New Student Orientation

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!

RSVP for NSO Here!

Registration for Common Reading ends August 5th!


New Student Orientation Schedule

Look for the PLU App, with information about New Student Orientation and beyond, information to come in July!

Thursday, September 4th

New Student Orientation (NSO) Headquarters Open  9:00am-3:00pm

Kreidler Open House  9:00am-1:30pm

Residence Halls Open for New Students  9:00am-3:00pm

AUC Commons Open for Lunch 10:30am-2:30pm

Local Services Fair  11:00am-2:00pm

Commuter Student Welcome 1:30pm-3:00pm

President's Welcome 3:00pm-3:30pm

Lute Group Meeting 3:30pm-6:00pm

New Student Photo 4:00pm-4:30pm

New Student Picnic 6:00pm-7:30pm

Ice Cream Social 8:00pm-9:30pm

Lute Follies 8:00pm-8:45pm

Lute Follies (Second Showing) 8:45pm-9:30pm

Residential Transfer Student Meeting  9:30pm-10:30pm

Residence Hall Council Social Events  10:30pm-11:30pm

Friday, September 5th

NSO Headquarters Open 8:00am-10:00am

Lute Group Breakfast 8:00am-9:00am

Academic Success & Family Farewell 9:15am-10:45am

Library Resources 11:00am-11:45am

Transfer Student Panel 11:45am-12:30pm

Lute Group Lunch 12:30pm-1:30pm

Common Reading 1:30pm-3:45pm

Lutes@Play 4:15pm-6:00pm

BBQ Dinner 6:00pm-8:00pm

Residence Hall Council Meeting 8:00pm-9:00pm

Commuter Student Meeting 8:00pm-9:00pm

Block Party 9:00pm-11:00pm

Saturday, September 6th

On the Road Trips 7:00am-4:00pm

AUC Commons Open for Breakfast 8:30am-9:30am

AUC Commons Open for Lunch 10:30am-1:30pm

Lute Group Dinner 4:30pm-6:30pm

The "College" Experience 6:30pm-8:00pm

Sound Off Practice 8:00pm-9:30pm

Sound Off  9:30pm-10:30pm

ASPLU Event in the Cave 10:30pm-12:30am

Sunday, September 7th (Mandatory Transfer Day)

Transfer Day Check-in  9:00am-9:30am

Welcome 9:30am-9:45am

Academic Expectations 9:45am-10:00am

Lutes as Active Bystanders  10:00am-11:00am

University Congregation  11:00am-12:00pm

Lute Group Lunch  12:00pm-1:00pm

Academic Integrity  1:00pm-1:30pm

PLU Resource Sessions  1:30pm-3:00pm

President's Garden Party 3:00pm-4:30pm

AUC Commons Open for Dinner 4:30pm-7:30pm

Sand Volleyball & Field Games 5:00pm-7:00pm

Residence Hall Wing Meetings 9:00pm

Monday, September 8th

New Student Gathering 8:15am-8:45am

University Convocation 9:00am-10:15am

Campus Involvement Fair 10:15am-11:15am

Classes Begin 11:15am

Sessions in italics 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.

New Transfer Student Next Steps

*If you have recently been admitted to PLU and have not yet paid your Enrollment Deposit, please visit the PLU Admitted Transfer Students page.

*Visit the PLU New Transfer Student Registration page to set up your Fall 2014 class registration and advising appointment.

Next Steps Continued:

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.

New Student Information Form

This is in the Acceptance Packet (black folder) you received from the Admission Office, return to PLU Admission Office

Medical/Health History Form

Return to PLU Health Center

Apply to live on campus

Confirmation of Living at Home

Applicable for Commuter Students who are <20 and have First Year or Sophomore standing

Athletic Medical Clearance Forms

Applicable for student athletes

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. 

Check out which commuting option will work best for you HERE

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

 Fall 2014 New Student Orientation 

Thursday September 4 - Sunday September 7


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The Garfield Book Company has a great website to search for the text books you will need for your various classes. 

Look up your text books here

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