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    Pacific Lutheran University ::: Parkland, Washington ::: West U.S.

    Pacific Lutheran University

    • Private University offering liberal arts and professional school programs
    • Located in Parkland, a suburb of Tacoma, Washington
    • PLU consists of The College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Arts and Communication, The School of Business, The School of Education and Movement Studies and The School of Nursing
    • Average class size 22 students; Student/faculty ratio 15:1
    • ESL not available



    Campus Size

    156 acres


    4 seasons, snow in winter

    Student Body

    3,461, 4% international students representing 24 countries

    Class Size

    22 students


    246 full-time faculty

    Student/Faculty Ratio


    Success Rate

    More than 90 percent of Pacific Lutheran graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduating

    Degrees Offered

    Undergraduate Degrees Offered:  Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Education, Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Musical Arts, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.

    Programs of Study

    Undergraduate Majors:  Anthropology, Applied Physics, Art History, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese Studies, Classical Languages, Classical Studies, Communication, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Elementary Education, Engineering Dual Degree, English Environmental Studies, Financial Mathematics, French, Geosciences, German, Hispanic Studies, History, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Music, Norwegian, Nursing, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Scandinavian Area Studies, Secondary Education, Social Work, Sociology, Studio Arts, Theatre.


    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Program accreditation with AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, American Chemical Society, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Association of Schools of Music, Council on Social Work Education.  Computer Engineering (B.S.) is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; Computer Science (B.S.) is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.


    Pacific Lutheran University is ranked #8 in the "Great Schools at Great Prices" category from U.S. News and World Report; Forbes "America's Best Colleges - #232 top 40% in the USA and is listed as one of Barron's "Best Buys in College Education".

    Campus Features

    Some notable campus facilities include:  The Morken Center for Learning and Technology, The University Center includes an open dining area with restaurant-style seating and student meeting spaces, The Garfield Book Company at PLU and Garfield Commons includes campus and community bookstore, restaurants and services, Xavier Hall includes archeology and anthropology labs, Mary Baker Russell Music Center contains the Lagerquist Concert Hall and the Language Resource Center providing high tech computer, audio and visual tools for learning foreign languages, Reike Science Center with its nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer and open chemistry and physics labs and computer labs.  The W. M. Keck Observatory, with a Meade LX200 telescope and SBIG ST camera attached for astro-metric observations and photography, KPLU 88.5 FM providing news and jazz 24 hours a day, South Hall, a residential facility.


    NCAA Division III

    Men's intercollegiate sports:  baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field

    Women's intercollegiate sports:  basketball, crew, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track & field, volleyball

    Club sports:  cheerleading, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, ultimate Frisbee (men and women)

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    No ESL