Pacific Lutheran University Rankings

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In the World#2040 of 14178
In North America#626 of 2629
In the United States#574 of 2528
In Washington#12 of 57
In Tacoma#2 of 5

Quick Review

Religion
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Acceptance rate
86%
Average SAT
1185
Average ACT
27
Avg. cost to attend
$25,362 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
2,695
Graduates
367
Male:Female Ratio
35:65
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
plu.edu

Pacific Lutheran University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate86%83%88%
Applicants3,6791,3672,296
Admissions3,1651,1392,013
Freshmen enrolled full time596213380
Freshmen enrolled part time11

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
359 or 60%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1080
or below

75% of them
had 1290
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Pacific Lutheran University are 1080-1290 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
121 or 20%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 24
or below

75% of them
had 29
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Pacific Lutheran University are 24-29 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White1749 (57%)
Hispanic368 (12%)
Asian315 (10%)
Two or more races314 (10%)
Black or African American115 (4%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown75 (2%)
Nonresident Alien73 (2%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander39 (1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native5 (0.2%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Net average cost to attend
$25,362/year
Average aid awarded
$30,044
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K$17,344
$30-48K$17,998
$48-75K$20,369
$75-110K$27,598
$110K+$28,021

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district$43,264$30,316
Tuition in-state$43,264$30,316
Tuition out-of-state$43,264$30,316
Fee in-district$410
Fee in-state$410
Fee out-of-state$410

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity1,560
Combined charge for room and board$10,876
Room charge$5,040
Meal charge$5,836

Pacific Lutheran University Majors

MajorBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoral
Business Administration and Management, General10247
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse70
Biology & Biological Sciences, General64
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth55
Kinesiology and Exercise Science47
Psychology, General45
Speech Communication and Rhetoric29
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other28
Clinical Nurse Leader25
Chemistry, General24
Computer and Information Sciences, General23
Music, General22
Creative Writing913
Elementary Education and Teaching21
Social Work18
Mathematics, General17
Marriage and Family Therapy & Counseling17
Sociology15
Physics, General14
Fine & Studio Arts, General14
Political Science and Government, General14
Economics, General14
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other13
History, General12
Music Teacher Education12
Financial Mathematics12
Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General11
Geology & Earth Science, General11
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General11
Nursing Practice10
English Language and Literature, General9
Anthropology7
Religion & Religious Studies4
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General4
Philosophy4
German Language and Literature3
Scandinavian Studies1
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
French Language and Literature1
Chinese Studies1
Grand Total68218210
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate69%65%71%
  • Full-time retention rate - 81%

Publications & Citations

Publications
1,470
Citations
29,475

Publication count by topic

Psychology
253
Sociology
174
Business
114
Computer science
104
Mathematics
95
Medicine
85
Political science
80
History
67
Chemistry
57
Biology
55
Economics
51
Philosophy
46
Art
44
Geology
38
Physics
33
Engineering
29
Materials science
23
Geography
22
Environmental science
18

Topical rankings by citation count

DisciplineWorld RankCitations
Art815138
History907152
Business11592,520
Political science1174670
Economics11842,352
Psychology12417,485
Sociology12771,129
Philosophy149331
Computer science15094,982
Geology1608645
Medicine21223,011
Mathematics2528864
Physics2627383
Engineering2920325
Biology30271,524
Chemistry3379941
Geography343963
Materials science3700289
Environmental science399561

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
19901139
19912352
19922550
19931674
19941788
19951589
199618101
199726135
199813159
199920179
200028219
200126257
200218312
200323426
200429433
200537560
200635593
200743743
200841763
2009631055
2010471121
2011581435
2012541603
2013551720
2014661820
2015771783
2016671785
2017841892
2018861895
2019952641
2020703027

General info

Alternative namesPLU
Founded1890
WikipediaPacific Lutheran University
MottoEducating for Lives of Thoughtful Inquiry, Service, Leadership and Care
Colorsblack, gold
Academic CalendarSeptember to May (September - December; January-May). Also Summer Session (June-August)
Total FTE staff700
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs

Location and Contacts

Address12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma, Washington, 98447-0003
United States
City population198,000
Phone2535358145
Fax+1 (253) 536 5136

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