Pacific Lutheran University Graduate Program Reviews

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83%
of students recommend
(4.01 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 12 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and NASM
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 3,070 (2,781 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 30% part-time, 70% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $26,936
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2019

I love the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran! It's a low residency program that allows each student the ability to work one on one with a mentor and offers a two week residency where you get to meet the faculty and other students while taking a variety of classes that cater to your interests. The program director is very communicative, and amazing. I would absolutely recommend this school/program to anyone looking for a guided independent curriculum that is individually created for a unique personalized education .
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

Very competitive and challenging program that rewards students with lots of opportunities for helping others. However, very difficult to work more than 20 hours a week with a student job. It is stressful enough to be in this program and do well without the added stress of worrying about finances to live during two years of schooling.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

The MFT program at PLU offers great benefits to students. Among the pros of the program are: the well prepared faculty who bring their experience into the classroom lecture and discussion; the ability to work in PLU's Couple and Family Clinic as well as internships in the community enable students to apply our classroom learning in the midst of the program and under caring supervision; and, the diverse, energetic, and committed student cohort who work and learn together, supporting and encouraging each other as we go through the program. A con is the building facilities in which the program is currently housed. We share an old school house with a private Lutheran High School and it can get a bit loud as their students are moving through the halls, etc.. Overall, this is a wonderful program preparing us to serve well those who, at times, need help to make sense of life's struggles and find health.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros of this graduate program are the faculty that teach us. They are well informed and work hard to make sure we are understanding the material and listen to any concerns we have. They work and listen to us effectively. The classes are designed to help prepare us before we see clients. The cons of the program are the location of the buildings. There are not many cons this program has been pretty great.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

The two things that make this program stand out are the amazing faculty who have built an incredibly thoughtful, personal program, and the fact that when I graduate, I will have half the hours required toward licensure, which is not typical of most graduate programs in this area.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Graduate program lets you work and go to school at the same time by having night classes. The downside is the school is expensive and if you can't qualify for private loans you end up having to pay out of pocket.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

The staff at PLU is extremely helpful and welcoming. The professors expect a lot from their students but are always willing to help with any questions you have.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a wonderful school. I attended there for my Undergraduate degree and was astounded by the quality of professors and the support that was offered me. Every staff member that I encountered at PLU were incredibly helpful and sincere. When I was selecting a graduate school to go to, PLU was the top of my list!
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The main pro is having a cohort of students to work with during the entirety of the program. The con would have to be the cost of attendance.
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The pros of the marriage and family therapy program include: the program is accredited through the AAMFT, the small class sizes makes it easy to make friends and get to know faculty members, you will not have to find your own internship site, the program has a clinic where you see clients the first practicum, the supervisors at your offsite internship are top notch. The cons of the program include: there has been a lot of transition of faculty in the last year which has created additional stressors, the clinic is located in the basement in an old building on campus, and with the workload it is difficult to be involved in/attend other on-campus activities.
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