Pacific Lutheran University


President: Dr. Tom Krise

International Student Coordinator: Allyson Lindsley

Address: 12180 Park Avenue

Tacoma, WA 98444

Established: 1890


School Population

Total number of students: 3,275

Number of countries represented: 31

Student-Faculty ratio: 15:1

Tuition and Fees: $37,950 (2015/16)

Pacific Lutheran University

Students at PLU enjoy successful internship opportunities in world-class local businesses, a hands-on classroom experience with professors that are experts in their field of study, and a tradition of excellence and service to the world established by PLU alumni.

Quality Education:

  • Number of Majors: over 35 majors and Masters in Business Administration ranked nationally for its excellence
  • Professional school acceptance rate: 85+%
  • Top Tier U.S. News and World Report
  • MBA program is listed in U.S. News and World Reports “Best Business Schools” (only 363 made the list)
  • Rieke Science Center, with its nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, the first of its kind at  a West Coast undergraduate institute.
  • Above 80% of faculty, who teach in the classroom, have their terminal degree most often the doctorate
  • Colleen Hacker, Ph.D., Expert in sports psychology and who was the sport psychologist for the gold-medal U.S. Olympic women’s soccer team is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology

Famous Alumni:

  • Peter Wang, class of ‘60; CEO and Founder of Wang Foundation with ties to Tsinghua University in China
  • Joyce A Barr, class of ‘76; Former U.S. Ambassador and US Representative
  • Rick Larsen, class of ’87 US Representative.
  • Elizabeth Pulliam, class of ‘85; Pulitzer Prize winning journalist


  • Pacific Lutheran is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Chemical Society
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Bachelor Degree Programs (short list)

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Graphic Design
  • History/Pre-Law
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology

University Opportunities

  • Internship opportunities and practicums are available
  1. Intel
  2. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  3. Microsoft

University Environment

  • Safety measures: 24 hour security police
  • City population: 205,000
  • Average climate during year:
    Average rainfall: 24.4 inches
    Average annual temp: 11.5 Celsius
    Average high temp: 16.4C (24C in July)
    Average low temp: 6.7C (1.7C in Jan)
  • Airport access: SeaTac International Airport (SEA)

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