Pacific Lutheran University (PLU)

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PLU can be found in Tacoma, WA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly 3,900 students are enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this school. Scores in the range of 1450 (25th percentile) - 1810 (75th percentile) for the SAT exam and between 22 (25th percentile) - 28 (75th percentile) for the ACT exam is common among applicants that get into PLU. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the PLU average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.13 - 3.45. Roughly 80 percent of all applicant were admitted at PLU, and from those that were granted acceptance roughly 25 percent continued on to attend. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall PLU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Pacific Lutheran University was reported as 76.8% in Fall 2013 with over 3,440 applications submitted to PLU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • PLU SAT Scores: 1450 - 1810
  • PLU ACT Scores: 22 - 28
  • PLU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Pacific Lutheran University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of PLU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Pacific Lutheran University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 78.3%
  • 2010-2011: 77.5%
  • 2011-2012: 76.6%
  • 2012-2013: 73.6%
  • 2013-2014: 76.8%
  • Projected PLU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 76.1%

How Does PLU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Pacific Lutheran University is thirty-eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus85.2%
University of Puget Sound85.2%
Saint Martin's University87.6%
The Evergreen State College97.1%
Cornish College of the Arts59.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to PLU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading490 - 610
Math490 - 610
Writing470 - 590
Total Score1450 - 1810
ACT®Score Range
English21 - 28
Math21 - 27
Composite Score22 - 28
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