Pacific Lutheran University
- Average Tuition USD 51,838
- Acceptance Rate 75%
- Students 3,242
- International Students 5%
- Total Annual Cost USD 60,026
- Campus Setting Residential
- 01A student-focused environment is encouraged with a student-teacher ratio of 11:1.
- 02U.S News ranked PLU as one of the Best Value Schools in the USA in 2019.
- 03PLU offers on-campus employment opportunities to international students.
SchoolApply Ranking 461
Forbes (USA) 391
- Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 88
- Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
- Minimum incoming GRE 305
- Minimum incoming GMAT 550
Financial Aid & ScholarshipFirst-year international students are eligible for international grants worth up to $25,000. Additionally, international students are eligible for Artistic Achievement Awards for their exceptional ability in the fields of art, dance, theatre, forensics, and music.
Established in 1890
Pacific Lutheran University offer the 'On The Road' program, which is for first year students to help them get acquainted with the city and region.
12180 Park Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98447, United States
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1986-1989, Bachelor's Degree
When I was a 35+ mother with 4 young children, PLU provided the opportunity to complete my undergraduate degree. Under the guidance of excellent mentorship from PLU faculty after completing my undergrad degree, they directed me to seek doctoral training. I completed a Duel PhD in Soc & Demography at PSU, minor in Gerontology, received a NIA pre-doctoral fellowship, a summer internship at NIA, then a Post-doctoral fellowship from NIA. Never when I began my journey at PLU did I see speaking at Oxford, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Seoul Government, or the opportunities in Asia in my future....but the PLU faculty saw/encourage something in me. PLU provided a strong foundation provided by the faculty and as a Chair & faculty one of my greatest pleasures is returning the circle of mentoring by going back to the foundations provided by the excellent Pacific Lutheran University faculty, and to those ratty binders which hold both their words and memories. Thank you PLU for setting me off on a wonderful highway of life. You took a middle-aged woman, taught her skills to think critically and objectively, set her on a path to make an inquiring scientist, scholar, administrator, entrepreneur, international visionary, speaker, advocate, and citizen. I thank you for helping me start my journey.
1999-2003, Bachelor's Degree
PLU is the perfect landing place for the intelligent 18 year old who is growing into themselves as a person. I was given the best of educations in and out of the classroom. The Lutedome protected and nurtured me while the classroom grew my mind and instilled a world perspective that today allows me to navigate with everyone from intellectuals to artistic types to scientific guru's! The international program at PLU is second to none, everyone should participate. My 2002 trip to Cuba is still a resume highlight and conversation piece in all of my work negotiations. I am a LUTE FOR LIFE! At work, at home and in my heart!
2010-2013, Bachelor's Degree
As a Transitioning Service member PLU provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to land a wonderful job as a Biologist with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service where I worked to save threatened and endangered species across the Pacific Northwest. I respected PLU so much for their efforts in supporting me and our nations veterans that I decided to join them. PLU is the perfect place for transitioning veterans and their families to land after military service. PLU will help them become acclimated to the civilian culture, and prepare them to launch into the next chapter of their grand adventure.
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