about online learning at Pacific Lutheran University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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