Pacific Lutheran University
Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a small, private college where caring means more than kindness and consideration—it means a bold commitment to expanding well-being, opportunity, and justice. We purposefully integrate the liberal arts, professional studies, and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Degree Pathways

This is a list of the undergraduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Pacific Lutheran University.

  • Anthropology
  • Art & Design - Art History
  • Art & Design - Studio Arts (BA)
  • Art & Design - Studio Arts (BFA)
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Engineering Dual Degree
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • French & Francophone Studies
  • Gender, Sexuality, & Race Studies
  • Geosciences
  • Global Studies
  • Hispanic Studies & Latino Studies
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music (BA)
  • Music Composition
  • Music Performance
  • Music Education
  • Musical Arts
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Theatre: Acting/Directing (BA/BFA)
  • Theatre: Design/Technical (BA/BFA)

About the School

Residency Options/Requirements

Pacific Lutheran University requires that all full-time students live in university housing unless they are:

  • Living at home with parent, spouse, or child within 25 driving miles of PLU’s address. (Notarized/certified documentation required).
  • Twenty years of age or junior status (60 semester hours) on or before September 1 to be exempt for the academic year, or on or before February 1 to be exempt for the Spring semester.

If you have to, or choose to, live on campus, PLU provides quality on-campus living and learning environments that encourage and enhance engagement in and enjoyment of your college experience. Residential students are supported academically and socially where they make their home on-campus so they can thrive holistically while at PLU. How? Through Learning Communities (LCs)!

Learning Communities (LCs) are a valuable component of the PLU experience. Every student who lives on-campus is part of an LC, by academic year at PLU (e.g., first year wings, new transfer & continuing student wings, or upper division student housing) and/or by theme:

  • Diversity, Justice & Sustainability (Ordal Hall)
  • Community for Creative Expression (Hinderlie Hall)
  • Women's Empowerment & Gender Equity (Harstad Hall)
  • Global Engagement (Hong International Hall)
  • Lavender Community (Ordal Hall)
  • STEM House (Tingelstad Hall)
  • Wellness House (Tingelstad Hall)

Most transfer students will move into our junior/senior communities. Stuen Hall and South Hall are our housing that is reserved for students 20 years of age or older, or junior status (60 semester hours) by September 1st for fall semester, or February 1st for spring semester.

Stuen Hall consists entirely of single rooms. It is three stories tall, and houses approximately 60 residents.

South Hall is a non-traditional, apartment-style residence hall designed for a more independent living experience on campus. Apartment style and occupancy vary, but each includes a full kitchen, bathroom, and dining room.

Tuition & Fees

Undergraduate tuition and fees at Pacific Lutheran University are adjusted annually. Transfer students from Mills College will have the same annual tuition adjustments as all other undergraduate students at Pacific Lutheran University. For the most current undergraduate tuition and fees information, visit our Affordability page.

Financial Aid

At Pacific Lutheran University, 98% of our students receive financial aid and scholarships. The average award was $37,197 which includes $5,500 in student loans; with the rest being merit or grant funding.

Transfer Requirements

As a transfer partner, Pacific Lutheran University has established a set of minimum requirements that current Mills students must meet to be eligible to transfer. PLU will require a minimum of 32 credit hours to be earned at Pacific Lutheran University. Class standing will be determined by the number of transferable credits.

Transfer Application

Undergraduate Students

  • Spring 2022: Dec 1, 2021*
  • Fall 2022: Aug 1, 2022*
  • Spring 2023: Dec 1, 2022*
  • Fall 2023: Aug 1, 2023*

*Common Application will be required if these deadlines are missed.

Admission Application

PLU’s online transfer application is free. The application for spring 2022 and fall 2022 will be live by October 1, 2021.

School Transcripts

Under this partnership, unofficial transcripts from Mills may be used for the purposes of admission and program evaluation at Pacific Lutheran University. Official transcripts will be required at or prior to the time of matriculation at Pacific Lutheran University.

If your official Mills transcripts are required as part of the documentation process, the Mills Admissions Department can submit the transcript request for you. Transcript fees will be waived for requests submitted by the Office of Admissions or the Mills advising team only. Please note that, if you need to provide official transcripts from other schools, you will be responsible submitting and covering the costs for those requests.