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Pacific Lutheran University


Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. 


PLU purposefully integrates professional studies with the liberal arts for a comprehensive education to successfully prepare students for “lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care.”


Institutional Research provides an important service to many of PLU’s departments, staff and faculty, the intent of which is to contribute to the success of the institution and its students.

The Office of Institutional Research  (OIR) is dedicated to supporting the planning, management, accreditation, assessment and evaluation of PLU activities at every level. OIR is a central reporting entity for the university, and as such is responsible for fulfilling many of the PLU’s external reporting requirements.  OIR’s function also includes collection and dissemination of information and data in response to both internal and external requests.


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.

Student services

  • The Office of Student Financial Services - The Office of Student Financial Services seeks to provide comprehensive financial education, services and support for students, families and the PLU community.
  • Administrative Services - Administrative Services includes five departments and is overseen by the Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. 
  • Division of Student Life - Pacific Lutheran University challenges students to succeed to the best of their ability academically, provides them support to reach their academic and personal goals, and prepares them for a lifetime of success, both in their careers and in service to others.

Housing services

Pacific Lutheran University will not discriminate against any student applicant or employee because of the presence of a mental or physical disability. As part of its long-range plan, the University has committed the financial and human resources necessary to provide access to University facilities according to the recommendations and requirements of the ADA. Where a student, applicant or employee with a disability is able to perform the essential functions of the job or academic/program requirements, the University will engage in an interactive process to develop reasonable accommodation to the needs of that individual, unless such accommodations would provide undue hardship to the University.

Library services

The Robert A.L. Mortvedt Library is committed to excellence in service that enables, empowers, and encourages life-long learning. The library provides access to information resources that advance the teaching of critical thinking and the pursuit of knowledge for the Pacific Lutheran University Community.

ICT services

The Mortvedt Library building is home to an information commons, housing the university’s print collection as well as providing access to over 60 computers, wireless Internet access, and the many services provided by the division of I&TS.

Medical services

The PLU Health Center is a crucial part of maintaining a healthy campus. The Health Center offers primary healthcare services to ALL PLU students, including graduate and international students. We provide high-quality, confidential medical care right here on campus. 

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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