Pacific Lutheran University

804 reviews
  1. Tacoma, WA
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
Pacific Lutheran University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Northwest Conference
Address
1010 122nd St So
Tacoma, WA 98447
Website

Pacific Lutheran University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
SAT Range
980-1210
ACT Range
22-29
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$25,086/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,047/ year
  • $30-48k
    $18,805/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,248/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,825/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,405/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
86%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.50 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.59 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.58 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,822Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
10%
Pell Grant
30%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Open and friendly
    63%
  • Open-minded
    30%
  • Indifferent, or outspoken
    4%
  • Patagonia and birkenstocks
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
77%
Poll
89%
of students say they don't have Greek life.61 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.82 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 30 responses
Report
  • Welcoming
    60%
  • Supportive
    30%
  • Diversified
    10%

After Pacific Lutheran University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$45,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
88%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.34 responses

Reviews

804 reviews
  • Excellent
    104
  • Very Good
    317
  • Average
    327
  • Poor
    32
  • Terrible
    24
Parkland - Meh. Tacoma/Seattle - Great! The immediate area around campus (a Tacoma suburb known as Parkland) has gotten a bad rep over the years for being somewhat sketchy. It's mostly just fine -- the worst spot is the bus stop at night. There is one stretch of restaurants within walking distance of campus called Garfield Street. A few of the places are worth going to - a cute cupcake place,Northern Pacific Coffee Company, Marzano's Italian, Garfield 208, Farelli's Pizza - but it's currently not too exciting. There is a school-planned overhaul of the area that should be starting pretty soon (Fall 2012) and this may revitalize the area a bit.
That being said, with Tacoma and Seattle just a short drive away, PLU students have exciting access to two wonderful Pacific Northwest cities. There are always great events to check out from music and theater to sports!
  • College Senior
  • Aug 6 2012
Better in Pairs – Although there are a lot of apartments available in Parkland, if you are looking to live by yourself you are better off getting a single person dorm room. Also, it is hard to find apartments that are obviously safe AND clean.

Apartments are much more affordable and easier to get when you have one or two roommates to help out. The best apartments by far are Nantucket Gate and Westminster Towers. These places are beautifully maintained and are safely gated with on-site security.

Other apartments in the area are really a joke. They are not fenced and do not have a security guard - instead, they find that having a Sherif squad car around to check in and make rounds much more &quot;effective&quot; and much more &quot;affordable&quot;. This was very disconcerting to me and my roommates when we were searching for a safe place for 3 girls to live by themselves. The electric bills quoted to us were insanely high and all because (as we inspected on tours) the windows were aluminum framed and single paned!

Anyhow, off-campus housing can be wonderfully rewarding if you are willing to share with a friend/roommate.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 12 2012
Some Great New Buildings – Pacific Lutheran University has some really great new facilities such as the math/computer science/business building (Morken), the performing arts center (Mary Baker Russell Music Hall), and the student center (University Center). These are a few of the very nice facilities at PLU. Most of the buildings are beautiful brick buildings, but others are a bit out of date. The library, although visually very out of date, is fantastic! There are a lot of great places and rooms to study in, and they have almost any book you need. They even have a large section of music scores for the music majors. The majority of the residence halls are quite out of date but very spacious and totally comfortable to live in. Staring this summer PLU is building a stadium and several athletic fields that will really benefit the students. The gym is decent but not excellent. I hope that PLU will improve these in the near future. In general the campus is beautiful with its brick buildings and large amounts of greenery. However it is the people that truly give PLU a great feel.
  • College Sophomore
  • June 17 2012