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Pacific Lutheran University, also referred to as PLU, is located in Parkland, Washington, United States. It was founded in 1890 by Scandinavian immigrants. It was granted university status in 1960. PLU offers several degrees and programs in diverse Course Topics. PLU is organized into the following schools and colleges:
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Arts and Communication
  • School of Business
  • School of Education and Movement Studies
  • School of Nursing
PLU boasts an active student life. The university fields numerous men's and women's sports teams. It is a member of the NCAA Division III and the Northwest Conference. Their official mascot is the Lutes.

Profile of Pacific Lutheran UniversityPacific Lutheran University is located in Tacoma, WA (a large suburb). The school is a Evangelical Lutheran Church school. Pacific Lutheran University is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

Pacific Lutheran University is known for its programs in science and mathematics.

Pacific Lutheran University Selectivity

The school does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 500. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 490 and 610.

The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Pacific Lutheran University has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

The school had 3, 661 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life
Full-time students are the norm at Pacific Lutheran University. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Pacific Lutheran University values student athletics, and belongs to the Northwest Conference.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Long committed to an education distinguished for quality, in the context of a heritage that is Lutheran and an environment that is ecumenically Christian, PLU continues to embrace its primary mission: the development of knowledgeable persons equipped with an understanding of the human condition, a critical awareness of humane and spiritual values, and a capacity for clear and effective self-expression. For all who choose to seek a PLU degree, the university offers opportunity to pursue a variety of programs of academic worth and excellence. Its standards of performance demand a finely trained faculty as well as highly skilled administrative and suport staff. In its institutional emphasis on scholarship, the University views the liberal arts as providing the necessary and essential foundation for the technical training and education in the professions which modern society requires. The university aims to cultivate the intellect, not for its own sake merely, but as a tool of conscience and an instrument for service. The diversity and variety of cultural programs and personal services offered by the university are intended to facilitate this positive development of the student as a whole person in order that our students might function as members of society. In other words, PLU affirms that realization of one's highest potential as well a fulfillment of life's purpose arise in the joy of service to others. To aid its students in sharing this understanding, the university seeks to be a community in which there is a continuing and fruitful interaction between what is best in education and what is noblest in Christian edification. This deliberate and simultaneous attention to the religious dimension of the total human experience and to the standards of scholarly objectivity, coupled with clear recognition of the integrative impulse in each, is the essence of PLU. "Pacific Lutheran University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts181history, creative writing, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology, interdisciplinary studies, English, . . .
Education and Teaching176education, elementary school teaching, educational administration, music teaching, secondary teaching, curriculum and instruction, science teaching, special ed, . . .
Business and Management161business management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine117registered nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Science79biology, chemistry, physics, geology
Therapy and Counselling60psychology, marriage and family therapy
Media47communication studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy40health and physical Education
Art Studies24art studies
Religion and Philosophy21religion, philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering20computer and info science, computer engineering
Family and Social Work18social work
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Conservation and Resource Management3environmental studies
Engineering0engineering science
 Contact: Pacific Lutheran UniversityPacific Lutheran University

1010 122nd St So

Tacoma, WA 98447-0003

General Phone: (253) 531-6900


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