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PLU Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into PLU? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,737 out of 3,623 applicants or 76% were admitted making Pacific Lutheran University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements. Academically, it has difficult requirements for admission test scores. Pacific Lutheran University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 2,240 1,383 3,623
Accepted 1,712 1,025 2,737
Acceptance Rate 76% 74% 76%
Enrolled 394 249 643
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 24% 23%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Pacific Lutheran University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1060 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1180 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1060 1300
SAT Reading 530 660
SAT Math 530 630
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT English N/A N/A
ACT Math N/A N/A

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1300 and Above Good >84%
1180 to 1300 Avg + 76%-84%
1060 to 1180 Avg - 65%-76%
940 to 1060 Reach 52%-65%
Less than 940 Low <52%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Pacific Lutheran University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Pacific Lutheran University was 3.66 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. If your high school grades are above the average 3.66 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as PLU accepts 76% of all applicants.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 54% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg -
3.25 to 3.50 12% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 10% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 5% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Pacific Lutheran University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=236230 IPEDS survey data for Pacific Lutheran University.