New Student Orientation

Transfer Students

We are so excited for you to join the Lute family. As a transfer student, you bring experience and perspective that makes you a major asset to the PLU community. Join us for New Student Orientation packed full of essential information and experiences specifically designed to get you started at PLU!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

9:00 AM New Student Orientation (NSO) Headquarters Open  (until 3:00 PM)

9:00 AM Kreidler Open House (until 1:30 PM)

9:00 AM Residence Halls Open for New Students  (until 3:00 PM)

10:30 AM AUC Commons Open for Lunch (until 2:30 PM)

11:00 AM Local Services Fair (until 2:00 PM)

1:30 PM Commuter Student Welcome (until 3:00 PM)

3:00 PM President's Welcome (30 minutes)

3:30 PM Lute Group Meeting (until 6:00 PM)

4:00 PM New Student Photo (30 minutes)

6:00 PM New Student Picnic (until 7:30 PM)

8:00 PM Ice Cream Social (until 9:30 PM)

8:00 PM Lute Follies first show (45 minutes)

8:45 PM Lute Follies second show (45 minutes)

9:30 PM Residential Transfer Student Meeting (until 10:30 PM)

10:30 PM Residence Hall Council Social Events (until 11:30 PM)

Friday, September 5, 2014

8:00 AM NSO Headquarters Open (until 10:00 AM)

8:00 AM Lute Group Breakfast (60 minutes)

9:15 AM Academic Success & Family Farewell (until 10:45 AM)

11:00 AM Library Resources (45 minutes)

11:45 AM Transfer Student Panel (45 minutes)

12:30 PM Lute Group Lunch (60 minutes)

1:30 PM Common Reading (until 3:45 PM)

4:15 PM Lutes@Play (until 6:00 PM)

6:00 PM BBQ Dinner (until 8:00 PM)

8:00 PM Residence Hall Council Meeting (60 minutes)

8:00 PM Commuter Student Meeting (60 minutes)

9:00 PM Block Party (until 11:00 PM)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

7:00 AM On the Road Trips (until 4:00 PM)

8:30 AM AUC Commons Open for Breakfast (60 minutes)

10:30 AM AUC Commons Open for Lunch (until 1:30 PM)

4:30 PM Lute Group Dinner (until 6:30 PM)

6:30 PM The "College" Experience (until 8:00 PM)

8:00 PM Sound Off Practice (60 minutes)

9:30 PM Sound Off (60 minutes)

10:30 PM ASPLU Event in the Cave (until 12:30 AM)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

9:00 AM Transfer Day Check-in  (30 minutes)

9:30 AM Welcome (15 minutes)

9:45 AM Academic Expectations (15 minutes)

10:00 AM Lutes as Active Bystanders (60 minutes)*

11:00 AM University Congregation  (60 minutes)

12:00 PM Lute Group Lunch  (60 minutes)

1:00 PM Academic Integrity (30 minutes)*

1:30 PM PLU Resource Sessions (until 3:00 PM)

3:00 PM President's Garden Party (until 4:30 PM)

4:30 PM AUC Commons Open for Dinner (until 7:30 PM)

5:00 PM Sand Volleyball & Field Games (until 7:00 PM)

9:00 PM Residence Hall Wing Meetings

* Sessions are required for all new students. Attendance will be taken at these events and those not in attendance will be placed on hold and will need to complete a make-up session.

Monday, September 8, 2014

8:15 AM New Student Gathering (30 minutes)

9:00 AM University Convocation (until 10:15 AM)

10:15 AM Campus Involvement Fair (60 minutes)

11:15 AM Classes Begin

Activate your ePass.
Register your vehicle.
Complete Annual Online Payment Contract.
Complete Health History Form.
Request Disability Accommodation, if needed.
Purchase textbooks online.

In addition to the above tasks, here are suggestions for transfer students. 

If you have recently been admitted to PLU and have not yet paid your Enrollment Deposit, visit PLU Admission page to complete payment.
Visit Academic Advising page to complete class registration and advising appointment.

Request final transcripts from your previous institutions be sent to: PLU Office of Admission, Tacoma, WA 98447

Each transcript must be official and in a sealed envelope from the school. Do not open the envelope.

A LuteCard is your University ID Card, your library card, your on-campus meal plan card, and even an on-campus debit card. You will need your LuteCard to access most PLU campus events, and to access the swimming pool and Names Fitness Center. You will also need it to access to your residence hall.  Pick up your Lutecard at the Campus Concierge desk located in the University Center starting May 25, 2014.

It is important that all students be aware of the expectations for behavior that PLU has for its members and the policies in place to outline these standards. Think About It prepares college students for the challenges and responsibilities of college life. Focusing on minimizing the risks associated with alcohol, drugs, and sexual violence, Think About It takes a harm-reduction approach that resonates with students and results in a healthy campus culture that fosters learning and growing intellectually. This module is required for all incoming students and creates a common understanding.

Access to the module will be mailed to your email account 30 days before the start of the term or within 3 business days after creating your ePass account within 30 days of the start term. The module is required to be completed before the first day of classes. Failure to complete the module will result in a hold being placed on your student account. You will need to have registered for your PLU ePass to complete this module.

PLU offers commuter and residential parking passes, subsidized Orca cards, walking escorts, and is home to a few Zipcars. Learn more about resources available for you.

Tips: Parking passes and Orca Card requests take a few days to process, plan ahead to get yours before the first day of classes.

The Garfield Book Company has a great website to search for the text books you will need for your various classes. Search for your textbooks.
Visit Office of Student Employment to explore job & internship opportunities on and off campus.
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