121st South & J Street
This school, formerly Pacific Lutheran University, is one of the Seattle metroplex’s finest private institutes of higher learning. It is known for its arts education programs, including its Music and Magic programs, and for its schools of Business, Education, and Nursing. The campus is divided into two, separated by Hinderlie Hill: Upper Campus has University Center and the administration building, chapel, and concert hall, while Lower Campus includes the science center, observatory, auditorium, gymnasium, and golf course. The school’s colors are black and gold. Tours and introductory meetings with student academic advisors can be arranged through the Admissions Office.
- PU (note the unfortunate initials) made a lot of early inroads with their Magical Studies Program, but have lagged behind schools like Seattle University and UW in recent years. They’ve had a difficult time balancing the need to raise tuitions and attract the best professors with maintaining their student population. There’s a fair amount of pressure for the school to produce some attention getting research, publications, students, or all three.