Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA 98447

Pacific Lutheran University is one of the 20 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Washington. Its campus is small in size and located in a suburb in Tacoma. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 619 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 514 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 83%).

Every year 70% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Pacific Lutheran University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $40,352, and fees were $370. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $40,352 and $370 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Evangelical Lutheran Church
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

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 (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 1 17
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.9%

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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
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09/22/2016 - Current
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10/03/2003 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/03/2003 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1270
ACT21 to 27
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

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,261/credit
In State Students$1,261/credit
Out of State Students$1,261/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$990/credit
In State Students$990/credit
Out of State Students$990/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $56,745 $56,745 $56,745
ADN 70 $88,270 $88,270 $88,270
BSN 125 $157,625 $157,625 $157,625
FNP 50 $49,500 $49,500 $49,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Pacific Lutheran University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 30% $4,335
Other Federal Grant 30% $799
State Grant & Scholarships 34% $7,966
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 98% $22,725
Federal Student Loans 61% $6,027
Private Loans 6% $13,194


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,273
$30,001 to $48,000$18,068
$48,001 to $75,000$21,630
$75,001 to $110,000$26,946
Over $110,000$29,988

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Student Population













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

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Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave South
Tacoma, WA 98447

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