Pacific Lutheran University Programs
PLU combines a strong commitment to teaching in a highly personalized liberal arts residential environment with a diverse array of professional and graduate programs. Faculty and professional staff at PLU share a vision that links scholarship, teaching, and service in fulfilling its mission. We seek to blend the classroom and community, coordinating theoretical and experiential learning through undergraduate and graduate research, professional practice and internships, and community economic and social development projects in the local region. The university offers 44 majors and 54 minors as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, creative writing, education, finance, marriage and family therapy and nursing.
PLU has had a longstanding commitment to affordability. In 1972, the university created the Annual Fund - Q Club Scholarships Program, allowing donors to direct support to students who demonstrate both merit and financial need.
To be eligible, recipients must maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average. This year, more than 650 students have received Q Club Scholarships. The average award amount is $4,000.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
PLU Recognized for International Scholarship
The first American university to have study away classes on all seven continents simultaneously, PLU is also the first private university on the west coast to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. An honoree on President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, PLU 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 by Washington Monthly College Guide. The university has produced 94 Fulbright Scholars since 1975, and ranks third in the nation among small colleges and universities for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it produces.
Commitment to Access
Increasing the value of the PLU experience, expanding access to a broad array of students, and moderating the cost of higher education are priorities at PLU. Largely through the commitment of generous donors, the university has been able to increase undergraduate financial aid to $46.2 million for the 2014-15 academic year compared to $44.5 million for 2013-14. This aid is awarded to 96 percent of students. Donors to the Annual Fund make PLU possible for students from diverse backgrounds to learn with professors who know their names and who guide them as they discover where their greatest passion meets the world's greatest need.