Pacific Lutheran University


Pacific Lutheran University

Based in the suburban Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, on a 156-acre woodland campus, Pacific Lutheran University offers approximately 3,500 students a unique blend of academically rigorous liberal arts and professional programs. Founded in 1890 by Norwegian immigrants, PLU is a private university affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The university offers three pathways to academic distinction: global education and service to the world; robust student-faculty collaborative research and creative projects; and helping students discern meaning and purpose in their lives.

The university consistently ranks among the top 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities in the West and was recently named 2nd in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. It also ranks in the top four percent of Master’s Universities nationwide.



Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447

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