Pacific Lutheran University is a private 4-year school located in Parkland, WA. The school was founded by Norwegian Lutheran pioneers in 1890; in 1898 the university’s name was changed to Pacific Lutheran Academy and Business College. The school was reorganized as a university in 1960 and restored to its original (and present) name. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, PLU is set on over 150 acres of wooded campus just seven miles south of Tacoma and adjacent to McChord Air Force Base. The campus features a blend of architectural styles, mostly contemporary structures. Among many notable alumni is Olympic medalist Megan Jendrick.