Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA 98447

Pacific Lutheran University is a privately run, not for profit institution, located in Tacoma, Washington. It offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

The total number of students who applied in FALL 2016 was 3770 and 2896 students were accepted.

Pacific Lutheran University in-state tuition for academic year 2016-2017 was $39,080 and fees $370. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $39,080 and $370 respectively.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Accelerated MSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  3. LPN to BSN
  4. BSN

    The Pacific Lutheran University Nursing program offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is designed for students with no prior nursing experience.

    A student can complete the program in three years of full time study excluding time taken to complete prerequisite courses.

    Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination to be licensed as a Registered Nurse to serve as a Registered Nurse in the State of Washington State.

    Nursing courses are offered sequentially with the successful completion of prerequisites in one semester required for enrollment in courses in the following semester. Students must complete all general Education prerequisites and CORE requirements with the minimum established grade as well as completing all nursing courses with a minimum of a ‘C’ grade before graduation.

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Application to the college
    2. Complete (or be in the process of completing) all prerequisite courses at an accredited institution (with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA)
    3. Completion of a minimum of 30 semester credits of college level course work (a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher is required)

    Applicants will be required to submit proof of physical health and demonstrable fluency in written and spoken English. Prospective students will also be required to submit to a local and national criminal background check.



Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 80
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Master's degree 9
Clinical Nurse Leader Master's degree 17
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing Doctor's degree - professional practice 0
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - professional practice 0

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Pacific Lutheran University

Saint Martin's University
18.84 miles away
Seattle University
32.62 miles away
Seattle Pacific University
35 miles away
Northwest University
37.31 miles away
Concordia University-Portland
109.29 miles away
University of Portland
109.48 miles away
Heritage University
110.6 miles away
Linfield College-School of Nursing
112.08 miles away
George Fox University
129.58 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
09/01/1936 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1993 - 12/31/2004
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
05/01/1966 - 12/31/2004
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
09/22/2016 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading490 to 610
SAT: Math490 to 620
SAT: Writing470 to 600
ACT Composite22 to 28
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Neither required nor recommended
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$15,640
30k to 48k$17,960
48k to 75k$22,065
75k to 110k$27,022
Over 110k$29,587
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,221.00 $1,221.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $1,221.00 $1,221.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

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Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98447

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