Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, Washington, United States
Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies  and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. 



Pacific Lutheran University was chartered by the State of Washington on December 11, 1890. In naming the university, the Norwegian pioneers who founded it recognized the role that a Lutheran educational institution on the Western frontier could play in the region.


Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies  and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.


The Office of University Assessment, Accreditation & Research serves PLU in providing timely and accurate information and analysis to inform decision making and strategic planning at all levels of the institution.


Career Connections brings together PLU’s best academic and career planning tools to help students make a seamless transition into the next phase of life. Career Connections positions students to succeed by linking them to the right resources, advisors, opportunities, and employers.

Master's Programmes

Business & Management (3)
Humanities (1)
Medicine & Health (1)


Student services

  • International Student Services (ISS) is committed in providing programs and services to support for both academic and personal development of international students.

Housing services

Independent, private, flexible-length housing is offered by Conference Services on a limited basis during the summer. Discounts apply for long-term stays. Meal plans are optional. Undergraduate and graduate students, newly graduated in transition, interns or students working on or off campus, and researcher and their significant others are eligible.

Library services

As a Pacific Lutheran University alumnus, you have access to the Mortvedt Library to continue your lifetime of learning.

ICT services

The Instructional Technologies team is focused on providing four key services:

  • Classroom Technologies
  • Instructional Technologies
  • Event Support
  • Technology Learning Opportunities 

Medical services

We provide high-quality, confidential medical care right here on campus. Our wide range of services include management of acute illnesses and injuries like colds, sore throat, or muscle injuries. We also evaluate and manage chronic illnesses like asthma and high blood pressure. 

Student Life

Campus life

PLU Campus Ministry is a living and learning community that welcomes, celebrates, and engages the diverse spiritual and faith traditions of PLU students, staff and faculty members.  

Campus Ministry contributes to the exploration of big questions, nurturing spiritual lives and meaning making, engaging deeply with others who may have differing beliefs, and living in service with our neighbors.

The framework provided by Lutheran higher education values the mission of Campus Ministry as central to integrative learning.  PLU’s Lutheran identity roots the university in a tradition that is always reforming and proclaims a Gospel of love, forgiveness and service.

Sports facilities

  • Olson Gym
  • Track & Football Field
  • R.T. Meadows Frisbee Golf Course
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Swimming Pool

Student clubs

PLU offers nearly 70 clubs and organizations.


Pacific Lutheran University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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