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About Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University is a private, religious school that was founded in 1890. It is moderately difficult to get into Pacific Lutheran University. The institution enrolls around 2,907 students a year, including 2,544 undergrads.

Pacific Lutheran University does not offer early action and does not offer early decision.

Acceptance Rate for Pacific Lutheran University

The acceptance rate at Pacific Lutheran University is 86%. Last year, 3,306 students applied to Pacific Lutheran University and 2,853 were admitted.

Pacific Lutheran University Application Deadlines

Early Admissions at Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University does not offer early decision. Pacific Lutheran University does not offer early action.

2021 Admissions Facts
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 86%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 26
Mean SAT score 1192
Tuition $46,816

Visit the Admissions tab above to for more on how to apply to Pacific Lutheran University.

Financial Aid at Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University meets 87.6% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Pacific Lutheran University full-time are awarded $36,406 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Does Pacific Lutheran University Have Dorms?

Pacific Lutheran University offers housing for up to 1,560 students.

Most Pacific Lutheran University students live off campus.

The most popular organizations for Pacific Lutheran University students to join are Chemistry Club, Black Student Union and Delta Iota Chi. Fall Engagement Fair, Spring Engagement Fair, and and Celebration of Leadership are the best-attended events on campus.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Pacific Lutheran University.

What GPA Do I Need For Pacific Lutheran University?

Pacific Lutheran University is considered moderately difficult to get into, but how hard a school is to get into depends on a lot, including your GPA, test scores, activities, recommendations and essays. Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.7 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1192. The mean ACT scores is 26.

Does Pacific Lutheran University Require Test Scores?

Pacific Lutheran University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 57% submitted the SAT. 17% submitted the ACT.

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Pacific Lutheran University Waitlist

Pacific Lutheran University reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

Is Pacific Lutheran University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention, graduation rates, and job placement statistics can help you understand how satisfied students are with their school experience, and how effectively an institution prepares students for careers.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Pacific Lutheran University

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Pacific Lutheran University, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 574 students who started at Pacific Lutheran University as first-time freshman, 361 graduate within four years.

Around 71% of students who started at Pacific Lutheran University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,761 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Pacific Lutheran University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is Pacific Lutheran University a good school for you?

How Big is the Endowment for Pacific Lutheran University?

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $100,855,000. For each full-time student, Pacific Lutheran University spends about $10,420.

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Where is Pacific Lutheran University Located?

Pacific Lutheran University is located in the suburban setting of Tacoma, Washington, less than an hour from Seattle.

If you want to see Pacific Lutheran University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Seattle-Tacoma International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Pacific Lutheran University and Tacoma are like without leaving home.

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College Info

12180 Park Ave S Tacoma, WA 98447

Campus Setting: Suburban

Pacific Lutheran University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 15

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Pacific Lutheran University is Aug 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Pacific Lutheran University is Aug 15.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Pacific Lutheran University ACT Scores


ACT Range

23 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Pacific Lutheran University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Pacific Lutheran University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 23 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 23 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Pacific Lutheran University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1110 - 1290


Math SAT Range

540 - 640


Reading SAT Range

560 - 660

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Pacific Lutheran University students is 1192. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Pacific Lutheran University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1110 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1110 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Pacific Lutheran University.

Pacific Lutheran University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Pacific Lutheran University is like? There are approximately 2,907 students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University, including 2,544 undergraduate students and 363 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 77% percent are from WA and 23% percent of students are from other states.


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