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.
This is a list of the undergraduate programs available to Mills students through the transfer partnership agreement between Mills College and Pacific Lutheran University.
Our community is more than a campus full of individuals pursuing their dreams—we're a community of seekers, trailblazers, creators, and reformers who know we can accomplish more together than apart. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its nearly 3,000 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through course work, mentorship, and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions. PLU offers 44 majors and 54 minors, as well as graduate and professional programs in business administration, creative writing, education, finance, marketing analytics, marriage and family therapy, and nursing.
Some notable distinctions include being the first American university to have study-away classes on all seven continents simultaneously and the first private university on the West Coast to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization. An honoree on President Obama’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, PLU hosts an Emmy Award-winning MediaLab; a MacArthur Award-winning detachment of Army ROTC; and more than 100 clubs and activities, including 19 varsity athletic teams in the Northwest Conference of NCAA Division III.
The University consistently ranks among the top 20 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Universities in the West and recently was named fourth in the West for Best Colleges for Veterans. We also rank in the top four percent of master’s universities nationwide by Washington Monthly College Guide and have produced 100 Fulbright Scholars since 1975.
But above all, we are honored to be noted for our commitment to diversity, justice, and sustainability. We seek to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care—for other people, for their communities, and for the Earth.
Academic Year 2020–21
We believe that diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience, and growth. We are committed to creating a campus community that invests in the development and maintenance of the physical and psychological well-being of all its members. To show our commitment, we have built diversity, equity, and inclusion mandates into our strategic plan with goals of furthering the campus climate; broadening access, recruitment, and retention to attract diverse students; supporting innovative and inclusive teaching, curriculum, and scholarships; and developing structure, support, and accountability for sustained diversity and inclusion work. We have just finished work on a specific Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Plan and University leadership has shared seven action steps that will drive our work to be a more antiracist university.
PLU's Diversity Statement:
Diversity is “the condition of difference necessary to all life and creativity.” Martusewicz, Edmundson, and Lupinacci, 2011
At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience, and growth.
Thus, we will:
Visit our Diversity and Inclusion web page to learn more.
Life as a Lute is about more than just going to class. PLU students find community in lots of ways—in the residence halls; on athletic fields, courts, and in the stands; on the stage and in the audience for performing arts; and in scores of campus clubs.
PLU clubs and organizations offer ways for students to thrive at PLU whether it’s in service, leadership, activism, learning, health, or just for fun! Continue to pursue those things you’re already passionate about and branch out into areas previously uncharted.
Explore more on our Campus Life page.
Pacific Lutheran University is located in the Parkland neighborhood of Washington, nestled between Mount Rainier National Park and the Puget Sound. Our campus is a 20-minute drive to downtown Tacoma and only 40 minutes to Seattle. Tacoma is the third largest city in Washington and proud to be known as both “Grit City” and “City of Destiny.” Our unique location offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture, and sports. For those who love the outdoors, PLU offers easy access to kayaking, hiking, boating, and skiing. Tacoma also offers great shopping, restaurants, museums, a zoo and aquarium, and plenty of live entertainment.
NCAA Division III (Northwest Conference)
To be considered for a team, we encourage you to reach out to the head coach of the sport(s) you are interested in playing by filling out our athlete recruiting form.
As of fall 2020, on average, 63% of our students graduate in four years; 71% graduate in six years. For the most current information and additional details, visit our view our student outcomes data on our Consumer Informationweb page.
PLU is absolutely financially solvent. Besides tuition, we have other assets that provide financial strength, including a healthy endowment.
We do face the same enrollment challenges faced by the vast majority of institutions of private higher education, but we are taking control of our future by responding strategically to the needs of today’s students and our investment in their learning and success. We view some key budget reduction and reallocation as part of a larger effort to build an organization that will remain fiscally strong for another 130 years.
Pacific Lutheran University requires that all full-time students live in university housing unless they are:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Students seeking financial aid will be required to submit all of the following by December 1, 2021, for a spring 2022 start, or by August 1, 2022, for a fall 2022 start at Pacific Lutheran University:
Students seeking to renew their financial aid award will be required to:
Check back soon for this information.
Mills students who transfer to Pacific Lutheran University under the terms of this agreement will receive a net price guarantee. In other words, Pacific Lutheran University will offer a combination of federal, state, and institutional gift aid to result in the same net cost of attendance students pay at Mills College.
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.
2.75 or higher
Students who have completed some but not all of Mills Core Curriculum will have courses evaluated on a course by course basis for equivalencies; however, students transferring in with at least 30 credits earned will have their First Year Experience requirement waived. Pacific Lutheran University will accept “P” Pass grades in core, major, and minor requirements.
Students who have completed the Mills Core Curriculum, as documented on an official transcript, will have satisfied all of Pacific Lutheran University’s General Education Program elements except for four semester hours in religion (from Christian Traditions); four semester hours in Perspectives on Diversity; the two to four semester hour senior seminar requirement; and, if required by their major, the College of Arts and Sciences requirement.
*Common Application will be required if these deadlines are missed.
PLU’s online transfer application is free. The application for spring 2022 and fall 2022 will be live by October 1, 2021.
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.