Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 2,331
Graduate Enrollment: 333
Master's Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church

Campus Details

Suburb: Large (outside principal city, in urbanized area with population of 250,000 or more)
Four-year, small, highly residential // full-time, inclusive, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 88.39%

Male/Female: 35% / 65% (2017)

First generation college students: 29.6% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 7.4% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 1.3% (2011)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,247
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1150 - 1376

2022 Median Admit ACT: 25
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 22 - 28

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 78.6% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 65.1% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 53.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 41.5% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 53.8%
Black: 3.4%
Hispanic: 15.8%
Asian: 11.1%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.4%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1.6%
2+ races: 11.2%
Non-resident alien: 1.1%
Unknown race: 1.5%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $57,587
In-State tuition: $48,226
Out-of-State tuition: $48,226

Estimated books and supplies: $942 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $11,482 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $2,913 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $11,482 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $2,913 (2022)

Average Family Income: $85,524 (2017)
Median Family Income: $59,189 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 32.4%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 46.9%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $22,578 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $239 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $15,308
$30k-48k $15,131
$48k-75k $18,117
$75k-110k $26,149
$110k+ $26,531

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 59%
6-year graduation rate: 69%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 95.9% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $22,578 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $5,500 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $17,625 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $18,251 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 78.2% (2015)
@3 year 82.8% (2017)
@5 year 89.5% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 59.4% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 63.4% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $40,550 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $56,325 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 3
Bachelor's Degree Music. 22 $26,815 $281 $22,273 ($1,856) $38,274 ($3,190)
Master's Degree Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions. 17 $820 $43,359 ($3,613) $59,686 ($4,974)
Bachelor's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 70 $29,000 $286 $73,989 ($6,166) $76,825 ($6,402)
Master's Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 25 $940 $76,371 ($6,364) $105,624 ($8,802)
First Professional Degree Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing. 10
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 102 $20,959 $220 $44,835 ($3,736) $61,439 ($5,120)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 47 $445 $64,389 ($5,366) $87,069 ($7,256)
Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma Accounting and Related Services. 3
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 13
Bachelor's Degree History. 15 $59,093 ($4,924)
Bachelor's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 6
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 11
Bachelor's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 11 $37,881 ($3,157)
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 13
Bachelor's Degree Biology, General. 64 $22,626 $239 $32,634 ($2,720) $40,169 ($3,347)
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 18 $20,427 $207 $63,907 ($5,326)
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 12
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 35 $20,500 $217 $24,755 ($2,063) $35,825 ($2,985)
Bachelor's Degree Health and Physical Education/Fitness. 47 $25,536 $265 $24,483 ($2,040) $47,438 ($3,953)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 4
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 5
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 25 $23,000 $243 $39,880 ($3,323)
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 15 $57,152 ($4,763)
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 14
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 45 $22,500 $233 $27,532 ($2,294) $44,319 ($3,693)
Bachelor's Degree Social Work. 18 $26,000 $231 $52,819 ($4,402)
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 10 $33,469 ($2,789)
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 18 $41,928 ($3,494)
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 17 $20,250 $217 $38,237 ($3,186) $48,683 ($4,057)
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 18 $21,000 $221 $24,896 ($2,075) $50,401 ($4,200)
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 13 $24,125 $256 $18,746 ($1,562)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 14 $25,000 $222 $30,096 ($2,508)
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 4
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 29 $25,499 $240 $34,254 ($2,855) $56,775 ($4,731)
Bachelor's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 24 $23,534 $249 $81,006 ($6,751) $102,752 ($8,563)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 21 $19,500 $207 $55,597 ($4,633) $57,442 ($4,787)
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. 55 $397 $67,005 ($5,584) $70,165 ($5,847)
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 12 $29,740 $315
Bachelor's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 14 $43,793 ($3,649)


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $71,559
Full time faculty: 67%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 11.0

School's endowment start of year: $100,855,000 (2022)
School's endowment end of year: $130,061,000 (2022)