Pacific Lutheran University

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$40,352

3.25% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$24,567

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.49%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

75.4%

3,629 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

3,122

93.2% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

70.5%

515 Graduates

About

Pacific Lutheran University is a higher education institution located in Pierce County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Pacific Lutheran University were General Business Administration & Management (98 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (79 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (65 degrees).

In 2017, 940 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pacific Lutheran University. 64.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 35.9% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (650 degrees), 9.03 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (72 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $40,352, which is $19,619 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $40,352, which is $19,619 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $24,567.

In 2017, 96% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 60% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$40,352

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Pacific Lutheran University was $40,352. The cost of tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $19,619 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,733).

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Average Net Price

$24,567

2017 Value

2.59%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Pacific Lutheran University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $24,567. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Pacific Lutheran University grew by 2.59%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,330

Room and Board

$825

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pacific Lutheran University was of $10,330 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $825. The cost of room and board did not change between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 21.4% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

96%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

60%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

96% of undergraduate students at Pacific Lutheran University received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2.13% with respect to 2016, when 94% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

3.49%

2016 Default Rate

31

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Pacific Lutheran University was 3.49%, which represents 31 out of the 887 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Pacific Lutheran University received 3,629 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 3.74% annual decline. Out of those 3,629 applicants, 2,736 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 75.4% acceptance rate.

There were 3,122 students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University in 2017, and 84% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pacific Lutheran University has an overall enrollment yield of 22.6%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

75.4%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,736

Accepted Out of 3,629

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pacific Lutheran University was 75.4% (2,736 admissions from 3,629 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 76.8%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -3.74%, while admissions declined by -5.52%.

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SAT Scores

84%

Submission Percentage

518

Scores Submitted

84% of enrolled first-time students at Pacific Lutheran University in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pacific Lutheran University has a total enrollment of 3,122 students. The full-time enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University is 2,909 students and the part-time enrollment is 213. This means that 93.2% of students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pacific Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 62.3% White, 9.71% Asian, 8.9% Hispanic or Latino, 7.98% Two or More Races, 3.59% Black or African American, 0.993% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.577% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (40.8%), followed by White Male (22.4%) and Asian Female (6.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (39.8%), followed by White Male (16.9%) and Asian Female (8.27%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

93.2%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,122 students. The full-time enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University is 2,909 and the part-time enrollment is 213. This means that 93.2% of students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Pacific Lutheran University was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Pacific Lutheran University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,944

  2. Asian

    303

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    278

The enrolled student population at Pacific Lutheran University is 62.3% White, 9.71% Asian, 8.9% Hispanic or Latino, 7.98% Two or More Races, 3.59% Black or African American, 0.993% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.577% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 54.4% White, 15% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.2% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 83 students (2.66%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 266 more women than men received degrees from Pacific Lutheran University. The majority of degree recipients at Pacific Lutheran University are white (650 degrees awarded). There were 9.03 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (72 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pacific Lutheran University is General Business Administration & Management (98 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (79 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (65 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Pacific Lutheran University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Physical Sciences (53 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), and History (26 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Elementary & middle school teachers (295,186 people), Postsecondary teachers (236,449 people), Other managers (193,621 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (189,931 people), and Secondary school teachers (125,904 people).

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (53 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), History (26 degrees), English (46 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (25 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Surgeons, Electrical & electronics engineers, Chemists & materials scientists, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (53 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), History (26 degrees), English (46 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (25 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Elementary & secondary schools (550,267 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (426,435 people), Computer Systems Design (185,790 people), Legal services (156,913 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (155,257 people).

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (53 degrees awarded), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), History (26 degrees), English (46 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (25 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Pacific Lutheran University.

Most Common

  1. 98 degrees awarded

  2. 79 degrees awarded

  3. 65 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pacific Lutheran University was General Business Administration & Management with 98 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 337

  2. 603

In 2017, 337 degrees were awarded to men at Pacific Lutheran University, which is 0.559 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (603).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 83 degrees were awarded to men at Pacific Lutheran University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.51 times more than the 55 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 72 degrees were awarded to women at Pacific Lutheran University in Registered Nursing, which is 10.3 times more than the 7 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

52%

100% Completion Time

68%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 52% of students graduating from Pacific Lutheran University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 68% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

White Female

Highest Graduation Rate (76.9%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Pacific Lutheran University is Female and White (76.9% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.777% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    650 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    72 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    61 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pacific Lutheran University is white (650 degrees awarded). There were 9.03 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (72 degrees).

2.45% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    413 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    237 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    45 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Pacific Lutheran University is white female (413 degrees awarded). There were 1.74 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (237 degrees).

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Operations

Pacific Lutheran University has an endowment valued at nearly $95.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $10.2M (10.7%), compared to the 6.94% average return ($2.3M on $33.1M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2017, Pacific Lutheran University had a total salary expenditure of $96.4M. Pacific Lutheran University employs 87 Assistant professors, 80 Associate professors, and 46 Professors. Most academics at Pacific Lutheran University are Female Assistant professors (48), Female Associate professors(44), and Male Assistant professors (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University are: Management, with 101 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 89 employees, and Service with 83 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$95.2M

2017 Endowment

18.3%

growth from 2016

Pacific Lutheran University has an endowment valued at about $95.2M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Pacific Lutheran University grew 18.3% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $62.1M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $1.6M - Federal

  2. $250k - State

  3. $1.6k - Local

As of 2017, Pacific Lutheran University received $1.6M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $250k from state grants and contracts, and $1.6k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$47.7M

2017 Salaries

6.41%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Pacific Lutheran University paid a median of $47.7M in salaries, which represents 49.5% of their overall expenditure ($96.4M) and a 6.41% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 1.52% decline from 2015 and a 0.309% decline from 2014.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.4M (40.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.3M

Instructional Salaries

223

Number of Employees

In 2017, Pacific Lutheran University paid a total of $15.3M to 223 employees working as instructors, which represents 32.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.02M (34.2%) for similar Masters Colleges & Universities: Medium Programs.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor

Most Common Instructor

87 Employees

Management

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

101 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University were Assistant professor with 87 employees; Associate professor with 80 employees; and Associate professor with 46 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University were Management with 101 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 89 employees; and Service with 83 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female Assistant professor

  2. Female Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University was Female Assistant professor with 48 employees, Female Associate professor with 44 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 39 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Pacific Lutheran University.

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