Pacific Lutheran University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$43,264
3.76% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$25,362
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.43%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
86%
3,679 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,062
93.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
67.1%
425 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 (102 degrees awarded), Registered Nursing (70 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (64 degrees).

In 2019, 923 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Pacific Lutheran University. 66.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 33.5% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (598 degrees), 7.29 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (82 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $43,264, which is $21,238 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $43,264, which is $21,238 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $25,362.

In 2019, 98% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 56% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$43,264
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Pacific Lutheran University was $43,264. The cost of tuition at Pacific Lutheran University is $21,238 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$25,362
2019 Value
4.91%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Pacific Lutheran University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $25,362. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Pacific Lutheran University grew by 4.91%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,655
Room and Board
$840
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Pacific Lutheran University was of $10,655 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $840. The cost of room and board increased by 1.28% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

98%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
56%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

98% of undergraduate students at Pacific Lutheran University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.08% with respect to 2018, when 96% 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.
2.43%
2017 Default Rate
21
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Pacific Lutheran University was 2.43%, which represents 21 out of the 865 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 3,679 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.63% annual decline. Out of those 3,679 applicants, 3,165 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 86% acceptance rate.

There were 3,062 students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University in 2019, and 60% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Pacific Lutheran University has an overall enrollment yield of 18.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

86%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
3,165
Accepted Out of 3,679

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Pacific Lutheran University was 86% (3,165 admissions from 3,679 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 79.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −1.63%, while admissions grew by 6.07%.

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SAT Scores

60%
Submission Percentage
359
Scores Submitted

60% of enrolled first-time students at Pacific Lutheran University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Pacific Lutheran University has a total enrollment of 3,062 students. The full-time enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University is 2,868 students and the part-time enrollment is 194. This means that 93.7% of students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Pacific Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 57.1% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 10.3% Asian, 10.3% Two or More Races, 3.76% Black or African American, 1.27% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.457% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.7%), followed by White Male (21.4%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (43.2%), followed by White Male (15.4%) and Asian Female (10.4%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

93.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,062 students. The full-time enrollment at Pacific Lutheran University is 2,868 and the part-time enrollment is 194. This means that 93.7% of students enrolled at Pacific Lutheran University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

81%
2019 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 81%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), 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
    1,749
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    368
  3. Asian
    315

The enrolled student population at Pacific Lutheran University is 57.1% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 10.3% Asian, 10.3% Two or More Races, 3.76% Black or African American, 1.27% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.457% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 75 students (2.45%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 305 more women than men received degrees from Pacific Lutheran University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Pacific Lutheran University is white (598 degrees awarded). There were 7.29 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (82 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Pacific Lutheran University is General Business Administration & Management (102 degrees awarded), followed by Registered Nursing (70 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (64 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 (54 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (24 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Postsecondary teachers (222,024 people), Secondary school teachers (179,048 people), Other managers (172,963 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (170,295 people), and Software developers (116,383 people).

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (54 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (24 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (30 degrees), and English (35 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, Other financial specialists, Dentists, Physicians, and Architectural & engineering managers

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (54 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (24 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (30 degrees), and English (35 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 (471,726 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (409,809 people), Computer Systems Design (178,581 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (174,460 people), and Legal services (97,206 people).

The most specialized majors at Pacific Lutheran University are Physical Sciences (54 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (24 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (47 degrees), Math & Statistics (30 degrees), and English (35 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. 102 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 70 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 64 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Pacific Lutheran University was General Business Administration & Management with 102 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

309
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
614
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 309 degrees were awarded to men at Pacific Lutheran University, which is 0.503 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (614).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 83 degrees were awarded to men at Pacific Lutheran University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.26 times more than the 66 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 66 degrees were awarded to women at Pacific Lutheran University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.795 times less than the 83 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

58%
100% Completion Time
70%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 58% of students graduating from Pacific Lutheran University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 70% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (76.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Pacific Lutheran University is Female and White (76.5% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.941% 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
    598 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    82 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    71 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Pacific Lutheran University is white (598 degrees awarded). There were 7.29 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (82 degrees).

2.17% of degree recipients (20 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    416 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    182 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    51 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Pacific Lutheran University is white female (416 degrees awarded). There were 2.29 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (182 degrees).

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Operations

Pacific Lutheran University has an endowment valued at nearly $97.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $354k (0.364%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Pacific Lutheran University had a total salary expenditure of $94.4M. Pacific Lutheran University employs 82 Assistant professors, 76 Associate professors, and 43 Professors. Most academics at Pacific Lutheran University are Female Associate professors (47), Male Assistant professors(41), and Female Assistant professors (41).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University are: Management, with 96 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 93 employees, and Service with 92 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$97.2M
2019 Endowment
2.6%
decline from 2018

Pacific Lutheran University has an endowment valued at about $97.2M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Pacific Lutheran University declined 2.6% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $58.7M 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. $2.02M - Federal
  2. $222k - State
  3. $3k - Local

As of 2019, Pacific Lutheran University received $2.02M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $222k from state grants and contracts, and $3k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$47.3M
2019 Salaries
2.32%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Pacific Lutheran University paid a median of $47.3M in salaries, which represents 50.1% of their overall expenditure ($94.4M) and a 2.32% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.17% decline from 2017 and a 6.41% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$15.1M
Instructional Salaries
213
Number of Employees

In 2019, Pacific Lutheran University paid a total of $15.1M to 213 employees working as instructors, which represents 32% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
82 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
96 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University were Assistant professor with 82 employees; Associate professor with 76 employees; and Associate professor with 43 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University were Management with 96 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 93 employees; and Service with 92 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Assistant professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Pacific Lutheran University was Female Associate professor with 47 employees, Male Assistant professor with 41 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 41 employees.

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

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