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Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA
Pacific Lutheran, founded in 1890, is a church-affiliated university. Its 126-acre campus is located in Tacoma.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,782
   Women 1,747 (62.8%)
   Men 1,035 (37.2%)
Graduate Students 294
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 77% of 3,770 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.68
SAT Math 555 average
490-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 554 average
490-610 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 25 average
22-28 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $53,338
  Tuition and Fees $39,450
  Room and Board $10,330
Average Percent of Need Met 89%
Average Freshman Award $35,622
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 223
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 39% of classes
20-29 students: 25% of classes
30-39 students: 15% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 3% of classes
Tacoma Population 203,446
Nearest Metropolitan Area Seattle
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 83% of freshmen, 45% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
9.8% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
8.8% Hispanic/Latino
8.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
1.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
67.1% White
1.4% Unknown
International Students 3.0% from 19 countries
First-Year Students Returning 79.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 57.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 63%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 14.0%