Pacific Lutheran University Reviews
I started school at PLU in 1995, and then took a sabbatical my junior year. I returned and finished my degree in 2006. PLU is a traditional university. They offer very little in the way of flexibility for a non-traditional student. It is a great place for a traditional student after graduating high school, who will attend full time. It is a smaller private school, with a beautiful campus, and good instruction.
This school is amazing. The instructors really get to know you, you get to know your classmates and make life long friends! The program is hard so expect to be studying a lot everyday to graduate with a good gpa but if you try hard you will be better prepared in your career to succeed. They have the most clinical hours of any other school around so hands on you'll feel prepared as well! I love this school and think everyone should consider going here!
I loved my time at Pacific Lutheran University. The class sizes are smaller and you have many opportunities to get to know your professor; many of which are passionate about their chosen field and are willing to share their knowledge. As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to conduct multiple independent research projects and present at a national convention; my professors and advisers were there supporting me every step of the way.
Pacific Lutheran University was the only undergraduate program I applied for while I was in high school. As a recent graduate, I am grateful to say that it was the right choice! I feel that PLU has helped me learn more about the world and how I can contribute to it. The academics are rigorous. Learning and the application of knowledge are emphasized. Beyond the coursework, PLU is a supportive community. As a military student, I always felt like PLU "had my six!" I spent time away from PLU for military reasons. During that time, I attended various online universities and a community colleges. Once I was able to return, PLU helped me make a smooth transition back. The remainder of my undergraduate studies made it clear that the other schools I attended could not compare to the value of PLU! The practicum, internship, and volunteer opportunities allowed me to grow my professional network. I look forward to building upon the foundation that PLU has laid for as I continue my education in graduate school.
Overall, I really enjoyed going to PLU. There is a good community atmosphere at the school, and I always felt like my professors were invested in my future. I got a Bachelor of Fine Arts here, and though it is a good degree, it hasn't been much help in my actual career path after leaving school. I feel like a lot of the projects we did were geared towards designing for ourselves, and that they didn't give us a real-life example of what designing in the real world is like. It has been hard to find a good paying job that can support the cost of attending the school, but it is possible. I would recommend the school if you are a self-starter and are committed to making things happen. There's not much hand-holding that goes on here.
Excellent instruction & community support. The school encourages studying away/abroad, yet can charge extra for living, even if the program already included room and board. As a "needy student" I was charged $6,980 above the program price and it was billed as room and board for campus living. I had never lived on campus, and this was entirely an administrative decision. Student loans I need not have taken out financed that extra bit of fluff. Caveat emptor!
Pacific Lutheran University was an excellent school to attend for those seeking smaller class sizes and one on one mentoring. Because of the smaller class sizes professors are able to maintain and establish relationships with the students in their degree program. Like any university, establishing connections professionally and personally will help you after graduation when seeking employment and academic opportunities; and it is with the environment the smaller classes provide, you are able to develop those long lasting connections that will aid you in your future endeavors. Although I am no longer using my degree, the skills I developed, through my degree program and through my general required courses, are skills I have used in my career in the fire service. The campus is beautiful, but if you do not like rain, then it may not be the best place for you.
I have so enjoyed my time at Pacific Lutheran University. I was able to double major in History and Gender Studies and pursue a minor in Holcoaust and Genocide Studies as well. The Holocaust and Genocide studies program at my school was one of the first in the country, and I feel so fortunate to have taken part in it during my time at PLU. Pacific Lutheran also encourages studying away, which has been a huge part of my college experience. I studied in Amsterdam, the Netherlands last semester and this was the most transformative experience of my life. I cannot wait to get back to PLU campus and see all of my friends and professors and share my experiences with them. I have also had plenty of student-faculty research experience which is a unique, special opportunity that many students can find at PLU. The professors at this university go above and beyond to make sure you are having a positive experience and class sizes are small enough to cultivate good relationships with them. The athletics department at PLU is also outstanding and I am so proud to be a Lute. I have had a very well rounded experience at this university and I would recommend it to any future students.
I attended Pacific Lutheran University and graduated with a dual degree (B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Hispanic Studies) and a minor in Chemistry. With the support of my academic advisor and program directors, I was able to graduate within four years and study abroad. PLU supported my growth as a student and world-engaged citizen. I chose PLU because of the financial aid, rigor in program and focus on preparing students for a purposeful life of contribution and responsibility.
The music program is very rigorous. They cater towards students that come from really good music programs. If you came from a weaker music program you have to work extra hard.