Get Connected, Stay Involved
As a new graduate student at PLU, you have a number of support services and resources available to you. This is your PLU. Please take advantage of your time here, and enjoy the support and services we provide.
- Faculty hold designated office hours especially for students to stop by and ask questions. Use office hours for one-to-one time with your professors.
- The Mortvedt Library: The Library Services website (www.plu.edu/library) is your portal to the PLU library collection. You can search our library catalog, online databases, indexes, and encyclopedias, and access most of our periodical collection online. Other library services include:
- Inter-Library Loan allows you to access title and online texts from all over the country
- Computer labs are located in Mortvedt Library and the Morken Center. Printers and photocopying equipment are available for a nominal fee.
- The Writing Center can assist you in writing your papers by developing an outline, revising drafts, and demonstrating academic integrity.
- The Help Desk can assist you with your laptop computer. PLU provides free antivirus software for all students (www.plu.edu/anti-virus). All computers on campus must have functional antivirus software before a computer can be connected to the network.
- The Garfield Book Company at PLU provides textbooks, general books, Lute gear and supplies. The store is located on the corner of Garfield Street and Pacific Avenue.
- Campus Events (theater, music, lectures) are on the PLU online calendar (www.plu.edu/calendar)
- Fitness facilities, such as the pool, Names Fitness Center, Olson and Memorial gyms, outdoor tennis courts and track are available for everyone’s use and are administered by the Department of Athletics.
- The University Center “Commons” is the main dining hall on campus, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week from four stations, a salad bar, cereal bar, soup bar, desserts and beverages. There are a number other options for meals-on-the-go: Old Main Market (located right inside the front entrance of the University Center); the Tahoma Bakery & Café (located in the Columbia Center on Lower Campus); Kelley Café (located on Lower Campus in Morken Center for Learning & Technology); The CAVE (located on the bottom level of the University Center. Open late night all week.)
- The Health Center offers health care to PLU students (regardless of insurance), including illness and injury care and physicals. Many services are offered at no cost. Medical health insurance is strongly recommended for all graduate students, though not required. The university does not provide medical insurance for graduate students.
- The Counseling Center provides free, confidential counseling services to help students achieve their academic and personal goals. www.plu.edu/counseling
- The Couple and Family Therapy Center is a training facility for PLU Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students and for clients who come to us from our community. Together, clients and therapists in training work toward their common goals. www.plu.edu/mfth/Couple--Family-Therapy-Clinic
Miscellaneous Things You Need to Know
Getting your PLU ID Card
Once you are registered for classes, your student ID card can be obtained in the University Center at the Campus Concierge during business hours. You’ll use your ID card at the library, to access PLU buildings in the evenings/weekends, and for many other functions.
Getting your PLU Parking Pass (if needed)
Parking decals ($40.00 per year) are required to park in campus lots during the fall and spring semesters, and the January term. No decals are required in the summer. Parking is free in all PLU lots after 5:00 PM and on weekends. MBA students with classes that start after 5:00pm and MFA students here only during the summer may not need to purchase a decal. No parking decal is needed in the East Campus lot (MFT students).
Purchase your decal via the PLU Campus Safety Web site, www.plu.edu/campus-safety/parkingTransportation Systems Around PLU