Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,500 students, including international students from two dozen countries. Located in a uniquely scenic region on the Pacific Rim, the university's campus is 40 miles south of Seattle in suburban Tacoma, Washington. PLU's academic program is an integration of the liberal arts and professional programs, and the university's mission is to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care. PLU enjoys a health and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The university is committed to exploring, affirming, and enriching dignity and diversity in the campus community and endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action. PLU actively seeks applications from women and persons of color.