Pacific Lutheran University Reviews

3.46 out of 5 stars
(20 Reviews)
  • Tacoma (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $42,436
80% of 20 students said this degree improved their career prospects
80% of 20 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Carli Snyder - 8/23/2016
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cheryl - 7/29/2016
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
3.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/22/2016
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Go LUTES - 5/31/2016
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"PLU is a great school. It's small size makes the education personal, and it's location means there is plenty to do in the Seattle metropolitan area. I loved my time at PLU and felt like each professor cared about me and the education I was receiving."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Kelsey - 10/13/2015
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2015
"PLU is an academically rigorous liberal arts university. I was someone who utilized study abroad programs like most PLU alum and it was one of the best experiences of my academic career. It is a small but pretty campus with a great community feel."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/13/2015
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014
"Not the best school for my degree. If I'd known going in that's what I wanted to do - I might've picked a different school. It's clear the school doesn't value Comms students."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/1/2015
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2010
"PLU is a small liberal arts college that make intentional choices in order to create an atmosphere that is great for learning both academically and about ones self. Vocation is focused on throughout the four years. I loved my time at PLU. Go Lutes!!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bonnie Roberts - 4/8/2015
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 1996
"It was an amazing teaching program. I highly recommend this program for anyone looking to go into the teaching field. The campus is beautiful and easy to get to. The professors were knowledgeable with their material and especially knowledgeable with special education"
4.5 out of 5 stars
Michelle K - 10/6/2014
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"It is a great school for an intimate setting and thorough learning process. Most of the professors are very open to meeting with students outside of class - take advantage of this! There are also many on and off-campus events to participate in. Take this time to make the most of your college experience and meet new people."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Faith Ockwell - 8/25/2013
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2010
"I was fortunate enough to know early on what I wanted to do for a living. I wanted to be a music teacher. I visited PLU, went to a concert, attended a few classes and met some music professors. I enjoyed the beautiful campus (not too big and not too small) and especially enjoyed seeing the music building and its gorgeous concert hall. PLU has a very strong, renowned music program, and I am so happy I got to go there and work with the fantastic professors in that department. There are other strong programs at PLU such as nursing, science, business and others, but one exciting aspect of PLU, no matter your major, is the traveling opportunities. I have traveled to Oregon, Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Alaska, Canada, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Germany and France, all thanks to PLU. With the separate January term at PLU, there are multiple opportunities to study abroad even if you don't have time to leave for an entire semester. They have month-long trips on all 7 continents most years (yep, you could go see the penguins on Antarctica!) and if you are a music student, you have even more opportunities to travel through music tours, even if you aren't a music major! I have been fortunate enough to land a music teaching job less than a year and a half out of college. I was able to find a substitute position easily my first year out, and even in today's world of dwindling arts programs, my degree and recommendations from my professors helped me find a great job I enjoy. I love PLU so much, that I still participate in the alumni/community choir on campus and will be traveling with them to Italy next summer! Even if you aren't a music student, or don't have the means to travel to far off places, PLU is a warm, fun place to learn. I highly recommend visiting."
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